Winner of the open hack Amber Greenhalgh riding SU-AM Uncovered.
Winner of the open hack Amber Greenhalgh riding SU-AM Uncovered. Peter Carruthers

Newcomer meet at Prossie Pony Club a great event

EQUESTRIAN hack judge, Rachael Ward, said she was humbled to attend the Proserpine Pony Club's newcomer of the year event on Sunday.

"Amber and Sue the event organisers asked me to judge. I am very humbled, because it is a big responsibility," she said.

After the judging of the open hack event, which was won by Amber Greenhalgh, Ward said her horse was much better "educated" than the other two competitors.

"He has got a double bridle as well. He was freer moving and was calm," she said.

Ward said the hack event was judged on presentation, looks, movement, temperament and whether the horse was willing to do what the rider commanded.

Greenhalgh won the open hack for horses under 16 hands and she also took out the champion hack event.

EA level 2 show jumping judge, Hayley Somerset, said the standard of competition was good and was pleased by the attitude displayed by jumpers during the new comer of the year event.

 

"The competition has been good and they have shown good sportsmanship," she said.

"And they haven't had any falls so that is a bonus.

"Horses are tracking along well and their footing has been good. Its a nice easy started competition.

Somerset said the event is the grass roots level of the sport when all champion riders begin.

"At this level of competition there is a genuine love for the horses and they like to express it through making the horse look good," she said.

Organiser of the event Sue Greenhalgh said the event had attracted judges and riders from all over northern Queensland and was a great success.

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