A double header in Guyra this weekend

Josh Bourke

Josh Bourke

  • In the time since The Guyra Argus went to press Kingstown Pony Club have advised their interclub day scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to the weather forecast

Guyra Showground will be abuzz this weekend when the southern Zone 13 pony clubs begin their quest for the interclub season trophy. 

Kingstown and Guyra co-host in a double header on Saturday and Sunday and there is plenty of action planned. 

Kingstown’s event starts the weekend with ring events, showjumping and sporting. 

FOCUS: Abbey Grills heads home in the flag race at the Glen Innes interclub last Saturday.

FOCUS: Abbey Grills heads home in the flag race at the Glen Innes interclub last Saturday.

The evening will see the exciting six-bar competition get underway and a team barrel race spring into action. 

Guyra Pony Club’s competition begins on Sunday and chief instructor Katrina McKemey said she is hoping the local riders can continue with their winning ways. 

“Last year we won the Busby Shield which is the highest pointscore in the southern zone so we are pretty keen to keep the title and we have a lot of strength in our young kids in particular at the moment,” she said. 

“Hopefully we will get some kids that don't go to a lot of days come in and have a go on Sunday to keep our points up.

“I would like to think there will be 20 or more kids there. 

“We normally get a good roll up to our ribbon days.”

A number of riders from the Guyra club had their first hit out of the gymkhana season when Glen Innes and Inverell hosted the first two interclubs last weekend as well as the Zone 13 campdraft. 

There were plenty of champion and reserve sashes handed out to Guyra kids on the opening weekend. 

In the under five boys, Austin Kelly finished as champion on both days while sister Abbie won the five and under seven girls. 

Josh Bourke was the runner up on Saturday but went one better on Sunday in the five and under seven boys. 

Matthew Sisson was the winner of the 13 and under 15 boys on Saturday. 

It was hotly contested competition with nearly 100 riders turning up on both days. 

“I don't know what we had last year but they were definitely up because we had 98 riders on Saturday and then on the Sunday there was 84 riders,” Glen Innes chief instructor Julie Donnelly said.

“We had a few more late entries for the draft so we got over 40 riders for the draft so that was good.

“It was really good for everyone to come and support it, especially the southern clubs, they really supported it - like Armidale, there was a Kingstown rider there, Guyra and Uralla.”