Grafton competitor Nathan Brown and his horse Nikki win the final of the flags event at the Grafton Pony Club annual gymkhana at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton.
Grafton competitor Nathan Brown and his horse Nikki win the final of the flags event at the Grafton Pony Club annual gymkhana at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton. Debrah Novak

Grafton Pony Club all smiles

YOU can't help but get the feeling things are going the Grafton Pony Club's way at the moment.

Big numbers at events, new grants to upgrade the club's Hawthorne Park base, and perfect weather at the weekend for the first Zone 15 Gymkhana of the season.

What about Saturday's storm? Nope, not at the Grafton Pony Club.

“We were a little bit concerned about that storm that came through but we hardly got any rain,” club president Scott Brown said.

“Either side of us got hit but for some reason right here it missed us.

“It was meant to be.”

Any potential rain would have been the only dampener for the 130 riders who attended the annual gymkhana Saturday and yesterday.

Competitors aged from two to 25 years took part, with about 1600 winners' ribbons presented at the end of the event.

Yes, there was no shortage of smiles. And not just from the participants.

“If you ask anyone with the horse game around here they will say that Grafton has the best grounds anywhere in the state,” Brown said.

“Everything went really well and everyone left happy.”

Brown said the pony club was “looking at doing several things” in the coming months with plans afoot to further upgrade the South Grafton facilities.

The club is working closely with the Clarence Valley Council over a series of grants. The Grafton Pony Club will host the Inter Schools Challenge, one of the biggest local events, later this year.



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