About Huon Hoofbeats

Huon Hoofbeats Inc is a family-oriented riding club nestled here at Mountain River in the beautiful Huon Valley . We are a very active club, holding regular Rallies, Shows and Events in a variety of disciplines. The club is supported by a diverse group of dedicated members of various ages and experience who enjoy a variety of activities including Showing, Dressage, Jumping and Western. Our aim is to encourage and support members of all levels to achieve their goals in their chosen discipline, while giving them the opportunity to try something new in a safe and friendly environment.

Competitor Membership

A new type of membership has recently been introduced to replace the now non-existent day insurance which covered non-members for competitions. For $20 you will be issued with a Competitor Member card which will allow you to ride at any competition held by Huon Hoofbeats Inc in that financial year. Competitor Membership does not allow all the benefits of  full membership such as voting, rally attendance, grounds use or clinics, but it is an economical alternative for those who like to compete without the cost of full membership. The Competitor Membership form will be available from the secretary or treasurer at all Hoofbeats events. Upon receipt of the form a Membership Card will be posted out to you. Alternatively the form can be found on the Nominate website.


Rallies are held on the first Saturday of each month (occasionally this may be altered – advance notice is given to members within the monthly newsletter). The rallies are organised instructional days; groups are organised taking into account the members present, their mounts and the attending instructors. A regular rally will see each member riding in two lessons in the morning . Riders are required to book in to the rally on the website “Nominate”. An email is sent out to members two weeks prior to the rally requesting bookings – riders are than placed into appropriate groups.  If members do not book in a by the deadline they risk not being able to ride at the rally that day.

If you have booked in and then are not able to attend, a minimum of 48 hours notice is to be given by ringing Mary on 0427664016.  If this notice is not given (excepting exceptional circumstances) you will be invoiced for $15.00. This sum is payable prior to riding at any future rally.

Members are needed to help set up and pack up the equipment and do an occasional stint in the canteen. A minimal rally cap is payable at each rally.

STARTING TIME: ARRIVAL is from 9.00am, to allow time to set up and START at 10.00am.

CANTEEN: A canteen and toasted sandwiches are provided for lunch at rallies, prices are minimal.

The committee draws up a roster and posts it in the newsletter, this involves two family groups (so you can work it out amongst yourselves) to make themselves available to run the canteen on their designated rally. The BBQ, food etc is provided, we just need the rostered members to take charge. We ask that if you are unable to do your canteen stint to organize another member to cover for you.

RALLY CANCELLATIONS:  Should a rally need be cancelled due to poor weather a decision will be made by the committee before 8.00am on the morning of the rally. A notification will be posted on Huon Hoofbeats facebook page. All enquiries regarding a cancellation are to be directed only to Mary McLean, President, on 0427-664-016.


Optional Rugby Tops, Polo Tops and Caps are available for purchase. They are in our club colours of blue and white, printed with the Hoofbeats Logo.  Saddle blankets in the club colours are also available. Click here for more information on club polo’s, jackets, vests and caps.

Special Events

christmas_rally_004A variety of events are held throughout the year, including The Annual Show, Spring Show, Western Mini Show, ODE’s, Games Day, Showjumping Days and Dressage. The events are open to all, they raise funds for our club and give our members an opportunity to compete in a variety of events. The events are put together by sub-committees – we ask the assistance of club members to run these days as they take a lot of work and are for the benefit of all members.


Clinics are extra activities put on for members, they are run independently of rallies and not considered fundraisers. We organize a guest instructor, and hold a day or weekend clinic. Positions are usually limited and costs relate to the instructor’s fees and any other expenses.

Ground Use

Members may use the grounds on a casual basis. The key to the grounds is available for members, for information contact Kristy on 0439 395 118. All casual users must complete the Sign In book at the canteen.

The grounds are available for hire by other clubs for competitions, clinics etc.  Huon Hoofbeats Ground Hire Agreement 2015

Rules and Regulations

  • Members are to exercise care at all times, members are held accountable for their actions.
  • Stallions are welcome, they are to be handled by a competent person over 18 years and are to be supervised or contained at all times
  • EA approved helmets and approved safety boots (this excludes work boots) are to be worn at all times when mounted. EA approved body protector to be worm when jumping any Cross Country jumps.
  • Horses are required to be saddled and bridled when being ridden
  • Horses are not to be allowed loose on the grounds at any time
  • Children are to be supervised at all times
  • No person is permitted to sit on the edge of arenas whilst in use, spectators are to sit at a reasonable distance from an arena when watching so as not to encroach on lessons.
  • Horses are permitted to be ridden in instructional times only
  • Horses are to be walked around floats and to and from lessons
  • Dogs on a leash are allowed at rallies
  • All riders at rallies and events are required to have signed an EA Disclaimer Statement (riders under 18 yrs to be signed by parent/guardian). Non-members must pay day insurance
  • Riders under 16 years old must be supervised by a parent or guardian at rallies and events
  • Bitless Bridles Policy – read about the policy here
  • The Huon Hoofbeats Inc Constitution is here