MOST IMPROVED RIDER: In the 11-13yrs Rauri Elliott, in 10yrs & under Olivia Mullins, and in 14 to under 26yrs Sarah Elliott.
MOST IMPROVED RIDER: In the 11-13yrs Rauri Elliott, in 10yrs & under Olivia Mullins, and in 14 to under 26yrs Sarah Elliott. Katrina Elliott

Young horse riders rewarded at Calliope Hack and Pony Club

Encouragement Award: 11-13yrs Georgie Kanahs-Tanner, 14 to 26yrs Taylor Pengelly, and in the 10yrs & Under Ellara Taylor.

IN her two years at the Calliope Pony and Hack Club, Sarah Elliott has learned how to train and tame her horse --- as well as the skills she needs to compete in sporting events and jumping.

The Calliope Pony and Hack Club had its break up celebration last weekend, where they handed out awards to six young riders.

And 14-year-old Sarah was awarded most improved in her age group for the club for 2015.

Sarah has ridden horses since she was 6, and joined the club so she could learn more about competing.

"I had a horse that wasn't very educated and the club helped me bring it back to basics, so we could learn how to go into a higher level of competing. What I enjoy most is being able to socialise with other riders in Calliope," she said.

Awards were handed out to this year's participants.

Throughout the year she has competed in local competitions, including the Callide Culture Show.

The state high student went home with a fourth, a third, a first prize and an award for Grand Champion Juvenile Rider for 2015.

"That was my first show with my horse Daz.

"He didn't trip at all and he had a nice shape to him," she said.

Sarah practices at least three times a week, while juggling school work and exams.



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