No horsing around

No horsing around

Hundreds of hours of volunteer work has gone into getting ready for this year’s State Trails Championship.

Circular Head Pony Club will host around 100 riders from all over the state at the annual event to be held at Tall Timbers this weekend.

The event will see locals Elyse Poke, Kelsey Bramich, David Gardiner and Britney Arnold take part in the titles, having qualified last year.

Judges from interstate will be present to critique performance and establish a winner, including two-time Olympic show jumper Barry Roycroft.

Volunteers from the club and the wider community have been working tirelessly in the months leading to the event to ensure the course is of a high standard.

A course builder from the mainland travelled to Circular Head to help assemble jumps and ensure the course meets safety and competition standards.

“You couldn’t put a dollar value on the help we’ve received from the community,” says Circular Head Pony Club’s Bruce Abblitt.

“It’s amazing how many people have done little things to help us out. We’re very grateful that the community has gotten on board, because none of this would be possible without their support.”

Spectators are invited to check out all the action across four days, from Friday March 8 to Monday March 11.

“The course is a lot more open than other courses,” says club member Jenny Poke.

“Spectators can see the horses going over the jumps, it’s going to be quite the spectacle.”

Entry is free and food will be available onsite. The dressage event will begin at 4.30pm on Friday and continue on Saturday from 8.30am. On Sunday, the cross country starts at 9.30am and will conclude around 2pm before the show jumping. Presentations for the event and the closing ceremony will be held at 2pm on Monday.

Circular Head Pony Club is set to host their first State Trials Championship at Tall Timbers this weekend. Picture: Isaac Popowski.