Riders are best by country mile
PONIES are little and so it seems will be some of the riders in action at the Maryborough Showgrounds this weekend.
Some 300 riders will be in the saddle for the Show Horse Council of Queensland annual Queensland Country Championships.
One of the youngest riders will be Chelsea Taunton from the Gold Coast.
She's only two, but she's already a champion.
Chelsea has qualified to ride in the Australia Grand Nationals.
The prestigious event is held every year at Horsley Park in Sydney, where the Olympic Games horse events were held back in 2000.
The Australia Grand Nationals is by invitation only and the only competitors that compete there are ones that have either been crowned champion or runner up at a qualifier event.
Each state and territory in Australia hosts its own qualifiers
The Maryborough event is one.
The Show Horse Council of Queensland was formed in 1991 to promote the sport of hacking in the state.
June Hughes from the Show Horse Council of Queensland said this event certainly did that.
“We've got riders coming from throughout the state coming as well as some from New South Wales,” she said.
“It's certainly an event worth coming out to watch.
“This is a wonderful chance for Fraser Coast residents to see some of the best show horses and riders from Queensland and Australia in action.
“Admission for spectators is free as well.”
As for the youngsters in action, Hughes said there was one class that stood out from the crowd.
“The leading Rein Pony for riders three years and under eight is a very cute event.
“People just love watching it – it's a real favourite.”
Action starts at 8am on Saturday.