Horses and riders in the ring

October 19, 2017

Piper Henderson, aged 7, takes part in the 2017 Shepparton Show Horse Competition at Tatura Park.

Shepparton Pony Club's Maddy Treacy competes.

Ally Goodall, 10, from the Shepparton Pony Club.

All-ages champions take part in the showing lead class.

More than 100 riders descended on Tatura at the weekend, as part of the Shepparton Agricultural Show’s horse show.

The Hunter Rural Shepparton Agricultural Horse Show, held at Tatura Park, is the only local show of its kind where riders can achieve the repertoire to move on to higher-level shows, such as the Royal Melbourne.

One-hundred-and-twenty riders from across metropolitan and regional Victoria and NSW attended the event, which included six rings with classes for open horses, tiny tots, pony club and off-the-track horses.

Melbourne’s Ebonie Lee won Supreme Champion Rider and Somerville’s Phoebe Kuros won Supreme Ridden Exhibit with Royal Wood Centre Stage.

Show co-ordinator Debbie Hicks said the show, run by Shepparton Pony Club, went really well, and that rider numbers were on the increase.

‘‘The pony club have taken this on because if we didn’t, the horse side of the Shepparton Show wouldn’t happen any more,’’ Ms Hicks said.

‘‘It’s important that they can get qualifications to do their big shows, so they come here and if they get a win they can then qualify.

‘‘It’s a great thing that we’ve continued to have that locally, and means a lot to many of the local riders.’’

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