Dancing equines hot to trot
THERE will be plenty of dancing and prancing this weekend as the Summerland Dressage Club hosts the NSW Far North Coast Championships at the Bangalow showgrounds.
About 200 riders of all levels of dressage will compete in competitions from Preliminary through to the Olympic level of Grand Prix.
The event is to be overseen by Australia's only Olympic judge, one of only 25 in the world, Mrs Mary Seefried, from Brisbane.
Riders in the Intermediate II and the Grand Prix will compete on Saturday afternoon. This level of competition sees the horses performing such manoeuvres as piaffe and passage, which are very graceful yet supremely difficult trot movements, as well as changes of lead every stride in canter, which to the lay person looks like the horse is skipping.
The even more hotly contested competition of the Prix St Georges and the Intermediate I level on Sunday will see riders from the Qld and NSW State Squads vying for affirmation from Mary Seefried.