Riders put their skills to the test

*Photography by Caitlin How*

THE state’s best and brightest took to the ring for the annual State Pony Club Dressage and Show Jumping Championships at Westbury recently.

The event brought together 159 riders at the Westbury Show Grounds for two days to represent their clubs for the title of being the best at both individual and club level. Dressage was held in splendid weather conditions for riding.

The day included two individual tests by each rider, plus the team events, the fun musical ride and quadrille.

Riders ranged from eight years to 24.

Midlands Pony Club fielded a strong team of riders and won the team quadrille, team musical ride and overall team winners on the day.

Show jumping was held on the second day of the championships and it was a case of four seasons in one day.

The day started cold, wet and windy to end in beautiful sunshine.

Each horse and rider combination jumped to show their skill, accuracy, speed and training.

Monmouth Pony Club was the strongest show jumping team on the day and were also awarded the Best Club over the Dressage and SJ champs weekend taking home the coveted Homevale Trophy donated by Mrs L Hedberg.

Pony Club Tasmania has 23 clubs across the state.

The eight northern-based clubs formed the organising committee for the 2022 State Championships.