Young starters

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

IT­WAS horses for cour­ses at the Gayn­dah Gymkhana.

The an­nual event at the Gayn­dah Show­grounds is a ma­jor draw- card for pony clubs all over the Wide Bay.

Riders were able to show off their horse companions and their pas­sion for the sport, with com­peti­tors as young as three dis­play­ing their rid­ing skills.

The Gayn­dah Gymkhana is renowned for its sig­na­ture event – the cit­rus dash.

Pres­i­dent of the Gayn­dah Pony Club Kym Robert­son said the dash was “the only one of its kind”.

“Riders have to bend three pegs, pick up an orange and put it in an­other drum,” she said.

Other com­pe­ti­tions in­cluded key­hole, rider’s class, flag races, bend­ing, di­a­mond flag, bounce pony and jump­ing.

Gayn­dah Pony Club rider Bri­anna Jame­son was the star of the event, us­ing her lo­cal knowl­edge to take out the cit­rus dash.

Ms Jame­son picked up a host of other awards in­clud­ing Se­nior Cham­pion Rider and Best Pre­sented.

The Ju­nior Cham­pion Rider award went to Gayn­dah’s Jay­den Lee.

The Michelle Dray­ton-Smith Memo­rial En­cour­age­ment Award went to Gayn­dah’s Kelly Bryant, cap­ping off a great event for the host club.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

EA­GER TAL­ENT: Zoe Hoskin­son, 4, and Jessie Evans, 3, with their Gayn­dah Gymkhana medals.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

GAYN­DAH PONY CLUB: From left; Court­ney Bryant, Carrie Far­rell, Jay­den Lee, Jay­den Leahy, Ri­ley Dav­ina, Jayda Mad­dern, Zoe Hoskin­son, Holly Bryant, Jack Huth and Bri­anna Jame­son.

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