NSW Team All Smiles after Pony Club National Championships


Posted: Thu, 19th Oct 2017

The Pony Club Australia National Championships were held at Toowoomba Showgrounds from the 18th – 22nd September 2017. NSW sent a team of 50 riders to compete in Showjumping, Dressage, Eventing, Tetrathlon, Mounted Games, Formal Gymkhana and Pony Club Quiz.

Pony Club NSW President Wayne Pernice said the riders are a credit to their Clubs, Zones and Association; “Riders not only demonstrated their ability to compete at a National level but showed what terrific ambassadors they are for our state”.

The NSW Team consisted of riders from all over the state, from as far as Milton on the far south coast, out to Griffith in the south-west. Competitors arrived over the weekend where they were camping at the Showgrounds or staying in nearby motels. The team gathered on Sunday afternoon for the Trot Up and Team Managers Meeting before the Welcome barbecue and Opening Ceremony on Sunday evening.

Riders from all over Australia attended the National Championships with hundreds of competitors and their families taking part in the week-long event. Social Games were held on the first evening of competition with all riders taking part in team building activities to get to know each other.

One of the first results from the Championships was the Invitational Medium Dressage Test for riders that are competing at medium or higher level. NSW’s own Phoebe Wilkinson from Hills District Pony Club in Zone 26 rode Greenoaks Munich to place 1st in the event.

All other disciplines were spread over the week of competition with NSW obtaining many great scores including;

Belle Edwards from Brunswick Valley Pony Club placed 2nd in the Junior Dressage Championship
Rachael Temm from Forest Hills Pony Club was awarded the Senior Eventing Champion, placing 1st overall
William Wood from Armidale Pony Club claimed 1st and Jorja Power from Walcha Pony Club placed 2nd in the Junior Formal Gymkhana, gaining the Champion team award for NSW
Dannica Whitty from Mangrove Mountain Pony Club claimed 2nd place overall in the Senior Dressage Championship
The NSW Junior Mounted Games team claimed the Champion award, while the Senior team placed 3rd
Molly Smith from North Star Pony Club placed 1st in the Sub-Junior Showjumping while Liliana Reardon from Warialda placed 3rd, pushing NSW into the top spot to be awarded Champion Sub Junior Showjumping Team
Eleanor Miller from Canberra Riding Club placed 2nd in the Senior Showjumping Championship
Liliana Reardon from Warialda Pony Club placed 4th in the Sub-Junior Tetrathlon with the best Showjumping score, while Nicola Gee from Murwillumbah placed 5th, obtaining the best Swimming score.
The NSW Junior Quiz team placed 2nd overall with competitors Olivia Johnson, Sharne Haskins, Lara Hamblin and Jorjah Drysdale.

With these results and more NSW came in at 3rd place in the Roger Braham OAM Perpetual Shield behind Pony Club Queensland in 1st place and Pony Club Victoria in 2nd.

A Formal Dinner was held on the Wednesday evening where competitors, Team Managers and family members gathered over a sit down meal, heard from some guest speakers and enjoyed the fun atmosphere. Pony Club Australia made a formal presentation to announce the winners of the 2017 National Pony Club Awards which saw two NSW members recognised for their achievements and dedication towards Pony Club. Rebecca Cameron from Armidale Pony Club in Zone 13 was awarded the Best achievement by a rider aged 17-25 years, while Carole Hodges from Tele Point Pony Club in Zone 9 was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award.

NSW will be next to host the Pony Club Australia National Championships in 2019 with preparations already underway. Those who would like to get involved as competitors, officials, volunteers or organisers please contact the NSW State Office or look out for the applications that will be posted on our website in mid-2018.

For more information contact the PCA NSW State Office on (02) 4229 8977. To find a Pony Club near you visit the state website on


For more information:

The Pony Club Association of NSW                                          

Contact: Leanna Haines                                                           


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NSW placed 3rd in the Teams Junior Dressage Championships with riders (L-R) James Smith, Jorja Power, Lara Hamblin, Krystal Taylor and Belle Edwards. Photo: OzShotz
Winner of the Sub Junior Showjumping Championships Molly Smith from North Star Pony Club. Photo: OzShotz
NSW competitors before attending the National Championships Formal Dinner
NSW Eventing Rider Rachael Temm won the Senior Eventing Championship on her horse CeCe Moscato. Photo: OzShotz

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