Gymkhana riders relish a great day’s competition at the Bororen Pony Club
RIDERS from several pony clubs in Central Queensland competed in the annual Bororen Pony Club Gymkhana on Sunday.
Kimberlee Atkinson, 13, was among the 30 riders who took part in the event that consisted of 11 different sporting horse-based disciplines.
And she dominated most of them in the 13-year to under-15- year age group.
Shortly after she finished first in the Flag Race category, the Mt Perry Pony Club rider says she competes whenever she can.
“I have been doing sporting horses since the age of five and I compete whenever there is a gymkhana close enough,” Kimberlee said.
“I went OK in the Flag Race and did it in 49.30 seconds and did it in a good time.”
She also rode her horse called J.R in the Running Tee discipline where riders have to negotiate flags that mark a shape of a T as quickly as possible.
While she excelled in Flag Race and Running Tee, Kimberlee said she prefers another sports horse category.
“I’m best at the Barrel Racing and got first-place there as well,” Kimberlee added.
Bororen Pony Club president Lisa Grady said the competition is based on a survival of the most skilled and composed.
“They are all timed events and riders cannot knock over the poles otherwise they are eliminated,” Grady said.
“The top four place-getters from each group of each discipline gets a ribbon placed around the horse’s neck.
“We all do each discipline once and then the overall winner is averaged out at the end of the day.”