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Sport & Events

25 October, 2021

Youngsters ride to state success

EIGHT members of the Mareeba and District Pony Club attended the recent Pony Club Queensland State Championships recently, with some placing in the top 10 in Queensland.

By Rhys Thomas

Sophie Kasurinen and Rae Park Jim Beam, Natalie White riding Nine Carat Gold, Sophie Hughes on Flash and Patrick Lehmann with Silver Blitz.

Anah Cresswell, Natalie White and Sophie and Katie Kasurinen attended the Pony Club Queensland State Show Jumping and Jumping Equitation Championships held at Sarina Showgrounds. 

The remaining four riders, Sophie Hughes, Patrick Lehmann and Hayley and Alex Skinner competed at the Pony Club Queensland State Formal Gymkhana, Sporting, Stockmans Challenge, Campdraft and Mounted Games Championships held at Goondiwindi Showgrounds. 

All members had a chance to compete with some of the best of the best in Queensland, all coming away with greater experience in their chosen discipline, while a select couple managed to grab some ribbons as well. 

Both Hayley Skinner and Sophie Hughes gained overall final placings in the top 10 in Queensland.

President of the Mareeba and District Pony Club Mark Bowe said it was an amazing achievement for the girls to compete at the state level. 

“Having eight young riders from Mareeba Club attend these events is a major achievement,” he said.

“Fifteen riders overall from the Far North Queensland Zone 18 region represented their clubs at state level competition, demonstrates the possibilities that Pony Club can create. 

“The dedication of both riders and parents to compete at this level is admirable.”

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