Musgrave rider’s haven in washouts

HORSE RIDING: This weekend’s Musgrave Pony Club competition has received an influx of entrants after horse jumping arenas across regional Queensland were washed out.

State championship qualifying competitions in Moura, Compton Park and Gin Gin were cancelled after heavy rain and riders are scrambling to earn a place in the championships before next week’s cut-off.

As a result entrants in the Musgrave Pony Club competition, the last qualifier on the circuit, have tripled.

Musgrave Pony Club secretary Jackie Moorhead said the grounds in North Bundaberg were blessed with sandy soil and had weathered recent rain well.

“Events have been called off because they’ve turned to bog and it’s just too dangerous,” she said.

“But here conditions are perfect, with good drainage and plenty of grass covering.”

Mrs Moorhead said recent upgrades to the pony club grounds had come in the nick of time.

“Everyone’s been working really hard and the grounds have never looked better,” she said.

The competition would be handy experience ahead of the state championships, she said.

“It will be a bit of a shock for them but it will be really good experience. It will get them used to crowds and dealing with the pressures of a large competition.”

The competition will start tomorrow at 8am.

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