Family remembers pony club rock

HANNAH FLEMING
Last updated 05:00 21/12/2012

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A horseman, mentor and friend to all will forever hold a presence at the Okato Pony Club.

Malcolm Grayling died in May 2010 from cancer.

Yesterday, a stone memorial was unveiled in Okato in honour of Mr Grayling and his commitment to the coastal organisation.

The father of five helped set up the pony club in the 1970s and went on to become a life member in 2009.

He was also president of the North Taranaki Pony Club and later took the reins of the Taranaki Area Pony Club, of which he was also a life member.

Hunting was another area in which he was fully involved, serving two terms as president of the Taranaki Hunt plus a stint as master in the hunting field.

Athens Olympian and son, Matthew, was at the memorial yesterday and said it was humbling for the family to see him being acknowledged.

"He was involved for such a long period of time and we've all been fortunate to have a guy like him put so much time and effort in.

"Even when we'd left the club he was still very keen on keeping it going."

Matthew said he was especially good at encouraging children to ride, no matter at what level they were in.

Friend and pony club member Karen White said the plaque summed up Mr Grayling perfectly.

It described him as a horseman, mentor and friend to all, and included what had been termed his catch-phrase, "Let's get on with it".

Ms White said he would never be forgotten and his legacy would live on through the memories and examples he left behind.

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