Championships bigger and better this year

By Alison Gray – TWE&PC member & event sponsorship delegate

Two Wells Equestrian and Pony Club held another successful one day event on the Anzac Day weekend (April 25 and 26).

The event also doubled as the Pony Club SA State Championships ODE and was held over two days at a private property in Reeves Plains.

Saturday was kicked off by an Anzac service at 8am to remind us to be thankful for all that we have, and of those that fell fighting for our freedom.

After the service, the bacon and egg sandwiches, and the first phase of competition, was in full swing.

With 180 competitors, all four dressage arenas ran all day.

Saturday evening there was a dinner for those that had booked, with Two-up for entertainment in the spirit of Anzac day.

Sunday was showjumping and cross-country day.

The higher grades started with cross country in the morning, while grade 4 and 5 riders commenced showjumping in the two showjumping rings set directly in front of the food vans and marquees, which housed the sponsors trade displays. 

TWE&PC presented a strong competitive line-up of 15 members.

Notable performances include Sarah-Jane Jameson, 4th Senior/Assosciate Grade 2 (95cm), Bronwyn Waters, 2nd Adult Grade 3 (80cm), Kate Halliwell, 5th Senior / Associate Grade 4 (65cm), Taylor Urand, 3rd Senior/Associate Grade 4, Ellie Robery, 6th Members Grade 5 (50cm), Michelle Stirling 4th Adult Grade 5.

The EVA105 class was won by TWE&PC member Ashleigh Westcott, and the EVA95 class was won by a former TWEPC member, Tayla Howell on her home-bred horse.

PC Grade 1 riders (jumping 105cm) who competed at this event boosted their chances of selection to represent South Australia at the Pony Club National Championships, which this year will be held in Murray Bridge from September 29 to October 4.

This is the third year TWE&PC has run an ODE, and the club, as well as the Lower North Zone are thankful to all sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year’s event, the PC State Champs, even bigger and better.

A big thankyou to the property owners for the use of their land, and allowing Penti Puro, the club’s president and accredited course builder, to build the magnificent three-kilometre cross-country course, most of which is not permanent.

Coming up is our Showjumping day on May 10.

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