Field travels for gymkhana
Riders united from all over the Pilbara last weekend at South Hedland Owners and Trainers Association grounds for the annual Gymkhana competition.
Competitors beat the heat during an afternoon of battling in out on the red dirt, with SHOATA equestrian starting at 4pm in the category of lead-line and juniors.
The second session started at 6pm and included competitors in the novice and adult categories.
The main event of the night was the Helpcon open barrel race, with $1000 up for grabs.
The title of senior champion was awarded to Miranda Le Cerf, of Karratha, who travelled with her two daughters, Ruby and Zara Le Cerf, to compete.
Chloe Johnston was not only the most travelled, making the trek to Hedland from Newman, but also came away as the top junior competitor.
Activities included flag, sack races, three-legged and barrel races, musical sticks, apple dunking and other games, all involving competitors’ four-legged friends. SHOATA president Jake Patroni, who was awarded “best stack” for falling off his horse, said he was happy with the “good” turnout.
He added it was “amazing” seeing horse lovers mak the long trip to South Hedland.
“We just try and do it as an end-of-year event; we were pretty lucky this year because we got people from Newman that have come and about 12 from Karratha,” he said. “It’s a pretty good effort, with people coming from Newman and Karratha.
“It’s good to see everyone and it’s a good excuse to catch up.”
The competition follows the cancellation of equestrian events when COVID-19 changed regular programming.
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