State success for Pony Club riders

Young Forbes riders have returned from the State Pony Club show riding and dressage championships at Clarendon with a swag of ribbons. 

Lottie and Holly Jacobson both collected numerous ribbons throughout the two days of competition, which open pony club eventing for the calendar year.

Lottie, riding Freedom, was named Under 13 age group champion in dressage at Clarendon after taking out first place in one test and second in the other.

Eleven-year-old Holly, riding Stoney, placed fifth in one of her dressage tests.

The girls also collected a number of ribbons in their show riding classes, which include a rider class, hack, Pony Club mount (obstacle course), handler (or led) and best educated classes. 

Fellow Forbes rider, Scarlett Francis, and her horse Batman also represented well in the dressage in their first attendance at a State championship event. 

The girls’ success follows a stellar 2017 for the Forbes Pony Club, which had a record number of entrants in State events.

Scarlett Francis, Holly and Lottie Jacobson ready to ride at the State championships.

Scarlett Francis, Holly and Lottie Jacobson ready to ride at the State championships.

This year’s State-level competitions have been spread across three separate events: the one the girls have just attended as well as further competitions across the different riding disciplines in July and October. 

Last year they were all held in Tamworth in July.

Ellie Glasson and Katie Townsend represented the club in the State showjumping.

Brooke Kelly, Elizabeth Wythes, Holly Jacobson and Lottie Jacobson competed in the show riding events.

Brooke, Holly and Lottie Jacobson went on to also compete in dressage events in Tamworth.

Mum Sarah Jacobson said the club members love the opportunity to represent their zone, Zone 11.

“It gives them a chance to meet and compete against people from all over the state,” she said.

She added that the club is looking forward to another great year in 2018, with some exciting ideas including new events for adult riding members. 

All interested parties are welcome to join club members at their annual meeting on Tuesday, February 13, at Forbes Services Club starting at 7pm. 

This year’s schedule of events and gymkahanas is yet to be set, if you can’t get to Tuesday night’s meeting you can find out more about the club on the Forbes Pony Club Facebook page.