Local Gymkhana a hit with horse riders

The Ravensthorpe Equestrian Club held its Annual Gymkhana last weekend, with competitors turning out on September 23 and 24, the first time the club has held the event over two days. Despite concerns about the weather in the lead up to the event, riders were blessed with two great days of sunshine.

A total of 64 competitors competed over the course of the two day long event, with juniors events held on the Saturday and adults on the Sunday.

Saturday’s events began with the Lead Liners and First Ridden riders, Bently Lawrence taking out overall 1st Place Champion and a prize of $75 from Smithson’s Wool buyers. 

The winner of the Lead Line Barrel Race was Aidan Willis who received $25 cash from Kuibrook Farms.

Isabelle Cox was the Overall 1st Place Champion for the First Ridden and also won the Barrel Race, receiving a prize of $75 from Ian and Kerry Dickinson and $25 from Kuibrook Farms.

Junior 13 years and under Overall 1st Place Champion, Henry Meiklejohn, won $400 from Arc Accounting and ACH Contractors.

In what was perhaps the story of the day, after having arrived with the intention of spectating, Jack Crane borrowed a horse before taking out the Overall 1st Place Champion prize of $500 from Xplorer Floats and Thorp Realty.

The Junior 13 years and Under Barrel Race was won by Matilda Steinhoff, Matilda being awarded a $100 Haslam’s voucher.

Junior Open Barrel Race winner Caitlin Whiteman received $150 cash from Ravensthorpe Mechanical Service.

The events just got better and better, giving the spectators a real treat.

There were quite a few races that were too tight to call.

Rebecca Green was the Adult Beginner 1st Place Champion, winning $400 cash from Swans Veterinary Services and Farmers Centre.

Ray Ware took out the Adult Novice 1st Place Champion and the Barrel Race, winning prizes of $500 sponsored by Esperance Rural Supplies and $150 cash donated by Regional Bulk Haulage.

The Adult Beginner Barrel Race was won by Emily Fagg who received a $100 voucher from Jode Nursery.

The riders started off with the Keyhole Race, the competition coming down to Clint Vandenbroeke and Scott Lawrence, both with a winning time of 9.07 seconds. 

Marty Farrell took out the Barrel Race and Overall Adult Open 1st Place Champion with a time of 19.70, winning a $500 voucher from Albany Fridge and Washer City and $1000 cash from West Coast Wool & Livestock.

The club are aiming for 100 competitors for next year’s event and thank businesses, assistants and organisers for their support.