Club championships a success

MAKING STRIDES: Megan Bourke and Jedda competing in the prelim events on Sunday.
MAKING STRIDES: Megan Bourke and Jedda competing in the prelim events on Sunday.

Armidale Riding Club’s Championship series has wrapped up with the third installment of the competition complete. 

The competitive equestrian season is just kicking into gear and Sunday’s dressage event provided the perfect opportunity for riders to sharpen up their skills. 

Organiser Megan Bourke said while numbers were down from previous events, it worked out perfectly with the day running smoothly. 

“It gave young riders the chance to practice and learn as well as the opportunity for riders to get their young horses out and about in a quiet environment,” she said.

With levels from the walk and trot preparatory through to FEI standard tests, it wasn’t just local riders enjoying the outing with competitors making the trip from as far down as Scone to participate. 

Bourke said riders were thrilled with the atmosphere. 

“It gives riders the competition experience with young horses as well as practicing for official events,” she said.

“It's also a great opportunity for young riders to get amongst the competition scene without the hustle and bustle of larger events.

“We aim to provide a fun and relaxing experience with these days and we definitely feel we achieved that on Sunday.” 

There is still plenty of competition to come for the rest of the year with more events planned, including two in October. 

“We only have one more training competition this year before we hold our Dressage championships in October which is shaping up to be an unmissable event and a must on every riders calendar,” Bourke said.