A group of Wellington equestrians have had a successful campaign at the annual Napier Riding for the Disabled Dressage Day.
The five riders, who regularly take part in the RDA programme at the Porirua hospital grounds, netted a first place, third place, and two fifth places between them, competing against riders from Napier, Hastings, Te Awamutu, Tauranga and Cambridge.
‘‘The competition is a great goal for the riders to work towards throughout the year, as well as an opportunity to meet other riders, show off their skills, and step outside of their comfort zones,’’ Wellington RDA coach Lauren Rutten says. ‘‘ It is always highly anticipated, and the riders begin talking about it as early as term one.’’
Most riders cannot take their own horses, so the competition is especially challenging as the first time they ride their horse is in a warm-up just before the competition.
The competition was held on November 13 at the Napier RDA arena.
This is the third year in a row Wellington RDA has competed at the Napier competition, and eight volunteer coaches assisted with the team, sponsored by the Hastings Infinity Foundation.