All Hayl top rider

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Fin­ley’s Hayley Gra­ham had huge suc­cess last week in the hunt­ing events at the Royal Mel­bourne Show.

Rid­ing her home-bred horse Just Annabelle Way for her grand­par­ents Ian and Anne Hosken from Co­bram, Hayley and her mother Jenny trav­elled to Mel­bourne on Septem­ber 25 and com­peted for the next two days.

Rep­re­sent­ing Hume Hunt Club, Hayley joined Gipp­s­land Rid­ers and Friends Club in the hunt­ing team re­lay.

Hayley was mo­ti­vated by her cheer squad who pushed her for­ward as she raced other teams around a short course un­der lights to take top hon­ours in the event.

Wed­nes­day morn­ing was a ter­rific per­for­mance from Hayley and Annabelle, who put their best foot for­ward in the work­out to win the mid­dleweight hunter on the flat.

To top off the morn­ing, Hayley went on to be awarded Cham­pion Hunter on the Flat.

The show fin­ished with Annabelle cruis­ing through the jump­ing cour­ses to carry Hayley around the pan­els safely and se­cure podium fin­ishes in highly com­pet­i­tive fields.

Jenny said Annabelle had been a chal­lenge, but she was pleased the horse ma­tured for the ma­jor event.

‘‘Hayley was rapt with her per­for­mance and was re­ally proud of how Annabelle per­formed,’’ she said.

‘‘She has com­peted in this com­pe­ti­tion be­fore, but never done this well.

‘‘Hayley’s grand­fa­ther has been in­volved in the sport for a long time, so he was very emo­tional to see Hayley do ex­tremely well.’’

Hunter and col­lec­tor: Fin­ley’s Hayley Gra­ham rode home-bred Just Annabelle Way to suc­cess in hunt­ing events at the Royal Mel­bourne Show. Hayley Gra­ham rode Just Annabelle Way grand­par­ents Ian and Anne Hosken from Co­bram. for her

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