More than 200 at Ballarat Pony Club trials 

HORSE riders enjoyed the warmer spring weather at the Ballarat Pony Club Trials held last weekend. 

More than 200 riders competed in the two-day event, in dressage, show jumping and cross country, at Victoria Park.

Riders travelled from as far as Mildura, Mansfield and Gippsland to compete in the trials.

Langwarrin rider Teese Cook won the grade one section, with Ballarat Pony Club’s Lucinda Doodt placing second. 

Club president Deb Bain said the event was a huge success, with young and old riders showing great sportsmanshipR and camaraderie.

“What other sport do you see six-year-olds versus 60 and 70-year-olds, with males and females all together, competing and having fun?” Bain said.

She said the trials were able to raise a lot of money, which would be put back into the club – it will be spent on items like the grounds, new jumps, and maintenance to ensure safety.

Ballarat Pony Club had 22 riders compete in the event, with many other local clubs also participanting. 

Riders are now preparing for the Ballarat Show.