Preparation pays off
ZOE, Tori and Amy showed focus and determination at the day’s under-7s events at the Zone 16 Gymkhana in Gayndah.
Under the kind eye of judge Barry Trott, the girls found the show jump starting line and learnt how to walk the course – learning how to approach the centre of each jump with a “nice line”, and room to prepare for the next.
While the preparation paid off for Zoe Hoskinson on Beth, the AM7 course of 10 obstacles proved more challenging for Tori Bayntun and gymkhana first-timer Amy Weston.
Although her mount baulked at one of the jumps, five-year-old Tori was thrilled with her performance, and named show jumping as her best event because “I jumped all of them”.
Amy Weston, “a fourth generation rider” with a personal drive to succeed, placed second in some events but was disappointed not to win a blue ribbon at her first gymkhana.
“The Diamond Flag was tough (as) Shadow was a bit naughty,” Amy said.
Her experienced mount Shadow wasn’t standing still enough for her to put down and pick up the flags, she explained.
Amy said her favourite race was the flag race “as I get to run and trot (as) to go up and down feels a lot of fun”.
Six-year-old Zoe Hoskinson showed her growing rapport with mount Beth as she followed the circuit.