Cave declared grand champ at pony club camp

Nick Cave receives the Grand Champion Rider Trophy from Annette Law

Nick Cave receives the Grand Champion Rider Trophy from Annette Law

NICK Cave has won the Champion Hack Grand Champion Rider at the Glen Innes Pony Club annual week long camp held recently at the Glen Innes Showgrounds.

More than 60 registered riders took part in the event which covered multiple disciples and tested the skills of both horse and rider.

Cave said he was very proud to be declared the champion.

“Having ridden in the Grand Champion rider 4 times, I am so proud to win this prestigious trophy and I owe so much to my horse Claudia for just doing everything right,” he said.

All riders at this year’s camp were divided into troops and a social troop competition was held which included team penning, trivia and unmounted games.  

Pony club spokeswoman Jacqui Cave said this proved to be a great team building exercise for the big and little kids. 

“With cooler weather conditions the instruction covered a range of disciplines and once that was complete on Thursday it was time for the competition to commence on Friday with graded jumping, dressage and the campdraft,” she said.

“Winner of the sub junior dressage for the second year running was Hannah Law who is showing lots of promise.

“The Junior dressage was won by Roy Duddy and keeping it in the family, Monique Duddy took out the senior dressage.  

Ms Cave said other campdraft winners were  were 9-13 years Mollie Cave, Junior Cut-out Logan Biddle, Nanna Williamson Senior Cut-out Nick Cave.

“The hotly contested PD Newberry Cup for Campdraft 13-17 years winner was Pakstan Treasure,” she said.

“Pakstan was beaming with excitement – she said it felt so surreal. “

On Saturday morning the horses and riders presented for judging of the flat riding which included hack, riding class and bareback.  

The winners of each relevant hack class were worked out and the Senior Champion Hack was presented to Shae Partridge’s Secret Heart Cherry.