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Southern Hopefuls Camp with Sonja Johnson (Pony Club only)

Huon Pony Club Grounds

Huon Pony Club

2019 Southern Hopefuls Camp

Huon Pony Club Grounds, Charlotte St, Ranelagh

Wednesday 2 January – Friday 4 January

Cost $290 per rider for 3 days of lessons,

all meals, camping

Open to  pony club riders aiming to qualify and compete at the 2019 State Trials (Gr 1-3) held in March.  This includes those riders currently at Grade 4 who aim to achieve Grade 3 this year and are confident jumping a minm 80cm. All entries are subject to DC approval and suitable groupings.

This 3 day camp will be held at the Huon grounds and will feature the  Huon  XC course.

Sonja Johnson  is very excited to be returning this year to instruct again,after last year describing the Huon course as the best training course she has had the pleasure to work . Sonja who is based in Albany- WA, has coached in Tasmania for many years both at Huntingfield and Deloraine. She will be taking group lessons throughout the 3 day camp and some theory sessions. Sonja will be backed up by other local coaches- Meegan Daun, Camille Velnaar, Jill Schwartz to provide a minimum  3 hours of instruction per day.

Riders will be in groups of no more than 5 and will be instructed in Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping, spread over the three days, but not necessarily including each discipline every day, subject to final numbers and program

All meals will be included, but bring your own portable yards, camping equipment and bathers to enjoy the Huon pool nearby.

Sonja’s honours

Sonja is best known as an Australian equestrian rider who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics riding Ringwould Jaguar.

Sonja’s major equestrian achievements include:

2014 selected for World Equestrian Games team

  • 2014 ranked 6th equestrian event rider in the world and highest ranked female
  • 2012 short listed for London Olympics
  • 2008 won team silver at the Beijing Olympics on Ringwould Jaguar
  • 2008 won Sydney Three Day Event
  • 2007 won the NZ national championships on Ringwould Jaguar
  • 2006 won team bronze for Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany
  • 2006 won CIC*** at the Melbourne 3 Day Event on Ringwould Jaguar
  • 2004 won CIC-W at the Melbourne 3 Day Event on Ringwould Jaguar
  • 2003 named Australian Event Rider of the Year
  • 1996 named Australian Event Rider of the Year
  • 1996 was the non-travelling reserve rider for the Olympic Games
  • 1995 competed at the TransTasman event in Taupo, New Zealand
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Sonja has a passion and open heart for children and youth.

She is not only a riding coach but a mentor for life to many young people, frequently opening her arms and her home to young people in need.


Camp Participation ( 3 days)

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Liz Walch
Liz Walch
Liz Walch

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