District champions to take on state

District champions to take on state

The Circular Head Pony Club will take on the best of the state after being crowned district champions at the Prince Phillip Mounted Games in Inglis. Team member Elyse Poke gives us all the details.

On May 16 Inglis Pony Club hosted the North West Prince Phillip Mounted Games.

For Circular Head Pony Club the A division consisted of David Gardiner, Jemima Gardiner, Britney Arnold, Elyse Poke and Alice Abblitt, coached by Leighton Poke. 

The B division consisted of Shayla Guest, Tarlai Salihovic, Taeya Justice, Isabella Conley and Beth Bailey, coached by Amanda Arnold. 

There were five teams in both divisions, with each rider displaying high levels of skill and precise riding. 

Overall, the B division team came second and were very pleased with their outcome as most of them had not competed in games before. 

The A division team came away with first position, winning nine out of the fifteen games. 

They were very happy with the outcome of the zone competition as they had limited time training as a team in the lead up to the event. 

Due to the number of injuries and operations for the riders, they have named their selves the ‘Wounded Warriors’. They are training regularly in preparation for the state competition.

The top four teams from the A division competition will proceed through to the state championships. The state competition will be held on June 6 hosted by Inglis Pony Club again. 

Alongside Mersey Valley Pony Club and Leven Pony Club, Circular Head Pony Club will represent the Northwest Zone, competing against teams from the Northern and Southern Zone. 

The winners will be crowned state champions.