July 13, 2012
A team of eight riders from pony clubs across the South Burnett travelled to Yeppoon last week for the Pony Club Association of Queensland Combined Training and Horse Trials Championships.
Four team members were competing at their first State Championships.
Competing in the Dressage phase on Tuesday and Wednesday were Patrick Frohloff, Zac Dennien (Kingaroy), Samantha Lee (Kumbia), Madison McGill, Annabelle Sterns (Kilkivan), Sarah Isaac and Caitlin Isaac (Goomeri).
All riders rode very well against strong competition from all over the State with riders coming from as far away as Southport, Cairns and Taroom.
Patrick and his pony Euston Raffles achieved an overall placing of 6th in the 10 & under age group in his first Dressage Championship.
On Thursday, three riders competed in the Combined Training competition. Caitlin Isaac and Jade Everett (Kingaroy) rode in the A1 – preliminary dressage test and 80cm showjump round, and Sarah Isaac and her horse Gerogery Cassidy competed in the B2 – novice dressage test and 95cm showjump round.
Sarah won the bronze medal in her class.
the Horse Trials were held on Friday and Saturday. This competition is made up of a dressage test, a showjump round and a cross-country phase.
Caitlin Isaac and her horse Blevics Best competed in the Introductory level (80cm jump height), gaining a 6th overall in her group. Sarah Isaac competed in the Preliminary level (95cm jump height) and was fourth overall.
“All the competitors had a lot of fun and the experience was invaluable to see how we are going compared to other Queensland riders,” Caitlin said.
“It is great to see some top 10 and even top 20 finishes in groups that had up to 30 riders.”
[Photos: Caitlin Isaac]