Pony club pumped to have Olympian at event

Perfect autumn weather was just the icing on the cake for the Two Wells Equestrian and Pony Club’s One Day Event on April 23 and 24, now in its fifth year, with former Olympic rider, Gillian Rolton adding a little star-power to the event.

The gently rolling Reeves Plains property of Rebecca Puro and Marcus Richardson saw riders take part in dressage tests on Saturday and challenging cross-country and showjumping courses on Sunday.

Both the cross-country and showjumping courses were designed by TWE&PC president, Pentti Puro, with a team of club members and volunteers working hard for weeks prior to the event, and throughout the weekend, to make sure everything ran smoothly.

Entries for this year’s event were down on last year, at around 125, with the club attributing this to the state showjumping championships being held in Adelaide on the same weekend.

However, the event was a wonderful success according to TWE&PC chief instructor, Rebecca Puro, with Australian equestrian great, Gillian Rolton popping in to watch a bit of the action over the weekend.

“The event has been a great success again,” Rebecca said.

“We had good entries across the classes and this was the first year that we’ve run a combined training event, which was well received.”

The combined training aspect of the ODE gave riders the option of using only their dressage and showjumping scores for their final overall result.

Olympic equestrian rider Gillian Rolton, who won gold at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, was pleased to be able to attend the Two Wells ODE without any official capacity and praised organisers for the event.

“This is a good, open course and it’s nice to come along and be a spectator,” Ms Rolton said.

“It’s really nice to see also a mix of EA (Equestrian Australia) and pony club competitors at the venue.

“The organising committee is obviously very passionate.”

A swag of local riders took home placings this year including TWE&PC members Sarah-Jane Jameson, who placed 2nd in the Open Grade 1 class on Dreamtime Skylark; Kristy Pearn, who competed in the Open Grade 3 class on Heaven Sent and finished 2nd overall; Alison Gray, who impressively won the Open Grade 4 class on Chiron Sable Mink; Alix Bell who won the PC Grade 4 event on Wanggandi Etching; Charlotte Rawle on Wicky who finished 2nd in the PC Grade 4 class; Shelley Henderson who placed 2nd in the Open Grade 4 combined training event riding Koha; and Kayla Healey, riding Mac, who placed 3rd in the combined training for PC Grade 5.

In a competitive field, other club riders to compete included Veronica Betts, Shoana Eckerman, Taylor Wittholz, and Taylor Urand.

Another local to feature in the placings was Lewiston resident Ashleigh Westcott, who rode two horses throughout the event and competed in both the ODE and the combined training.

Ashleigh placed 2nd in the EvA105 on Cloverash Mirror Image at the ODE and 1st in the Eva105 class on this horse in the combined training.

Riding Oceanview Expresso, Ashleigh also placed 2nd in the EvA65 ODE event and 3rd in the same class for the combined training.

Lewiston rider Karen Bentley, on board Captain Jolly Roger, was also in the mix for placings, finishing 2nd in the EvA65 combined training event.

The TWE&PC team wishes to thank all of the many volunteers and sponsors for their wonderful support throughout the event, with Rebecca Puro saying the support from club members and other volunteers was enormous.

“This year the amount of extra help from all of our members and people in the local area was very encouraging,” she said.

“It’s been great to see the support given to a local event such as this.

“Thank you everyone.”

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