Pint-sized riders set bar for future

Cole Harrison from Emerald at the Comet River Annual Gymkhana.
Cole Harrison from Emerald at the Comet River Annual Gymkhana.

AS the youngest competitor at the Comet River Pony Club, three-year-old Hollie James still has a lot of riding ahead of her. But good luck trying to slow her down.

"She's only being led at the moment and already she's telling me she wants to ride her sister's horse," mum Rebecca said.

Hollie saddled up alongside 11 other pony clubs late last month for the Comet River Annual Gymkhana, with some riders travelling from as far away as New South Wales for the event.

It's not Hollie's first competition, having trialled in this year's zone gymkhanas, but it was her first at Comet River.

"She just loves being around the ponies and making friends," Rebecca said.

Pint-sized McKenzie River rider Bob Frame cleaned up as winner of the Overall Highest Points of Day.

The junior also claimed not one but six blue ribbons to be crowned the highest points' rider in his under-7 age group.

Travis Hindmarch and Lacey Hoskins took home Comet Boy and Girl highest aggregate. The Sportsmanship Award went to Keely Jeppesen, while Sophie James went home with the Comet River Rider U 17 Encouragement award trophy.

The club's show jumping competition followed on Sunday, doubling as a qualifier for future show jumping representative events.

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