Amber dazzles with bronze medal at titles

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

CALLIOPE Hack and Pony Club member Amber Maunders produced a shining display to win bronze at the Pony Club Association Queensland Championships in Taroom recently.

The 17-year-old teamed up with Dan Scott (Monto), Karlee Bennett (Moura) and Biloela duo Doug and Geoff Loader in the Zone 9 team which finished third in the Senior Mounted Games event.

It was a great result for Amber who was pleased to win a medal at her first senior state titles.

'To win a bronze medal was very nice, especially for me considering it was my first effort as a senior rider,' Maunders said.

'As a team we had never ridden together and to come third is a great achievement for our team.'

Accompanying Amber for the event was her trusty horse Jake, who at 20 years of age is older than she is.

Amber believed Jake's experience proved to be crucial in the pressure event which relies as much on the horse as the rider.

'I couldn't have a better horse than Jake, he is a great horse to ride,' she said.

'His manner is great for competition as he never gets flustered.'

Amber also mentioned the form of her team-mates, saying the friendship within the team was a feature of their success.

'As a team we all got along very well and I think that helped us during the competition,' she said.

And there will be no basking in the limelight for Amber who is keen to improve on this year's bronze at the 2006 championships.

'Hopefully there is a gold medal next year, our team is very young compared to our opponents.

'I think if we keep the same team, we could definitely be state champions,' she said.



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