Riders to take on best in state
THE Warwick and Killarney Pony Clubs will attend the state championships in Chinchilla this Wednesday to represent their zone in several championship events.
A total of 24 members will compete in events including formal gymkhana, sporting, mounted games and campdraft across four days of competition starting Thursday.
Karen Burraston said members will compete individually for three days and in teams of five for the mounted games.
There is one senior team and three junior teams.
"Our youngest member at the moment is 10 and our oldest is 21," Burraston said.
Last year the senior team and one of the junior teams won the state titles in Theodore.
Junior teams will also represent Queensland at the Nationals for Mounted Games next week at the Werribee Equestrian Centre in Victoria.
Team member Selena Madsen, 15, will compete in three-day eventing, which includes dressage, show jumping and cross country.
Selena has been riding since she was four years old and has been competing for two years.
She is required to take her own horse down for the three-day eventing in Victoria while the other competitions will provide team members with horses.
Selena's mother, Lorelle Madsen, said Selena was very excited for the competition.
"It's a goal she's been working to for years," she said.
"She's at the Pony Club most weekends."
She said it's wonderful for her to be accepted into such a big event. "I'm extremely proud because I know how much work she's put into it," she said.