Club sets next challenge
Wimmera Equestrian Club members will turn their attention to a dressage competition next month after a successful stockman’s challenge.
Club president Tony Golder said spectators at Riverside Recreation Reserve were treated to some exciting action from talented riders.
“The event was an awesome success,” he said.
“We had competitors come from as far away as Euroa and Strathalbyn as well as people who compete at Corryong each year.
“We had good feedback from everyone who attended.”
The event showcased teamwork between horses and riders and included an obstacle course, working patterns, whip cracking and cross country challenges.
Mr Golder, who finished third in the open division, said several Wimmera riders were among the place-getters.
“We also had a gumnuts section for ‘tiny tots’, which went well,” he said.
“All in all it was a great day. We were really happy with the number of spectators we had. People drifted in and out all day and every time I looked over I thought we had good numbers.”
Competition leaders presented trophies. several
Sean Gray, riding Neo, won the John and Mick Helyar Memorial Open, while the Grampians Horse Riding Novice award went to Greg Fetherson on Brisco.
Jennifer Tod and Delta won the Jim and James Stewart Memorial Encouragement accolade, with the Driscoll, Mcillree and Dickinson Junior award presented to Natalie Featherston, who rode Flicka.
Mr Golder said he already looked forward to next year’s stockman’s challenge.
“It’s an annual event and continues to go from strength to strength,” he said.
Wimmera Equestrian Club’s dressage competition will be at Les Howland Oval, Dimboola, on March 18.