Nambucca River District Pony Club riders shine at Macksville Show

THE NAMBUCCA River District Pony Club members showed up in force and with great enthusiasm to compete at the 107th Macksville Show 2019.

Two great days of competition were had by the young riders who were appreciative of the hard work that the various committees involved with the show undertake. Without their commitment and dedication, the Nambucca District would not have this fine event.

The riders tackled a variety of equestrian disciplines at the show and were rewarded for their efforts in the experience they gained. For a couple of the riders, there were spills as well as thrills, but they dusted themselves off and got back in the saddle.

In the showjumping arena, the club was represented by Tayla Chapman, Lilly McCormack and Jarrah Goldrick. Tayla gained 2nd place in the 1.05m Single Accumulator, 2nd and 4th in the 90cm Super 2 Phase, 3rd in the 1m AM5 and 4th in both the 75cm AM7 and the Open Championship.

Lilly gained a 1st place in the 60cm AM7 class, two 2nds in the 90cm 2 Phase classes held on the Friday and Saturday, 4th place in the 75cm AM7 and lastly 5th place in the 1.05m single accumulator. Lilly also competed in the sporting events gaining a veritable swag of ribbons.

Jarrah Goldrick, as well as competing in the showjumping, hack ring and sporting, turned her hand to the Harness classes. She drove her miniature mare Ruby in a number of events and was seen sporting champion ribbons around Ruby's neck in the Grand Parade. For the miniature mare Ruby, it was her first ever show and she behaved admirably. Jarrah placed first in the 13-15 year old age group for bending and walk trot and lead.

The hack ring and sporting classes were well patronised by the young riders. Jorja Woods had an outstanding show being sashed Champion District Pony Hack and Champion District Rider Under 13 years. Jorja also won the Fancy Dress class with her fabulous Bananas in Pyjamas costume. Soraya Drayton was runner-up to Jorja in the District Pony Hack Championship being awarded the Reserve Champion ribbon. Soraya placed 2nd in her rider 7 years and under 9 class as well as being awarded ribbons in the Open Pony Hack ring and Breed classes.

Dee-Jae McLeod won first unregistered led pony mare and first in local maiden pony hack with her beautiful mount as well being judged 2nd in the District Rider under 11 among other placings. Ruby Sheppard is coming along in leaps and bounds for such a young rider and her confidence is increasing with every event. Ruby finished the show with a first, two seconds and six third place ribbons.

Associate Member Kenzie Parkins competed at high speed in the sporting events and had a family showdown with Nigel Thurgood.

Last, but certainly not least, of the club's young riders is Ruby Green. Ruby did well in her 9 and under 11 age group for sporting. She won the Barrels and Bending and placed third in the flags. She won Maiden Pony in the Open Pony Hack ring and was awarded second in the Led Unregistered Pony. Ruby also showed her talents as an Equine artist entering two drawings in the Art Competition at the show. One of her drawings was awarded first place and went on to be judged Champion. Her second drawing was of her friend Soraya, falling off her horse Pansy, which proved to be a premonition for not only Soraya but Ruby herself.

Members Ashleigh Johnson and Shakirra Silvia worked tirelessly as stewards in the hack rings and the club would like to acknowledge the experienced competitors and judges who assisted the children with presentation and ringcraft. The show concluded with participation in the Tug of War for a few of the junior members, a competition in which the girls were triumphant. The countdown for the 2020 show has begun.

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