Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

RIDERS from across the North will gal­lop into Townsville this week­end for the re­gion’s first in­ter schools horse sports chal­lenge in more than 15 years.

The Wood­stock Horse Sports Club will be hold­ing an In­ter Schools Chal­lenge to­day with par­tic­i­pants ex­pected to at­tend from as far away as Cairns, Mackay and Pent­land.

“We’ve had quite a bit of in­ter­est so far with 32 nom­i­na­tions,” club pres­i­dent Ian Turner said.

He said there were plans to make the chal­lenge an an­nual event.

“The rea­son we started this again was be­cause the kids who do horse sports and not pony club haven’t had a com­pe­ti­tion up un­til now,” Mr Turner said.

“This was all about giv­ing kids some­where to go and give them re­wards for their ef­forts.”

All schools will re­ceive a com­ple­men­tary sash if they nom­i­nate one or more riders on the day.

The win­ning pri­mary and sec­ondary schools will also re­ceive tro- phies with age cham­pi­ons and run­ners- up to re­ceive sashes.

This event does not re­quire com­pet­ing horses to be Hen­dra vac­ci­nated and all events are con­ducted un­der horse sports rules and reg­u­la­tions to main­tain the riders’ safety at all times. There are no dress codes. Nom­i­na­tions can be taken to­day from 1pm and the event starts at 2pm. The event is ex­pected to con­clude at 6pm but there will be a fea­ture bar­rel race at 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion on events or how to nom­i­nate for the chal­lenge con­tact the Wood­stock Horse Sports Club through their Face­book page or via email: wood­


KEEN: In­ter school horse sports com­peti­tors Jas­mine Lit­tle, 6, and Shrek with Char­lie Lit­tle, 10, and Gizmo.

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