Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Riders Love Challenge of Equestrian Events

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Riders Love Challenge of Equestrian Events

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Byline: Fallon Hudson fallon.hudson@dailymercury.com.au

YOU could see the sheer joy in Karlee McKay's face as her horse, Rayner Park Rhythmic, cleared a jump in one graceful movement at the Pioneer Valley Show.

Ring events chief steward Hayley Kidston said there were about 132 entrants in the hack ring this year along with an increase in the Western classes.

"Our numbers in the show jump stayed the same, while our hack event numbers are up," Ms Kidston said.

"We were quite happy with the turnout - we thought that the economic downturn would have an impact."

Ms Kidston, who has been involved in the ring events at the show for 12 years, said this was her fourth year as chief steward.

"The Finch Hatton show is a great show for riders who are just starting out and also for competitors to bring new horses into the competition.

In show jumping, she said, riders were judged on how they rode, sat in the saddle and dealt with the horse and its behaviour. …

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