Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) on Tuesday announced it will continue its major sponsorship of the Pony Club Australia National Championships to be held this September at the Benalla Equestrian Reserve in Victoria.
The event, which attracts the best riders from right across Australia, presents TIC with a prime opportunity to promote careers in the Thoroughbred industry and source potential trainees and future employees for the industry.
A new “Ride to Time” competition will be introduced to the event this year which will further strengthen the synergies between horse racing and equestrian sports.
TIC Chief Executive Lindy Maurice said that directly reaching the grassroots is an imperative step towards building a strong domestic workforce for the future.
"The results from the Explorer Program have been quite astonishing. We are sitting on a great reservoir of talent in Australia and TIC is taking up the reins to reach them and give them an opportunity to succeed," she said.
"By sponsoring events like the Pony Club National Championships, we can plant the seed in young people’s minds that there is a career with horses in our industry waiting for them."
CEO of Pony Club Australia, Dr Catherine Ainsworth, said she was thrilled with the ongoing support of TIC as naming rights sponsor of its biggest event of the year.
“Our connection with TIC has been borne out in many ways over the past three years," she said.
“We have seen many Pony Club members go through the TIC cadetship program. It is fantastic for our members to be able to turn their love of horses, and all of the horsemanship knowledge that they have gained during their years with us, into a career."
This year’s championships will run from September 26 until October 2 and include state selections for the disciplines of mounted games, tetrathlon, showjumping, dressage, eventing and horsemanship quiz.
“The 2021 PCA National Championships are really important this year after such a period of lockdown across Australia," said Dr Ainsworth.
“Our members report that being able to ride and spend time with their horses has been a real benefit to them when other parts of life were missing,” she said.