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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Double supremes for Ava makes cold day worth the effort

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

ABOVE: Ava Irwin and Isle of Roxborough had a successful day. Picture: ANNE LEVISTON

BAMAWN Extension rider Ava Irwin, 13, had a terrific day at her local pony club gymkhana on the weekend, taking home two garlands for open supreme rider and supreme ridden.

The annual no-plaiting event run by the Bamawm Extension Pony Club is a typical winter woollies show, with the risk of rain always on the cards.

This year however, despite the clouds threatening and wind whipping up the tails of the horses and ponies, judging was completed just before the showers blew in.

The third and final garland presented on the day went home with Eden Maddison, also of Bamawm Extension, after Karlana Let’s Party was named open supreme led.

The gymkhana featured pony club and open classes, with most riders competing across both.

Eden’s day started off well with a championship in the best presented pony club mount, with reserve going to Mia Whitelegg of Moama.

Eden was also champion pony club rider, with Mia again reserve, and Karlana Let’s Party was champion mount most suitable for pony club, and Mia’s pony Nokie the reserve.

The smallest rider at the event Eleanor Bourchier, of Numurkah, had a terrific day with her purebred Connemara, winning her best presented class under six years, rider under six years, mount most suitable under six years and she completed a clean sweep of the pony club section with best handler under six.

ABOVE: Emma Bourchier after placing equal first in her open riding class.

Her sister Emma and her pony, Baala All The Jazz, placed first in the mount most suitable and was named champion pony club pleasure mount, with Mia and Nokie in reserve.

The champion pony club handler was Harper Maddison, of Bamawn Extension, with her pony Elmvale William Tell, with fellow Bamawm Extension rider Charlie Newton the reserve.

Honourable mentions in the junior pony club ring go to Elijah Hoskin, of Blighty, and Georgia Kingston, of Echuca, who had a hoot of a time and went home with plenty of ribbons.

The pony club best presented winners in the senior ring were Ava Irwin, Nataivia Jones, Amber King-Gee and Stephanie Horton. Nataivia and Ava went champion and reserve senior pony club rider but swapped positions in the open section.

Ava’s hack Isle of Roxborough was champion mount most suitable for pony club, with Amber King-Gee reserve, and also champion pleasure, with Neve Lawler the reserve.

The champion senior pony club handler was Stephanie Horton, showing Pride of Pines Simply Scrumptious, with Ava completing the pony club classes with a final reserve championship.

In the open section, the champions and reserves were:

Led pony

Champion: Mia Whitelegg and Nokie

Reserve: Stephanie Horton and Pride of Pines Simply Scrumptious

Led galloway

Champion: Eden Maddison and Karlana Let’s Party

Reserve: Louise Crowhurst amd Manorvale Rosette

Led hack

Champion: Bethany Gavalakis and Graham

Ridden pony

Champion: Nataivia Jones and Tapu Private Rendezvous

Reserve: Mia Whitelegg and Nokie

Ridden galloway

Champion: Eden Maddison and Karlana Let’s Party

Reserve: Louise Crowhurst and Manorvale Rosette

Ridden hack

Champion: Ava Irwin and Isle of Roxborough

Reserve: Bethany Gavalakis and Graham

Junior rider

Champion: Harper Maddison

Reserve: Eden Maddison

Intermediate rider

Champion: Ava Irwin

Reserve: Nataivia Jones

Senior rider

Champion: Bethany Gavalakis

Reserve: Louise Crowhurst


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