Riders take state title sweep
WARWICK and Killarney can rightly claim to be the top junior horse sports area in the state after riders won the junior and senior titles at the Queensland Pony Club State Championships at Theodore.
Four teams, including riders from Warwick Hack and Pony Club, and the Brown siblings from Killarney club, represented Zone 21 at the titles.
The team of Sarah Stewart, Tim Eastwell, Lachlan Miller, Tamara Bondfield and Emma Whear won the senior title from a field of nine teams. Sharon Whear was coach.
Tamara was overall top rider in the formal gymkhana section for her age and competed in the campdraft.
The Zone 21 junior A team of Selena Madsen, Ben Eastwell, Callum Miller, Nathan Brown and Tim Burraston won the junior title from a field of 35 teams.
They won seven of eight games and placed fifth in one game under the watchful eye of coach Tamara Bondfield.
Selena was third overall in the formal gymkhana for her age group. Tim also competed in the campdraft.
Zone 21 nominated three junior teams and it was an outstanding effort to finish with three in the top seven.
After being part of the senior winning team, Stewart backed up to coach the Zone 21 junior B team of Leesa Eastwell, Mikaela Brown, Emily Bradfield, Amy Bradfield and Zac Monckton into sixth place.
Leesa, Mikaela, Amy and Zac also competed in sporting events and Zac in the campdraft.
The junior C team from zone 21 of Angela Krahe, Jade Davies, Amy Whear, Tracey Madsen and Nikki Burraston was coached by Sue Bondfield into seventh place. Tracey also competed in sporting events and formal gymkhana.
The championships at Theodore were in campdrafting, formal gymkhana, sporting events and mounted games.
Individually, riders from the Warwick and Killarney clubs won ribbons galore during the championships.