Alexandra Robinson, left, and Sir Dozer from Benalla was the A Grade Show Jumping winner ahead of Tarwin Lower’s Sophia Landry with Prince Edward.
THE Wonthaggi Pony Club proved to be the perfect host for the Pony Club Association of Victoria’s State Dressage and Show Jumping Championships held across the weekend.
The club hosted the championships on behalf of the West Gippsland Zone.
It was a major coup for the club to secure the event which attracted competitors from all over Victoria, and beyond.
There were 120 competitors in action on Sunday, and 180 for the weekend.
Despite the stifling temperatures, the event went off without a hitch.
Technical delegate Michelle Debenham, who has officiated at events all over Australia, was full of praise for the recently upgraded venue and the organisers.
“The venue is awesome. The Wonthaggi Pony Club has done an amazing job.
“This is one of the best venues I’ve been to,” she said.
There are 10 Zones in Victoria, and each takes its turn to host the championships.
With many pony clubs within each zone, clubs rarely get the opportunity to host such an event.
Tarwin Lower’s Sophia Landry, representing West Gippsland, was thrilled to finish fourth overall in the A Grade show jumping event on her horse Prince Edward, claiming a round win along the way.
“I’ve only just come up to a higher grade so I’m very happy with how we went,” she said.
“He’s an off-the-track horse, which means he used to race until he injured tendons in his leg.”
By Exceed and Excell, Prince Edward was quickly adapted to his new role after only three years.
Sophie finished behind A Grade winner Alexandra Robinson who was rising Sir Dozer.