Walcha Hosts Easter Championship on the Fly
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2021
The Championships are about to get underway at Walcha, Zone 13
The 2021 Pony Club NSW State Sporting & Campdraft Championships will be held at the Walcha Showground this weekend on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of April. The event is hosted by Zone 13, which encompasses the New England region. This is the first State Sporting & Campdraft Championship that has gone ahead since April 2019 due to covid restrictions, so riders are understandably very excited to be competing once again.
The event has attracted almost 200 entries from around New South Wales who will represent their respective Zones and Clubs in the competition. Unfortunately our friends from across the border in Queensland have were unable to join us this year due to covid restrictions, however we hope to welcome them back in 2022. The State Sporting Championship will start off the competition on Saturday the 3rd, and the campdraft will run on Sunday the 4th of April.
The first Sporting and Campdraft Championships were held in Dunedoo in 1980, with the disciplines growing in popularity over the years. Historically, sporting is one of Pony Club NSW’s most popular disciplines for State Championships. The 2021 Championship was on the verge of being cancelled as we didn’t have a host for the event – Pony Club NSW is extremely thankful that Walcha Pony Club and Zone 13 have put their hand up to run the event for our members with only 9 weeks notice.
Riders will be busy practicing and preparing to travel to the championships with some competitors travelling almost hours from Woonona in Zone 22 in the Illawarra. Riders competing are aged between 7 and 25 years, with the largest age group being the 17 & Under 27 years Sporting Championship with 31 competitors, and the 17 & Under 27 years Campdraft Championship with 29 competitors for the event. As we were not able to run any State Championships in 2020, our State Council agreed to allow riders that would have “aged out” in 2021 to compete for one final year. For 2021 only, riders are able to compete until the end of the year in which they turn 26.
Defending Under 17 years Sporting Champion in 2019 Hannah Dunn will see if she can make a repeat performance in the Associate age group. Returning to compete in the Campdraft is the reigning 2019 Under 15 Champion Emily Mills (pictured) and reserve champion Dylan O’Hara both of Zone 13. Emily and Dylan have both moved up into the 15 & Under 17 Years age group for 2021 and are both riding the same mounts as in 2019, while 2019 Associate Reserve Champion Clancy Martin will return to compete at Walcha as well.
The most successful riders in each Age group will be awarded the 2021 Age Champion award and receive a sash, trophy, Wintec Trophy rug, and gift bag from Ranvet. The most successful Zone will also receive awards with up to 4 of the highest point scoring riders from the same zone receiving a sash and trophy.
For more information, visit the Pony Club NSW Facebook page or website on www.pcansw.org.au
For more information about sponsorship packages:
The Pony Club Association of NSW
Contact: Rachel Ratini
Image by Kristy Bullen