OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Natalie James on horse teddy at the Mundubbera show.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Natalie James on horse teddy at the Mundubbera show. Philippe Coquerand

Show jumping is beginning to gain traction in the Burnett

SHOW JUMPING: It's an up and coming sport in the North Burnett with many riders taking to show-jumping, with nominations on the improve at the Mundubbera show.

Barry Trott has been a steward for the past 30 years and said he was very impressed with how the competitors went at the weekend.

"I think the show went brilliantly,” Trott said.

"We had a good turn-out like we do every year, it's one of those sports that sometimes you do get a few less than other years, but that can be attributed to having other shows on at the same time.”

Mr Trott believes showjumping is a sport that is getting more recognition than before which is helping improve the club.

"Right now it's probably on the bottom and coming back up again, it depends on the economy of the country, let's face it, it's an expensive sport,” he said.

"It's much easier to throw a cricket ball or a football than to put a horse in a competition, it takes as much training as it would do for any other sport, you've got to train.

"Riding isn't just sitting there, you're doing quite a lot of manual work.”

Mr Trott said show jumping requires a lot of techniques in order to grasp the sport.

"As long as you have balance and rhythm it's probably the most important technique to have,” he said.

Show-jumper John Robertson said he's improved tenfold since he took up the sport years ago.

"It's a very challenging sport, no matter how good you are, you're in the pent- house one day, and on the ground the next,” he said.

"It's a rewarding sport.”

Mr Trott is hoping this year will be his last year as steward of the show and is encouraging other younger members to take on the responsibility.

"I've been doing this for a long time, I'm starting to get the younger ones on board,” he said.


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