The return of equestrian events at the annual Moora Show was welcomed by riders around the region who competed in hacking, showjumping and Stockman’s Challenges.
The hacking events, judged by Anne Wilkins saw well turned-out ponies vying for ribbons based on their appearance, manners and riding skills with Georgia Holmewood on Classy Diva crowned Champion Junior Rider and Cadence Cook riding Remie Fifth Avenue winning the Open rider category. Georgia also won the Joyce Cocking Memorial event,a competition for Midlands Zone Pony Club members which is judged on presentation riding and suitability of the horse and rider combination for pony club activities. Amy Lathlean and Chrissy won the 12 years and Under.
A Stockman’s Challenge organised by Rhenice Wilkie saw a number of young local riders competing in the challenges designed to test horsemanship skills. The Stockman’s Challenges are a uniquely Australian sport – a modern-day tribute to the stockmen and women of years gone by and an acknowledgement of the skills required to work cattle in the bush. The competition was dominated by the local Tayor girls who took home several ribbons between them.
Kiara Armstrong won the lead line, Jade Taylor the 11yrs and Under, Leah Taylor won the highest points and fastest time, and Georgia Homewood placed first in the 14yrs and Under with Chloe Taylor second and Olivia Boutlon third.
In the showjumping, judged by Judy Rose, Amy Lathlean won the 45cm on her horse Chrissy, Olivia Bolton (who also won smartest on parade 14hh and Under) won the 60cm riding Mouse, Jemma Clemesha (Vanzetti) won the 80cm on the magnificent Wouripools Just Miakoda, the 95cm was taken out by Hannah Richardson and Rudolph (Hannah also won lightweight Hack riding Moet) and the 110cm was won by Lucy Atty on A Bit Taboo. The low-key competition was a wonderful day for local riders, many using it as a warm-up for larger competition days.