Riders love new jumps

SNOW White and the Seven Dwarfs would be green with envy at the unique miniature portable houses that had everyone talking at the cross country portion of the Maryborough Pony Club’s official one-day event at the weekend.

A strong field of 85 competitors converged on Maryborough Park last Saturday and Sunday for the event, which Secretary Bronwyn Cooper described as “extremely successful”.

Riders travelled from as far afield as Yeppoon, Calliope, Kenilworth, Buderim, Gympie, Rockhampton and Wondai, the first official one-day event under the new club committee a roaring success.

“They came from everywhere, everyone enjoyed it and the weather was great,” Ms Cooper said.

A highlight of the competition, which included dressage and unofficial showjumping on Saturday and cross country and official show jumping on Sunday, was the newly remodelled Pony Club cross country course that now boasts a water jump, a solid concrete pipe jump, a confronting Road Closed sign obstacle, and of course, the portable red and white house with four levels of difficulty.

Ms Cooper said the foundations of the course was built with a team effort from club members, Thea Griffin from Maryborough Park and the Fraser Coast Regional Council who sponsored the club with man hours and machinery.

“Some fantastic new jumps were made and it just looked amazing.

“We still have a lot of work to do. Some more exciting and bigger jumps are planned,” she said.

“We are now looking forward to a fantastic year next year.”

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