National contest for pony club five

EMU Creek Pony Club (ECPC) will have strong representation at Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships next week.

Five members of the Terang-based club are bound for Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre for the championships, which start next Monday.

The contingent includes Mercy Regional College pair Polly Moloney, 14, and Erika Grant, 14, and Hamilton and Alexandra College’s Rosie Allen, 15.

Lizzy Kelly, 14, and Airlia Munn, 14, will represent Mortlake College. Asha Kelly, 16, also qualified but declined the offer due to an American exchange trip.

The five are among 95 Victorians in the field and 368 overall. They booked their spots at qualifying events at Ballarat and Werribee earlier this year.

“They’ve all been members of the club since they were five years old,” ECPC district commissioner Wendy Kelly said.

“It’s been fantastic to watch them all come along and go up through the grades. They’re all very committed.

“They have a very good attitude to the sport. They’re competitive but they don’t get stressed about it. They enjoy their competition and all work very hard.”

Kelly said the ECPC riders would compete in a variety of sections at the championships. Polly and Amarah Parc Vandal are in show hunter.

Rosie will be aboard Contagous in the 110cm showjumping class, having placed second over 115cm at national championships last Saturday.

Lizzy and Jack The Rippa are in the 100cm showjumping class while Airlia Munn will be aboard Thornton in the preliminary eventing and freestyle dressage.

Erika and Nawarrah Park Union Jack are also in show hunter as well as intro eventing. Erika will ride a second horse, Alluvial, in preliminary eventing.

“If they perform at a good level on the day they’ll be up there, with a little bit of luck. They have the abilities and the skills to be competitive,” Kelly said.

“Victoria is always very competitive. New South Wales is probably the most competitive state but Victoria always has a high standard.

“They’re hard to beat on their good day. It really depends how the riders perform over a few days.”

Terang College student Laura Shaw, 16, will also attempt to make her mark at the championships as Victorian showing team captain.

Laura will ride Daly Downs Trend in three show horse classes — ridden, led and rider.

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