Having a first for event

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

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.”

Pic­ture David Charlesworth

Rid­ers from across WA and Aus­tralia will be at the Wa­gin Gymkha­narama.

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