Event riders pretty in pink

May 04, 2018

Up and over: Emily Hehir takes flight on horse Northern Asterix. Photos courtesy of Sally H Photography.

Lovely stride: Merran Socha on Rosewood Park Summer Belle. Photos courtesy of Sally H Photography.

Pretty in pink: Louise Bayly-Jones was the winner of the Best In Pink Award. Photos courtesy of Sally H Photography.

Cobram Barooga Equestrian Club held its annual Dressage and Show Jumping Championships on April 7 and 8 in perfect weather conditions.

The club has doubled the capacity in yards and these were well used for what has become a popular two-day camping event.

There were record entries with more than 100 riders competing each day.

Competitors came from all over northern Victoria and southern NSW knowing they would get to ride on a superior grass competition surface that has natural give and spring in it, even at the end of a very dry summer.

For the second year in a row the weekend competition proudly supported Breast Cancer Network Australia, with riders and horses wearing pink as part of their competition outfits.

Most competitors entered into the spirit of the theme, with Louise Bayly-Jones from Acheron Valley Club winning the award for the best dressed pink outfit for being brave enough to wear bright pink sporting underwear as outerwear.

Cash donations were significant over the course of the weekend, and with a monster raffle each day, the club raised $1309.30 for a fantastic cause.

The club was working on a skeleton crew this year, with many of the regular helpers from previous years not available because of prior commitments.

However, the small team put in a super effort over the weekend and on Friday to get the dressage arenas and showjumping course set up for an early start on Saturday.

The showjumping went extremely well, with challenging courses set by Ken Felmingham on Saturday in the 1 Round Stakes and Table C and by Ron Waddell on Sunday in AM7 and Table A.

The dedicated group of dressage judges put in a great effort to get through a big list of competitors in all grades.

Cobram Barooga Equestrian Club members Merran Socha, riding Rosewood Park Summer Belle, took out the level two dressage jackpot on the Saturday and Emily Hehir, riding Northern Asterix, placed second overall in the showjumping championships.

Other members who did well in dressage were Natasha Wells riding Gotico Park Juanera, Fiona Wetternall riding Matitojo Duvallier, Sam Arthur riding Jack of Hearts, Belle Dunn riding Topaz and Jodie Hawes riding Red Neck.

Hawes placed in both AM7 and Table C in showjumping on the Sunday.

Sheilah Keamy from the Cobram Barooga Equestrian Club said it would not be possible for the competition to run so smoothly without the help of numerous volunteers and organisations.

‘‘We just want to say a massive thank you to the volunteers who helped over the weekend and to our sponsors who come on board each year and support our club,’’ Keamy said.

‘‘The Barooga Sports Club, Cobba Paddle Boat Cruises, Cobram Cottage, Cobram Physiotherapy Clinic, Cobram Veterinary Clinic, Paul Ukich Pharmacy, Ellcony’s Equine Custom Design, Emily Hehir Family Farms and Saddleworld Shepparton all contributed greatly.’’

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