Emily Finberg and her pony, Flash take to the show jumping arena at the Mullumbimby Show.
Emily Finberg and her pony, Flash take to the show jumping arena at the Mullumbimby Show. The Nothern Star

Jumping for the fun of it

WINNING is not important, it is all about having fun, said Emily Finberg, 14, of South Golden Beach, who was taking part in the show jumping at the Mullumbimby Show on the weekend.

Emily and Flash, her seven-year-old thoroughbred, competed in the 50, 60, 80 and 90cm jumps at the show and while they didn't take out a place, Emily wasn't worried.

“I don't mind if I don't win ribbons. It's just really fun,” Emily said.

“You get up early, you get your horse ready and you do your best.”

Emily has been riding horses since she was nine. She joined the Mullumbimby Pony Club after she bought Flash 12 months ago.

Horses are her life. “I have always loved horses,” she said.

Emily said the most challenging part of the weekend's competition was the 'spotty jump'.

“It's got spots on it to make the horses shy away,” she said.

Fortunately, Flash was up to the task and made the jump with ease.

Emily's love of horses is a bit of a family affair. Her mum, Tammy Finberg, owned her own horse when she was a teenager growing up at Woodburn.

“I was a trail rider,” Ms Finberg said. “I made my own jumps, but no one was there to see.”

Emily's grandmother, Dorothy Jones, travelled from Sydney to watch her compete. “I love watching her jump,” she said.

Mrs Jones is also a horse lover. “I grew up riding horses in South Africa,” she said.

“I was a member of a pony club as well.”

The Mullumbimby Show was scaled back this year due to a lack of people volunteering for the show's management committee.

Mullumbimby girl Anne Barham was crowned Miss Showgirl on Saturday.

Acting secretary Sue Constable said she expected a new committee to step in for 2009 and the show to be back at full strength.



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