Baylee Evans wins Queensland title
FORMER Proserpine Pony Club equestrian Baylee Evans won her second title in the Pony Club Queensland State Campdraft and Stockmans Challenge at Maryborough last Wednesday.
Baylee competed in the Under-15s category and placed first in both the dry work pattern, which consists of variations of gait suchs as trots, canters, spins and roll-backs, and wet work (cattlework phase).
Baylee, has been riding since she was three years old and received private instruction from Proserpine Pony Club president Suzanne Greenhalgh at around 7-years-old before later moving to Brisbane to pursue further opportunities.
Ms Greenhalgh said if you turned your back, Baylee would be on a horse.
"You could see the potential in her. She's got wonderful horseman parents,” Ms Greenhalgh said.
"She used to help her parents break in horses at a very early age. She'd ride for probably 2-3 hours per day preparing for competitions.
"She's competed in a variety of different disciplines such as hack riding, combined training and the stockmans challenge and already won state titles. She's done so much for someone so young.”
Baylee's mother Nakia said this title marks number six in five years and is Baylee's second Stockmans Challenge title.
This particular title, she said, was won on Nyanda Crazy Cat, a 12-year-old quarter horse, one of five owned by Baylee.
"I'm really proud. She's very dedicated to her practice. She competes in something almost every weekend,” Mrs Evans said.
The next major event for the talented equestrian is the 2019 Grand Nationals in Sydney early next year.
But seeing Baylee go even further isn't out of the question according to Ms Greenhalgh.
"The club that got (the Evans family) down in Brisbane is very lucky because they're true blue club members,” she said.
"The move has given them a lot more opportunities at state titles.
"I hope to see Baylee at the Olympics one day.”
Proserpine Pony Club rider Helle Harris placed first in the senior age group and Ashlee Coyte took first in hack class and rider class events and placed in the Under-15 event of the Cannonvalley Gymkhana on September 23.