Bundaberg Riding for Disabled well out in front
THREE years ago Mervyn Lloyd-Jones came up with the idea for Bundaberg Riding for Disabled (RDA) and in just a short period of time riders from the club have starred in state competition.
Over the past few months the club had been preparing for the Queensland Riding for the Disabled Dressage and Mounted Games Championships in Caboolture and all the hard work paid off.
There were some wonderful performances from all the riders but a few stood above the rest.
Brett Phillips riding Duke placed first in one test and fifth in the other which gave him third overall in his dressage group while Timothy Klein riding Apples got a second and third in his two tests to achieve an overall placing of third. Matthew Blackman riding Diamond got a fourth and sixth and a ribbon for competing.
Tim Mulvena riding both Cheeky and Freckles placed well enough to get first overall - it was possible the smiles and kisses he was blowing at the judges earned him those placings.
In the Mounted Games arena the riders competed in four events with one extra centre race, and again the Bundaberg riders and horses excelled.
Peter Smith was awarded two first places, a fifth and a sixth in his events which placed him fifth overall. Debbie Sheehan was awarded two second places, a third and a seventh place which saw her take home the second overall.
Brett Phillips scored a first, sixth and seventh, Timothy Klein was placed first in his events which placed him first over all. Tim Mulvena scored a second, fourth, sixth and seventh in his events.
Matthew Blackman placed third, two fifths and a sixth.
In the dressage arena, the Bundaberg riders were well represented and Debbie Sheehan on a Bundaberg RDA horse Optimus Prime won both her dressage tests, giving her first overall.
Other local riders and Bundaberg horses were also well represented, with Peter Smith on Duncan placed second and third in his two tests and awarded third overall in his group.
These placings were a huge achievement for the riders and everyone at RDA was proud to see them doing well.
As a centre, the Bundaberg RDA came third in the state for the relay event but the most successful campaign was in the fancy dress event - the team was the Mon Repos Turtles and it was awarded first place in the state.
Along with the great individual results the Bundaberg RDA was able to help other riders chase their dreams.
It shared its horses with riders from other regions in Queensland who were unable to bring their own, and lasting friendships were developed from this small act.
Bundaberg RDA went away to the event with six riders and 14 volunteers and everyone at the club would like to say thank you to all who helped in any way to make the event successful.
The Bundaberg RDA and its riders are already planning for the next State Championships, Bundaberg will need more horses, volunteers and coaches to make this happen.