The Coona Horse Expo held in May was attended by five of our students: Year 7: Dusty Hagon and Tom Maxey, Year 9: Lachlan Young and Jack Seis, Year 10: Henry O’Leary.
Ethan Hayden in Year 10 was also scheduled to attend but had to withdraw due to a broken hand.
Our Farrer team made it through to Division 1 Polocrosse A grade and played very well but were knocked out before the final. Henry O’Leary was a standout in the polocrosse at Coonabarabran and has been selected in the NSW under 16s polocrosse team to compete at the National Championships in Perth later this year. Other students who have been selected to represent NSW in polocrosse or who have already represented NSW in polocrosse but weren’t at this event, are Oliver Greentree Under 16s NSW mixed team (representing at Perth later this year) and Jack McKemey who represented Under 21s NSW team at Quirindi Carnival in May 2108.
Dusty Hagon was champion in the 12 years boys division. Tom Maxey was reserve champion in the same division.
Dusty won the 12 years Warrumbungle Way horse challenge. This involved cross country, polocrosse skills, whip cracking, freestyle horsemanship and other miscellaneous events. Dusty’s routine was excellent. In the freestyle section he completed a number of tricks, including getting his horse to “sit” down and he performed handstands on his horse. Tom Maxey was second in the same event and he also rode very well.
Tom Maxey was the overall sporting champion in the 12 years boy’s age division. His runs in the key hole and barrels were especially impressive and I now know why his horse is named “Rocket”.
Farrer was second overall in the team barrel event to a very strong and much older Calrossy team.
Overall I was extremely happy with the behaviour and attitude of the boys. They impressed with their horsemanship skill and willingness to have a go. They all did Farrer proud.
Dan Daley, Horse Sports Team Manager
Team photos and Tom Maxey (far right)