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29 April, 2022

Tilla takes on Sydney

Tilla Chandler represented Gilgandra at the Sydney Royal Easter Show earlier this month, for her age group in hacking.

By Emily Middleton

Tilla Chandler competed at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show in the hack event. Photo supplied.

After being nominated by Mary Markey, outside of Gilgandra Pony Club, Miss Chandler was then accepted by zone four, which includes the whole region.

Miss Chandler practised every afternoon leading up to the event, and with the help of Janelle Waters, she was ready to compete.

“Janelle Waters’ lessons really helped Tilla get to that level, because she knew what the judges are after,” said mum Shalyn Chandler.

There were 25 competitors in Miss Chandler’s age group, and unfortunately, she didn’t get called into the circle.

However, Miss Chandler’s parents have said that she rode amazingly regardless.

“She rode the best she has ever ridden before,” said Mrs Chandler.

“The horse was a bit cranky because of the new atmosphere, being from a paddock, and we only go to local shows. So she had a horse that was a little bit cranky and she still went out and rode together the best she ever has.”

 Miss Chandler said that the experience was lots of fun, and is ready to try again next year. Both of her parents are extremely proud of her efforts, stating she “rode so well, she did Gilgandra proud”.

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