Rid­ers visit for eques­trian event

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group (WEG) hosted a two day com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end at the Can­non­va­l­ley Pony Club grounds.

Rid­ers and their fam­i­lies trav­elled from as far north as Townsville and as far south as Sa­rina for the dressage and showjump­ing event.

WEG sec­re­tary Tracey Davies said al­though at­ten­dance num­bers were less than pre­vi­ous events, rid­ers still en­joyed a high level of com­pe­ti­tion.

“Vis­it­ing fam­i­lies were im­pressed with Can­non­va­l­ley Pony Club grounds and en­joyed their stay in the beau­ti­ful Whit­sun­days,” she said.

Eques­trian Aus­tralia ac­cred­ited coach Evan Parker, who is a reg­u­lar in­struc­tor for lo­cal rid­ers, built the showjump­ing course and judged through­out the week­end. The dressage seg­ment of the event was judged by Eques­trian Aus­tralia ac­cred­ited judge Gle­nis Jones who is a reg­u­lar of­fi­cial at North Queens­land events.

The event fea­tured cham­pion young rider and cham­pion se­nior rider classes for both dressage and showjump­ing and points were cal­cu­lated over the two days.

Tori Mans­field from Con­way was the cham­pion ju­nior rider and Chris­tine Dale from Townsville was the cham­pion for the se­niors. Dressage Cham­pi­ons were Shan­non Wil­cox (Bowen) in the ju­niors and Lisa Ni­col (Ayr) in the se­niors.

HOME TRACK: Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group rid­ers Sam Gilchrist, Tori Mans­field, Bonny Connell, Ken­dell Davies and Tara Stokes com­peted in the two day com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end at the Can­non­va­l­ley Pony Club grounds.

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