Eques­trian group gears up for 2014

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


THE Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group (WEG) held its AGM, mem­ber­ship sign on and sausage siz­zle on Satur­day.

Mem­bers are gear­ing up for a fan­tas­tic sea­son. The club hosts reg­u­lar train­ing days, clin­ics and com­pe­ti­tion events through­out the year for the dis­ci­plines of dressage, show horse and showjump­ing

Sec­re­tary Tracey Davies said the club had grown con­sid­er­ably over the past five years thanks to spon­sor­ship, fund­ing re­ceived from grant ap­pli­ca­tions and a team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers. Re­cent equip­ment pur­chases in­clude two dressage are­nas and a grand prix showjump course.

The club pur­chased 52 new showjump­ing poles last year which re­quired paint­ing. Davies said it was a huge job to paint each pole with un­der­coat, dif­fer­ent colours and stripes. The project wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out a group of hard work­ing par­ents to com­plete the task.

Davies said the club had some tal­ented young rid­ers who have trav­elled to Eques­trian Aus­tralia and pony club com­pe­ti­tions proudly rep­re­sent­ing the Whit­sun­days.

WEG mem­bers ben­e­fit from lessons with showjump­ing coach Evan Parker from Ayr, dressage coach Pamela Schuler from Bowen, dressage coach Nancy Bar­retta from Mt Ossa and showjump­ing and dressage coach Shane David­son from Toowoomba.

WEG ap­pre­ci­ates the use of Cannonvalley Pony Club grounds and the Proser­pine Show­grounds. In turn both or­gan­i­sa­tions also ben­e­fit from the use of WEG equip­ment.

WEG wel­comes any­one who has an in­ter­est in eques­trian ac­tiv­i­ties to come along and have some fun.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tracey on 0408199449.

CLEAR­ING THE BAR: Mar­garet Han­ni­gan rid­ing Choco­late at the Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group's AGM and sign-on on Satur­day.

SUPREME RIDER: Tara Stokes of the Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group rid­ing Rated Supreme.

STYLE AND GRACE: Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group se­nior mem­ber Mor­gan Sch­nei­der rid­ing River­side Klark Kent.

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