Competition close as it gets at Tassie's pony club state trials
PONY Club eventers from all over Tasmania headed to the Tasmanian Equestrian Centre at Lauderdale recently for the Pony Club Tasmania State Trials.
The event was hosted by the Southern Zone of Pony Club Tasmania with 94 riders competing on 110 horses.
Grade one was hotly contested with only 0.2 penalties separating the top three riders.
Bronte McShane came away with the win on Eagle Elms Buddha, Kenny Walch on Eliva Corduroy was second with Chloe Daun on PEC Barindale Grandeur placed third.
Bronte, 20, has been riding at pony club since age seven and was thrilled with her horses.
“I am so proud of Diasco for placing first in grade one,” she said.
“What an amazing weekend it was with both horses putting their best foot forward.
“Both boys started the championships with pleasing dressage tests. Kingsclere – Duke – scored 68.88 per cent to be sitting seventh and Eagle Elms Buddha – Diasco – scored 71.13 per cent to be sitting equal second. This put them both in a good place for the coming days.”
Bronte said both felt confident and bold on the cross country course.
“Duke, unfortunately, had a green run out but Diasco gave me the best feeling he has all season.
“Duke finished his weekend with a calm round of show jumping with a couple of unlucky rails to finish 10th but Diasco finished very strong with a clear round.”
The highest placed off-the-track Thoroughbred in grade one was Brooke Foster’s Atomic Treasure.
Brodie Nicholson and PEC Sir Romeo led from the start to win the grade two section. Grade three was divided into age levels, with Ruby Hirst riding Entally Great Expectations winning the junior and Daisy Willows with Everton Archer winners in the senior group.
Hunter Doughty was the technical delegate for the event and Sylvia Roberts was the interstate course designer.
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