Cunningham club to host carnival at Bony Mountain
POLOCROSSE: Ellen Cooper is gearing up for this weekend's Cunningham Polocrosse Club carnival.
Play will start Saturday morning at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve and the carnival will finish with finals on Sunday.
Cooper lives on the family farm at Bony Mountain and works at the Warwick Saleyards and Olsens Produce.
This season, she is riding Pilgrim, her station-bred Australian Stock Horse.
Last weekend at Chinchilla she was part of a Cunningham team which lost the runners up prizes on a countback.
For only the third time in her career, Cooper played as a number 1 (goal shooter).
"I threw six or seven in each game,” she said.
"My horse went well in Chinchilla.”
At 23 years of age, Pilgrim is set to be retired at the end of this season.
"My young horses weren't ready for this season so I brought Pilgrim back for another season.
Her preferred position is number 3 (defence) but she has also played a lot of number 2.
After playing one year of juniors, Cooper had a break from the sport but has been playing regularly for the past six years and is a third-generation Cunningham player.
Cooper is not just a player at Cunningham, she volunteers in the canteen and bar at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve and helps organise sponsorship and weekend prizes.
She is a regular at Warwick and Cunningham carnivals but has travelled as far as Wandoan to play.
"I really enjoy carnivals at Chinchilla and Tara,” Cooper said.
"I have just bought my own horse float.”
Despite the weather, Cooper said the fields were looking good for this weekend's carnival.
Games will be played in open, mixed and junior grades.
There will be mini junior and Blue Bandage action.
Players new to the sport or returning to the sport are welcome to play in the Blue Bandage competition being played at many Queensland carnivals.
It is compulsory for riders to put protection bandages on the legs of their horses.
The blue is to differentiate between competitive (white) and Blue Bandage (introduction to sport).
This weekend's carnival will be the third last this season in South East Zone.
The state championships are in early September at Wandoan.
There will be entertainment each night at the clubhouse at Bony Mountain this weekend.
See updates at weekend on www.warwickdailynews.com.au