Emerald gymkhana skills shine

IN ACTION: A Clermont rider competes in the Flag Race. EME210712pony054
IN ACTION: A Clermont rider competes in the Flag Race. EME210712pony054

SATURDAY dawned with perfect weather for the Emerald 2012 Gymkhana as 56 riders and their families converged on the Emerald Pony Club grounds.

Emerald riders were joined by members of the Blackwater, Clermont, Springsure, Dysart, Mackenzie River and Comet River clubs.

"We were blessed with a fine and sunny day with the recent rain laying the arena dust nicely," club secretary Carol Wildermuth said.

"The committee is very grateful to those who had to travel long distances to attend - we really appreciate their support.

"Events on offer included the Rider Class, Flag Race, Barrel Race, Cambooya Classic, Keyhole, Pony Club Mount, Maroochydore Bend, Bondfield Bounce and Showjumping.

"The competition went from fast and furious in the timed events to quiet and refined in the rider classes, with riders displaying great sportsmanship, which helped make the day a great success."

The action did not stop there, as the Emerald club also hosted its annual unofficial Dressage and Show Jumping classes on Sunday, with 27 riders putting their skills to the test in the dressage classes and 44 riders in the show jumping.

"The aim of this event is to give young riders and young horses the opportunity to compete in dressage and show jumping classes based on ability rather than age, with horse and rider combinations being able to compete in two dressage tests and/or two jumping height classes," Wildermuth said.

A noteworthy moment from the weekend for Wildermuth was when Lucy Prentice competed in her first ever dressage test and won her class.

"She was absolutely thrilled and so was her mum," she said.

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