Cobram Barooga Equestrian Club, now celebrating its 25th year, held a Dressage and Showjumping Championship weekend on April 1 and 2.
The weather was kind with conditions close to perfect for competition.
The grounds were once again presented in immaculate condition by the Barooga Sporties ground staff, and those who travelled long distances to ride on such forgiving ground were not disappointed.
Club president Debra Kruz said the competition was ‘‘definitely on the calendar for lots of northern Victorian and southern NSW competitors’’.
‘‘They know that their valuable horses will get the opportunity to compete on an exceptional surface that is both solid and forgiving, allowing them to show off their paces to their best advantage,’’ Ms Kruz said.
The showjumping course was designed by Ken Framingham along with Ron Waddell and was a challenging track that posed questions from Level 5 right through to Level 1.
Competitor numbers were up on last year and more than 20 camp sites were set up over two nights, with visitors making the most of dining facilities close to the grounds.
For the first time this year, the competition was a breast cancer fundraiser.
All competitors were asked to get into the spirit of the weekend by wearing something pink while competing and there was a special prize for the best pink presented horse and rider.
Everyone got into the spirit and every second horse was sporting pink ribbons in their plaits or pink hairspray on the rump.
The winner was Belinda Webb Sciberras of Yackandandah Riding Club, riding Aurum Rain Maker.
Club members were well in the placings with Fiona Wettenhall upholding a tradition of at least one of the overall championships staying in the club. Fiona also took out the overall High Point Award for the weekend.
Emily Hehir competed in dressage and jumping and placed highly in both, being reserve champion in Level 3 jumping, riding Northern Asterix.
Sam Arthur placed both days in Level 2 dressage and Natasha Wells won at Level 4.
Other locals to do well were Lisa Baldwin and Patty Lewis in showjumping and Tanya Cleese in dressage.
The small committee put in a great effort to put on this big competition and there are many members and volunteers who give up their weekend to make sure the competition lives up to its great reputation.
The club thanked all its sponsors, including: Barooga Sports Club, Stokes Auto Electrical, Paul Ukich Pharmacy, Cobram Physiotherapy Clinic, Saddleworld Shepparton, Greenways Holiday Units Tocumwal, Cobram Veterinary Clinic, Katunga Lucerne Mills, Cobba Paddleboat and Bindara Performance Horses and Canine Disc Dogs.
●For full results and photos see the club’s website at: www.cobrambaroogaec.com