GQEBERHA residents, Tony and Jessica Orrey – who are father and daughter – competed in the South African Observed Trials Nationals, rounds three and four, in Gauteng recently.
Round three was held on September 25 at Wolwekloof near Pretoria.
The course consisted of 10 sections with four laps with a time limit of five-and-a-half hours.
Jessica (16), a Grade 11 learner at Collegiate Girls’ High School, competed in the clubman class.
There were 10 riders in this class and she ended in third. Classes are based on skills level in trials with boys and girls completing the same course.
Tony rode in the experts’ class and he finished fifth out of 13 riders in round three.
Round four was held on September 26 at Meyer’s Farm near Alberton. The national consisted of 12 sections with four laps, also in five-and-a-half hours.
Jessica finished fourth out of 14 riders. She missed third place by one point. Tony also finished fourth out of 14 riders.
On both days there were steep banks, water sections with submersed rocks and slippery tree stumps. Trials involved great balance and technical skills. There were only two females that rode at the national event and Jessica was the top female on both days.