Tweed riders lead the way
SEVERAL Tweeds schools were represented this week at the second annual Grafton Interschool Challenge at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton.
Starting on Sunday, the event, hosted by Grafton Pony Club and McAuley Catholic College, attracted more than 270 riders from Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour.
The three-day event consisted of campdrafting, showjumping, dressage, show riding and sporting events, with riders from 5-18 years of age taking part.
Tweed River High School was represented by Charlee Anthony, Charlotte Kilpatric and Elizabeth Boneham, Lindesfarne Anglican Grammar by Alieda Ross, St Joseph's Primary School by David Boneham, and Banora Point Public School by Seth, Indiana and Moesha Johnson.
Year 7 student Charlee excelled in the dressage and show riding events, winning four out of six events, and placing second and third in the remaining two.
She was also in the highest graded junior dressage rider in Zone 15, and was the winner of the Junior Novice dressage.
Charlotte, in Year 10, excelled in the flat riding and won both the hack and champion rider for the 15-18 years division.
Year 9 pupil Elizabeth, a keen showjump rider, placed highly in the B-grade and also won both her hack events, while her brother David, from Year 6, took out both the junior C-grade jumping events.
Aleida, from Year 9 won the hack, hunter and barrel, and finished runner-up in both the rider, bend and flag events.
Year 6's Moesha took part in all events and her best results were seconds in the hack, rider and bareback, and first in hunter, while sibling Seth claimed gold in rider, bareback, bend, barrel bonfield bounce and keyhole, and second in hunter.
The youngest Johnson, Indiana, finished second in hack, rider, hunter, pleasure and bonfield bounce, and third in bend.
The Tweed riders showed great sportsmanship over the three days and did their schools proud.