The Newhaven College Equestrian Team would also like to congratulate team member Gabe Smith on his selection into the Pony Club Australia’s Victorian Team to compete at the PCA Nationals as number one rider for the junior games teams.
Mounted games is a discipline of riding that finds its history in military exercises to keep cavalries, riders and horses in practice for the battlefield with use of lance, spear and sword. Many of the games’ roots in military exercises can be seen as riders and their mounts race against each other with tasks to perform. Mounted Games is a very fast paced and exciting form of equestrian sports as ponies gallop with riders clinging to their backs with quick dismounts and vaulting mounts while ponies are still in motion spinning around markers and heading toward the next challenge.
Gabe is one of Victoria’s most promising up and coming games riders, and we look forward to watching his progress at the Nationals in September.