The 2019 Zone 5 Pony Club Association 61st annual Jamboree was hosted by Quirindi Pony Club last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Around 100 of the regions' best horse and rider combinations from 14 different pony clubs - from across the region - gathered at Quirindi Pony Club to compete at a high level of competition in a range of show riding, dressage, team and sporting events - including show jumping (the show jumping courses were designed and built by Olympian Ron Easey), barrel, vending and flag races.
The event was a huge success thanks to organising committee and volunteers from all 14 clubs, and featured a plethora of outstanding judges, officials and presenters.
The massive dust storm on the Tuesday heralded some exceptionally trying weather conditions, but, everyone smiled and persisted in what was two amazing days of high level competition, friendships and family fun - there were many families with three generations present.
"Wow what a fortnight. Quirindi Pony Club camp - in the week preceding the Jamboree - was a huge success and then our turn to host the Zone 5 Jamboree for 2019. What can I say? So happy with everyone's success be it a personal goal (quite a few) or a ribbon/ trophy recipient," Quirindi Pony Club President Simon Smith said.
Smith have thanks to the QPC family of members, life members and past members "that put a big effort in to help get this event happening in the months, weeks, days and hours leading up to this".
"Well done to our Zone 5 family of clubs for your participation and sportsmanship over the past couple of days. It was great to catch up with you all," he said.
"As usual, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to host a fun inclusive event and despite the horrid weather on Tuesday, I believe we achieved that, with of course a lot of help from you all, thanks again."