IT MAY have been the first time they had competed in a stockman challenge, but three talented Dalby State High School students proved to be one gallop ahead of the rest.
After only a few weeks of training and preparation, Brodie Pointon, Karl Ralph and Brooke Ralph each claimed their own victories across the junior, intermediate and open sections of the Active Riders Stockman Challenge on Sunday.
Competitors were scored over three sections - leading and presenting their horse, dry pattern work and completion of an obstacle course.
Karl took out the championship in the open event with a total score of 205 and also won the intermediate event.
Brooke won her open with a score of 199 and placed second in the junior event.
Brodie also gained a place.
Although some of the dry pattern work was difficult, Brooke said the overall competition was of a reasonable standard.
"We were surprised with what we came out with, but we did work hard for it," she said.
The students competed on their own horses, including two of the Dalby State High School Bunya Campus' own.
The standard of the horses impressed the event's judges.
"The horses did very well for what they've done previously," Brooke said.
The students are now training for the next stockman challenge at the Dalby Show.
Brooke said Sunday's competition was a good opportunity to see what the expectations were.