Burra Pony Club's highly-anticipated gymkhana

Despite cool and wintry conditions, riders and their mounts still turned out for Burra Pony Club’s Gymkhana. 

Riders came from throughout Port Augusta, Burra, Clare, The Gums Horse and Pony Club and Belvidere to compete in encourage and open rings.

The gymkhana was back with full program of events following a few years off and riders were ready to put their skills on show for the judges. 

Events in hacking ring range from best presented handy pony, bare saddle, hack and rider classes.

In the showjumping arena classes started from a pole on the ground up to one metre. 

Burra Pony Club chief instructor Penny Maynard said it was brilliant to watch the riders gain confidence and move up the levels.

During the day, riders had the opportunity to compete in the barrel racing and the bounce pony. 

Following the completion of hack ring events, novelties kicked off with a number of competitors taking the opportunity to have a go at a range of fun events – there was bending, can race, open team of three, musical mats, apple in a bucket.

The last event of the day was the eagerly anticipated fancy dress.

Ms Maynard said there was some creative costumes made. 

“The judge had a very tough decision to make about the place-getters in that class. Congratulations to those riders,” Ms Maynard said. 

“We were very lucky that the rain waited until we were finished before coming down. An event like this is difficult to run without the generous help of our sponsors - Coopers Butchers, C .Taylor General Builder, Welke Transport, H R Sanders, Clare Valley Vet, R and K Longbottom, Burra Hotel, M Richie, Applied Posture Riding, Thamm’s White Hart Garage, Burra Newsagency, B and I Keane, Burra Fencing Contractors, CCH Mustering, Pinks Mitre 10, Platinum Ag Services, Pretty Fingers, Open House, Clare Animal Health, WSB Distributors, L.Taylor, B. Fenwick, Parkys Hardware thank you so much.”

Ms Maynard thanked the judges and pencillers for their assistance – hack judges – Gail McLucus (open Ring) Fiona Mercer and Liz Berryman (Encourage Ring), jump judge- Andrew Boylan and penciller Pauline Bevan, novelties judge- Penny Maynard and penciller Lauren French, fancy dress judge Chrissy Taylor.

“Thankyou to all of the BPC members. The saying many hands make light work was very true, from organising the canteen set-up, pack-up and all of the jobs in between,” Ms Maynard said. 

Burra Pony Club’s next event will be the Spring Fling – a dressage and showjumping event, this event will be held this Sunday, September 17.

Results of the Gymkhanas High points trophies winners:

BOB STEELE MEMORIAL –Aggregate points winner – Megan Brown on Harmony.

16 years and over, donated by Longbottoms - 1st Kristina Fletcher, equal 2nd Joy Salter and Sheridyn Kowald.

Under 16 high points, donated by B and I Keane - 1st Megan Brown, 2nd Savannah Gilbert, 3rd Emily Ellard.

Walk, trot high points, donated by C. Taylor – 1st Cash Cooper, 2nd Brooke Jamieson, 3rd Ocea Ebsary.

Led High points, donated by B. Fenwick – 1st Emmylou Cooper, 2nd Sophie Taylor and 3rd Abby Sheridan.