Perfect Pony Club Championship
Posted: Tue, 30th Sep 2014
The Pony Club NSW State One Day Event was held at the prestigious Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre, Albury on the weekend of the 27-28th September 2014.
According to competitors and event organisers the event, hosted by Pony Clubs located in Zone 20 ran perfectly.
Seventy riders travelled from around the State to compete, with the Dressage phase commencing on Saturday morning, cross country in the afternoon and Showjumping on Sunday morning. The Championship concluded on Sunday afternoon with the mounted presentation ceremony.
Congratulations to all of the age champions. Eleanor Miller and her horse Kaloona Kaydee from Canberra Riding Club, Zone 16 was the 17 and Under 25 age champion. Rachel Temm riding Tamoru Dom Perignon from Forest Hills Pony Club, Zone 23 was the 15 and Under 17 age champion for the second year in a row. While Matilda Seppelt on her horse Gone Platinum from Londonderry Pony Club, Zone 19 placed first in the 13 and Under 15 age group, also for the second year in a row.
In reflection of the event, 17 and Under 25 years age champion Eleanor Miller was particularly impressed with the performance of her horse Kaloona Kaydee. “The highlight for me was knowing that I was on top of an amazing young horse and that no matter what happened, whether I won or lost I knew that she is only at the beginning of her career. It was the feeling that at the end of the day I knew she had done her best and so had I, and that I was just a little bit luckier than the other two competitors.”
“I would also like to say that what makes these events amazing, and what makes me always want to come back is the people that attend and how well an event runs. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people and to be included in an event that ran perfectly, including an amazing roast dinner,” commented Eleanor.
Local Zone 20, hosted a roast dinner at the Equestrian Centre on the Saturday night of the Championship. Dinner was complemented with entertainment and special guest speakers, equestrians Prue Barrett and Teagan Ashby much to the delight of the competitors and their families.
Thank you to all of the individuals who made this event possible, including the officials, volunteers, judges, announcers and in particular Zone 20 pony clubs for hosting this championship. Thank you to the riders and their families who have travelled great distances to compete at this event.
The Pony Club Association of NSW looks forward to the next state events, including the Pony Club Association of NSW State Showriding Championship to be held at White Park, Scone from the 6-7th December 2014, followed by the Pony Club NSW State Camp. The annual Pony Club NSW State Camp is a High Performance Camp that brings together the top 70 riders in NSW in the disciplines of Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing, Mounted Games and Advanced Horsemanship. This year’s camp will be held from the 4-9th January 2015 at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Riders receive instruction from top Australian Instructors and lectures from horse industry professionals.
The Pony Club NSW State ODE Championships are supported by Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Mitavite official feed partner, major sponsor Global Entries Online, as well as other local sponsors.