Gymkhana tests skills and horses
THE Jones family of Windera, near Nanango, were enthusiastic and fast competitors at last weekend’s gymkhana events in Gayndah.
Sarah and Scott Jones started breeding paint horses and riding ponies to provide their daughters with appropriate mounts.
For Sarah, who grew up on an Atherton cattle property and later worked in the horse industry, participation in gymkhanas and show events has given her daughters maturity.
“(It becomes) easy to adapt to different disciplines and events, gives focus and I see the team spirit between the girls,” Sarah said.
The riding events also provide the horses with “good balance and flatwork education” which “all pays off in working on the station”, she added.
While youngest daughter Brianna was led by father Scott on Saturday’s gymkhana events, she excitedly completed several events on her own during Sunday’s Zone 16 events.
“I did the event all by myself, (but) I couldn’t do the rider class or the jumping,” Brianna said.
While father Scott said Brianna should graduate from the led or assisted class soon, Brianna praised her pony Booboo as being “very fast and very good”.
“I like the western barrels as I can go really fast – it’s comfy to go fast.”
When she is no longer assisted in events, Brianna will be able to take part in the show jumping – an event that unsettles her older sisters Claudia and Natalie.
The girls declared their fondness for cattle work and fast-paced sporting events, like the flag race and western bend, but said show jumping scared them.
Natalie explained the fear as “too afraid to jump too big”, but said with practice the fear might go away.
RIDING TOGETHER: The Jones family of Nanango between events at the Zone 16 Gymkhana, Gayndah, on July 13, 2014. From left, Brianna, Scott, Natalie on Zoe, Claudia on Shakira and Sarah on Meeka.