Barossa Valley Pony Club rider, Lucy Blenkiron of Springton, has just returned from Canada after competing on the Australian Pony Club Team in the International Mounted Games Exchange, where she was the only South Australian representative.
But Lucy couldn’t have got there without the support of many local businesses, friends, family and community groups, including the Two Wells Equestrian and Pony Club, who hosted a mounted games clinic in April on her behalf.
TWE&PC club president, Pentti Puro, said he was very happy to see one of the riders in the club’s zone (Lower North Zone) represent Australia at the mounted games exchange.
“Pony Club has so much to offer young riders,” Pentti said.
“Lucy is 14-years-old and has had a trip of a lifetime while representing her country and the association.
“It was a pleasure to host the mounted games clinic on behalf of our zone to help Lucy achieve her goal.”
Lucy started competing in mounted games events three years ago and has represented Barossa Pony Club, the Lower North Zone and South Australia at a number of competitions.
“Representing Australia has always been a long time goal of mine and the four weeks spent at the Australian team training camp and in Canada have been spectacular,” she said.
“A trip highlight was riding against some of the world’s best under 16 games riders.
“The competition was between riders from Canada, Great Britain, USA and Australia.
“In the end we had an extremely close competition, finishing second by two points to Great Britain, who are the biggest mounted games country in the world.”
Pony Club Canada hosted a tour for the international riders that included hiking up Grouse Grind, watching the world cup showjumping at Thunderbird Show Park in the VIP area, zip lining and white water rafting at Whistler and attending Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
“The tour has allowed me to make international friendships and connections to one day pursue,” Lucy said.
“For now I am planning to continue mounted games and hopefully start riding more overseas.
“I look forward to being able to give back to mounted games in our club and the Lower North Zone.”