Superb sixth for our girl
After winning the north-east zones series, Benalla’s Shantelle Paton-McKenzie took on Melbourne, and placed sixth.
Shantelle, 14, represented north-eastern Pony Club Victoria at the Moonee Valley Races during the weekend in the open rideto-time grand finals, finishing sixth.
Shantelle’s mother Sharon said she was impressed with how her daughter conducted herself throughout the events.
‘‘Riding 1000 m in 148 seconds, Shantelle came in at 146.31 seconds placing sixth in open,’’ Sharon said.
‘‘Every race she was in, she was smiling even though Jaxon (horse) was dragging like a train.’’
Shantelle was wearing Benalla trainer Peter Donelly’s race silks to support the local trainer in Melbourne.
‘‘She rode so well . . . but now she’s got the flu,’’ Sharon said.
‘‘We were up so early and she was the last one out and just went a fraction too fast.
‘‘She rode last year, too, in grade three and four and placed fourth as well.’’
She said Shantelle wanted to work with horses in the future, and would continue to be gracious and humble in victory or defeat.
‘‘She has done all the riding work with Jaxon herself, is very dedicated to her riding and wants to be good enough to represent Australia one day,’’ Sharon said.
‘‘If it doesn’t involve a horse, she isn’t happy.
‘‘She has been gracious and humble in her wins and is always helping out younger and more inexperienced riders and parents at both Benalla Pony Club and events.’’
The family wished to thank the Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust for a grant that allowed them to purchase a safety vest for Shantelle’s riding.
On Thursday eight players braved the course for a stroke round. Winner was Marsha Watson with 89(9)80 c/b.
Marsha was also nearest the pin on the 3rd, 8th and 14th holes.
A stableford round was played on Saturday with 17 players.
Division one winner was Helen Hyland with 34 points c/b. Division two winner was June Shennan with 39.
Ball competition Anne Thomson 34, Aileen Briggs 33, Anne Brown 32, Marsha Watson 31c/b.
Nearest the pins 3rd A. Brown, Milner-Watson Pharmacy 8th M. Watson, Ray White 12th H. Hyland, Golf Shop 13th R. Watkins, 14th A. Thomson.
This week a stableford round will be played on Thursday and a stroke round and monthly medal on Saturday.
She has done all the riding work with Jaxon herself, is very dedicated to her riding and wants to be good enough to represent Australia one day.
This week is the last game before we start the finals, the top teams have already cemented their place on the ladder and cannot be overtaken.
Last week we had three convincing wins with Swanpool 163 defeating Benalla 124, Lurg 165 defeating Great 114 and Tatong 160 defeating Glenrowan 125.
The on-call team this week is Swanpool.
If you need a fill in try to organise it yourself then let June know on 0407 342 927, she needs to know sho is playing and who is still available.
Please be at the courts by 7.15 pm to ensure a prompt start at 7.30 pm then we can all get home as early as possible on these cold nights.
Good luck for your games tonight, see you in the finals next week. Ladder Lurg Tatong Upotipotpon Swanpool Glenrowan Benalla Greta Points 26 22 18 16 12 12 10 % 116 125 94 103 95 86 87
Proud: Benalla’s Shantelle Paton-McKenzie placed sixth in the Moonee Valley Races, held in Melbourne during the weekend.