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Nicki Barnet, Racing SA, Naracoorte Community News

Three of South Australia’s up and coming riders and their ponies have set off on the journey of a lifetime to the National Pony Racing Series Finals, which takes place at Royal Randwick in Sydney on All Aged Stakes Day on April 20.

Supported by Racing SA, Cheyenne Crane and her pony Phoenix will represent SA in the large pony category, while Stacey Edwards and Napoleon, along with Maddi-Rose Cox and Rosie will fly the flag for SA in the small pony category.

Fifteen-year-old Maddi is already well known within the industry in South Australia. Her mum Tracy Cox is the current SA Stablehand of the Year for her work with the David Jolly stable. Maddi also works for David, and has been riding racehorses for as long as she can remember.

While Maddi isn’t yet sure what career she’ll pursue in the racing industry, 15-year-old Naracoorte High

School student Cheyenne has wanted to be a jockey since she was four years old.

“I started doing trackwork about nine months ago and I’m now galloping a few on the track and I’ve taken a couple through the barriers,” said Cheyenne.

“I go to jump-outs with Sue Murphy and race days when I can, and when I’m not at school I go out and help her.

“I think Royal Randwick is going to be an incredible experience and I just can’t wait. I’ve got one of my good friends from Bordertown Mikaela Irwin coming along, her dad’s a trainer Scott Irwin, and she’s going to be my strapper for the week so she’s so excited to come along,” she said.

Cheyenne has been mentored by Glen Boss since a chance meeting in the Casterton pub when she was interviewed for his TV show, and she’s hoping to make more industry connections in Sydney.

The inaugural National Pony Racing Series is a joint venture between Thoroughbred Industry Careers and Pony Club Australia, and has been met with great support at key racecourses around the country.

The 20 pony riders racing in the series finals at Randwick qualified by finishing first or second in their state heats on feature race days.

The support of sponsors has been vital in making the inaugural series possible and riders in each of the two divisions sport the racing colours of each of the main sponsors.

Racing SA along with state regulatory bodies in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland all chipped into help cover some of the expenses incurred for riders travelling interstate. Inglis will house the ponies at Riverside for the finals.

Vision of the finals will be beamed across Australia on Channel 7, Sky Racing and Racing.com.

The Naracoorte News, 17 April 2024

This article appeared in the Naracoorte Community News.

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