Gymkhana draws rid­ers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Rid­ers were out in force last month as they con­verged on the South Hed­land Own­ers and Train­ers As­so­ci­a­tion grounds for the an­nual gymkhana.

Conditions were per­fect for the twi­light af­ter­noon, with the SHOATA eques­trian ac­tion start­ing at 3.30pm and the pop­u­lar min­ion run the first of the 13 events.

Pip Short, who took first place, said it was great to see peo­ple travel from Kar­ratha, Yar­rie, and De Grey sta­tion to com­pete and watch.

“A lot of hard work went into putting on this event, all with vol­un­teer labour. We had peo­ple from both the pony club and SHOATA come to­gether to help,” she said.

“We are hop­ing that af­ter such a fun and suc­cess­fully run event that word will con­tinue to spread and oth­ers will start trav­el­ling for it.”

Short was the over­all win­ner of the SHOATA gymkhana, fol­lowed by Faime Pa­tri­cia Chappell and Jake Pa­troni.

Ste­vie Gros­smith was the win­ner in the ju­niors’ cat­e­gory, fol­lowed by Elsie Gros­smith and Chrishenda Green in sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

The en­cour­age­ment award went to Shana Lee, and naugh­ti­est pony to Sa­man­tha Whit­burn. The Pil­bara tread bar­rels award went to Short and the key­hole award was a tie be­tween de­fend­ing cham­pion Luke Gros­smith and Pa­troni.

The next big eques­trian event, Horse of the Year, will be held in Hed­land on October 8 at the turf club.

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