A big year, big end­ing

Pony club’s Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion

Western Times - - SPORT - Jorja McDon­nell jorja.mcdon­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

EQUES­TRIAN: 2018 has been a bumper year for the War­rego Pony Club, and over the week­end its riders and fam­i­lies re­flected on this year to­gether.

Cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son with a get-to­gether at the Charleville Pool, kids and par­ents alike re­joiced as sports com­mit­ments be­gin to wind down com­ing up to the Christ­mas pe­riod.

At the party, mem­bers were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates for their out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion to their sport.

High­lights of the past 12 months at the War­rego Pony Club have in­cluded their Big

❝as It is great a coach to see kids from our club go­ing away to com­pete, and do­ing so well against kids and horses of such a high level. — Nyssa Radnedge, coach

Week­end in Oc­to­ber, which saw them host two com­pe­ti­tions in two days.

Their huge sport­ing Gymkhana, which re­ceived an out­pour­ing of sup­port from Charleville’s lo­cal busi­nesses was her­alded a suc­cess.

Then it was fol­lowed by the Zone 13 Shield - a prized tro­phy among pony clubs across the west.

As last year’s win­ners, War­rego got to host the event on Oc­to­ber 21, and pony clubs from Thar­go­min­dah, Au­gathella, Cun­na­mulla and Quilpie came out to com­pete.

Charleville riders made the stel­lar achieve­ment of tak­ing out the John and Grace Jones shield for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Other re­cent achieve­ments of club riders were jewels in the crown this year.

Zoe Radnedge and her horse Bernie com­peted in the Queens­land state gymkhana, which was held in Mary­bor­ough, and held up well at the two-day elite event.

The pair took out a hand­ful of top ten plac­ings, mak­ing coach Nyssa Radnedge proud.

“It is great as a coach to see kids from our club go­ing away to com­pete, and do­ing so well against kids and horses of such a high level,” she said.

War­rego’s pocket rocket rider Gabby Egan also had a bumper trip for horse sports, hav­ing the hon­our of com­pet­ing in the Mar­cus Old­ham Aus­tralian In­ter­school Eques­trian Cham­pi­onships.

Gabby and mare Se­cret Plain Hughina placed twelfth amongst com­peti­tors from across Aus­tralia.

Look­ing for­ward, the club will be back in to the swing of things in the new year.

PHOTO: JOELY JONES

BIG YEAR: Riders of the War­rego Pony Club have kept busy this year, rid­ing in sev­eral events across Queens­land and Aus­tralia.

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