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Benalla horse rider wins state showjumping title

Alexandra Robinson is one of the youngest riders to ever win the Pony Club Association of Victoria's A-grade showjumping state championships.

March 14, 2014 4:17am

Alexandra Robinson won A-grade showjumping on Dozer.

Riders from Benalla and the North Eastern Zone shone at this year’s Pony Club Association of Victoria State Dressage and Showjumping Championships earlier this month.

Benalla Pony Club rider Alexandra Robinson finished first in A-grade showjumping, alongside Benalla’s Ryan Waddell in second and Sarah Osborne in fifth.

Only 13 years old, Alexandra beat competitors up to the age of 25 to claim the title.

‘‘She’s worked very hard for it and done all the work herself, she’s got a really good relationship with the horse and they work very well together,’’ her mother Kate Robinson said.

Alexandra moved into A-grade in August and her dedication and strong relationship with her horse Dozer helped her excel in the competition.

‘‘The horse was given to her by her sister about five years ago because her other horse died,’’ Kate Robinson said.

‘‘At that stage we didn’t know how good he was, but she took him on and took him to where he is today.’’

In the teams’ competition Benalla’s Rebecca Robinson, Hannah Ramage and Olivia Osborne, and Kergunyah’s Kate Babidge placed fifth in the B-grade team showjumping competition.

Other outstanding results from the North Eastern zone included the grade two dressage team — Emily Campbell, Florence Goodwin and Shivonne Watson — placing second; the C-grade showjumping team — Mitchell Connell, Clara Girdwood, Molly Hore and Lachlan Staats — placing third; and Maddison Connell from Wodonga placing third in A-grade showjumping.

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