Zone 13 cleans up

TOP EFFORT: Walcha's Shae Partridge won multiple classes at the NSW Pony Club championships in Tamworth in early July. Photo: Julie Wilson
TOP EFFORT: Walcha's Shae Partridge won multiple classes at the NSW Pony Club championships in Tamworth in early July. Photo: Julie Wilson

Zone 13 Pony Clubbers were among the state’s best when they rode to new heights at last week’s NSW Championships. 

ALL SMILES: Kingstown's Caitlin Croft. Photo: Julie Wilson

ALL SMILES: Kingstown's Caitlin Croft. Photo: Julie Wilson

Walcha’s Shae Partridge led the way in her favoured show riding events. 

She won first in handler, hack and educated hack, scored second in bareback and fourth in the rider class.

HIGH FLYER: William Wood won the A grade 13 and under-15 years showjumping point score trophy. Photo: Julie Wilson

HIGH FLYER: William Wood won the A grade 13 and under-15 years showjumping point score trophy. Photo: Julie Wilson

Her results in those classes earned her the runner up ribbon in the 15-17-year-old section. 

She was in the top four overall and was named in the state team. 

Another Walcha rider Jorja Power had an excellent state championships. 

She started the event with a win alongside Anna Jarvis in the pairs and it didn’t stop there. 

Here performances throughout the event earned her a spot in the NSW team for the tetrathlon, dressage and the gymkhana at the National Championships later this year. 

The team’s youngest rider Amber Britten won pleasure pony not exceeding 12.2 hands high and earned fifth in the hunter under 12.2hh. 

Other notable performances included showjumper William Wood who won the under 15 champion ribbon. 

The zone’s assistant chief instructor Robin Cameron said the 20 riders from the region were constantly called up to the podium. 

“They all did very well, one way or another,” she said. 

“Those who we didn’t think would place did place.”