Cameron Moffatt wins Dalby Show's historic Zilzie Cup
RIDERS saddled up for a feast of events in the Dalby Show's horse program.
No prize was more revered than the Zilzie Cup.
Pittsworth local Cameron Moffatt and his steed Malibu Park Poetry trotted off with the top prize, and he couldn't have been happier.
"I'm absolutely stoked," Cameron said.
"This award is probably up the top for me. It's one of the best awards I've ever won."
The meet marks the third time Cameron has made an appearance at the Dalby Show, where he has previously won champion boy rider.
The award, now in its 61st year, was first organised by Peggy Cooper.
Bill Cooper was present to hand over the award to Cameron.
Mr Cooper said the cup had a rich tradition behind it.
"It was just to encourage the children in their riding," he said.
"My mother passed on a few years ago and we've just kept it going."
Mr Cooper said he hoped to keep the tradition alive in the family for many years to come.
The Zilzie Cup is awarded for the best pony turnout for a boy or girl under 15 years of age.
Judges based their decision on pony conformation, manners, equipment, costume and rider ability.
Cameron's father, Tim Moffatt, said the win meant a great deal to the family.
"I'm very impressed and excited," Mr Moffatt said.
"We know the history behind it."
The win is not the first for the Moffatt family, with several Zilzie Cup wins in years past.
Ringmaster Marilyn Berger said the cup was significant to the horse program.
"The Zilzie Cup is very well supported every year," Mrs Berger said. "It is a major event."
Ms Berger said the horse events had another highly successful year.
"The Friday competition was definitely up on past years," Mrs Berger said.
"Our show jumpers were down because of a couple of big competitions."