Riders storm to big victory

EQUESTRIAN: Rockhampton and Yeppoon equestrians went north and took a strong hold of the Mackay Team Challenge leaving the locals with little hope on their own turf.

The Yeppoon and Rockhampton competitors stormed through the competition and claimed first in the Dressage Team Challenge and first and second in the Showjumping Team Challenge.

Team manager and secretary of the Yeppoon Hack and Pony Club, Paula Barlow, said the team had exceeded expectations on the field.

“They didn’t expect it but they had been competing well all year,” she said.

“It was the first time those teams had competed in the Mackay event and they all competed really well.”

Four showjumping teams of nine competitors and three dressage teams of 12 from Rockhampton and Yeppoon went down to the challenge.

But it was winning local team of Samantha Coombe, Stacey Anderson, Dana Anderson, Aimee Granet who took out the showjumping title.

With Rockhampton’s other team of Nelson Smyth, Liberty Smyth, Rowena Barlow and Alice Leeson who took out second place.

In the dressage competition the local winners that took the challenge with force were Alexandra and Karlee Barlow, Stacey Anderson and Samantha Coombe.

Paula Barlow said although the local competitors won the challenge they competed in the event for fun.

“The kids had a lot of fun there. It wasn’t as serious as some of the state events were that we have been to.

“The competitive season is over so at the moment we are just competing in fun events.”

This year the local competitors have competed in events that they have not been a part of in years such as the Zone Team Challenge last month.

Barlow said this was because of recent changes to the Yeppoon Hack and Pony Club and the coaching that the children had received.

“They have been getting regular coaching from Ron Easey who is a former showjumping Olympian and he comes to the Yeppoon Pony Club once a month.”

“Geraldine Van Montfrans-eady also teaches them dressage and she is at a high level.”

Barlow said the pony club had received 20% more members this year and they expect the same influx next year.

The next event will be the Gamblers Day on November 23.



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