Rid­ers ready for jump

Eques­trian event set to start sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

EQUES­TRIAN: The first com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son for the Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group is just around the corner.

This week­end, Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group are host­ing their Dres­sage T-shirt and Show Jump­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Held over Saturday and Sunday, the event has al­ready at­tracted en­tries from Mackay and Townsville, as well as a host of lo­cal rid­ers.

WEG will showcase dres­sage in an in­for­mal T-shirt com­pe­ti­tion from 8.30am on Saturday at the Can­non Val­ley Pony Club grounds on Turner Rd, Rior­don­vale.

“We are for­tu­nate to have a range of en­tries from first level prepara­tory tests to the more tech­ni­cal medium tests. A medium dres­sage test asks the rider and horse team to per­form ma­noeu­vres such as flying changes and a va­ri­ety of move­ments within the paces,” Whit­sun­day Eques­trian Group’s Tina Hamil­ton said.

On Sunday, also com­menc­ing at 8.30am, the Show Jumpers will com­pete.

On the pro­gram this year is the ever-pop­u­lar Grand Prix com­pe­ti­tion as well as the Ac­cu­mu­la­tor, for which the horse and rider ath­lete teams gain points for jumps at­tained and lose points for those knocked, and it is al­ways in­ter­est­ing to see who will take on the ‘Joker’ jump, a more dif­fi­cult al­ter­na­tive ob­sta­cle for double points.

“Many of our younger rid­ers will use the com­pe­ti­tion as a fi­nal prac­tice be­fore head­ing off to the State Cham­pi­onships in Show Jump­ing,” Hamil­ton said.

The can­teen will be open all week­end for com­peti­tors, vis­i­tors and campers. There is also a bar­be­cue on Saturday night.

PHOTO: ABC PHOTOGRAPHY

TOP OF CLASS: Ruby Cran on Russell Pocket First Edition, com­pet­ing in a pre­vi­ous WEG dres­sage com­pe­ti­tion.

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