Rivals strive for gold at state horse jumping championships
ABIGAIL Donaldson did her Zone 15 teammates proud, winning gold in her age group at the state jumping equitation championships recently.
In the same age group, 13 to under-15 group one, Dysart's Nicole Murphy came a close second to claim the silver.
Team manager Jenny Murphy said the two girls, who regularly competed against each other at local gymkhanas, were closely tied for the three round of jumping equitation.
"They were both neck and neck, tying for gold," Murphy said.
"It was the last round that divided them."
Donaldson backed her result by also coming fifth overall in the D-Grade group 2 for show jumping.
Zone 15, made up of Pony Club riders from the region, travelled to Beaudesert for the PCAQ State Jumping Equitation and Show Jumping Championships and cleaned up with five medals and numerous top 10 finishes from the four-day event.
"These results were very good - there were not many event results without a Zone 15 representative in the top 10 placings, which shows a very consistent level of riding and training," Murphy said.
"All zone 15 riders rode and presented themselves very well, having positive comments from other zones reinforcing this.
"The zone had a lot of first time riders who also rode their personal best."
Comet River Pony Club's Bonita Orr came fifth in the 21 to under-26 age group jumping equitation and followed it with silver in the show jumping.
Murphy praised Orr's efforts and said her years of experience showed she was in her element.
"These championships give our riders a chance to compete against the best in the state and showcase their years training," Murphy said.
The riders from the zone are aiming to qualify for the mid-year state events which include dressage, combined training and one day event.
The first of these is to be held in Emerald this weekend.