Young Appaloosa Western Breeds Association (YAWBA) held their first presentation Hi-Point Dinner for the year on 27 June at the Forbes Inn Hotel and those in attendance were noticeably excited to see who would win and who would be named runner-up. Amazing prizes included belt buckles, trophies, hats, medals, rugs and a great sponsored
The certificate was presented to the overall halter horse owned and shown by locals Amber and Leah Helwig. Members from as far as Goulburn came for the evening; a worthy drive for the longtime showing mother/daughter team of Debbie and Nicole Polley, who picked up many awards.
The Hi-Point Tie for Appaloosa halter was with the only horse not to miss a show, owned and trained by our president Kathie Garner. The black appaloosa gelding was bred by a YAWBA sponsor and member, Tanya Thomas
of Windsong Stud. The Alternative Trophy, sponsored by Sammy C Design is now owned by Gerri Bennett.
Gerri travelled from Yass and two of her horses did her proud, taking home a total of four runner-up trophies.
The senior and overall amateur performance was well contested with only a few points between the leaders. Senior horse went to Leeann Staunton and Peter Gun which was an amazing effort as the pair only qualified at the last show.
Runner-up in the amateur class was Natasha Peasley and Yallawa Rockin The Stars. The YAWBA Rising Star Award went to Mel West and Players Lucky Dream. They had a great few shows at the end of the season and will be a great team in the future. YAWBA Committee Member of the Year went to Stevie Jackson and Her Newest Unborn Member Jelly Bean.
The Riverdowns Mega Mr Spring Spectacular will be held on Saturday 26 September and promises to be lots of fun for the family. With classes for nearly every age, ability and horse, get out there and give it a go!