Club saddles up for a day of fun

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MEANDER Valley property Harveydale was yesterday overrun with equine activity for the 18th annual Northern Adult Riders Club navigation ride.

This year's event saw 106 entrants in the club's ride, the winners decided by an optimum arrival time and bonus points for correctly conducting or answering cryptic clues.

The club's Jenny Harvey said the use of the property was donated each year by Harveydale's Brown family after the club outgrew its original Four Springs venue.

Riders and their horses in small groups could be seen flashing through the property's thick scrub, each searching for directions and hints for the correct ride distance and optimum arrival time.

Although the day had a strong element of social interaction, Mrs Harvey said there was also strong competition for the many prizes on offer.

As the day progressed, the track's half-way point began filling with riders keen to grab a quick saveloy with sauce and a beverage before continuing on their way.

A small tent, campfire, and cheerful volunteers were at the ready to assist with refreshments during the ride's allowed 10-minute break.

Mrs Harvey said she had experienced success in many of the club's rides, but this year she was busy snapping photos for the club's newsletter.

She said entrants had come from as far as Forest, near Smithton in the state's North-West.

The event is used to help pay for public liability, equipment and training.

RESULTS

Senior individual: Tammy McKay, Megan Whalley, Sharon Wise, Emma Robinson.

Junior individual: Sarah Lockett, Shyanne Graccogna, Meira Stanley.

Junior pairs: Bella Heritage and Brittney Hine, Briony French and Karley Beer, Grace Shennan and Janine Wilson, Caytlyn Richardson and Gabrielle Gordon-Smith.

Adult and junior pair: Maya Scott and Kellie Boyd, Caro Verbraeken and Georgie Bowman, Daizi Blundstone and Jenny Brocklehurst, Nicola Faulkner and Monique Faulkner.

Pair, any other age: Clare Genders and Christa Hine, Naomi Carter and Sheryn Claridge, Judy Harding and Allan King, Gaylene Padman and Raylene Garwood.

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