Alex wins state ti­tle

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

In only her first state com­pe­ti­tion, Tocumwal horse rider Alex Laker was re­cently de­clared the In­ter­school Show Jump­ing Vic­to­rian un­der 14 state cham­pion af­ter two flaw­less show jump­ing rounds in ex­cel­lent times.

Alex trav­elled to Mel­bourne to com­pete at the Vic­to­rian State Show Jump­ing Ti­tles that were held at Bo­neo Park Eques­trian Cen­tre last month.

She is coached by Bron­wyn Shortt and is a part of lo­cal show jump­ing sta­ble Desert Sands, run and owned by Shortt and An­thony March from Tocumwal.

Along with rid­ing in the state ti­tles the Desert Sands team were also a part of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and proudly spon­sored the best pre­sented of the show as well as the Am­a­teur Se­ries.

Alex was rid­ing her Warm­blood cross ‘It’s Galex’.

March com­peted on his home bred Warm­blood mare ‘Desert Sands Tay­lor’ and Shortt com­peted on her home bred Warm­blood geld­ing ‘Desert Sands Calavino’.

All the team rode ex­cep­tion­ally well and were con­tin­u­ally in the rib­bons over the three days of jump­ing.

Sun­day saw the State Ti­tle classes run and Alex com­pete in the ISJ Vic­to­rian Chil­dren’s Un­der 14 Cham­pi­onship.

Alex and her horse, af­fec­tion­ately known as Al, had a flaw­less first round with no time faults or jump­ing penal­ties.

Alex was last to jump off for the ti­tle and with no penal­ties and in the quick­est time was the win­ner of this class and de­clared the State Cham­pion. Cly­des­dale/

Alex Laker in ac­tion dur­ing the ISJ Vic­to­rian state ti­tles.

An­thony March rid­ing ‘Desert Sands Tay­lor’.

Bron­wyn Shortt rid­ing ‘Desert Sands Calavino’ at the Vic­to­rian State Ti­tles re­cently.

Alex Laker rid­ing her horse ‘It’s Galex’ dur­ing her state ti­tle win at the ISJ Vic­to­rian Un­der 14 state show jump­ing ti­tle at Bo­neo. Pho­tos cour­tesy oz Shotz.

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