Prepa­ra­tion pays off

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

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