My little pony is going to nationals

By Kirra Livingstone

MOOLOOLAH Pony Club rider Hayley Wall has qualified to compete in the Pony Club Nationals Championship this year, after coming first in the under 12’s 70cm class.
The 10-year-old qualified for nationals at the Bundaberg PCQ States Championship and was picked in the zone six team at the state event.
Herself and her horse Black Layce competed in three show jumping events, however it’s the social side of the sport that Hayley loves the most.
“What I love about Pony Club is the friends I get to meet, and how amazing the competitors are, and my horses… well they are amazing,” Hayley said.
“It’s very fun to be zooming around on the horses when competing in show jumping.”
Her mother Kelly, spoke about how exciting it was for her and her daughter when they found out she qualified for what would be her biggest Pony Club event yet.
“She was so excited when she found out she made it to nationals, and for me as her mum it was exceptional obviously,” Kelly said.
“The group of riders at the states were all so beautiful, everyone cheers each other on, and each one deserved a position, it came down to the last 90cm jump to determine the scores.”
Hayley has been around horses and in the Pony Club since she was two years old, but only recently started competing in show jumping events four years ago.
The Mooloolah Pony Club also had an additional five riders competing at the state championship on April 2- 5, with rider Laura Olive winning their respective class.
Willow Duncombe won reserve champion in their class, and Sienna Rudd, Jade Wood and Ivy Harris all made it into their zone team for show jumping.
The Pony Club Nationals Championship will be in Perth this year however a date is not confirmed yet.