Breadalbane Pony Club sisters Bridget and Emily Hart along with cousin Letitia Hart will saddle up to face each other for the first time when they compete in the under 25 age group at the Pony Club NSW State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships on Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 April at Gunning Showground.
Whilst cousins Emily and Letitia, both 17-years-old, have grown up competing against each other this will be the first year that they’ll also have to compete against 21-year-old Bridget.
“They are always very encouraging of each other and very competitive too. They are looking forward to pushing each other at this years event” said Sharon Hart, mother to Bridget and Emily.
The Harts will face tough competition from talented young riders travelling from all across NSW as well as QLD. All riders have qualified for the annual state championship at club and then zone level.
Sporting will field 72 competitors in the Harts under 25 age group, a total of 259 for the event, whilst Campdrafting will field 44 in the under 25’s and 118 in total.
Equestrian runs in the Hart family with 11-year-old Jack Hart, younger brother to Bridget and Emily, and 9-year-old Brendan Hart, Letitia’s younger brother also competing at this years event.
In another first, this will be the first state championship that the young cousins have ever competed in. Rivalry can be put aside for these two though as Jack will compete in Campdrafting only whilst Brendan will only line up for Sporting.
Preparation for the championships has involved both training and competing at local events.
“All the children have been working their horses in preparation for the Championships and have attended local Campdrafting events” Sharon Hart said.
“Breadalbane Pony Club has been preparing the children for the event by providing lots of Sporting training at Rally Days” Hart added.
The Harts are all hoping to perform well with Bridget Hart, who only just turned 21 last week, hoping to extend her birthday celebrations by emulating her 2007 and 2008 Campdrafting success where she finished overall age champion. Bridget also performed admirable at last years Sporting championships taking home a first place ribbon in the Barrell component.
The Pony Club Association of NSW Sporting and Campdrafting Championships will get underway from 8:30am on Saturday, 16 April. Entry is free with a canteen operating the whole weekend. There’s also the chance to win great prizes in the event raffle.
Pony Club NSW is supported by Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Mitavite official feed partner as well as other local sponsors. To find a Pony Club near you visit the state website on www.pcansw.org.au.