Learning on the ride

Chief judge Gail Iskra assesses the horses. 230018_03

by Jessica McGrath

South Burnett Equestrian Group’s ‘Start the Year Right Hack and Hunter Day’ was an important opportunity for riders to learn new skills.

Guest judge from Equestrian Queensland, Gail Iskra said the competitors were all well-mannered and showed good sportsmanship.

“The winners are all worthy of their awards and placings,” she said.

Ms Iskra said smaller shows like the one held at the Nanango Showgrounds on Sunday, 28 February are great opportunities to learn before going onto bigger, open shows.

“The program is catered for all levels of education of the riders and horses,” she said.

“They can gain confidence -there’s a place for these clubs and shows for everybody.”

After a year of cancelled shows all were glad to get back out for the horse events.

“It’s nice to get back out again and do things with our horses,” Ms Iskra said.

“I encourage more people to come, which will make these shows more viable for the future.”