Having a first for event
The Wagin Riding and Pony Club is hosting its fourth annual Wagin Gymkhanarama this weekend, and for the first time will include hacking.
The unofficial hacking event will be held on Sunday as a standalone competition, separate from the other equestrian events on the weekend.
Riders as young as four are invited to compete in the event, giving them a chance to show off their riding training and presentation skills.
Wagin Gymkhanarama committee member Gen Harvey encouraged all riders to give the event a go.
“This year, we will be bringing hacking, also known as show-horse classes, to the event for the first time,” she said.
“The unofficial show-horse program is being run on the Sunday, with classes ranging from lead line through to champion rider.”
Hacking trainer Elyse Reid said the event, which had origins in English fox hunting, was a great stepping stone for young riders.
“It’s been really good to get hacking back into the region — it’s a really good stepping stone for people wanting to go into dressage,” she said.
“It’s essentially the same paces from the horse and same movements, but in a less stressful environment.
“Especially in unofficial hacking like we are doing, there isn’t so much emphasis on preparation or how good your attire is or your gear is.
“It’s more on everyone coming in, having a little taster of what hacking is all about and getting some good feedback from the judges.”
Riders from across WA and Australia will be at the Wagin Gymkhanarama.