THERE has been plenty of horsing around at the Worrigee Equestrian Common on the long weekend for Berry Public School’s sixth annual Equestrian Interschool Championship.
More than 200 riders from primary and high schools from Sydney to the Far South Coast have been in town to compete in hacking, dressage, showjumping, versatility and sporting events.
Saturday afternoon saw a fancy dress competition, while Sunday’s show-jumping section was full of excitement for both older and younger riders.
There was a steady mix of local riders, as well as those who had travelled from out of town and all riders had plenty of supporters cheering them on.
Milly Clarke, who was a former competitor at the event herself was onhand as a coach and said she was very impressed with the talent of the riders.
“Everyone’s been riding really well and their horses have been more than capable,” she said.
“We have the showjumping, hacking and dressage here and I think it’s good for them to be able to do everything in one place,” she added.
Clarke was surprised by just how many people turned up to compete, which she said is a good thing for the sport.
“We’ve seen some very talented riders, starting from little kids, right up until year 12s.
“Some of them have just been riding so fast and with so much determination.”
While there was certainly plenty of competitiveness going around, Clarke said everything was conducted in good spirits.
“As much as it is a strong competition, everyone gets along and that’s one of the best things about the sport.”