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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Riddells Creek riders combine to take out inaugural high-point

ABOVE: Cameron Mathlin, Josephine Salanitri, J'Aime Mallon, Lauren Dunn, Hayley Fino, Keira Mathlin, Michelle Woodcroft from Riddell’s Creek Pony Club with Wayne Cuthbert.

WERRIBEE Pony Club’s annual horse trials at Werribee Park is one of the most popular for young riders.

They arrive in droves from all corners of the state to camp and compete, and while everyone is there to do their best, there’s still a general air of fun and a shared love of horses and ponies.

A club award was offered for the first time this year, named in honour of the Werribee district commissioner Wayne Cuthbert, who has dedicated 29 years of service to the club.

Wayne works hard for the kids and is much loved. The award went to Riddells Creek’s team.

Horse trials offers young riders the chance to imitate our Olympic and world championship riders, and right from the start, the chance to do dressage, cross country and showjumping is more challenging than merely trotting in circles in a showring.

Two full groups of level five littlies were delightful to watch galloping around the perfect miniature cross country, with riders beaming and parents biting finger nails watching from the top of the Werribee bank.

The winners in this section were Chloe Benis riding Murray Gold Jasmyn for the Tooradin Dalmore Pony Club and Nathan Tucker on Sambuca Chaser from the Macclesfield Pony Club.

ABOVE: One of the grade five winners Chloe Benis and Murray Gold Jasmyn. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

Level four was so big it was divided into five full groups, which shows that so many youngsters are keen to have horse trials as their chosen sport. The winners were Kymberleigh Cross and KRP Bonanza from the Dandenong Ranges Horse and Pony Club, Cameron Mathlin and Lucky from Riddells Creek Pony Club, Sian Hayes riding Sedgwick Park Sandlewood from Mount Duneed Pony Club, Bryanna Crabbe and Blazing cowboy from Colac Pony Club and Chloe Winter riding Bonsai Chantilly from Mount Duneed Pony Club.

Level three had four groups with the winners being Jessica Biggins and Regardez Secrets from Balnarring Pony Club, Sarah Laukart on HSV Cash Censation from Upper Beaconsfield Pony Club, Alana Docherty and Oomoo Lad from Mount Duneed Pony Club and Ella Trevorrow on Spot the Crown from the Lilydale and Mooroolbark Pony Club. All winners backed up good dressage tests with good jumping rounds.

Isabella O’Donnel from Wyena Horse and Pony Club rode Courtier to win level two and the winner in level one was Lilah Potter and Rawnaq for the Yarra Glen and District Pony Club.

Several older riders with young horses used the open classes to consolidate their training and winners included Georgina Birrell’s Terminal Velocity in level one and Yona Lloyd’s Mischief Managed To Day in level two.

There were two divisions of level three, which were won by Jaimee Hayes on Hayes Park Orlando and Lisa North and Elvis the Dude.

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