Caitlin Bucknell and Midnight Express go well in showjumping at the Scots PGC Equestrian Extravaganza.
Caitlin Bucknell and Midnight Express go well in showjumping at the Scots PGC Equestrian Extravaganza. Gerard Walsh

Student has a friend in stables

CAITLIN Bucknell hails from Mitchell and has a special equine friend with her at The Scots PGC College.

She competed at the weekend at the Scots PGC Equestrian Extravaganza which doubled as a qualifier for the state championships

Bucknell is part of the Scots PGC equestrian program so her horse, Midnight Express, is in residence at the stables at the college.

Last year, Bucknell started boarding in Year 8 at the college and brought two horses from Mitchell in the Maranoa region to ride at school.

Midnight Express has been purchased just for the equestrian program this year and both horse and rider have qualified for at least two events for the state championships in the June-July holidays at Morgan Park.

“I am more of a gymkhana person than showing person,” Bucknell said.

Each of the 120 competitors from 20 schools competed in three rounds of showjumping.

Weekend showjumping organiser Paul Charlton said for riders to qualify for the state championships, they needed three clear rounds and one score of 50 per cent in equitation based on position, seat and riding.



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