WINNERS: Amber Lawson, Hannah Gordon, Bonnie Brunner and Samantha Hughes with their trophies at the Kumbia gymkhana.
WINNERS: Amber Lawson, Hannah Gordon, Bonnie Brunner and Samantha Hughes with their trophies at the Kumbia gymkhana. Contributed

PHOTOS: Pony club refreshes gymkhana event

KUMBIA Pony Club added a campdraft to their annual gymkhana for the first time at this year's event.

The club's Sandra Brunner said the move was made in attempt to attract more riders to the South Burnett event.

It proved to pay off, and both adult and children took part in the two-day event on May 11 and 12.

"We have just only ever run a gymkhana and the numbers were getting really low to 30-40 riders,” Brunner said.

"It was so we could encourage more riders to come to the gymkhana and we had about 70 riders.”

The event attracted visitors from 15 different clubs and from as far afield as Innisfail to the South Burnett event, and competitors put the neew campdraft surface at the Kumbia Sportsground to the test.

South Burnett riders also took part, as 15 entrants from the Kumbia club, one from Nanango, two from Proston and three from Blackbutt represented their region.

"They love to catch up with the kids they meet at other drafts and gymkhanas,” Brunner said.

Peter Gordon of Hannaford was the best performing senior rider at the campdraft after coming in first on Robbie.

In the associates division, Halanie Campkin finished first in the campdraft on Joug.

Abi Lunney finished in first place in the 15-16 years division on Bohemian Blues, ahead of Kumbia's Taylor Hancock on Chazy.

Kumbia Pony Club's Molly Wenecke was the best performing rider in the 13-14 years division, competing on Rhonda.

Jandowae rider Bella Franz was consistent in the two rounds of the campdraft and took out the 11-12 year division on Magic.

In the youngest division at the campdraft, the 8-10-year-old division, Tom Gordon earned the highest number of points, followed by Nina Obst of Kumbia.

In the gymkhana, Jared Jones earned the title of Kumbia junior champion and Bonnie Brunner was named Kumbia senior champion and Kumbia sporting champion.

Tom Gordon earned the highest points in the campdraft and gymkhana for a junior rider, while Daniel Kahler picked up the honour in the senior division.

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