IF the Kinder family learnt anything from their trip to Maryborough for the showjumping state championships it was that they’ve got a talented and fearsome competitor on their hands.
Charlie Kinder, 9, had a wonderful year on the North Queensland Equestrian Group (NQEG) circuit last year, qualifying for the last week’s State Championships.
How Charlie would go when she stepped into a huge and high quality arena for the first time, in what was expected to be a huge step up in competition was a bit of an unknown but it’s fair to say that all expectations were exceeded.
Not only did Charlie stand up to the pressure of a big competition, she thrived on it and was eventually crowned the overall champion for her age group of about 40 competitors in jumping equitation. The equitation competition was made up of four separate jumping rounds over the first two days, with Charlie taking two firsts, a third and a fourth to outjump her fellow under 10-year-olds.
Charlie also rode fantastically in the showjumping.
She rode a wonderful first round in the AM5 but unfortunately had one down in the jump off.
She also rode a great course in the Power and Speed but again had one fence down.
The grand prix was a huge course and Charlie made it to the second round.
Unfortunately she did not place in the top 10 in her age group but she held her own against her other competitors who were all considerably older at 11 and 12.
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