Bangalow dressage competition draws strong field of riders
BANGALOW Showground was transformed into dressage arena over the weekend for the staging of the Far North Coast Dressage Championships.
Summerland Dressage Club President Anne McDiarmid said this was the Bangalow-based club's biggest event of the year.
"We had 120 rides over the weekend with riders here from Queensland down to Grafton," she said.
"We also had two internationally recognised judges looking at the competitors so the competition has been of a very high standard."
Ms McDiarmid said the support offered by local businesses was a key factor in being able to stage the competition at Bangalow for the second year running.
"We really want to thank all our local sponsors especially Horseland Lismore," said Ms McDiarmid.
On Saturday, Theresa Crawford from Corndale was there competing in her first 'official' dressage event on her horse Trilogy.
"It was a bit daunting but definitely good fun," she said. "She started training Trilogy for dressage competitions last October and began competing unofficially in January this year.
"I love dressage, it's the foundation of all other equine disciplines like camp drafting and show jumping," she said.
Among the weekend's winners so far were: Elementary Champion- Melissa Van Den Berge from Queensland and Advanced Champion- Shannan Goodwin from Main Arm.