THE Far South Coast Dressage Association (FSCDA) hosted a weekend of dressage at Bega Showground on July 26 and 27. The weather was glorious and riders travelled from as far afield as Cooma, Nimmitabel, Wyndham, Nethercote and Moruya to participate.
The club was extremely lucky to secure the services of Mark Dowling an Equestrian Australia accredited coach and judge based at Bowral.
On Saturday riders had the opportunity to book a 30 minute protocol session with Mark where they could receive feedback on any training issues they were experiencing.
The club also organised a Jumping Equitation Clinic conducted by well-known local equestrian Marie Smith.
Both sessions thoroughly enjoyed by the participants and spectators alike.
Sunday was a Club Competition Day were those who were fortunate enough to ride under Mark on Saturday were able to put the training advice to good effect in the competition ring. There were some excellent improvements seen. Mark was joined in the judging by Kim Kleven from Cooma and Mark Cloonan from Sale in Victoria.
There were in excess of 60 tests booked over five levels from Preparatory to Medium. There were a number of excellent tests ridden on the day. Leigh Matthews from Coolagoolite had a great day competing two horses (Quarryview Hercules and Holland Bend Fidelia) in four tests for four first placing’s.
The junior riders, Paige Moxey, Alice Dean, Shelly Kleven and Jade Moxey were all very competitive taking home many placing’s.
Paul Phelan from Cobargo received Mark Dowling's encouragement award in recognition of his improvement over the two days. Kim Kleven awarded Colleen Meredith of Bega the Ring 1 encouragement award. Full results can be found on the club website at www.fscda.com.au.
The next monthly meeting is on August 5 at Club Bega starting at 7pm. All members and friends are encouraged to attend.
The clubs next event is a Working Equitation competition at the Cobargo Showground on August 17. Entries close Wednesday, August 6.