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ELEVATION: Jessica Forbes on New Zealand-bred horse Georgetown in the showjumping phase of one-star eventing at this month’s Gallagher Triequathon at Morgan Park.
ELEVATION: Jessica Forbes on New Zealand-bred horse Georgetown in the showjumping phase of one-star eventing at this month’s Gallagher Triequathon at Morgan Park. Gerard Walsh

THE state's most talented young equestrians will be in our region this week as we prepare to host the Pony Club Association of Queensland's state championships.

More than 360 riders aged from 10 to 26 are involved in the four day competition, which starts with a campdraft in Killarney tomorrow.

The following three days of events, including a gymkhana, sporting championships and mounted games, will take place at the polocrosse grounds at Morgan Park.

Hosting the state championships represent a major coup for our city, as the largest centre in the pony club association's Zone 21 region.

It is a region, which stretches from Warwick west to Inglewood, out to Texas, south to Stanthorpe and east to Killarney.

PCAQ's Warwick event president Kevin Madsen said organising and preparing venues for the four-day program had been a logistical challenge.

"But I am very fortunate to have a very supportive, very involved committee and we have worked hard to make it happen," Mr Madsen said.

"Having the opportunity to host an event like this is huge: it really is a case of the best of the State's best young riders being in Warwick for the week.

He said the championships would give young local riders, as well as the general public, the chance to see top calibre competition.

"We also have about a 35 riders from our region, who have qualified to compete and it's tough to do that at this level so they have done very well," Mr Madsen said.

Event secretary Tracey Sexton said competitors were coming from as far north as Cairns and west from Julia Creek and south into New South Wales for the championships.

She also urged locals to come along and support the four day competition with spectators welcome at all events.

For coverage including photos and stories from the championships see next Tuesday's Bush Tele.

Queensland titles

  • State campdraft championships, Killarney, Wednesday.
  • State formal gymkhana, Morgan Park, Thursday.
  • State sporting championships, Morgan Park, Friday.
  • State mounted games, Morgan Park, Saturday.

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