Competition Heats Up For NSW Pony Club Riders


Posted: Wed, 14th Feb 2018

Read the full report, results and see photos from the 2018 State Showriding and Dressage Championships held at Hawkesbury Showground from the 25th - 28th January.

The first Pony Club NSW State Combined Championships for the year were held at the Hawkesbury Showground Clarendon over the Australia Day long weekend. Despite the warm conditions, four days of hotly contested Showriding and Dressage events ran from Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th January.

Well over 200 riders took part in the Combined Championship from all over the State, with all judges very impressed with the level of presentation, sportsmanship and performance. Riders with the highest points in each championship were awarded with an Age Champion sash, trophy and wool trophy rug thanks to Horseland.

The State Showriding Championships started things off on the Thursday and Friday with events including Rider, Hack, Hunter, Handler, Pony Club Mount and Bareback classes among others. Over the four rings, competition was extremely strong, making it a difficult task for judges Bruce Wright, Jenny Partridge, Rebecca Crosby and Kerrie Meek.

At the completion of classes the overall Age Champion and Reserve Champion in each age division were announced during the un-mounted presentation. In the Under 9 years, Madeleine Gaden from Dunedoo Pony Club in Zone 6 was the highest point scorer and declared the Age Champion, while Matilda Rae from Cobbitty Pony Club in Zone 10 was the Reserve Champion. Jett Newman from Hills District Pony Club was awarded the 9 & Under 11 Years Age Champion with Ella Fin from Robertson Pony Club in Zone 10 named as the Reserve Champion.

The 11 & under 13 years Age group was the largest with 33 riders competing, at the conclusion of events it was Abbey Lonsdale from Salt Ash Pony Club in Zone 25 awarded the Age Champion and Ella Bourke from Matcham Valley in Zone 24 as the Reserve Champion. Molly Best from Rylstone Pony Club in Zone 6 was the highest point scorer in the 13 & under 15 years age group, taking home the Age Champion Sash, Rug and Trophy, with Molly Michell-Smith from Narrabri Pony Club in Zone 5 in the Reserve Champion spot.

15 & under 17 age group competitor Courtney Bowd from Glenorie Pony Club in Zone 26 was the one to beat being declared the Age Champion while Millie Coddington from Dubbo Pony Club in Zone 4 was the Reserve Champion. In the Associates group, Sarah Olsen was the highest point scoring competitor for the day, taking home four 1st placings and being named the Associate Age Champion, while Jessica Craythorn from Wingham Pony Club in Zone 9 was just behind for Reserve Champion.

The overall Champion Zone for the State Showriding Championships was awarded to Zone 26 with riders Sarah Olsen, Courtney Bowd, Jett Newman and Tahlia Coleiro scoring the most points for their zone, while Zone 10 was declared the Fitness Check Presentation Award winners.

The event continued with the State Dressage Championships on Saturday and Sunday, thanks to the support of Dressage NSW who generously allowed the use of their 3 sand arenas, while nearby Clubs provided another 3 portable dressage arenas in the grassed main arena. Competitors performed two dressage tests for their age group, with the combined highest scoring riders presented with Age Champion and Reserve Champion awards.

In the Under 11 years Age Group Angelina Thompson from Woodlands Park Pony Club in Zone 26 took home the Age Champion, while Ella Fin from Robertson Pony Club in Zone 10 claimed her second Reserve Champion title for the event. The 11 & Under 13 years age group was the largest of the event with 44 riders competing in the Preliminary 1.2 and 1.3 tests. Charlotte Jacobson from Forbes Pony Club in Zone 11 was named the 11 & Under 13 years Age Champion with Emmersen Mitchell from Denman Pony Club in Zone 7 close behind to claim the Reserve Champion.

The 13 & Under 15 years Age Champion was awarded to Chelsea Brown from Woodlands Park Pony Club in Zone 26, followed by Alexander Seppelt from Londonderry Pony Club in Zone 19 in the Reserve spot. Courtney Bowd from Glenorie Pony Club in Zone 26 claimed her 2nd Age Champion award for the event, declared the 15 & Under 17 years Dressage Age Champion while Mia Galbraith from Mount Sugarloaf Pony Club in Zone 25 was just 1 point behind for the Reserve Champion award. In the Associates division it was Sarah Olsen from Hills District in Zone 26 who also took home her second Age Champion title for the event claiming 1st place in both the Novice 2.3 and Elementary 3.1 tests, with Olivia-Kait Gallegos from Bendemeer Pony Club in Zone 5 declared the Reserve Champion.

Once again Zone 26 was named as the Champion Zone, with riders Chelsea Brown, Courtney Bowd, Sarah Olsen and Angelina Thompson the highest point scoring riders in their zone, while Zone 7 was awarded the Fitness Check Presentation Award.

The next Combined State Championship for Pony Club NSW will be the 2018 State Sporting, Campdraft & Team Penning Championships at North Dorrigo Showgrounds from the 14th – 16th April. Entries must come through your Zone and will close on Friday 2nd March 2018 (zone entries may close earlier).

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the Pony Club NSW Combined State Championships; Horseland, HYGAIN, Showgirl Equestrian, Equissentials and Rodneys Photography. All professional photographs are available on Rodney’s Photography website to view and purchase. For more information, visit the Pony Club NSW Facebook page or website on


For more information:

The Pony Club Association of NSW                                          

Contact: Leanna Haines                                                           


Gallery: Click to enlarge

Molly Best from Rylstone Pony Club in Zone 6 was awarded the 13 & Under 15 years Showriding Age Champion riding her horse Lawlington Park Rendition. Photo: Rodneys Photography
Champion and Reserve Champion place getters during the 2018 State Showriding Championships Presentation. Photo: Rodneys Photography.
Olivia-Kait Gallegos from Bendemeer Pony Club in Zone 5 claimed the Dressage Associate Reserve Champion award. Photo: Rodneys Photography

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