Christine Bullock is hoping to transform the Ahuroa Pony Group into a club and make the showjumping a more regular event.
The Ahuroa Pony Group held its annual show jumping event at the Matakana Country Park on February 26, raising $700 for the Ahuroa Hall renovation.
The planned work will involve relocating the hall an extra 25 metres back from Ahuroa Road so that a newly-built deck will open out to the Ahuroa School pool.
Ahuroa Hall committee member Christine Bullock says the relocation will cost $20,000. She would like to see the project get underway in the next six to nine months and hopes businesses in the community will support it financially.
“Both Kaukapakapa and Coatesville did a similar move with their halls and have had success,” she says.
There are also plans to modernise the building, which could cost a further $60,000.
The hall is currently used two or three times a week, but Auckland Council has advised the committee that it wants to see it used more often.
“The school uses it and we have some events held there, but ideally we want it used on weekends,” Christine says.
The hall committee has already raised $5000 for safety fencing and heating.
In addition to renovating the hall, Christine is turning the Ahuroa Pony Group into a club.
She has taught equestrian for 30 years in the area, but says becoming a registered club is proving a difficult process.
Once registered, she would like to host the Country Park event two or three times a year and hold fortnightly rallies.
Show jumping entries were down from 50 to 28 this year, mainly due to a wet weather postponement.
Event winners were Holly Richardson on Shadow in class one, Denise McCormack on Cassie in class two and Eve Walters with Mr Stiles in class three. Katlyn Monti-Ellery won class four on Sherward Second Thoughts and Debbie Bedford class five on Otto. Edward Bullock won class 10 on High Jump, while Sorella Demuelemeester won class six and seven with Weiti X. Joanna Bullock took out classes eight and nine with Weiti Vienna and Weiti Justice.