Icy start for Pony Club comp
A CHILLY start to Sunday saw about 75 competitors brave the elements to compete in the Gympie and District Pony Club’s first competition of the year.
The Gymkhana saw a large contingent of Gympie competitors, about 30, and a few local wins.
Publicity officer Michelle Winston said competitors had to wait for ice to melt off the club’s new jumps before they could start.
“It was a great day, a little low on numbers but everyone went well,” she said.
It was the club’s first competition post-flood and volunteers had worked tirelessly since January to get the club back to its former glory.
Since the floodwaters completely covered the storage shed and flowed above table height into the club house, club members have had to install a new kitchen and buy new jumps.
But in the end with a new stainless steel kitchen the club was better for it, Mrs Winston said.
Winners: 6 and under Callum Lehman of Widgee; 7 years Gabby Davey of Pomona; 8 years Cheyenne Lehman of Widgee; 9 years Riley Spring of Gympie; 10 years: Jessica Friske of Gympie; 11 years Jemima Wood of Kilkivan; 12 years Loyd Coleman of Gympie; 13 years: 1st Peta Andrew of Mooloolah, 2nd Zoe Hollis of Gympie; 14 years 1st Codie Winston of Gympie, 2nd Catherine McSweeney of Hervey Bay; 15 years 1st Jolee Groves of Gympie, 2nd Jessica Coleman of Gympie; 16 years 1st Katt Blakemore of Yandina, 2nd Courtney Lange, Gympie.