A turnout of nearly 150 riders attended Murrumbateman Pony Club’s Showjumping Festival this weekend.

Riders came from as far as Jindabyne, with some even needing tractors to dig them out of their snowed in houses.

One of the organisers from Murrumbateman Pony Club, Shona Davis said the commitment shown by many of the riders, speaks volumes to the reputation of the event amongst the Pony Clubs of the area.

“Saturday we’ve had about 80 riders here today, Sunday we’ll have around 70 riders here tomorrow.”

“We have riders ranging from as young as three, through to the associates which are as old as 25.”

“It’s always arctic, it’s always cold but the turnout for this festival is always really good and it’s looked forward to each year by all the pony clubs around the area and further afield,” she said.

There were separate awards for winners from the Saturday and Sunday, but also an award given for overall results for highest score from across the weekend.

The overall winners in the different grades were:

A Grade- Jorga Lenehan (Gundagai)

B Grade- Olivia Harker (Yass)

C Grade- Remy Davis (Murrumbateman)

D Grade- Tessa McMartin (Murrumbateman)

E Grade- Laura MacKenzie (Canberra Lakes)

Intro Highest Score- Harper Cross (Yass)

The winning pony club for the festival was Yass, whilst Angela Pengilly took out the top score for Murrumbateman Pony Club.

If you are interested in seeing what Pony Club is like, the Murrumbateman Club’s next rally is on the 11th of July, with “come and try” riders encouraged to attend.

Max O’Driscoll