Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian Championships - 40cm show jumping - St Helen's Ashley Shaw. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian Championships - 40cm show jumping - St Helen's Ashley Shaw. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle Valerie Horton

Riverside takes out interschool event

TINA Kennedy will never doubt her students again.

An equestrian teacher at Riverside Christian College, Kennedy was a little apprehensive about her school's chances in this year's Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian competition, but there was no need to worry.

Riverside's riders once again proved they are a force to be reckoned with after the school took out the highest points score.

Almost 250 riders saddled up for the prestigious two-day carnival, contesting six events - dressage, show jumping, camp draft, stockman's challenge, hacking and sporting - at the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park.

Billie Dries and Spencer Hose both were named age champions, while Hayley Berg took reserve champion as Riverside reigned supreme against 64 other Queensland schools, including seven from the Fraser Coast.

Riverside finished just 6.5 points ahead of Gympie's Victory College, while Kingaroy's St Mary's College was third.

Kennedy said it was a tightly fought competition with many young emerging riders excelling across the different disciplines.

She praised her riders' commitment, and even though she was delighted with the school's win, she said the spirit of the event was to participate and have fun.

"We've got some really good riders who put on a good display, but even some who didn't come away with a lot of points, they got in there had a go," she said.

"I didn't care if they all lost as long as they had a go and had fun."



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