Gymkhana draws riders
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.