Tahnee Rowland, of Stuartholme, in the secondary 70cm power and speed class at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Tahnee Rowland, of Stuartholme, in the secondary 70cm power and speed class at the Warwick Showgrounds. Gerard Walsh

Small rider Kate wins big

THE Scots PGC College student Kate Sexton is on her way to the nationals after winning the state championship for primary school showjumping at the Queensland Inter-school Equestrian Championships at the Warwick Showgrounds.

The 10-year-old Year 6 student was the youngest in the Scots PGC team and had the oldest horse, 25-year-old St Louie.

She won her first major showjumping ribbon at the championships with a first in AM7 power and speed and was second in the equitation, based on style and handling.

Kate first competed for the Warwick Hack and Pony Club at the age of five.

She will now ride for Queensland in the nationals at Horsley Park, the 2000 Sydney Olympic facility, in September.

Last year, Kate finished ninth in the nationals in Melbourne.

“I have really enjoyed the championships,” Kate said.

“St Louie is awesome. We might retire him at the end of this year but it depends on him.

“When he is keen, he won’t stop.”

At 16.1 hands, St Louie is one of the biggest horses at inter-school and pony club events. At times, Kate is the littlest girl on the biggest horse.

Scots PGC was a major trophy winner at the championships.

Event organiser Don McDougall said they were very fortunate the weather held out.

“Everything went really well,” she said.

While many of the competitors from the past four days of competition have qualified for the nationals, the Southern Downs already had three in the state eventing team.

Stanthorpe High student Clive Hicks and Scots PGC eventers Kate Wright and Maddie Jones are off to Sydney in September.



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