Gymkhana nov­elty events add fun fac­tor at end of year

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era Chris Chap­pell and An­drew Kil­patrick com­pete in a wheel­bar­row race. Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Wheel­bar­row races and ap­ple bob­bing com­bined with com­pet­i­tive events at the Kar­ratha Adult Rid­ing Club’s an­nual Boots and Babes Gymkhana last month as Pil­bara horse-rid­ers gath­ered to end the year on a light­hearted note.

Rid­ers from Kar­ratha, Hed­land, Ex­mouth and Pan­na­won­ica, joined by spec­ta­tors, com­peted in se­ri­ous and nov­elty events from bar­rel races to potato joust­ing at the the twi­light horserid­ing event at Cat­trall Park on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

The over­all adult cham­pion rider was Kar­ratha Adult Rid­ing Club vice-pres­i­dent Faime Chap­pell, fol­lowed by re­serve cham­pion Mi­randa Le­Cerf, and there were few points be­tween them.

Other win­ners in­cluded Kate Red­mond (bar­rel se­ries cham­pion), Zara Le­Cerf (ju­nior cham­pion), April Coven­try (re­serve ju­nior cham­pion) and An­drew Kil­patrick (The Man Award).

Chap­pell said the club liked to fin­ish the year by host­ing a light­hearted event such as the gymkhana to let rid­ers have some fun and “de­sen­si­tise”, or re­lax, their horses. “We’ve have show­cases like the Showhorse Clas­sic, Dres­sage by the Ocean, showjump­ing events and also . . . cam­p­draft­ing, but this is a good fun event to end the year with and we get a lot of spon­sors that come on board to make it worth it,” she said.

Chap­pell said it was the third gymkhana the club had hosted and thanks to strong sup­port from spon­sors, it had grown to be­come more of a spec­ta­tor event this year.

She also said the Pil­bara rid­ing clubs planned to work to­gether more closely next year to in­crease the size and ex­po­sure of their events.

David and Lisa Bird sad­dling up Snug­gles the horse.

Mi­randa Le­Cerf in the lead in a race to sad­dle up horses the fastest.

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