Months of hard work have paid off for Inverell Pony Club member Montana Newberry at the NSW Pony Club State Show Riding Championships on the weekend.
The Glen Innes rider and her horse Raymar Reflection were kept busy at the Tamworth AELEC centre event, and representing the zone 13 team, took part in the rider, handler classes, bareback rider, hack and educated hack.
The pair shone in the show Hunter Galloway class on Saturday when hours of brushing and mucking out stables to keep Raymar Reflection looking her best led to a second place in the championships.
“Good on her. It’s a hard slog,” mother Elsie Newberry said. She said dedication was evident in the high standard of horses presented at the championship.
“It’s a good thing for kids to have that responsibility and understanding that you’ve got to care for this animal and if you want to do well, you’ve got to do all these tasks,” she said.
“That’s really good for them in the future in regards to everyday life.”
Montana encouraged younger riders to consider joining their local pony club.
“It’s great fun with your pony or horse and you meet lots of other people with the same interests as you,” she said.
Montana said that pony club members learnt different things all the time and enjoy events and competitions with their friends. She also loved family atmosphere and “being able to go away camping with the horses”.
Montana thanked the Inverell Pony Club for their support, and felt it was a great building block.