Annual gymkhana mooted for Karratha

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
Faime Chappell.
Camera IconFaime Chappell. Credit: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr

Karratha Adult Riding Club hosted the first of what it hopes will be many gymkhanas at Tambrey Oval last weekend.

The Boots and Babes gymkhana saw riders put through their paces in various disciplines, including some more light-hearted competitions such as wine-glass carrying and potato jousting.

The winner was Kate Redmond, with Faime Chappell and Miranda LeCerf coming second and third.

KARC gymkhana organiser Faime Chappell said gymkhanas could unite the community.

“We really wanted to show that Karratha Adult Riding Club is a lot of fun,” she said. “It is good to encourage riders from other communities to come to town.

“We had a load of local bus-inesses sponsor the Boots and Babes event and we hope it will become an annual event.” Chappell said hosting a light-hearted event such as the gymkhana was a good way to end the year.

KARC vice-president Kate Redmond said the club hosted events to cater to everyone throughout the year.

“We just try and do a range of everything, because if we don’t support each other’s disciplines, we don’t have the numbers to run anything,” she said.

“It is getting bigger and bigger every year, so we are just trying to keep the horse scene alive in the North West.

“By hosting these events, we are catering for everyone’s individual needs and what they want to get out of their horses.”

Redmond said the club was in need of more land to fit the horse community given recent growth.

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