Greenbank Horse Riders Dominate State Champs
Hollie Hodges on her horse

Greenbank Horse Riders Dominate State Champs

Three horse riders from the Greenbank Pony Club proudly represented their club, and achieved fantastic results at the PCQ State Dressage and Combined Training Championships in September. 

The local club’s riders Georgia Gent, Hollie Hodges and Leila Alexander dominated the competition, which occurred September 3-5. 

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Leila Alexander, Hollie Hodges, Georgia Gent

Hollie and Georgia were both awarded champion in their combined training classes, with Leila placing 3rd as well as reserve champion for dressage. 

Champion of the 13 and under 26s novice 60cm combined training class, 17 year old Georgia Gent, rode her new horse affectionately known as Boo, and says she was proud of their performance together. 

Georgia on horse
Georgia on her horse Boo

“I was more excited than nervous competing at States but my final show jumping round was nerve racking!!” Georgia said. 

“I was very happy with the way both Boo and I performed. I think we both handled the atmosphere well, especially as it was Boo’s first State Event.”

Georgia says she couldn’t have done it without her network of support. 

“We all share a wonderful coach in Anika Green who was a massive support throughout the event for both myself and the other girls,” Georgia said. 

“Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Judges Choice Australia and Sky High Equestrian for always believing in me and my horses.”

Champion of the 13 and under 26s preliminary 95cm combined training class, Hollie Hodges, 15, rode on her horse Maverick, named after the main character in the movie classic Top Gun.

Hollie
Hollie on her horse Maverick

“I was very happy with my performance and my horse’s, he tried very hard for me and I was very proud of him,” Hollie said. 

“I was really nervous before going into my dressage test but I was really lucky to have my coach Anika Green with me the entire time to help me.”

Reserve champion for combined training, and 3rd overall for dressage in the 11-12 year class; Leila Alexander, 12, says her and her horse Classy made a good team for their first Pony Club state competition.

Leila
Leila on her horse Classy

“I am always nervous before any competition but I was also very excited because this was my first Pony Club States on my new young horse,” Leila said.

“I was very proud of Classy and myself, and thankful for my awesome coach Anika. Classy is only young and this is our first year competing so I am so happy with her.”

“Hollie and Georgia are such amazing riders and people. I really look up to them both as riders and friends, they are always kind and I am so proud of them both.”

The girls coach, and club instructor Anika Green says she was just as proud of them as the girls were of each other. 

“Over the last 3 years, all 3 girls have gone above and beyond in every aspect of their training to set themselves up for success,” coach Green said. 

“There is simply no better feeling than seeing your students rewarded for their efforts. Leila, Georgia and Hollie have all had their individual challenges along the way, however I am incredibly proud of the riders they are becoming, the humble attitudes they show and the great sportsmanship and horsemanship they demonstrate.” 

“The fantastic results these girls have obtained in 2021 is only the beginning of many great things to come.” 

Greenbank Pony Club is located at Campbell Rd, Greenbank QLD 4124 and welcomes new riders.