Riders sights set on state titles
THREATENING rain clouds held off just long enough to allow for two fantastic days of competition at the Dundowran Equestrian Grounds at the weekend.
About 46 riders took to the arena for equitation on Saturday while some 60 competitors navigated their way around the showjumping ring on Sunday for the Hervey Bay Pony Club’s Official Equitation and Showjumping competitions.
Hervey Bay Pony Club president Lyndal Roos said the competitors, who travelled from towns such as Kingaroy, Mundubbera, Pomona, Gympie, Kia Ora, Bundaberg and Musgrave, dished out some tough competition.
Each rider had their sights set firmly on placing in the top 10 to qualify for the State Equitation and Showjumping in March 2011 in Toowoomba.
“The competition was of a great standard with the keenest groups being the 12-and-under and the D grade riders on the Sunday,” Ms Roos said
She said only a couple of minor falls happened over the weekend, but no major injuries recorded.
The Hervey Bay club is now preparing for its Gymkhana on Saturday, October 2 and an Intra Zone Teams Showjump Challenge on Sunday, October 3.
“Visitors are more than welcome to come along and enjoy the sport from the sidelines,” Ms Roos.
Results for the Equitation were
1st Amber Hamilton, Mundubbera; 2nd Lily Harwood, Bundaberg; 3rd Gianne Smeddes, Tiaro.
- 11-years – under-13:
1st Mikhaela Roos, Hervey Bay; 2nd Alice Leighton, Hervey Bay; 3rd Hayley Berg, Tiaro.
- 13-years – under-15:
1st Courtney Hopkins, Wowan; 2nd Jenna Smeddes, Tiaro; 3rd Nicole Cooper, Maryborough.
- 15-years – under-17:
1st Deziree Roos, Hervey Bay; 2nd Fiona Edwards, Hervey Bay; 3rd Tori Goodchild, Kingaroy.
- 17-years – under-21:
1st Danielle Iker, Tiaro; 2nd Zoe May, Gin Gin; 3rd Jaimie Burns, Hervey Bay.
1st Katrina Anderson, Hervey Bay; 2nd Sue Harwood, Bundaberg; 3rd Jodie Marr, Nambour.
- 50cm 12-and-under Unofficial
1st Cheyenne Slatts, Isis; 2nd Gina Hamilton, Mundubbera; 3rd Ashleigh McGrath, Hervey Bay.
- 50cm 13-and-over Unofficial
1st Dakota Avery, Isis; 2nd Danielle Wearing-Smith, Hervey Bay; 3rd Jaimie Burns, Hervey Bay
- 70cm Unofficial:
1st Deziree Roos, Hervey Bay; 2nd Samantha Wearing-Smith, Hervey Bay; 3rd Maddison Hose, Maryborough.
- 90cm Unofficial
1st 1st Zoe May, Gin Gin; 2nd Elizabeth Silcox, Tiaro.
1st Jodie Marr, Nambour; 2nd Stephanie Dear, Musgrave.
1st Emily Graham, Pomona; 2nd Amber Hamilton, Mundubberra; 3rd Gianne Smeddes, Tiaro.
1st Angus Graham, Pomona; 2nd Hayley Berg, Tiaro; 3rd Ophelia Silcox, Tiaro.
- Pony Galloway:
1st Sally Moorhead, Musgrave; 2nd Curtsie Silcox, Tiaro; 3rd Jenna Smeddes, Tiaro.
- D Grade:
1st Rachael Weiss Bundaberg; 2nd Courtney Hopkins, Wowan; 3rd Charlie Graham, Pomona.
- AB Grade
1st Lisa Harris, Tiaro; 2nd Sandra Harris, Tiaro.