The Mornington Peninsula Pleasure Harness Club inc.
In October 1981 an advert appeared in the 'Southern Peninsula Gazette calling for local harness enthusiasts interested in establishing a local Harness Club. The Mornington Peninsula Pleasure Harness Club was formed in 1982 and today we still have a diverse membership interested in many different aspects associated with carriage driving, Combined Driving, Show Driving Vehicle Restoration and of course Pleasure Driving.
Activity and Rally Days are held regularly.
We have several regular days each month, check out our Calendar for what's on soon, guests are most welcome to come along.
Once again MPPHC has been very busy, we hosted our first CDE for a very long time in February, it was a fantastic success with 17 starters on the day, a great joint effort by our members.
The Show season came to a close with enormous success for many members and our Club Team took the Team trophy home from the Victorian CDE Championships.
Through out every year we host a CDE, Oz Trec, Dressage, Instruction days, Indoor competitions and numerous Pleasure Drives.
We continue to hold at least one rally per month usually on the 3rd Sunday.
Victorian Young Driver Heads off to Europe
Andrew Damsma, one of our Victorian young Drivers and a member of the Mornington Peninsula Pleasure Harness Club is packing his bags and heading to Den Hoorn, Holland to work in the Chardon Stables for 12 months.
Andrew started driving about ten years ago when he drove a pony home and announced that he wanted to learn to drive. Since that day Andrew has put in many hours sitting in a carriage driving and training various ponies to take them to some fabulous performances at State and National Combined Driving Championships with a few Show Driving outings thrown in.
Over the last couple of years Andrew has been fortunate to work at the Victorian Dressage Stables for Matt Archibald and Ant Bartlett who between them have 30 years of experience training top level dressage horses. Andrew has found his time at the stables invaluable and has seen firsthand what can be achieved and has successfully employed some of the training techniques he has learnt at the dressage stables in the training of his driving horses.
His latest adventure started early this year when he responded to a Facebook ad, after a whirlwind of resumes and phone interviews Andrew was offered a position working in the Chardon family business. Andrew will be working at the stables grooming, harnessing and spending time on the back of the carriage as well as attending competitions with Ijsbrand and Bram Chardon. Also in the job description was the ability to drive a ‘Team’, Andrew will have to wait till he arrives to learn that requirement and has already applied for his International Competitions license.
Although he expects to work hard, Andrew is very thankful for what he sees to be an exciting opportunity to learn and hopes to return next year with a whole new set of skills to apply, training and driving horses here in Australia.
Congratulations to all our Club Members who competed last weekend at 'Little Longwood' The Euroa Club dubbed it a Mornington Rally day. Everyone had a fabulous weekend with lots of ribbons coming home and many things learnt and put in the book of things to remember to do and not do.
MPPHC has a large contingent entered for 'Little Longwood' this weekend and the upcoming Victorian CDE Championships and even an entrant in National CDE Championships.
Good Luck to everyone on the way to Longwood this weekend and to Sue W who is on her way to Western Australia for the Nationals which will be held over Easter.
A Super Day! The CDE Training day was a big hit, with a great turnout and everyone leaving having learnt something new. There was lots of discussion, questions and answers as we went through the general procedures and things to know about combined driving events. The after-noon brought an opportunity to drive a properly constructed section E and 3 obstacles. A great way to practice before attempting the real thing. Thanks to everyone who helped set-up, pack-up and provided info for the day. Follow-up training days are on the agenda following the day's success.