It takes a lot of hard work to run a Pony Club NSW State Showjumping Championship, but event organisers and volunteers can rest easy after a wonderful weekend of jumping high at Bathurst Showgrounds on the 6 to the 7 July 2013.
Around 170 competitors travelled from Pony Clubs across NSW and also interstate from Queensland and Victoria. According to Bathurst Pony Club, "there were nine Queensland competitors braving the cold all with a smile on their face."
Competitors arrived at Bathurst on Friday to participate in the fitness check in preparation for the championship. Riders were also judged on their presentation during the fitness check with Zone 11 winning for the third year in a row.
According to Bathurst Pony Club, "the standard of Showjumping was outstanding, and over and above expectations with jump-offs up to 1.25m."
In the Under 13 age group, Alexander Ryan, riding horse Tucker from Lake Albert Pony Club was the age champion. Angus Graham from Queensland on his horse Kia Creek claimed the 13 and Under 15 year's title. Gemma Tinney from Arcadia Pony Club riding horse Murrabong Kinganui placed first in the 15 and under 17 age group. Ryan Towns from Moree Pony Club, riding Noble Eros, was the 17 and Under 25 age champion. All of the age champions took home prizes from major event sponsor Ranvet and also rugs from State Championship rug sponsor Flametree Inc.
According to Bathurst Pony Club, a standout highlight from the weekend included a visit from "Mr Wyatt (Bunty) Thompson, one of the first Australian Eventing team members at the 1956 Olympic Games held in Stockholm and a Bathurst local, joined us for the presentation on Sunday afternoon."
The Pony Club Association of NSW would like to thank Zone 3 event organisers, Bathurst Pony Club volunteers and the competitors for contributing to such a successful weekend.
In particular Bathurst Pony Club would like to thank the Bathurst Pony Club volunteers, Bathurst Showground Trust and the Bathurst Harness Club who ensured the smooth running of the event.
The next Pony Club NSW State event is the Pony Club NSW State Mounted Games Championship which is to be held at Holbrook Equestrian Centre from the 14-15th September 2013.
The Pony Club NSW State Showjumping Championships are supported by major sponsor Ranvet, State Championship rug sponsor Flametree Inc, Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Mitavite official feed partner, as well as other local sponsors. To find a Pony Club near you visit the state website on www.pcansw.org.au.