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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Mount Duneed show was so much fun it will be hard to top


ABOVE: Annabelle McDonald of Mount Duneed Pony Club having the best time. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

SHOW competitors can be fickle but every now and again an event is run so well that all you hear is laughter, cheers and a unanimous comment that “this was the best show ever”.


This show season, right at the start, the award goes to the Mount Duneed Pony Club and Topsy Show.


Organiser Stacie Robinson said the committee had given the program a big overhaul to freshen it up and expand the variety of classes and they were rewarded with huge entries that saw the rings finishing in the 5pm gloom.


The show horse specialty ring was something new, with riders point scored for a ridden workout, led workout, manners and paces, presentation and conformation.


Stacie, mother of four-year-old Eva who didn’t get to ride because her chief strapper had her hands full running the event, said a lot of thought was put into judge selection.


“I took a lot of time to work out who I would approach to judge because I wanted judges who are currently showing but also who would help guide our competitors,” she said.


“Our judges really dedicated their time to everyone helping them along the way with great feedback and guidance for the competitors.”


“We’ve had so much feedback of all three judges being so supportive and keeping things fun.”


ABOVE: Lucy Pritchard and judge Alison Van Bree. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

The topsy ring (full of high fives, storytelling and cheering) was judged by Alison Van Bree of Lal Lal, pony club ring one by Maddy Tabak of Baliyang and pony club ring two by Gail Merygold of Anglesea.


The champion junior highpoint winner was five-year-old Annabelle McDonald of Mount Duneed Pony Club riding Dantra Park Golden Gem.


Champion senior highpoint champion was Jazmine Roberts from Melton Pony Club riding Barringa Golden Boy.


In the topsy ring the topsy champion and most successful combination of the day was Hannah Falzon from Melton riding a perfect beginner’s mount, Sandy.


It was just their second outing, with Hannah only starting to ride six months ago.


The topsy sportsmanship championship went to Georgina Alexander from Buangor riding Lily Long Legs.


When presenting the award, the judge commented that from beginning to end of the show, she clapped and cheered for everyone, smiled and genuinely loved her day on her pony.


ABOVE: Georgina Alexander was a great sport on the day. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

Other results included:

Champion best presented junior: Annabelle McDonald, Mount Duneed Pony Club; reserve champion Aria McLeod, Mount Duneed Pony Club.

Champion best presented senior Stevie-Jai Conroy, Melton Pony Club; reserve champion Alyssa Coates, Neangar Pony Club.

Champion junior handler Alyssa Roberts, Melton Pony Club; reserve champion Annabelle McDonald, Mount Duneed Pony Club.

Champion senior handler Kiera McDonald, Ballarat Pony Club; reserve champion Jazmine Roberts, Melton Pony Club.

Champion ridden junior mount Kendall Shelton, Little River Pony Club, reserve champion Jack Fried, Barwon Valley.

Champion ridden senior mount Jazmine Roberts, Melton Pony Club; reserve champion Stevie- Ji Conroy, Melton Pony Club.

Champion junior stockman’s challenge Madison Borthwick, Mount Duneed Pony Club; reserve champion Millicent Gardiner, Mount Duneed Pony Club.

Champion senior stockman’s challenge Aila Dekker, Mount Duneed Pony Club; reserve champion Allareece Poppa, Mount Duneed Pony Club.

Champion junior rider Farah Cameron, Corio Moorabool Pony Club; reserve champion, Jack Fried, Barwon Valley Pony Club.

Champion senior rider Elise Young, Barwon Valley Pony Club; reserve champion Jazmine Roberts, Melton Pony Club.

Champion junior mount most suitable for pony club Alyssa Roberts, Melton Pony Club; reserve champion Farah Cameron, Corio Moorabool Pony Club.

Champion senior mount most suitable Jazmine Roberts, Melton Pony Club; reserve champion Kiera McDonald, Ballarat Pony Club.

Champion junior show horse specialty Mary Van Den Berg, Drysdale-Leopold Pony Club; reserve champion Elsie Clark, Yarrambat Pony Club.

Champion senior show horse specialty Jazmine Roberts, Melton Pony Club, reserve champion Kiera McDonald, Ballarat Pony Club.


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All images LISA GREEN of MANE MEMORIES



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