Youngsters show true horsemanship skills
HORSES: Sarah Elliott says she has no regrets after trying out the sport of polocross for the first time yesterday at the Calliope Hack and Pony Club.
It was all part of the activities at the Equestrian Youth Camp that had activities such as show-jumping, flat riding and dressage, mounted games and grooming.
"It was good and I was just starting to get the hang of it like picking up the ball,” Sarah, 15, said.
She found a couple of challenges during the polocross class which was instructed by 10-year-old Queensland state polocross player Lincoln Macklin.
"It's fast and the turns and handling the racquet as well as hitting the ball was the most difficult part,” Sarah said.
She was joined by fellow first-timers Leah McBride 14, Kimberlee Atkinson 13 and Taylah McGhee 14.
"They have bee really good,” Lincoln said of the trainees.
"I was teaching them how to do figure of eights and teaching them how to hit the ball.”
Calliope Polocross Club president Chris Thumm said the quartet were quick learners.
"We've had people doing it for three to four years who have not picked it up as quickly as these guys have,” Thumm said.
Approximately 40 young riders came from various parts of Central Queensland to attend the three-day camp which continues from 8am today.
"We thank the Gladstone Regional Council who helped fund this camp and event co-ordinator Katrina Elliott who did an amazing job.