It was a huge weekend for Gosnells Riding and Pony Club and its members, starting off with the as always hugely successful Gosnells Masters with over 170 competitors for the weekend. Organised and run by the amazingly dedicated Helen and Michelle Harris and Jackie Bateup. Setup for both days by our President Mr Alf Richards, who on driving in early on the Saturday morning had a close encounter with a roo on Nicholson Road the Roo came off second best with Alf’s car.
A weekend like that does happen with a lot of work and support by our club members. So thanks to those who turned up to do their duties. Saturday the canteen was run by myself ,Taylah and Amanda Osboine (who also started early with gate duty, I mean really horse people at a show you would think would know the importance of closing the gate) and Rhian and Sian Capon who did an amazing job with cooking (apparently Rhian never ever wants to see another toasted cheese sandwich). Rhian and Sian have not been seen at rallies lately but still turned up to help out and are big supporters of the club and we hope to see them both again soon. Selena Jauk and Kristie Gibaud looked very professional at their first time in pencilling at on the of biggest Gosnells shows, very nice comments from their judges too in how they conducted themselves.
The club was represented by both Hannah Duncan and Taylah Osboine at the Masters and as you can see in this photo Hannah, Jack and Michelle with the assistance of Caitlin did a superb job taking out their first ever rug. You could not wipe the smile off Nanna’s face.
Taylah Osboine and the stunning Swags competed on Sunday at the Masters and were rewarded for their efforts with two 1sts, a 2nd and a 3rd. Congratulations guys.
Michelle Harris’s April also did well in her rider class ridden by Kayla Fletcher and placed with a 3rd in her Height and 4th in Lightweight.
The Sunday was well supported with Jackie Bateup and Janine Smith in the canteen and pencilling with Alyssa Thompsons Mum Julie in the Encouragement ring. Julie loves pencilling and says she has learnt so much.
Successful and lauded events like the Gosnell’s Masters cannot be run without a lot of support from members. Thanks also to our Major Sponsors Touchstone Farms, Top Horse.com.au to whom without these events could not happen.
Gosnells Pony Club Riders were also represented at the Wallangarra Training Day on Sunday by Sam Humberstone on Johnny, Selena Jauk on Leah, Kristie Gibaud and Clem Ashby. As you see Sam and Johnny had a ball.
Sunday was also the Peel One Day Event and was represented by Gosnells Pony Club by Lisa Oliveri on Rocky and Jasmine Ridgway on Max. Considering how bad the weather was supposed to be we were lucky to have only a few sprinkles of rain. Lisa and Rocky did very well at dressage considering his rocky start (pun intended) with a respectable 61.2%. However it was not their day for Showjumping with Rocky deciding the brick wall and the wave were not his thing and they were eliminated with three refusals unusual for this boy who normally clears his SJ rounds. However his Xcountry was much better but as with his last Peel ODE a complete refusal of the water jump unless he was provided with a test certifying it was meningitis free and suitable to drink ha ha.
Jasmine and Max performed a superb dressage test and were coming fourth overall after dressage with a score of 59% with a 61.5 penalties for dressage. Excellent scores for this relatively new teaming. Showjumping was “fast” but clear with many spectators amazed that Max actually had a go button but a clear round is the best round. Sadly Xcountry was not the vogue of the day with an unscheduled dismount at the second jump.
All in all though, a brilliant weekend for team Gosnell’s, congratulations to all horses, riders and supporters.