Riders pre­pare for state tri­als

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Eques­trian com­peti­tors from across the re­gion are pre­par­ing for zone com­pe­ti­tion at Charlton next month in an at­tempt to qual­ify for the in­ter­zone and state horse tri­als later in the year.

They will then aim for 2019 cham­pi­onships. Prepa­ra­tions come af­ter seven riders from across the Wim­mera and Grampians rode at Horse­land Dres­sage and Show Jump­ing Cham­pi­onships in Yarra Val­ley.

To com­pete at the cham­pi­onships the riders had to qual­ify in the top four for show jump­ing – a team of four – and top three for dres­sage – a team of three – at a zone event at Ararat Pony Club. The riders, in rep­re­sent­ing their zone, had to com­pete against the best riders from nine other zones across the state in their re­spec­tive grades.

Hor­sham riders were Paris Fiedler rid­ing Tapu Height of El­e­gance in grade-three dres­sage, rep­re­sent­ing her zone for the first time, and Mor­gan Lane on Pen­stew­art Is­abella Amihra, grade-two dres­sage. Ararat’s Han­nah Wigg rode two horses, Sir Regi­nal in A Grade and Missed Con­nec­tion in C Grade, and An­nie Shea, also from Ararat, rode Im­pres­sive Qual­ity in B Grade.

Stawell sib­lings Os­car and Olivia Cole rode to­gether, with Os­car qual­i­fy­ing for both grade-two dres­sage and B Grade showjump­ing on Chatswood Tango and Olivia, rid­ing Zuri Louwana, in C Grade showjump­ing.

Ri­ley Perry-pa­ram­e­ter, from Ararat and rep­re­sent­ing Mary­bor­ough Pony Club, rode three horses across the week­end, in grade-two dres­sage and B Grade show jump­ing on Play­ing the Field and in C Grade showjump­ing, rid­ing Dessert­line and Ken­dal Riff Raff.

The riders per­formed strongly with the C Grade jump­ing team com­ing sev­enth and the B Grade jump­ing team fifth.

Pic­ture: VIV COLE

LEAP OF FAITH: Ararat’s Han­nah Wigg com­petes at Horse­land Dres­sage and Show Jump­ing Cham­pi­onships in Yarra Val­ley.

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