AGE IS NO BAR­RIER

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EQUES­TRIAN: Jane and Jim Green may be hus­band and wife at home, but on the cam­p­draft­ing arena they are the fiercest of foes.

On the week­end of Novem­ber 16–17, five of Roma Pony Club’s se­nior mem­bers left the chil­dren at home to head down to Oakey to com­pete at the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of the Pony Club State Masters Cham­pi­onships.

While Jim fin­ished on the podium twice with an over­all win in his group for the cam­p­draft, and third place over­all in the sport­ing, Jane was al­ways hot on his heels, land­ing se­cond place in the cam­p­draft.

“It was good com­pe­ti­tion and just a heap of fun. We take the kids away all the time com­pet­ing so it was good to go do it our­selves,” Mrs Green said.

“Jim got two out­side scores and blitzed the whole lot of us.

“I’m just happy if I get a round. It would be nice to beat him every now and then but I am get­ting bet­ter.”

The Masters com­pe­ti­tion is a new event to pony club which al­lows rid­ers over 25 years of age to com­pete at a Pony Club State Cham­pi­onship.

Sarah Holt, Ma­ree An­der­son, An­tonette An­der­son and Jim and Jane Green were among the com­peti­tors rep­re­sent­ing Roma Pony Club in the sport­ing and the cam­p­draft­ing.

An­tonette An­der­son fin­ished in fourth place in the group for the cam­p­draft, Ma­ree was just out of the over­all plac­ings on both days and young gun Sarah Holt came away with a round rib­bon and just missed out a top five in her cam­p­draft group.

“It was great to see our older club mem­bers out and about com­pet­ing,” Roma Pony Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tay­lah

Matthews said.

“This was a wel­come change as they are nor­mally be­hind the scenes, or­gan­is­ing and pre­par­ing events or rally days, where they’d give up their week­ends to in­struct or judge, and share their wis­dom with our younger rid­ers.

“Roma Pony Club are very proud, and thank­ful for their on­go­ing com­mit­ment to the club.”

Mrs Green said the Masters com­pe­ti­tion had given she and Jim the op­por­tu­nity to have a run in­stead of al­ways be­ing on the side­lines watch­ing their four kids in ac­tion.

“I’ve started to get a lit­tle greedy, I used to let all the kids take the horses, but now I’m say­ing ‘they’re my horses, so I’m go­ing to ride them’,” she chuck­led.

“Cam­p­draft­ing is a real fam­ily thing, some­where you can take your kids and grand­kids.

“It’s just a good way to get away from home for a cou­ple of days, have some fun, leave your wor­ries be­hind.

“They’ve got a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back for their first year, so I hope they will con­tinue it be­cause it was re­ally en­joy­able.”

SAD­DLE UP: Hid­ing in the shade on a hot day are Te­gan Byrnes (Lai­d­ley), An­tonette An­der­son (Roma), Jim Green (Roma), Jane Green (Roma), Ma­ree An­der­son (Roma) and Sarah Holt (Roma), com­peti­tors in the Pony Club State Masters Cham­pi­onships held in Oakey on Novem­ber 16–17.

An­tonette An­der­son and Fid­dler in ac­tion.

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