Saving a horse for arena glory
A HORSE saved from the doggers a few years ago has gone on to achieve success in the show ring for Cambooya teenager, Philippa McKee.
Fourteen-year-old Philippa won champion district girl rider at the 2013 Clifton Show on Saturday, on her seven-year-old gelding, Jimmy Wilson.
"The people we bought Jimmy from got him off the dogger's truck, so I call him my rescue pony," she said.
Her father, Greg, said Philippa had put a lot of time and work into her horse, and had competed at the Queensland Interschool Championships for the past three years on Jimmy.
The Year 10 Glennie School student has also participated in the Queensland Interschool Eventing Championships and last year placed fifth in one day eventing.
Last year, the talented duo were also named champions at the Darling Downs Interschool Championships for combined training held in Toowoomba, and have also won showjumping classes at Darling Downs level.
Philippa's mother Carmen said a lot of her success was due to her determination, as well as to her wonderful coaches who included David Finch (showjumping), Shane and Mattea Davidson (eventing), and Kaye Thomas.
"Ros Lipp from Toowoomba has also been instrumental in getting Philippa going. She will be riding one of Ros's horses on the local show circuit this year," Mrs McKee said.
"Jimmy Wilson is also a great, all-round pony," she said.
"He was very green and quite ugly when we got him as he'd had quite a tough life."
Philippa had been a member of the Cambooya Pony Club and just this year has joined the Pittsworth Club.
The reserve champion district rider at the Clifton Show was 11-year-old Geordina Pujolas, also from Cambooya, on her pony, Clip.
Clifton State High School Year 7 student, Reilly Turl, was named champion district boy rider, on his trusty stead Fairlight Acres Command Performance.
His school mate Joseph Craig on Lissadell Satin took out reserve champion.