Hawea Wanaka Pony Club’s founder and current instructor Dee Gordon has been awarded for her service to the club by the New Zealand Pony Club Association (NZPCA).
Dee, who established the club with her father more than 60 years ago, will be awarded with the NZPCA’s gold long service award for Otago and Southland, which is awarded to those who have been coaching for 25 years and over.
Club president Lucy Fullerton said that with only 18 months off coaching in the last 60 years, Dee came top of all entries with 20 years more experience than the second most experienced applicant.
“Dee’s knowledge and commitment to the club is amazing and it’s pretty special to have that knowledge base at our club,” Lucy said.
“Dee is still very passionate and committed to coaching of all levels and enjoys coaching the young children as well as the senior levels. She always comes down to competitions and supports the riders and she always cares about what is going on.”
This is the first year of the award and Dee will receive it officially at the annual pony club conference next month.
Pictured: Dee cuts the cake at the pony club’s 60th anniversary celebrations with the club’s youngest member Hazel McCrae, aged six.