by Sally Williams

Photos by Anne Lasini - Rustic pic:

The Great Southern Branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society held their annual challenge at Frost Park, Mount Barker earlier in 2015. It was a day packed full of fun and variety for riders of all ages and abilities

Jodi Bradley riding Nevlyn Longbow

With a very full program planned, the day started with the ASHLA class for lady riders. This was taken out by Ros McKinven and her lovely mare ‘Ynabla Icon’. Run simultaneously was the Youth Judging competition, won by Brodie Cronin.

With the first two classes done and dusted and the sun out from behind the clouds, it was on to the Open, Young Horse, and Youth Challenges, which were run over four sections – Hack, Working, Time Trial and Cattle. Traditionally, a Challenge is designed to showcase the versatility of the Australian Stock Horse, but as this event was open to all breeds it was a great opportunity for everyone to have a go.

After some very strong performances, Geoff Bell and ‘John Henry’ were overall winners  in the Young Horse Challenge, whilst Scott Rogers and ‘Glen Lee Rivoli Kaytech’ took out the Open Horse Challenge Overall. The Russell Brown Memorial Youth Challenge Section A was won overall by Harry McKee riding ‘Ebony’. Section B saw Stephanie Solomon and her homebred ‘Treo Partie Rock’ take home the honours.

Wrapping up the day were the Ladies and Gents Campdrafts. Some great cattle facilitated Jodi Bradley and ‘Nevlyn Longbow’ winning the Ladies, with Charlie Staite on ‘Jerryteer Cat’ taking home the Gents.

The ASHS Great Southern Branch would like to thank their judges, and the following sponsors:Ken Zambonetti Cattle Carriers, Tania Gurry, DSY Engineering Stockyards, RESET Equine, Albany Horseworld, Mount Romance, Albany Saddlery, Mount Barker Veterinary Clinic,  Steel Blue Boots, Ynabla Stud, Rustic Pics,  Lani Frusher Hairdressing.

Bryce Skinner riding Midari
Kirk Baker riding Jenleigh Star Comet
Harry McKee riding Ebony
Stephanie Solomon riding Treo Partie Rock
Geoff Bell riding John Henry
Malcolm Parsons riding Bungallup Quarter Mile


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