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Generation games at gymkhana; Family fortunes for Holmes.

POLE Moor Riding Club last Saturday held its Gymkhana and Handy Horse Championships at Greystones Farm, near Pole Moor, for all their keen members.

Firstly the competitors entered the many gymkhana heats and there was great amusement as riders had to duck their heads in buckets of water in the Apple Bobbing race and get covered in flour in the Flour Race 'whiteout'!

Members of all ages took part on their happy horses and it was agreed that it was a really 'feel-good' fun day out.

The gymkhana cls asses were - the bending race, walk trot and run, the potato race, the egg-and-spoon race, bun race, cup race, apple bobbing, the sweetie race, flag race and the post-box race.

After entering all these, the points were then totted up to reveal the overall winners.

Keen riders mother and daughter from the Holmes family had a winning day.

Under 30s overall champion was Charlie Holmes riding Eva with 29 points with the close runner-up Daisy Green riding Nutmeg with 23 points.

Over 30s overall champion was Charlie's mum Sharon Holmes riding Mr Murdoch with 36 points with Annette Modena riding Barclay a close runner-up with 30 points.

And Charlie's grandma Maz Bradley made it a real generation game of family fortunes by finishing third in the Handy Horse section.

The riders then had a bash at the Handy Pony and Handy Horse where they had to ride through unusual obstacles against the clock.

As the pictures clearly reveal the horses and riders all did extremely well. RESULTS: Lead-rein handy pony results: Jack Morris, 2 Holly Whitely, 3 Florence Whitely.

Handy Pony: 1 Charlie Holmes on Eva, 2 Pat Jones, 3 Alice Watson, 4 Katie Turner, 5 Leanne Hey, 6 Paige Carey.

Handy Horse: 1 Sharon Holmes on Mr Murdoch, 2 Daisy Green, 3 Maz Bradley, 4 Charlie Holmes, 5 Jenny Turner.

The overall winner in the ' Handy Pony'' class with the fastest time of the day on her very handy pony Eva was Charlie Holmes.

All winners will be presented with trophies at the next AGM.

Lots of fun events are planned for the summer ahead so check out


PICTURES: (Right) Seen at the Pole Moor Riding Club Gymkhana and Handy Horse Championships at Greystones Farm, are (first right) keen competitors Leanne Hey and Paige Varey, (centre) runner-up Daisy Green on Nutmeg and (far right) Sharon Holmes and Mr Murdoch proudly showing off their rosette with Nicola Turner (S) CHAMPION: The overall champion of Pole Moor Riding Club Gymkhana and Handy Horse Championships at Greystones Farm, near Pole Moor, Charlie Holmes on Eva. (Below), mum Sharon riding Mr Murdoch... and Grandma came too. Charlie Holmes'' gran and Sharon''s mum Maz Bradley (below, right) waves to the cameraman. Pictures by John Bradley (S) FULL STRETCH: Paige Carey shows her skills in the Pole Moor Handy Horse Championships RIDING HIGH : Katie Turner impresses in the bending race with Doodles QUICK STEP: Holley Whitely with mum and popular pony Smurf HAPPY TOGETHER: Jenny Turner and Whisper pose for the cameraman ( BOTTOMS UP : Nicola Turner concentrates on the fruit in the bobbing apple race WHITE OUT! : Pat Jones and Annette Modena get a dusting down after the flour race (S) YOU'RE SACKED! : Jack in the sack with mum Marah Morris looking on during one of the Handy Pony novelty races ( S) PRIZE POSSESSION: Jack the lad Morris with his rosette STEPPING OUT : Rider Alice Watson and her very special friend during the gymkhana at Greystone Farm
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2009
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