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