A number of members from the Burra Pony Club recently competed in the annual Northern Zone Pony Clubs competition.
Held at Renmark in June, Burra joined with other zone clubs including Broken Hill, Port Augusta and The Gums (Marrabel) for a weekend of competition.
Burra had riders of all ages attend zones, the youngest rider was Ruby Taylor at the age of four and the oldest was adult rider Karen Sobey.
The result had the Burra led team of four on the flat – consisting of Ruby Taylor, Sophie Taylor, Emmylou Cooper, Charlotte Welke – finishing with a first place ribbon.
This was achieved with the help of their leaders Leonie Mitchell, Casey Cooper, Nigel Taylor and Rohan Welke.
The Burra B team of 4 on the flat - Tahlia andOcea Ebsary, Brooke Jamieson and Addison Mitchell - also won first place.
For the first time adult riders where able to compete at zones.
Burra Pony Club put in an adult team of 4 on the flat consisting of Julie Keane, Penny Maynard, Lauren French and Jenny Maynard.
Individual dressage tests were also completed by team on the flat riders, as well individual tests by Christine Taylor, Karen Sobey and Ellise Pringle.
The riders had great success in the events.
The competitors also took the opportunity to compete in mounted games.
Burra had a ‘led’ team of Ruby and Sophie Taylor, Emmylou Cooper, and Charlotte Welke and a B grade team of Tahlia and Ocea Ebsary, Brooke Jamieson, Karen Sobey and Ellise Pringle.
The B team was a great example of new young riders mixing with more experienced riders.
Burra Pony Club chief instructor Penny Maynard congratulated all riders, parents, supporters and helpers.
“It just goes to show that hard work, dedication and attending training every Sunday for the month leading up to zones defiantly paid off,” Ms Maynard said.
“The club is very honoured to have these great riders, as they rode very well and did themselves proud. For a majority of them this was their first ever competition.
“To be able to compete was exciting enough but to come home with such fantastic results, including first place ribbons, really is the icing on the cake.”
The Burra Pony Club’s next event will be the gymkhana on August 20.
There will be competitions in hacking, showjumping, an encourage ring and mounted games.
“There will be lots of great prizes, trophies for the kids along with a raffle,” Ms Maynard said.
“This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of our great sponsors.”
For more information about the gymkhana contact Penny Maynard on 0448 215 756.