Creek crossings flowing for riders

RIDING: Pearl Dessart riding Wally at Milton Stephens’ property at Yallunda Flat. Photograph: Images of Iris Photography

THE Eyre Peninsula Equestrian Association Riding Club rode at Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare’s property at Yallunda Flat on Sunday, June 1 in perfect riding conditions.

Once a short shower had passed, 18 riders mounted up and headed off, knowing that a ride among some beautiful countryside was in store.

The club is always thankful to hosts for inviting riders twice a year into their home to share and experience some fantastic riding opportunities.

Yallunda Flat has spectacular heritage and large timbered hills, and pastoral and grazing farmland, which makes for an ideal setting for a trail ride.

The regrowth from the 2005 bushfire had grown dense and tall, exciting riders by single file trail as they made their way through the dense growth without leaving much of a footprint.

There are always native animals and plants to admire, and the creek crossings were flowing, but also the evidence of investigative mining, which always saddens riders to some degree and they can only hope this area is left untouched in the future.

One of the youngest riders on the day was Pearl Dessart. She rode brilliantly on Wally, a borrowed horse from Milton Stevens that she hadn’t ridden before, and after lunch she swapped horses with Sarah Hare to Compass, who was also a new mount for Pearl. It was wonderful to see such confidence in the junior riders.

Younger riders on the day were Maya Lloyd on Zac, Rochelle Milnes on Murphy, Sasha Povey on Tinkerbell, Sarah Hare on Compass and then after lunch Wally, and Zahli Liddicoat on Jessie.

This group laughed and chattered enjoying the great outdoors with their ponies.

Many riders took advantage of fallen logs along the way with Karen Milnes on Johnny, Grace Kemp on Gus, Kathy Nottle on Billy Bob, and Nadine Davies on Monsignor and a few juniors all having a go at the logs.

Other adult riders were Cheryl Ganley, Glenn Fowler on Brown Boy, Lisa Povey on Gabby, Jodie Hare on Cass, Milton Stevens on Hope, Judith Searle on Ranger, Kali Searle on Kat, and Sandi Burke riding Sunny.

Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare will be hosting a spring ride as a Saving Our Sustainability (SOS) fundraiser for SOS activities, with lunch provided. For further information about this ride call SOS chairperson Milton Stevens on 8688 5032.

The club meets for a trail ride on the first Sunday of each month. Please call Sandi Burke on 0428 846 135 or Judith Searle on 0428 846 133 for information.

There is also a juniors club that meets once a month at the Mortlock Park grounds in Tumby Bay. Contact Nikki Bowers on 0455 682 589 for further details.

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