Two Glen Innes Pony Club members will enter the show ring and the jumping arena when they take on the state’s top young riders this weekend.
Shae Partridge and Luke Kiehne will take their place in the Zone 13 team who will compete at the week-long NSW Championships from this Saturday.
They will join 18 other entrants from clubs in the region at the event in Tamworth.
Show rider Partridge is a seasoned professional when it comes to high-level events while jumper Kiehne will be at the state championships for the first time.
Zone chief instructor Belinda Williamson said the pair hold plenty of promise in picking up ribbons for the area.
“It is state championship level so it is best of the best,” she said.
“Shae is a seasoned championships rider.
“She has past winnings, presents herself extremely well, very professional young lady.
“Always beautifully presented, excellent horsemanship and rides extremely well.
“Luke is an excellent young male rider and has done the show circuit and is a grand champion rider. He is now pursuing jumping, and takes that talent into the jumping arena.”
Williamson said the Zone has experienced a lot of success at the event in the past and this group of riders will make the region proud once again.
“They are all good kids going,” she said.
“They should all do well and we wish them the best.”
Two riders from the Zone, Armidale’s William Wood and Walcha’s Jorja Power, will be in state selectors’ sights to possibly be chosen for the NSW team for Nationals.
“They haven't been selected yet but they are on the long list and the selectors will be at Tamworth watching,” Williamson said.