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Judging box has pony club jumping for joy

BRAVING the Tassie elements will no longer be a must for members and visiting judges of Monmouth Pony Club.

Some hard work and elbow grease from members of the nearby Sorell Men’s Shed has seen the volunteer-run pony club receive a brand new three-metre by two-metre judging box, to be used when hosting competitions and one-day events.

Monmouth Pony Club president Debbie Allanby said visiting judges would often have to sit in their cars during events, risking a flat battery or being bogged down in the mud.

“We’ve needed a judging box for a very long time, so I approached John Rapley from the Sorell Men’s Shed, who I have worked with previously, to see if they would be interested in helping out,” she said.

“These guys are retired and looking for something to do, so we thought why not utilise this great resource.

“These men have a wealth of knowledge and tools, they are the ones with the expertise and were more than happy to help us out.

“I’m absolutely tickled pink with the new judging box and can’t wait to test it out during events.

“It’s going to keep people out of the elements, provide easier viewing of the arena and offer additional space to store files and results.”

The new portable judging box, which was built in three months using mostly donated materials, features front and side windows, a lockable door and buzzer.

Sorell Men’s Shed secretary John Rapley said the shed members enjoyed taking on projects such as this.

“It keeps us busy, gives us a bit of income, and it helps out the community,” he said.

Monmouth Pony Club has been operating out of Seven Mile Beach for more than 40 years.

The club is currently open to new members.

For more information, visit www.monmouth.pcat.org.au.

Caption: Sorell Men’s Shed secretary John Rapley, left, and Monmouth Pony Club president Debbie Allanby with the new judging box.