Team in mounted games
JUMPING off and back on a moving horse in vaulting will be one of the tasks faced by four Warwick Hack and Pony Club members when they compete in the mounted games nationals at Nambour on July 24-26.
Callum Miller, Ben Eastwell, Selena Madsen and Tim Burraston from the Warwick club will be joined in the Queensland junior team by Nambour member Teleeka Adams for the nationals. Nathan Brown, of Killarney, is a state reserve but trained with the team under coach Russell Duncan at Warwick Showgrounds at the weekend.
All four Warwick riders will be competing for Queensland for the first time in mounted games nationals but team-mate Adams has been once before.
The Queenslanders supply horses that go into a pool for the nationals.
Eastwell said the team would be under a lot of pressure at Nambour.
He can’t wait to get the chance to play what he describes as “hockey off a horse”.
“We ride up to a line of balls, hit one through the pegs and then ride back to the start,” Ben said.
Madsen said they were coming together well as a team.
Duncan conducted the training sessions in Warwick and has five more days of training planned before the nationals.
“Our best event is rope racing,” Duncan said