The second round of the 2017 Stock Horse Challenge was contested on Sunday, July 23 at Gloucester showground.
Forty three horses are taking part in the challenge across the four divisions - Futurity (horses under five years of age); Rookie; Junior; and Juvenile riders.
Brittany Hetherington returned to the Futurity competition after missing round one, and immediately made her presence felt with the three year old black first cross mare Silverthorn Sapphire. Together they performed an outstanding working horse pattern to record the highest score of the day, and added a close second in the two-handed cutting to take out the overall top place for round two.
Nick Horn, riding Rosebrook Oakley, topped the scoring in the two-handed cutting with a good 84 point run, and a well executed dry work pattern saw Nick place second overall. Coming in just behind the top place positions was Bulahdelah’s Joe Burgess with his two horses TaraVale Hells Belle (third) and Malones Jack (fourth).
In the rookie section, April Langridge performed consistently to earn 163.5pts with Kywong Wish and take out overall first place, closely followed by Katie Kelly and Lisa Hawkins tied on 160.5pts.
Emma Johnston rode Marshdale BMW to earn 165 points and a clear lead in the juvenile section ahead of Shaniaa Madden (Silverthorn Jubilee) on 159 points and Cameron Dunlop (Grandview Adina) 155pts.
Nine riders lined up in the junior section with the competition hotly contested. Toby Allan-Ross finished first with 152.5pts, just ahead of Travis Sansom (151.5) and Chloe Guy (145).
The last two rounds of the challenge will be held on Sunday, August 6 at Gloucester Showground at 9am. Each round will comprise a “dry work” pattern and a cattle work section, a modified campdraft course where the first two pegs are left out. Winners will be decided on the highest cumulative score overall. Most competitors are still in contention and will be hoping to post good scores in the cattle work sections.