Rider overcomes feed shortage to compete in state comp
MONTO'S Jessika Brown has ridden her way to a placing at the pony club state titles in Millmerran.
The PCQ State Championships are held each year, offering riders the chance to test their skills against the state's best.
The competition's categories include formal gymkhana, sporting gymkhana, stockman's challenge, campdraft and mounted games.
Brown placed fourth in the state for sporting riding on her horse Jack Daniels for the 17-25 years age group which had a field of 50 riders.
She also placed ninth in formal gymkhana on Baileys Irish Cream.
Brown has been riding and competing since she was two years old and has represented the Monto Pony Club at state competitions since 2007.
Her mum Linda Brown said this was the first time she had made it into the top-10 placings for a state competition.
"This is her first big competition since taking a break for grade 12 and her university degree,” Linda said.
"After she completed her Bachelor of Agriculture, she was determined that horses were her priority, and wanted to qualify and compete at state level this year.”
Through this process, the rider had to juggle going to gymkhanas and campdraft competitions with work commitments, but managed to attend enough competitions to qualify.
"As her mum, I am very proud of her at achieving these placings and the perseverance she has shown to qualify,” Linda said.
"It has been quite difficult with the drought to source quality feed for the horses.
"Although having the support of family during the past years has made achieving this goal and staying focused a lot easier.”