Just horsing around
By RICHARD FORBES Star correspondent
FOUR students from Mullumbimby High School have enjoyed success at the North West Equestrian Competition at Coonabarabran earlier this month.
Spokesperson for the team, Jan Aldrich said that this was the school's first time in the competition.
With nearly 500 students from across the State converging on Coonabarabran for the week, the team did very well for first time entrants in the competition, Mrs Aldrich said.
"Our girls, Erin Aldrich (Year 10); Alani Belcher (Year 8); Amanda McKinnon (Year 10); and Leannda Scott (Year 7) particularly enjoyed the large-scale of the competition."
The team achieved 2nd in the Presentation Fours, which is judged on walk, trot, canter and workout and, how the team presents itself. Amanda took 3rd in the Heavy Hack, a placing she thoroughly deserved.
Erin said that she enjoyed the more challenging cross-country course.
"The cross-country was awesome; it was so totally different from ours," she said.
"The jumps were more spread out. It was a great whole course, and the whole competition was an amazing experience.
"Except for the dust (and there was plenty of it), the showjumping was pretty good too. My age group had the height starting at 1 metre, and that was good."
Alani agreed, adding that it was a good experience.
"I felt the jumps were more exciting, probably better than ours but then, we're used to our course. The Cross-country course at Coonabarabran was awesome," she said.
"The whole week was pretty good; it was really good to meet and compete against new people."
Both girls said that they'd love to do it all again and are working toward that goal.
nThe team sponsors were Betta Electrical and Dennett's Supermarket, both in Mullumbimby; and Wesley Uniting Employment, Lismore. The school's Nola McMahon arranged a school banner for the team to carry.