Top WA riders to com­pete in event

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - David Charlesworth

TOP riders from across the State will con­verge on Har­vey on April 14 for the South West Horse Tri­als, com­pet­ing across dres­sage, showjump­ing and cross coun­try.

Run for the past 35 years, event sec­re­tary Rachael An­drews said the tri­als were a na­tion­ally rank­ing event.

The com­pe­ti­tion will see 180 of the top horses and riders from as far as Al­bany and Esper­ance in­clud­ing for­mer Olympian Sonja John­son com­pete.

“We have big riders com­pet­ing,” Ms An­drews said.

The dres­sage be­gins on Satur­day from 8am with showjump­ing to start in the af­ter­noon and con­tin­u­ing on Sun­day with the cross coun­try event.

Satur­day night is al­ways fun Ms An­drews said, with fun games played out by riders and vol­un­teers in a lit up arena.

Ms An­drews said the event would not be able to go ahead with­out vol­un­teers, with riders all pro­vid­ing a helper or help­ing them­selves as part of their en­try.

“As part of your en­try you are re­quired to pro­vide a helper,” she said.

“We couldn’t run the event with­out the helpers.”

Ms An­drews said it was es­sen­tial to have so many vol- un­teer­ing as things like the cross coun­try, which has 30 jumps, re­quires an ob­server record­ing the rider as they clear it.

Ms An­drews said the cross coun­try just north of Har­vey was al­ways chal­leng­ing for the riders as the hilly ter­rain added a new level of tech­ni­cal­ity to the jumps.

“The lo­ca­tion is great, we have plenty of space and I think hav­ing it on the hill is great,” she said.

“The un­du­lat­ing ter­rain can make it dif­fi­cult for hors- es and riders to ne­go­ti­ate the jumps.” It was a long-term goal of the com­mit­tee, Ms An­drews said, to grow the event into an in­ter­na­tion­ally ranked event, how­ever that is still a cou­ple years off.

“It just would, at the mo­ment, be too much leg­work for our com­mit­tee,” she said.

With the event on Satur­day, Ms An­drews said the event was all com­ing to­gether with the course brought up to com­pe­ti­tion stan­dard and en­tries closed.

Pic­ture: Waylib Pho­tos

Tayah An­drew com­petes in the showjump­ing at last year's event.

Pic­ture: Waylib Pho­tos

Michael Dagostino sails over a jump in last year's cross coun­try.

Pic­ture: Jenny Steven­son

Lau­relle Hayes on Nukku Park Royal Di­a­mond at the tri­als in 2015.

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