ODE preparation gears up

“There’s movement at the station for the word has passed around…” Two Wells Equestrian and Pony Club has had a lot going on in recent weeks…..and the main event is yet to come.

The club has held a number of successful events over the past month or so including the Lower North Zone Showjumping Championships for Pony Club and EA classes on Sunday February 26, its popular gymkhana on Sunday March 5, a clinic with acclaimed riding and showjumping instructor Di Keach on March 12 and 13, and its annual dressage day on April 2.

However, the club’s main event for the year is still to come.

The One Day Event on April 22 and 23 is growing in stature and is a much-anticipated event by many in the eventing circle.

The event, which is actually run over two days, encompasses the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and showjumping and each year attracts more than 160 competitors.

TWE&PC president, Pentti Puro, says the club is currently working hard to prepare for the event, with the cross-country course, which is staged on private property in Lewiston, starting to take shape.

Club members were given the chance to have a sneak peak at part of the cross country course at its rally on Monday March 13 and gave some of the jumps a test run, including the popular water jump.

Other pony clubs were also invited to attend the rally, with riders from Barossa Valley Pony Club pleased to join in.

“This event is our biggest event that we hold by far,” Pentti said.

“We run five different grades (and) are one of the few clubs in the state that runs five grades.”

Pentti is course builder for the day and has, with the support of many club members and volunteers, been working hard to improve the cross country and showjumping courses to make them challenging and safe.

“We have altered the cross country track slightly this year to make it a bit different,” he said.

“We’ve done a bit of work on the water jump, which is always a popular one and we’ve moved some of the jumps around.

“We have some new show jumps this year, new wings and new modern safety cups, which is great.

“They’re a breakaway cup, which means if a horse hits the rails they can fall down easily.”

The club is already receiving entries for the ODE and would welcome support in any form.

If you are able to help the club with sponsorship or on the ground support, contact twepc@twepc.com.au in the first instance.

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