Young show champion wins Best in the Burnett
THE pressure was on as horse event judges took their time comparing the performances of Supreme Champion Hacks from shows across the North and South Burnett at the weekend's Mundubbera Show.
Eve Radke's pony stood out from the pack on the day, winning Mundubbera's Supreme Champion Hack title, but when it came to the Best in the Burnett event, the judges weren't unanimous.
"The pony was a bit flat, but obviously we had seen the horses show before this event in the supreme so it gave us something to compare against,” judge Beth Newton said.
"The chestnut galloway actually may have performed better than his supreme workout but we couldn't agree on the one horse.
"We brought the horses forward and asked them to do that little bit more to find that deciding factor.”
Tori Bowden and Radke took to the arena on the horses once again and the winner was made clear.
Radke's pony perked up and the judges were reminded why the duo had received Supreme Champion Hack at more than one Burnett show this year.
"The pony had a nice, soft overall picture, with great movement,” Newton said.
"It was a really well put together workout.”
Radke, 11, beamed as she received her Best in the Burnett sash, a garland, $200 prizemoney and a flash new rug.
Newton said winning the title was a huge achievement.
"Eve is very young too,” she said.
"Obviously children are suited to riding ponies due to their size and weight so it is a very big effort for a child rider and a pony to win a Supreme, let alone a Best in the Burnett.
"She certainly has amazing sportsmanship and a bright future ahead of her.”