Hundreds to compete at Young's Dressage Championships

Roger Fitzhardinge will be returning to the YDA Championships this Friday to present a masterclass for the public. Photo: Rebecca Hewson
Roger Fitzhardinge will be returning to the YDA Championships this Friday to present a masterclass for the public. Photo: Rebecca Hewson

Young Dressage Association is all set for another huge three days in the arena, with the club hosting the Donges Supa IGA Young Dressage Association Championships.

Young Dressage Association invites the public to get to the Young Dressage Association grounds at Bendick Murrell where they can watch riders of all ages from 8 to 85 will be judged by 30 judges from New Zealand, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and New South Wales.

Julie Vandyke, Sue Walker and Kim Lang present Robert Donges with a token of the Young Dressage Association's thanks for 10 years of support.

Julie Vandyke, Sue Walker and Kim Lang present Robert Donges with a token of the Young Dressage Association's thanks for 10 years of support.

There is something for all horse enthusiasts and all ages with the event getting bigger and better every year and this year is no different with catering for the weekend by Young Rotary, a raffle featuring artwork by Jacqui Melbourne, a teams competition, daily awards for best presented, 19 stalls at the trade village, a sponsor's morning tea from 11.30am on Saturday, Roger Fitzhardinge will be hosting another fantastic masterclass on Friday afternoon, an Easter egg hunt from 4.30pm on Friday afternoon and of course over 300 horses and 230 riders competing over the three days.

Competitors, volunteers and their families will be greeted this year on Thursday evening with a welcome barbecue between 6 and 7pm as a great way for everyone to come together and meet friends new and old.

Events will ride into the arenas on Friday morning with breed limited, young rider, closed unrestricted classes and the always highly anticipated Pas de Deux/Quadrille class followed by the Masterclass by Roger Fitzhardinge at 4.30pm.

On Saturday cantering onto the grounds will be the Official Competitive competitors including freestyle, Prix Caprilli and Grand Prix as well as FEI horse, pony and riders with a full day and seven arenas running on a full schedule.

Sunday the FEI and Official Competitive horse, pony and riders will continue to piaffe their way across the arenas.

Prix St George will also take centre stage on Sunday with 18 horse and rider combinations dancing on the sand.

Locals are encouraged to head out and watch or go shopping with entry to the event free and trade stalls by:

Black Colt Clothing, AMBOS Stockfeeds, Edinburgh Rugs, E & M Equine Accessories, Equine Osteo NSW, Equissentials, EquinePure Pellets, Flexible Fit Equestrian, Gladiator Floats, Gutzbusta Haynets, Hutcheon & Pearce, Kelato, Koyuga Electrics, Living Horses, M&M Performance Horses/Custom Saddles, McDowells Herbal, The Parberry Program, Performance Saddlefits ACT, PHP Professional Horse Products, The Mobile GG Spot, Wallaby Hill and Wilmont Equestrian.