Dressage event tests riders

Two Wells Equestrian and Pony Club held a dressage competition on Saturday July 5.

The tests offered were Pony Club Grade 4, Preliminary, Novice, Elementary and Medium.

With three arenas and over 90 tests completed it was a busy day, and all judged by three highly experienced dressage judges in Mary Hovers, Rachel Vincent, and Tanya Chapman.

While competitions are a lot of fun, it’s the training in between which allows horse and rider to improve and reach their full potential.

TWPC is committed to the education of members and two Lower Northern Zone clinics have been held on our grounds.

Heather Lundquist (Pony Club State coach and FEI dressage competitor) gave flatwork lessons in June, and in July, Taddy McLean (six-time State Showjumping Champion) gave showjumping lessons.

Two Wells members dominated the sessions.

At the State Level, PCASA organised the use of the Northern Equestrian Centre in Penfield for two days.

July 26 was a preliminary and Level 1 coaches update. All instructors qualified through the NCAS (National Coaching Accreditation Scheme) with pony club must attend updates regularly to ensure Pony Club rules, regulations and standards are adhered to. Two Wells had four of our coaches attend.

A judging observation day was held on July 27, standardising the dressage scoring in dressage tests.

Several riders at different training levels were observed including two Two Wells riders.

Led by Erica Taylor, the observers were invited to discuss the marks that would be attained by these riders, and why.

Several of the club’s under 26 riders are competing at the Lower North Zone Championships at Barossa Valley PC, on August 17.

The following month, on September 21, TWE&PC will hold its encourage dressage training competition.

• Dressage results will be published online at twowellsecho.com.au

Veronica

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