Peak donates to help get a new local event off the ground

Peak Gold Mines environment and social responsibility supervisor Sophie Bereyne presented a donation to Cobar Family Muster committee members Kylie Trethowan and Kristy Stockdale last Thursday.

A $4,000 donation from Peak Gold Mines (PGM) will help the Cobar Pony Club to put on their first Cobar Family Muster Day.

The club has set up a sub-committee to organise and run the Cobar Family Muster team penning and gymkhana event.

Club secretary and sub-committee member Kylie Trethowan told The Cobar Weekly the donation from Peak Gold Mines as their major sponsor will get the event up and running.

She said there are a number of costs involved in running an event of this kind including insurance, first aid, generator hire, prize money, ribbons, etc.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for other businesses to come on board to provide sponsorship and promote their businesses,” she said.

Kylie said Peak’s donation will ensure that the day is a success.

“It will be something new for the town, will bring in people and money to the town.”

She said there were a few pony club members who regularly travel around the state to other horse gymkhana and penning events.

“They bring in a real crowd,” Kylie said.

“We are hoping to get lots of other local clubs and groups involved in the day and make it a good day our for families.”

She said while everyone might not be interested in horses, they may however have an interest in some of the other events they have planned such as novelty events and a motorbike gymkhana.

“We’re hoping there will be something for everyone,” she said.

PGM’s environment and social responsibility supervisor Sophie Bereyne said the pony club’s request for a donation had been considered by their donations board.

She said PGM were keen to support the community and look favourably upon community, engagement activities like the Family Muster Day that will bring people and money into town.

“Especially sustainable events that can be enjoyed by the whole family,” she said.

The club is hoping the Family Muster Day will become an annual event.