School’s junior riders rise to the equestrian challenge
HORSE sports are thriving at Clarence Valley Anglican School.
For the second year in a row, the school has won the overall junior team point score at the Clarence Valley Equestrian Challenge.
Team manager Nicole Davenport was proud of the efforts of her 22 riders.
"I was ecstatic with their achievements," Davenport said. "It's the second year in a row our juniors have won the highest point score.
"All the kids performed at a high level. The junior team is an especially strong group and they all tried very hard.
"This competition caters for a wide range of horse sports and disciplines and was a good way to get all the various horse riders from the school together at the one competition."
The event, hosted by Grafton Pony Club, attracted riders aged five to 18 from as far as Warwick in Queensland, Nabiac on the mid-north coast and winning senior team St John's College Woodlawn.
Club publicity officer Angela Hughes said Hawthorne Park in South Grafton was inundated with riders and horses for what had become one of Grafton's biggest equestrian events of the year.
"Over 230 riders competed in show riding classes, dressage, showjumping, team penning, sporting events and team relays," Hughes said.
"At the conclusion of events on Sunday, an awards ceremony was held announcing the winning junior team from Clarence Valley Anglican School Grafton and the winning senior team from St John's College Woodlawn.
"The event was a fundraising initiative for Grafton Pony Club, with some of the funds helping the Braunstone Tennis Club and Braunstone Fire Brigade."
Organisers held their breaths when torrential rain on both Friday and Saturday night looked like putting the event in jeopardy.
"Thankfully the grounds held well in the wet conditions and the weekend was a huge success," Hughes said.
"Grafton Pony Club would like to extend a huge thank you to all sponsors, volunteers and participants for supporting this annual event."