SADDLE UP: Stanthorpe Pony Club members enjoy their final rally day before the gymkhana.
SADDLE UP: Stanthorpe Pony Club members enjoy their final rally day before the gymkhana. Contributed

Littlest riders prepare for the one of the biggest events

STANTHORPE Pony Club hosted their final rally day before next months Stanthorpe gymkhana.

This past weekend the riders had the opportunity to practise their skills before the sporting event on August 19.

Club president Amanda Day was impressed with how much the riders had improved over the year.

"We've seen some big improvements in the younger kids especially, who hadn't previously been a part of pony club,” Ms Day said.

"They come in in January and come November they're really confident in themselves.”

She said the older kids were doing well keeping a high level of skill with the horses.

The cooler temperatures in Stanthorpe over the weekend made for some challenges for some of the riders.

"Especially (Sunday) with the big frost, a lot of the horses were feeling quite fresh,” she said.

"But we've got really good instructors.”

The Stanthorpe gymkhana is one of the only competitive events in which about 80 per cent of the Stanthorpe Pony Club will compete.

However Ms Day is confident the Stanthorpe riders will shine at the event.

"I'm sure we will see some good things from our club members,” she said.

"We also have a few kids in the club who do well at local shows.”

Stanthorpe Pony Club's next rally day is on September 16.

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