Willawarrin Pony Club Musical Ride 2018

STAR PERFORMERS: Coach Lisa Crotty, Andi Kennedy and India Dowling of the Willawarrin Pony Club.
STAR PERFORMERS: Coach Lisa Crotty, Andi Kennedy and India Dowling of the Willawarrin Pony Club.

This afternoon in the main ring at the Kempsey Show the Willawarrin Pony Club treated spectators to a musical ride.

For the uninitiated, the musical ride resembled the Gold Coast’s Australian Outback Spectacular and involved extremely skillful precision horse riding where the riders maneuver their horses in a range of complicated patterns.

Club member Deanna O’Neill said the kids, who range in age from 10 to 17, did an amazing job.

“They looked awesome,” she said.

“They did a really good job.”

Although the kids have only attempted this particular performance a handful of times, they have been training hard to prepare for the occasion at their regular monthly practise days. 

“Some also travel to competitions held across the State most weekends but there is others who don’t,” Ms O’Neill said.

“So for them, that performance was a big deal.”

Ms O’Neill praised Lisa Crotty for devoting her time to coaching the youngsters.

The kids will repeat the spectacle tomorrow night at 6.30pm under lights.

“The boys and girls are really keen,” Ms O’Neill said.

“For some it will be their first time riding at a show under lights.”

10-year-old Crescent Head local Andi Kennedy said she enjoyed today’s performance and can’t wait for tomorrow night.

“I had fun,” she said.

“I’m very excited for tomorrow.

“It should look amazing under lights.”

Andi told the Argus the musical ride is difficult because the spacing between the horses and timing must be precise.

“The wheel is the hardest part,” she said.

The wheel maneuver involves the horses lining up in a row and turning like the hand on a clock.