Locals ride well


RIDERS from Cairns to Sarina travelled to Proserpine Pony Club Grounds for the annual Proserpine Hack and Pony Club equestrian and gymkhana weekend.

The record 200 nominations for the showjumping competition was well above and beyond participant numbers in previous years.

On Saturday, Proserpine Hack and Pony Club hosted the Open Equestrian Show and the North Queensland Newcomer Hack competition. The gymkhana followed on Sunday.

The prestigious North Queensland newcomer hack category had three judges officiating and a line-up of 15 nominations.

The winners sash went to a thoroughbred mare imported from the United States. Su-Am Love Affair is owned by the Greenhalgh Family. The runner-up sash was awarded to another local horse owned by Linda Tomlinson and Matt Gray.

After Saturday's grand day it was all hands on deck as Proserpine Hack and Pony Club members constructed the courses and showjumping rings for the club's annual gymkhana.

Pony Clubs from Proserpine, Bowen, Euri Creek, Cannon Valley, Pioneer River Valley and Sarina were all competing for the Proserpine Sugar Co-Op Mill Trophy.

Riders stirred the dust as they sped through the course, taking on the two jumping events with ease.

Proserpine came home the winner on the day, taking out the trophy for the fifth year in a row.

This year's event proved to be another success as the club also took home the winning blue ribbon in the March Past event.

Other results were as follows:

  • Under-7s unassisted – Lilly Horsepool and Lachlan Gray won plenty of ribbons.
  • Seven and under-9 years – Amy Gray, Ella Newberry and Tori Mansfield came home with a bag full of ribbons.
  • Nine and under-11 years – Georgia Plemenuk was champion; Breena Purvis was second in rider class; and Scudda Ho was first in best presented and third in AM3 jump, top score, bending and barrel race.
  • Eleven and under-13 years – Madlin Spruce was champion with Natasha Plemenuk first in bending and flag race, second in rider class and best presented and third in barrel race.
  • Fifteen and under-17 years – Kayla Lacey and Eric McDermott attended their first gymkhana and came home with placing's in the sporting, rider and best presented classes.
  • Seventeen and under-26 years – Amy Greenhalgh champion and reserve grand champion hi-point rider of the day.
  • Melissa Lamont attended her first Gymkhana with amazing results coming in as Reserve Champion Rider.
  • Seniors – Amber Greenhalgh Champion.

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