Not to be out done by the equestrian events at the London Olympics, Pony Clubbers have been busy practising their skills.
Pony Club Zone 8 which has active clubs at Bingara, Collarenebri, Garah/Boomi, Gravesend, Gurley, Moree, Mungindi, Upper Horton and Warialda recently announced the winners of the inaugural Zone 8 Show jumping Championships for 2012. Points were accumulated from Showjumping weekends at Warialda, Gravesend and Bingara.
“The event was instigated to increase the involvement in show jumping activities across the Zone and has been applauded as a resounding success.” said Zone 8 Chief Instructor Julie Morgan. “I am very appreciative of the support given by the clubs and the sponsors who made the weekends possible, as well as the small army of volunteers who work behind the scenes to make each event run smoothly.” she added.
Inaugural age group winners were: Under 17 years A Grade Brooke O’Halloran from Armidale, Runner Up Loretta Morris – North Star, Under 17 years B Grade Jessica Towns – Gravesend, Runner Up Rebecca Gillan – Garah-Boomi, Under 17 years C Grade Jim Gillan – Garah-Boomi, Runner Up Mitchell Mack – Warialda, Under 17 years D Grade Jacqueline Coombes – Bingara, Runner Up Colless Coombes – Bingara, Under 17 years E Grade Bella Reardon – Warialda, Runner Up Hollie O’Halloran – Armidale and Associates Hayley Farrell – Gravesend.
Riders are now preparing for their annual pony camp fun in the September school holidays.
Pony Clubs are the breeding grounds for the champions of tomorrow. Recognised as the grassroots level of horse riding development, Pony Club NSW has over 271 clubs with over 15,500 members. Activities members can participate in include gymkhanas, camps and trail rides.