NEGS one day event saw riders from all over to compete

HIGH FLYER: Jess Bull tackles the cross country course at the NEGS ODE.
HIGH FLYER: Jess Bull tackles the cross country course at the NEGS ODE.

Record numbers of riders turned out for one of Armidale’s biggest equestrian events. 

This year’s NEGS one day event saw entries surpass previews competitions with riders coming from interstate to take part. 

Event manager Ali Pettit said it was a huge success and the school has continued to build a reputation for having an outstanding event. 

“It was the biggest entries we have ever had, it was really good,” she said. 

“We had a lot of really positive feedback, even more than last year which was nice. People are starting to get to know us as a nice, boutique event which is good to be known by. We did have good entries and we had a lot of people come for the first time which was nice.” 

There were some big name riders competing, including Belcam Stud from Queensland who had two wins with Tanya Schmidt in the 1* and Luke Harmer in the 95. 

NEGS students also experienced success with Ashley Randle winning the 105, Isabella Arabejo the 95 junior division Madison Teague the 60 junior. Pettit said the equestrian team at the school are continuously updating their facilities to keep riders coming back. 

“We are a bit different to everywhere else, our facilities allow us to challenge riders in a lot of respects but we still maintain that we are a cross country and jumping event more so than a dressage event, a lot of events these days are just becoming dressage events,” she said. 

“Every year we focus on making sure there are new things on the cross country course, we put a lot of time, money and effort into that to keep the riders on their toes.”