Top hooves on show

Rid­ers of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els com­pete in Gat­ton event

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Do­minic El­some do­minic.el­some@gat­ton­star.com.au

DRESSAGE: From rid­ers mak­ing their com­pet­i­tive de­but to for­mer Olympians, more than 100 dressage com­peti­tors de­scended on Gat­ton at the week­end.

Lock­yer Eques­trian Group hosted the Horse­land Ip­swich Brenda Wittmann Clas­sic 2-Star Re­gional Cham­pi­onship and about 140 horses along with 120 rid­ers took to the arena dur­ing the event’s two days.

Group pres­i­dent Sharyn Ross said the event was one of the biggest dressage com­pe­ti­tions in the state and at­tracted rid­ers from across southeast Queens­land and north­ern New South Wales.

“Our club has a won­der­ful rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing re­ally fun and in­clu­sive, and our venue is very wel­com­ing for spec­ta­tors,” Ross said.

“We have view­ing ar­eas down on the main arena so spec­ta­tors can get up close and per­sonal amongst the ac­tion.”

Rid­ers var­ied in ex­pe­ri­ence from rid­ers mak­ing their com­pet­i­tive de­but through to two-time Olympian Ricky Macmil­lan, who brought a large team of horses for the event. “She’s an ex­cel­lent sup­porter of our event,” Ross said.

Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor Tanya Milligan opened the event on Satur­day and Ross said it was great to show her what the club has to of­fer.

“She was able to watch some of the com­pe­ti­tion and have a look at the fa­cil­i­ties and up­grades that are hap­pen­ing there to keep it one of the best eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties in the state,” Ross said.

She said the event wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the help of spon­sors and ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

“Our crew was a hugely im­por­tant part of our event.

“There was over 150 roles to fill in that re­spect, and we’re re­ally lucky that peo­ple love our club and they love our event and are will­ing to put their hand up to vol­un­teer to help.”

The group is now gear­ing up for its “mega-week­end” in June, with a new jump club hold­ing its first train­ing

RE­SULTS

night on Fri­day, June 21, a com­bined train­ing and show­man com­pe­ti­tion on the Satur­day, fol­lowed by club dressage on Sun­day.

Ross said the club was an “ex­cit­ing” ad­di­tion to the group’s line-up.

PHOTO: BRAID UP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

BIG LINE-UP: Caro­line Bon­ney rid­ing Bat­tlestar Galac­tica took out the Ele­men­tary cham­pi­onship. More than 100 rid­ers com­peted at the Horse­land Ip­swich Brenda Wittmann Clas­sic 2-Star Re­gional Cham­pi­onship in Gat­ton.

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