SADDLE UP: Hiding in the shade on a hot day are Tegan Byrnes (Laidley), Antonette Anderson (Roma), Jim Green (Roma), Jane Green (Roma), Maree Anderson (Roma) and Sarah Holt (Roma), competitors in the Pony Club State Masters Championships held in Oakey on November 16–17.
Picture: Oz Shots
SADDLE UP: Hiding in the shade on a hot day are Tegan Byrnes (Laidley), Antonette Anderson (Roma), Jim Green (Roma), Jane Green (Roma), Maree Anderson (Roma) and Sarah Holt (Roma), competitors in the Pony Club State Masters Championships held in Oakey on November 16–17. Picture: Oz Shots

Riders prove age is no barrier in Masters Championships

Equestrian :Jane and Jim Green may be husband and wife at home, but on the campdrafting arena they are the fiercest of foes.

On the weekend of November 16–17, five of Roma Pony Club’s senior members left the children at home to head down to Oakey to compete at the inaugural running of the Pony Club State Masters Championships.

While Jim finished on the podium twice with an overall win in his group for the campdraft, and third place overall in the sporting, Jane was always hot on his heels, landing second place in the campdraft.

“It was good competition and just a heap of fun. We take the kids away all the time competing so it was good to go do it ourselves,” Mrs Green said.

“Jim got two outside scores and blitzed the whole lot of us.

“I’m just happy if I get a round. It would be nice to beat him every now and then but I am getting better.”

The Masters competition is a new event to pony club which allows riders over 25 years of age to compete at a Pony Club State Championship.

Sarah Holt, Maree Anderson, Antonette Anderson and Jim and Jane Green were among the competitors representing Roma Pony Club in the sporting and the campdrafting.

Antonette Anderson finished in fourth place in the group for the campdraft, Maree was just out of the overall placings on both days and young gun Sarah Holt came away with a round ribbon and just missed out a top five in her campdraft group.

“It was great to see our older club members out and about competing,” Roma Pony Club representative Taylah Matthews said.

“This was a welcome change as they are normally behind the scenes, organising and preparing events or rally days, where they’d give up their weekends to instruct or judge, and share their wisdom with our younger riders.

“Roma Pony Club are very proud, and thankful for their ongoing commitment to the club.”

Mrs Green said the Masters competition had given she and Jim the opportunity to have a run instead of always being on the sidelines watching their four kids in action.

“I’ve started to get a little greedy, I used to let all the kids take the horses, but now I’m saying ‘they’re my horses, so I’m going to ride them’,” she chuckled.

“Campdrafting is a real family thing, somewhere you can take your kids and grandkids.

“It’s just a good way to get away from home for a couple of days, have some fun, leave your worries behind.

“They’ve got a lot of positive feedback for their first year, so I hope they will continue it because it was really enjoyable.”

Antonette Anderson and Fiddler in action.
Antonette Anderson and Fiddler in action.

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