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Pony riders jump for joy

GREAT WORK: Campbell Shenfield, Millie McIntosh, Charlie McIntosh and Sofia Williams at the Zone 21 showjumping championships in Warwick.
GREAT WORK: Campbell Shenfield, Millie McIntosh, Charlie McIntosh and Sofia Williams at the Zone 21 showjumping championships in Warwick. Contributed

Pony Club: The St George Pony Club posted impressive results at the recent Zone 21 official and unofficial showjumping championships in Warwick last Sunday, with local riders scoring high.

Taking place at the Warwick Showgrounds in front of a packed crowd, some of the state's best up-and-coming riders came to show their skills in a fine display of showjumping.

St George riders strongly represented the region, with some fantastic results among a number of highly skilled young riders.

Jodie Shenfield, president of the St George Pony Club, was proud of the riders.

"I was very impressed with how the kids performed. They have really improved out of sight and it was a lovely way to end the year on such a high,” she said.

"We had four kids from St George aged between seven and 13, so they all competed in a three-round event which was the A2, AM5 and tower and speed.”

In the 10 years and under official 60cm Champion 10, Charlie McIntosh showed some good composure to beat the rest of the field in a competitive contest.

His sister, Millie McIntosh, proved she had a similar aptitude for horsemanship, channelling her own success with victory in the 10 and under 50cm unofficial.

Campbell Shenfield was the 12 and under official 70cm champion, while Sofia Williams scored runner-up in the 13 years and under official 80cm.

While the sport can challenge young riders, the sense of mateship at the pony club is a big drawcard.

"There's really strong camaraderie among the children and they all like achieving together as one group,” Ms Shenfield said.

The St George Pony Club always welcomes new members and anyone interested in riding can purchase a membership which is active from January1.

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