The final two competitions in the Zone 13 Northern Pony Clubs’ calendar are set to get underway this weekend.
The Tenterfield and Emmaville clubs will host their interclub events on Saturday and Sunday at the Showground in a double header.
Riders are expected to come from the two local clubs plus Glen Innes, Inverell and Guyra for the events.
Emmaville secretary Tess Klingner hopes around 80 competitors will make their way to Tenterfield to compete both days.
“Tenterfield will go the Saturday,” she said.
“They will have their jump and when their jump is finished, Emmaville will have their's in the afternoon.
“On Sunday it will be Emmaville's ring events and sporting, followed by presentation and there will also be the Zone 13 northern pointscore and aggregate shield given out.
“The thing is it is the end of the northern zone pointscore so the Willcocks Shield will be presented Sunday.”
The four clubs battling for the Willcocks Shield include the host clubs plus Inverell and Glen Innes.
Klingner said the club is excited to host the event and are in the process of putting the finishing touches on it.
“I spoke to our chief instructor [Tuesday] morning and judges are right,” she said.
“Everything is good to go.
We had six riders at Guyra and we might have had 12 at Glen so it is growing and they are getting more game to go to a competition.Tess Klingner
“There will be a full canteen during the day but it will be camping and bring your own dinner though.”
The Emmaville club has grown in numbers in recent years and Klingner said it is nice to see the club competitive again.
“We have gone from having around six competitors at interclubs to around 15. We have gone from 18 junior members to around 40 over the last five years. We are heavily weighted towards the younger age groups as far as memberships go,” she said.
“We had six riders at Guyra and we might have had 12 at Glen so it is growing and they are getting more game to go to a competition.”
Both clubs hope competitors will camp on the Saturday night and turn out for both events.
Tenterfield chief instructor Liz Thomas said they are ready for an influx of young riders.
“There will be a bit of a working bee on Friday to set everything up,” she said.
Saturday’s Tenterfield event will see the glamour of the hacking, rider classes, pairs and bareback in the morning before the speed of the sporting events.
The jumping will launch into action in the afternoon.
Emmaville’s Sunday program will mimic Tenterfield’s with some slight alterations to the sporting events.