A PONY Club in Stroud, that was left devastated by the theft of its trailer and jumps last year, is crowdfunding for replacements.

Stroud Pony Club had an estimated £10,000 of equipment stolen in October leaving it in a very difficult situation.

However, the club which gives young people the chance to ride and care for ponies, are attempting to raise £2,000 to replace some of the stolen items.

So far more than £835 has been raised, including a contribution of £270 from youngsters Freya and Emmy Leach, who put on a spooky Halloween cake sale.

Unfortunately, riding equipment is very expensive and more money must be made to replace a small amount of the stolen equipment.

The club are asking businesses to donate small amounts of money and to have their names immortalised in bricks on the new equipment.

Other fund raising event being held by the club include table top sales, quizzes, and auctions.

Vicki Coffey, a committee member at Stroud Pony Club, is determined to replace the equipment.

“We are making huge, physical efforts to try and raise these funds,” said Vicki.

“With a show coming up in April we need these replacement jumps so we can continue more fundraising to sort out secure storage and replace the trailer.

Stroud Pony Club is possibly the smallest branch of The Pony Club in the country, averaging around 40 members.

However, it is an international voluntary youth organisation, dedicated to encouraging young people to ride and care for horses and ponies whilst promoting the highest ideals of sportsmanship.

Members of our club enjoy heavily subsidised rallies and trainings throughout the year and every summer there is a week-long camp which is the highlight for everyone.

As a charity, the club relies on raising funds to enable it to continue educating its members.

The club brings together many people from different walks of life, with members aged from two to 25.

To donate to Stroud Pony Club’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stroudponyclub?utm_id=108&utm_term=qpjank57j.