Rider relishes national focus
WARWICK Hack and Pony Club member Tim Burraston had to pick litter off the ground with a cane stick when he travelled to Melbourne for recent try-outs for the Australian Mounted Games team.
The try-outs were at the Dingley Pony Club grounds. Horses were supplied by local clubs and allocated to players from a pool of 16.
He was one of two Queenslanders selected for the try-outs.
Burraston said it was a good experience to compete against the best juniors in the nation.
“The horses were of the same standard as the horses in the Warwick club,” Burraston said.
One of the events in Melbourne involved picking up a detergent bottle off the ground with a cane stick in the litter race
The year 11 Warwick State High School student said accuracy was very important in the litter race.
“It is easy if your horse is good but a bit more difficult if the horse doesn’t want to slow down as you pick up the bottle,” Burraston said.
Other mounted games events included stepping stones, five flag, stick pegging and a pair’s rope race.
Warwick competitor Tammy Bondfield was selected as a chaperone for the two Queensland riders for the trip to Melbourne.
An Australian team of five was selected with two representatives hailing from New South Wales and one each from Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Burraston did well to make it to the national try-outs with less than 12 months experience in mounted games.
Most of the representatives from the other states have been training in these events for five or six years and been in state teams for two or three years.
He puts a lot of his success down to the work of instructors/trainers Sue Bondfield, Tamara Bondfield, Sharon Whear and Sarah Stewart at the Warwick club as well as guest instructors such as national representatives Robert Goodwin and Rebel Morrow in show jumping.
Burraston is one of five juniors from zone 21 in a short list of seven vying for spots in the Queensland junior state team to compete in the nationals at Nambour in July.
The others from zone 21 are Warwick trio Callum Miller, Ben Eastwell and Selena Madsen, and Nathan Brown from Killarney.
Warwick pair Tammy Bondfield and Tim Eastwell are two of seven on the senior team short list.