State Sporting and Campdraft Championships a Barrel of Fun


Posted: Wed, 19th May 2021

The 2021 Pony Club NSW State Sporting & Campdraft Championships was held at the Walcha Showground on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of April.

This event was generously hosted by Zone 13, which encompasses the New England region. The event was a large one with almost 200 entries, making it the perfect way to welcome back the Championships, which haven’t been able to go ahead since April 2019 due to Covid restrictions.

This was the first State Sporting & Campdraft Championship that has gone ahead since April 2019 due to covid restrictions, so riders were understandably extremely excited to be competing once again.

The Saturday witnessed perfect weather for our State Sporting Championships. Riders competed in seven events over the day. These were: The Flag Race, Bending Race, Barrel Race, Bonfield Bounce, Diamond Flag Race, 3 Mug Race and finally the Figure of 8 race. It was a fast-paced day for spectators and riders alike!

The Under 11 Champion was Riley Mitchell riding Finos Angie from Aberdeen, with Mackenzie Lyons and Amarah Parc Vegas from Inverell Pony Club only 3 points behind, taking out the Reserve Champion placing.

Emily Croft and her horse Senorita from Aberdeen were named the Under 13 Champions. Madison Ellis and Stanric Agile from Emmaville followed closely behind for the Reserve Champion place, with only one point separating the two riders.

The Under 15 class was a Zone 5 affair with both Allie Palmer on Palmers Dynamic and Molly Collett on Ima Smokin’ Freckle having the highest score of the weekend on 42 points. On a countback Allie was named the Under 15 Champion, with Molly winning the Reserve Champion Placing. An outstanding result for both riders and their Zone.

Another Emmaville rider found themselves in the top placing positions. Brooke Klingner on Brenwon Spring were named the Under 17 Sporting Champions. Dylan O’Hara riding Chardonnay from Wingham Pony Club took out the Reserve Champion position. Dylan and Chardonnay were also awarded the Reserve Champion position for the Under 15 category at our last State Sporting Championships in 2019!

The 17 to Under 27 class was the largest of the weekend, making for some seriously tough competition. Matthew Kelly riding Erinton Lucy Loo from Paterson River was the clear winner of this age group on 49 points. Michael Paull riding Jazz from Armidale was titled the Reserve Champion with a total of 39 points.

Riders awoke on Sunday to another day of incredible weather for the State Campdraft Championships. We would again like to thank Walcha for not only providing the grounds but organising the cattle for the day.

Mackenzie Lyons had a fantastic weekend, being titled the Champion Under 13 after her Reserve Champion Sporting Placing the previous day. Paterson River rider Emelia Ford and Dingobrook Elly won the Reserve Champion position.

Allie Palmer and Palmers Dynamic won two State Championships in as many days by winning the Under 15s Division by 62 points. Reserve Champion was won by Paige Parker on Condor Miss Chica from Tenterfield.

The Under 17s Championship was won by Martins Gully horse and rider combination James Walker and Longpoint Tickets. Anthony Shultz followed closely behind for the Reserve Championship placing riding Shultz Spirit from Gloucester.

The final age group, the Under 27s, was also the largest. It was Nicole Martin who won the coveted Champion position riding Mulwaree Charm from Merriwa. Following only 5 points behind was Amy Shultz riding Wave from Gloucester, whom like her brother Anthony, took out the Reserve Champion position of her age group. The Shultz family should be extremely proud of this family effort.

The Interzone Champion club on the Saturday was won by Zone 13, made up of three Emmaville riders and one Armidale Rider. Zone 7 was the Interzone Championship winner on the Sunday. The team was made up of four Merriwa riders. An incredible performance by both Zones!

Thanks again to our generous sponsors WINTEC and RANVET as well as everyone who helped organise and run this exceptional event.

For more information on the event, visit the Pony Club NSW Facebook page or website on

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