Showjumping at Alpha a hit with crowds
THE Central Highlands show circuit has been wowing crowds with a variety of entertainment over the last week and one of the attractions is the showjumping event held at each show along the way through the towns playing host.
The events allow some of the region's best horse riders to display their skills to the large numbers of people in attendance at each one.
Young Emerald rider Wayne Hawke contested the juvenile event at the Alpha Show.
"I competed well," Hawke said.
"I was happy with it."
He experienced some varying results on the day, with success mixed in with disappointment in the event he took part in.
"I had two horses in there in the first round and they both went clear," he said.
"Then in the jump-off I had two rails."
Hawke has not been taking part in the sport for a long time, but said he loved the adrenalin it gave him when he did.
"I've been showjumping for a year," he said.
His tips for doing well in the sport were to work hard and to do everything possible to make sure the horse cleared the rails consistently.
Hawke has been riding his horse for two years, and also competes at state pony club level as well.
He first took up horse riding when he was about three years old.
Last year Hawke claimed a gold medal in the State Combined Training Dressage and Showjumping and silver medals in State Showjumping Equitation and State Formal Gymkhana.
He is also a very talented rugby union player, and has represented Central Queensland in the sport.
Alpha Show showjumping judge Don Sullivan said the event had attracted horse riders from everywhere between Mackay and south-east Queensland, and other areas.
"It's gone really well today," Sullivan said.
"We've had a good number of horses from all over."
Sullivan said showjumping was one of the biggest attractions the show had to offer.
"The major horse event at the Alpha Show is the horse jumping," he said.
The event attracted competitors of all ages and experience levels.
"Anywhere between 10 years and 60 rode here today in the showjumping," Sullivan said.
And the best on the day received a handsome reward for their high-class performance.
"The main event is $100 for first place."
Sullivan said there were also several other categories riders and their horses competed in at the Alpha Show.
"You've also got your hacks and your rider classes," he said.