Six riders from Forbes Pony Club will com- pete in the State championships starting tomorrow at the Australian Equine and Live- stock Event Centre in Tamworth. The annual event showcases skills in showriding, dressage, and showjumping.
For most of the competitors, this isn’t their first state competition. Brooke (aged 10) will compete in showriding and dressage for her fifth state competition, and Kate (15) will contest her fourth showjumping event. Ellie Glasson, (aged 11), will compete in showjumping for the first time this year, but has competed before in other categories.
Holly and Lottie Jacobson will both com- pete in showriding and dressage, and Eliza- beth in showriding.
All of the girls began riding between the ages of 2 and 5 years, love their horses, and want competitive riding to be part of their future. Holly also wants to be a busi- ness woman, “I want to own a horse shop and sponsor my sister if she keeps riding,” she said.
“It is hard work, though,” said Kate. And one of the hardest things, along with early morning starts, is “understanding that the horses have bad days, too.”
We hope they all have good days next week! By Rochelle Bright