Clare Valley Dressage Club hosts first competition

Competitor Lauren French, of Clare, with her mount Eden Eyre Mitchell. Together they won and came second in their novice tests.
Competitor Lauren French, of Clare, with her mount Eden Eyre Mitchell. Together they won and came second in their novice tests.

Positive feedback from the inaugural Clare Valley Dressage Club competition has given the committee a strong reason to continue their venture. 

Riders prepare for their tests at the first Clare Valley Dressage Club competition day.

Riders prepare for their tests at the first Clare Valley Dressage Club competition day.

The relaxed atmosphere was noted by members of the Mt Crawford Dressage Club who attended to observe the day’s proceedings. 

While riders also commented to the committee about the success of the day and they thanked the judge for her encouragement. 

Clare Valley Dressage Club president Patricia Mann said it was a great day. 

“It was really good, it was run smoothly. I’m hoping to bring some bigger competitions to the area in the future,” Patricia said. 

The opening competition was held on November 12 and attracted riders from throughout the Clare Valley, Yorke Peninsula and Mid North. 

A dressage coach herself, Patricia said the idea to start the club was strongly supported by people within the Clare Valley region. 

“Clare is such a beautiful place. It’s only an hour from Gawler. It has so much to offer.”

More than 20 competitors took to the dressage arena at Clare’s Showground Oval to take part in a number of tests on the day. 

Now with the option of travelling to Southern Flinders Dressage Club and CVDC, riders have two decent competitions within a couple of hours of the regions they live in. 

“It’s good old fashioned country fun, and fellowship together. We are looking forward to some great days ahead.”

Patricia thanked the committee for the work they had done to get the club rolling and its first competition off the ground. 

They are a like-minded group, keen to support one another and enjoy some healthy competition at their back door. 

“Everybody on the committee is fantastic, they have worked so hard, they are an amazing committee,” she said. 

Club members have the opportunity to have a lesson with known dressage rider Ruth Schneeburger on December 3.

While on December 17, Cathy Young, of Balaklava, will host a show and dressage day preparation clinic with Christmas celebrations to follow.