Tatura hosts tough con­test

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

It’s set to be fierce com­pe­ti­tion at Tatura Park this week­end, as more than 125 com­peti­tors come to­gether to com­pete in the largest re­gional dres­sage com­pe­ti­tion.

Run­ning since 2009, the three-day TFNC Tatura Dres­sage Clas­sic and Spring Show­case will see rid­ers from the Goul­burn Val­ley, Mel­bourne and through­out NSW com­pete across 46 classes.

Run­ning from Fri­day to Sun­day, Au­gust 10 to 12, the event will also see some new ad­di­tions to the pro­gram, with a dog race set to grace the track from 5 pm on Satur­day, and a new horse event.

‘‘(The dog race) will be a scream, the place will go to the dogs, lit­er­ally,’’ event sec­re­tary Sue Terry said.

‘‘We also have a unique teams event, a coun­try ver­sus city ride-off, with one rider from each level com­pet­ing in a head-to­head. Hope­fully coun­try will have some suc­cess there.’’

With strong com­pe­ti­tion in the past, Ms Terry said she was ex­pect­ing an­other big year of dres­sage.

‘‘It’s a stun­ningly unique event with a good coun­try feel,’’ he said.

Run by the Tatura Foot­ball and Netball Club, the event has seen the or­gan­i­sa­tion recog­nised for its unique role in host­ing the con­test, nom­i­nated for a host of awards by Eques­trian Vic­to­ria this year, in­clud­ing Event of the Year. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Eques­trian Vic­to­ria web­site: www.vic.eques­trian.org.au

Con­cen­trat­ing . . . Dres­sage Clas­sic. Kaarimba’s Marni Hicks rides In­tri­cate at last year’s TFNC Tatura Pic­ture: Ray Sizer

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