RIDERS turned up in droves for Armidale riding club’s ribbon and freestyle dressage event.
At Armidale equestrian centre on Sunday, plenty of local competitors participated in a variety of dressage tests from the walk and trot preparatory level tests through to advanced.
New England Girls’ school also brought a host of riders along to the event.
The club also had seven entrants and a pas de deux, which uses two horses, in their freestyle to music class.
Secretary Elsa Willis said it was perfect weather conditions and the numbers were high as a result.
"We had quite a few in each test,” she said.
"We went up to medium-advanced and advanced.
"We did prep, which is just walk and trot, there were probably 20 in that.”
With all the recent rain, the centre’s clubhouse has taken a beating with water seeping through and damaging some of the property.
The club has been granted $20,000 by Armidale regional council to renovate the building which is also used by other equestrian clubs within the region.
"It is to do up our clubhouse and our kitchen mainly because it is an old building and it will be great to renovate that,” Willis said.
It is to do up our clubhouse and our kitchen mainly because it is an old building and it will be great to renovate that. I applied for it from council because they have a lot of funding grants at the moment.- Elsa Willis
"I applied for it from council because they have a lot of funding grants at the moment.
"The paint is flaking, the sink is rusting and we don't have a proper window in there to make it light.
"The rain does come into that building onto the floor and it has rusted out the old cupboards so we have a quote to do it with waterproof materials.”
Armidale riding club host their annual official championships on October 8 and 9.
Entries can be found via https://www.nominate.com.au/EquestDn/Event.aspx?event=7431&eventlist=2 and close midnight, September 18.
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