Boggabri Showjumping and Blanch Trophy Gymkhana weekend, NSW
|Boggabri Showjumping and Blanch Trophy Gymkhana weekend - 16th May 2012|
|A large contingent of Narrabri Pony Club members travelled to Boggabri on the 12th and 13th May to enjoy a full weekend of fun events. Saturday was a showjumping day with three rounds of jumping for grades F up to A, whilst Sunday was the traditional Mother's day Blanch Trophy gymkhana at Boggabri Showground. |
The showjumping courses were a mix of AM5, Top Score, and Power and Speed for all grades. There were 41 riders in total on the day with a wide range of visiting clubs in attendance. All 12 Narrabri riders enjoyed great success on the day, with everyone placing in at least one round of jumping. Jerrah Palmer, Chelsea Johnson, Olivia Bange and Kirallee Schimpf all came away with blue ribbons on the day, whilst Jerrah, Olivia, Claudia Duncan and Alice Armytage did well to place in all three rounds of jumping.
Sunday's gymkhana was a mix of four ring events – Hack, Rider class, Pairs and Bareback; with seven sporting events after lunch. The sporting events were Bends, Barrels, Flags, Cloverleaf, Keyhole; Western Pole Bend and 3-Mug race. The great program attracted 71 riders to the day from many different visiting clubs, with 18 from Narrabri. The gymkhana was very well organised by host club Boggabri, and despite the jam-packed program everything ran smoothly to be finished in time for an unmounted presentation shortly after 3 pm.
Congratulations to four Narrabri riders who rode exceptionally well on the day to achieve Highest Point Score broad sashes in their age groups. Georgia Kirkby (Under 7 Girls); Rileigh Kelly (7 under 9 Boys); Felix Cobb-Johnson (9 under 11 Boys); and Claudia Duncan (15 under 17 Girls). Well done! Rileigh did especially well to win the highest point score as he has only just had his seventh birthday and moved up an age group, so he was the youngest boy in his class. Rileigh also won the Highest Point Score at Quirindi Blanch Trophy Gymkhana on 8th April for the Under 7 Boys so he is having a fantastic year already!
Ellen Anderson also had a successful weekend on her new horse. Ellen competed at NSW State Sporting Championships on 14th and 15th April. Unfortunately she couldn't compete on the horse she qualified with, however still performed very well in a huge class of eighty riders in her age group. Ellen is now working hard with her new horse to hopefully gain selection to attend the State Sporting Championships next year. It is a huge achievement to qualify at state level and Narrabri Pony Club wishes her every success in her efforts.
Thanks to Boggabri Pony Club for reintroducing showjumping into the program and for hosting such a fun, varied program of events. A great weekend was enjoyed by all.