PCA NSW State Showriding Championships
Posted: Mon, 15th Dec 2014
Pony Club NSW State Showriding Championships: Over 200 riders and their horses from around NSW travelled to Scone to compete in the Pony Club NSW State Showriding Championships. The Championship was hosted by Zone 7 and held at White Park on the 6th and 7th of December.
Riders competed in a range of classes judged on both horse and rider or handler to accumulate points to determine the Age Champion winners and Champion Zone. The Under 9 years Champion was awarded to Molly Callinan from Mount Sugarloaf Pony Club, and Reserve Champion went to Charlie Welsh from Mangrove Mountain Pony Club. Elouise Clare from Glenorie Pony Club won the 9 and under 11 years Age Champion, with Ella Bourke from Matcham Valley taking out the Reserve Champion. The 11 and under 13 age Champion was awarded to Mackenzie Peterkin from Congarinni Pony Club, and Tyara Smith from Stoney Range Pony Club was declared Reserve Champion. Chelsea Johnson from Stoney Range Pony Club took out the Age Champion 13 and under 15 years, with Lindsey Blanch from Grafton as Reserve Champion. In the 15 and under 17 years age group, Katrina Osborne was awarded Age Champion from Nundle Pony Club, and Tess O’Connor from Forest Hills Pony Club took out the Reserve Champion. Brodie Howe from Stoney Range Pony Club won her age division for the fifth year in a row, this year winning the 17 to 25 years Age Champion, with Kate Quirk from Quirindi Pony Club awarded Reserve Champion.
The Champion Zone was awarded to Zone 22 with riders Brodie Howe, Tyara Smith, Chelsea Johnson and Teleah Lindsay gaining the most points for their Zone.
17 to 25 years Age Champion, Brodie Howe said the highlight of her weekend was “competing with all the other brilliant riders from all around NSW. The quality of horse and rider combinations has become more and more competitive each year.” Being Brodie’s fifth State Showriding Champion win, she enjoys “seeing the familiar faces each year at State Showriding as well as all the new competitors giving it their first try.”
Attending the State Showriding Championships is an event that many Pony Club members strive to achieve for, and Brodie Howe explains the importance of attending Pony Club to build a successful riding career; “Pony Club has been a great start for me from the beginning right up until now. At the start it was great to build confidence and meet new friends, and now it is a great place to take my young horses to get them used to being out and about”.
The Pony Club Association of NSW would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the State Showriding Championships, also to the parents, friends and families who showed support over the weekend. The Showriding Championships mark the last of the State Pony Club events for 2014, with our next event; The NSW State Camp taking place in the new year from the 4th – 9th January at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.
The Pony Club NSW State Showriding Championships are supported by major sponsor Global Entries Online, Sport and Recreation division of Communities NSW and Mitavite official feed partner.
All Photography from the weekend can be found from Xpoze Photography's website at: www.xpozephotography.com.au