Hawke hungry for gold
HE MAY be only 12 years old, but don't let that fool you - this pony clubber sure knows how to handle a horse.
Wayne Hawke, from Emerald Horse and Pony Club, has come within a whisker of taking the top gongs at meets around the state.
After placing second in Nambour's 11-13 years jumping equitation in March, Wayne won the bronze medal in dressage at Caboolture before rallying for another silver, this time in Chinchilla's formal gymkhana last September.
"He got so close to each of the golds, in some cases losing it on a count-back of ribbons or by just one point," mum Fay said.
"He is determined to get that gold medal and maroon rug next year."
Although on this year's agricultural circuit it's a different story, with the youngster unbeatable in the junior boy rider classes and under-13 dressage classes. He also won not one but three Pony Hack Championships.
With him at every turn is the pony that has helped him achieve such feats, Binnowie Special Edition - Echo.
When he's not out-performing in the saddle, you can usually find Wayne carving up the opposition defences playing for the Denison Bush Pigs school rugby union side.
The loose-head prop was distinguished as his side's Best and Fairest this season, and formed part of the winning Central Highlands under-12 representative side that downed Rockhampton 29-12 at the weekend.
Older brother Darryl is also a seasoned rider, winning all 10 events at the Emerald club's gymkhana earlier this year, to have the highest points than any rider at the meet.