St Mary's Catholic College's equestrian team
St Mary's Principal Michael Nayler is congratulated by Cr Kathy Duff

July 27, 2012

The students at St Mary’s Catholic College in Kingaroy got an opportunity to horse around a bit last week …

St Mary’s organised the inaugural South Burnett Equestrian Challenge at Kingaroy Showground as part of the school’s Catholic Education Week celebrations.

Principal Mr Michael Nayler said he was extremely pleased with the incredible support shown by all the local school communities who took part in the event and also with the great spirit shown by the  spectators and competitors.

“It ‘s wonderful to see our school communities coming together to celebrate the incredible culture of rural Australia,” Mr Nayler said.

Despite being postponed from the week before due to rain, the event attracted 72 horses and riders from schools across the South Burnett.

Cr Kathy Duff was on hand as a judge and also presented the major awards.

She said she surprised and impressed by the high standard of the horses and riders.

Major results:

Led hack
Champion:  Sharna Strachan (Nanango SHS)
Reserve Champion: Joanna Anderson (St Mary’s CC)

Ridden hack
Champion: Gabe Crane (St Mary’s CC)
Reserve Champion: Patrick Frohloff (St Mary’s CC)

Rider Class
Champion: Gabe Crane (St Mary’s CC)
Reserve Champion: Sophie Grundy (Taabinga SS)

Stockman’s Challenge
Champion: Gabe Crane (St Mary’s CC)
Reserve Champion: Gabe Crane (St Mary’s CC)

Freestyle
Champion: Alex Kelly (St Mary’s CC)
Reserve Champion: Amy Sanders (Nanango SHS)

Age Champions
5-8 years: Sophie Grundy (Taabinga SS)
9-10 years: Hannah Lee (Taabinga SS)
11-13 years: Sam Lee (Taabinga SS), Tamara Cunningham (Goomeri SS), Lachlan Rockemer (Goomeri SS)
14 years and over: Gabe Crane (St Mary’s CC)

Champion School of the Day:
1  Goomeri State School.
2. Kumbia State School  (based on aggregate points / student population)
3. St Mary’s Catholic College

Age champion Gabe Crane in action
Alex Kelly wins the Freestyle without a bridle
Matt Harsh wins the barrel race

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