Sport

Course passes first test

Emily Atkinson, on Docs Sweet Honney, clears a jump in the showjumping arena at the Maryborough Station Square One Day Event on Sunday.
Emily Atkinson, on Docs Sweet Honney, clears a jump in the showjumping arena at the Maryborough Station Square One Day Event on Sunday. Alistair Brightman

OLYMPIC hopeful Jess Somerfield went into the weekend's Maryborough Station Square One Day Event hoping just to finish.

That she did - winning the CNC two-star class at Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park.

Making the victory more amazing was the fact Somerfield was competing in just her second competition since moving up to the two-star level.

"It was a huge shock to end up on top. It's amazing," she said.

Somerfield, who turned 20 last Thursday, was forced to win it the hard way after finishing last in the dressage, albeit registering a personal best score.

She went on to claim overall honours after a clear show-jumping round and expertly piloting her horse, Wildfires Revenge, across the new-look cross country course.

"It was unreal, I had tears of joys," she said.

"I've been training non-stop for the past two years so to get this result is very rewarding."

The result in Maryborough has instilled the Brisbanite with more confidence as she sets her sights on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"I went to nationals last year and represented Queensland, but representing Australia is something I've always wanted to do," she said.

The two-day event proved to be a testing one for some riders, with rain earlier in the week leading officials to fear the event would be cancelled.

But thanks to the people who worked tirelessly to prepare the course, which had just undergone a $50,000 facelift, the show went ahead with 200 riders saddling up for the competition.

Improvements to the course and a change to the format made this year's May long weekend event extra exciting.

Event organiser Amy Harth said it was the first time Fraser Coast Horse Trials and Hervey Bay Pony Club have combined to host their one day events on the same weekend.

She said the upgraded cross country course attracted plenty of pre-competition hype and riders were not disappointed.

"All the new jumps rode extremely well," she said.

"There was some stiff competition and some top quality horses there."

 

OVERALL WINNERS

Fraser Coast Horse Trials

  • CNC two-star - Jess Somerfield
  • CNC one-star - Kathy Humphry
  • Pre-novice - Tom Doyle
  • Junior pre-novice - Justine Streater
  • Preliminary - Tom Doyle
  • Junior preliminary - Alanah Evans
  • Introductory - Dean Morris
  • Junior introductory - Gillian Kirchner
  • Pre-introductory - Audrey Kirchner

Hervey Bay Pony Club

  • One-star - Evelyn Williamson
  • Pre-novice - Melissa Jensen
  • Preliminary - Melanie Hobi
  • Introductory - Teigan Griffiths
  • 12-and-under - Spencer Hose
  • 11-years and U26 80cm - Jess Somerfield
  • 11-years and U26 60cm - Maddie Hose
  • 10-and-under 60cm - Kristen Mackie
  • Seniors - Karen Morgan

Topics:  equestrian, horses, maryborough, olympic games




KILLER SPEED: Coast drivers exceed limit by more than 40km/h

Police in the Maryborough district have caught hundreds of drivers behaving badly in the past two months.

Close to 700 drivers have been caught speeding

Distressed boatie gets helping hand as yacht hits strife

A Gold Coast boatie had to be rescued from his yacht off Arch Cliffs in the early hours of Thursday.

A distressed Gold Coast boatie had to be rescued from his yacht

COOL SNAP: Don't put the winter woolies away just yet

This pooch is warming up during the cool snap on the Fraser Coast.

We can expect a beautiful sunny weekend with chilly minimum temps

Latest deals and offers

Johnny Depp 'deeply respects' Amber Heard

Celebrity

Amber Heard gives away $7 million settlement to charity

The true cost of 60 Minutes debacle revealed

It's a bill that would make even a silk tied barrister blush

Maryborough's little link to Hollywood heart-throb Thor

STAR VISIT: Hollywood heartthrob Chris Hemsworth visits Craig Box and his daughter Violet Box at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Craig's family originate from Maryborough.

One little girl was lucky enough to meet the movie star

This year 4 schoolboy outscores Aussies at Pokémon champs

He's now a celebrity in the schoolyard.

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast