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Cox Architecture

Cox Architecture engaged Show Pony Events for our recent Casino Royale event, jointly hosted with Aquis Entertainment at the newly refurbished Canberra Casino. As planning for our event began, it was clear that the scope was growing rapidly. Demi and Jillian managed to “steer a steady course” as the weeks tumbled by and the planning became increasingly critical. They had an acute understanding of our vision for the evening and their unfailing patience and diligence was enormously supportive. Their capacity to manage the finer detail allowed us to maintain an oversight of the event as a whole. The party was an absolute success and Showpony’s involvement meant that on the night we could relax and enjoy the evening with our guests.

Victoria Cotton

Office Manager, Cox Architecture

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Asthma Foundation ACT

Show Pony Events were selected though a competitive tender process to develop, implement and event manage the Asthma Foundation ACT's (AFACT) major fundraiser for the year, the inaugural Canberra's Longest Lunch. Until the engagement of Show Pony the event had been merely a concept for a number of years, not pursued due to the requirement of high level organisation, coordination (and associated risk) and necessary level of stakeholder engagement—each with complex and varying needs.

From the initial inception meeting, the Show Pony team were professional, creative and receptive of AFACT's requirements. They took initiative, developed appropriate planning documentation and strategised with AFACT to ensure fundraising targets were met.

During the event design stage, Show Pony's staff showed a comprehensive understanding of the legal and legislative requirements to host such an event, and ensured appropriate strategies and planning approvals were required to mitigate and address requirements. They successfully engaged and managed all key stakeholders including the ACT Government, sponsors, restaurant owners, hire companies and Marist College Canberra students and teachers.

Show Pony included AFACT in all major decision making and represented AFACT in a professional, collegial manner with a focus on addressing sponsors and supporter's requirements as well as AFACTs. The Show Pony team were extremely professional and competent always presenting comprehensive briefs and were exceptional at maintaining timelines for all deliverables pertaining to our event. They made themselves available for planning meetings, meetings with stakeholders and to assist with any enquiry we sent their way. Nothing was ever too difficult for the Show Pony team to assist with, even if it was out of scope of the statement of works.

I was constantly pleasantly surprised by the Show Pony team's ability to overcome any hurdle, barrier or challenge that occurred during the development and execution of the event, and to do so in a way that created mutually beneficial outcomes for AFACT and event stakeholders.

The event was a roaring success on the day. The Show Pony team engaged with five different restaurants/bars to ensure a delicious 5 course meal was presented on the day, in a degustation style with each restaurant providing one course to each of the guests. The precision, organisation and stakeholder engagement level required to ensure things ran smoothly was a massive task.

The event was enjoyed by all guests, created media publicity and resulted in the event raising more than the initial fundraising target.

I have no doubt the success of the event was due to Show Pony's ability and experience in working collaboratively with stakeholders, their ability to constantly problem solve and generate appropriate solutions and their attention to detail and planning.

I would absolutely recommend Show Pony events for any event management roles, and will be engaging them again for any fundraising events that are held at the Asthma Foundation ACT.

Danielle Dal Cortivo

Chief Executive Officer Asthma Foundation

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Capital Chemist

Jillian and the team at Show pony events are an amazing team. We have used Show pony events for the past 6 years and would not go anywhere else.

The team will go out of their way to make your event feel very special. I would recommend Show pony for any event whether it is a Christmas party, wedding, birthday, school graduation etc.

Cara Thurston

Office Manager Capital Chemist

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Canberra CBD Limited

Efficient and effective event planning and management is the domain of very special people. In my opinion Jillian and her handpicked Show Pony Events team are the best in the region. Phenomenal communications (verbal and written), organizational skills and risk management skills underpin my ability to sleep well at night.

They are very clever at managing performers, spectators, participants, staff, complainers and misbehaviors, money and tills, animals extreme heat and extreme cold, toilets, AV, security and much more. Above all they are very good at managing our expectations.

Show Pony Events have organised large and complex events such as Skate in the City and Christmas in the City. Each runs for up to one month and has many stakeholders and multitudes of suppliers. Within the overarching main event are mini events such as VIP openings, special shows and special attractions. Show Pony Events have also organised VIP and launch events such as those associated with the Canberra Centenary Column and time capsule in early 2014.

I have no hesitation in recommending Show Pony Events as the preferred supplier of event management.

Jane Easthope

Chief Executive Officer Canberra CBD Limited

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Ali & Ryan Wedding

We received our photo album and the page that took my breathe away (again) was the one with the marquee set up in it. You, Jill and all the girls have a serious talent and a wonderful product to offer Canberra brides. It is a market that Show Pony just dominates. A class above the rest..

Ali Preo

Ali & Ryan Wedding

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Thoroughbred Park

Thoroughbred Park

Working with Show Pony has been a breeze for Thoroughbred Park and is the one stop shop for all of our function decorating requirements. The staff are friendly, creative and easy to work with and go the extra mile to make sure every detail is picture perfect and to the brief. Show Pony have a great range and extensive knowledge of event decorating. One of our favourites so far has been the Balinese marquee for clients celebrating their end of year function on a race day. Everything, right down to the palm trees, napkins and floral arrangements was taken care of.

Briony Young

Sales & Marketing Manager

Thoroughbred Park

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The Boat House by the Lake

Show Pony Events are our preferred supplier for decorating any size event. They have fantastic equipment for hire which is of high quality as well as stylish. They've done everything from full venue decorating to small weddings with ease and professionalism.

James Souter

Director/Events

The Boat House by the Lake

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Ray White Canberra

Show Pony has assisted Ray White Canberra with many events over the last 12 months. The reason we keep going back again is the unique approach backed with experience and knowledge. The Show Pony team are extremely professional, friendly and punctual, which is very important especially when there are tight deadlines to meet. They go above and beyond the call of duty. Their main priority is that the client is happy and it really shows. You will get high quality service from beginning to end. I would have no hesitation in recommending Show Pony and look forward to the next time I will use them again for a company function.

Alice Ryan

Events Coordinator

Ray White Canberra

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Carers Australia

Show Pony Events was engaged was Carers Australia to undertake the national launch of Carers Week 2012. Ms Jillian Hart owner of Show Pony Events was the lead coordinator for the event.

SThe event was launched by the Patron of Carers Australia, her Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Ms. Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO.

SMs Hart’s detail regarding the set up and coordination of the event was of excellent standard. Ms Hart advised carers Australia on how to conduct the event in the attendance of the Governor General, and she demonstrated her excellent knowledge of protocol.

SMs Hart is an excellent communicator who seeks to understand the needs of the client and provides a variety of options that may suit the clients needs. Ms Hart met with Carers Australia on a number of occasions in the lead up to the event to ensure that all issues and needs of the event were ‘covered off’.

SMs Hart was able to plan and implement the event to an extremely high standard and did so in a patient and diplomatic manner. All Staff at Show Pony Events were of a very high professional standard.

Rosemary Spry

Manager Communication

Capital Chemist

Capital Chemist

" Show Pony Events are totally reliable and exceptional professional.
Attention to detail and complete customer satisfaction are just some of the main contributing factors that make Jillian and her staff the best event management team in the ACT. We have been more than impressed with the amazing themes and transformations that Show Pony Events have delivered to our functions".

Melita Flynn

Community Program Manager Capital Chemist

Aspect Furniture

Aspect Furniture

Thanks so much for Friday! We truly appreciate all your efforts during our Canberra Workplace Event – what an excellent, exciting and rewarding event it was! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and the Show Pony team and judging by the feedback we have received from the Canberra architects and Government clients, the event was the best one yet, so thank you for being a leading part of it!

Grant Kennerley

National Marketing Manager

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