Despite being allowed to train but not compete, pony club riders from around the region have been left brokenhearted with their annual camps called off.
Armidale Horse and Pony Club were prepared to host their camp last week and were given the go ahead by NSW Health but Pony Club NSW halted their plans.
The club's Chief instructor Kim Harvey said they were disappointed after planning and preparing according to guidelines.
"We were going to have our camp last week," she said.
"Had the okay from the local police, Adam Marshall and NSW Health but was pulled last minute from Pony Club NSW.
"I can understand competition but [it is] training.
"I feel that with us bening in general restrictions we should be able to have training days within our local LGA as this year is no different here then last year."
NSW deputy premier John Barilaro previously stated training could take place.
"Technically, 20 people are allowed to come together so you are allowed to train," he said.
"That would not mean you couldn't train. That makes sense and that it would be permissible."
Harvey said having camp taken away from the young riders was another blow for them and their families who battled to stay in the saddle during the recent drought.
"Another point is that a lot of our kids missed things during the drought as parents were unable to get away from the property," she said.
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