GRIFFITH Pony Club’s Molly Groat and her mount, WG Merv, shone at last weekend’s NSW Pony Club Eventing Championship at Harden, coming second in the state in the 15-under 17 advanced (A grade) section.
In a small but competitive field of riders, the Griffith combination performed a beautiful dressage test to place second.
Groat then rode a strong cross country leg, coming in clear and under time to increase her lead ahead of the next rider.
Some of her competitors were not so lucky on the challenging course with several having falls and being eliminated.
The last leg of the one-day event – showjumping – proved to be the most nailbiting with only a few rails making the difference between first place and fourth.
The local pair jumped a solid round and although they pulled one rail it was not enough to cost them their reserve champion ribbon.
Molly was one of six successful riders from zone 21 to compete at the State Pony Club Championships.
Leeton riders India Gready came second in the novice 12-u15 (C grade) division, Brittany Stein 10th in the novice 15-u17 (B grade), and Scott Troldahl fifth and sister Megan seventh in the 17-u25 novice (A grade) division.
Lizzie Habermann from Coleambally placed third in the 17-u25 novice (A grade).