Big turn out for Berrima District Pony Club derby day | PHOTOS

A three year old had her first taste of victory at the Berrima District Pony Club’s Derby and Showjumping Day.

MINI WINNER: Three year old rider Chloe Motycka won the Mini E grade at the Berrima District Pony Club Showjumping and Derby Day. Photo: supplied.

MINI WINNER: Three year old rider Chloe Motycka won the Mini E grade at the Berrima District Pony Club Showjumping and Derby Day. Photo: supplied.

Three-year-old Chloe Motycka won the Mini E category on Sunday, May 14. 

The Showjumping and Derby day was Chloe’s first competition and Berima District Pony Club president Mark Greig said the young rider put on a pleasing performance. 

“Chloe went really well and finished the day with a huge smile, just as she started,” he said. 

At the end of the day, the showjumping poles were lowered to the ground so Chloe could have a go. 

“She cleared them all. It was a really good day for her and she really enjoyed herself,” Greig said.

More than 60 riders competed in the event, with all clubs from Zone 10 taking part.

Riders travelled from The Oaks, Loopline, Wollondilly, Rossmore and Cobbitty to compete in the event hosted by the Berrima District Pony Club.

The day was significant as it marked the first competitive use of the Olivia Inglis Memorial Jump, which was officially opened on May 7. 

Greig said competitors were very impressed with the new facility. 

“Everyone seemed to be really impressed and the wonderful facility really added to the challenge of the day,” he said. 

“It’s one thing to do well [on the jump] and another to put the horse and rider to the test.”

The cross-country course was designed by Richard Burrells and the showjumping course was designed by Richard Lavendar. 

E Grade was won by Sophie Tapp from The Oaks. D Grade had joint winners, Grace Howard on her horse Noble and Bronte Holcombe on Dixie on a Dime.

Chloe Garcia was the Champion C Grade rider, while Emily Baldwin was the B Grade Champion rider. 

Berrima District Pony Club finished the day with great results, winning Champion Club. A large contingent of riders accepted the trophy with great pride at the presentation. 

Greig said riders from all clubs showed high levels of sportsmanship throughout the course of the day. 

“The young riders all cheered for other club members and there were a lot of smiles on our older riders’ faces,” he said. 

“It was a really good day and we had great attendance not just from our club but each of the Zone 10 clubs.” 

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