Equestrian event runaway success after flood hindered event
SHOWJUMPING: Central Queensland horse riding enthusiasts converged on the Capricorn Coast over the weekend, for the Crompton Park Hack and Pony Club showjumping and equitation event.
Despite the recent flood damaging club grounds and washing away equipment, Crompton Park Hack and Pony Club were determined their much anticipated showjumping and equitation event would go ahead, and relocated to the Yeppoon club grounds.
Crompton Park publicity officer and rider Cherie Kent dubbed the event a huge success and said overall, the weekend ran smoothly and numbers were good considering recent conditions.
"The flood really put a stop to riders training horses in the couple of weeks prior to our event," Kent said. "We had 50 riders for the jumping equitation on Saturday and 35 for the showjumping on Sunday."
"Some of these riders and horses had competed on both days with official and unofficial rings on both days, some riders also rode two horses which is a big task on behalf of both rider and mum and dad," Kent said.
Kent thanked Yeppoon Hack and Pony Club for the use of their ground, equipment and canteen, along with their great stable and camping facilities.
Riders competed well, with the official ring consisting of a course between nine to 12 jumps and competitions varying in the requirement of rounds against the clock or over shortened courses to determine the placegetters in each event, Kent added.
"Riders compete in age or height classes in both rings, starting from unofficial events 45cm up to 90cm and the official ring starting from 60cm for under-10s up to our D and C graders over 1.2m," Kent said. "We saw over the two days both ability and sportsmanship that all clubs should be proud of. It is difficult to pick out just one outstanding rider as all groups are varied in numbers participating on the day."
The team showjumping trophies went to Crompton Park Hack and Pony club first, followed by Yeppoon Hack and Pony club second and third.
Both clubs have dominated the showjumping rings in Queensland and New South Wales for many years.
10y and under: Tayla Wallace; 11-U13y Karlee Barlow; 13-U15y Rowena Barlow; 15-U17y Alexandra Barlow; Under 26y Alice Leeson; Class D: Alexandra Barlow; Class 2C Dana Anderson; Class 5 10y and under Tayla Wallace; Class 4 12 and under Karlee Barlow; Class 6 Pony and Galloway Jasmine Ritter; Team Tayla Wallace, Nikki Olzard, Georgia Hunt, Brooke Wallace; Class 7 Chase Naylor; Class 8 Elisabeth Watts; Class 9 Wayne Hawke; Class 10 Lauren Lewthwaite; Class 11 Robbie Cardnell.