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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

It's game on for Tassie pony clubbers as they defy gravity

ABOVE: Zara Conroy of Leven Pony Club and Karen at full stretch. Picture: CAITLIN HOW

ONE of the happiest and most certainly noisiest equestrian events in the world is when pony club youngsters get together for their annual games day, and that was certainly the case in Tasmania recently.

Tasmania has a very active pony club group and there’s always something happening across the state, with horse trials, showjumping, dressage and games all on the calendar.

As one parent said, three weeks out of four there’s always something on.

The venue for the Tasmanian State Games Day was the North Eastern Pony Club Grounds at Springfield, where the riders showed their considerable talents at bending, bottle race, ball and cone, stick pegging, balloon, rope, tack shop, tennis ball, stepping stone, sack, ball and raquet old sock, five flag, hurdle race and tyre.

ABOVE: Circular Head Pony Club members David and Jemima Gardiner. Picture: CAITLIN HOW

Apart from the wide range of rider ages on the teams – from 24 to 11 – the range of the age of the horses happily competing also varied widely, from many that could vote if they were human, to five and six years olds and of all sizes.

There were two divisions with the A division won by Circular Head’s team of David Gardiner on Little Pauly, Jemima Gardiner on Polly, Alice Ablitt riding Belle, Elise Poke on Bailey and Britney Arnold on Duke.

Birralee club was second followed by Mersy Valley, Deloraine, Huntingfield and Hobart and districts.

In B division, the Launceston team of Alex Spillane on Abbey, Claire Russell on Dragon, Iona Glover on Star, Scarlett Glover on Yarborough Honour and Mila Jane on Sam were the winners from Tas Pony and Riding Club, Fernpark, Monmouth and Leven.


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All images CAITLIN HOW

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