Riders compete for top honours
IT has been a busy week-and-a-half for equestrian students from more than 100 schools across the State.
The Interschool Equestrian Carnival, held for the second year in a row at the Warwick Showgrounds, has attracted more than 300 riders to the region.
The competition, which includes more than 500 dressage tests, is one of the largest equestrian events in the State for school-aged children.
Interschool Equestrian Queensland chairman Don McDougall said the carnival was a large-scale event.
“It is a massive undertaking, preparing for the competition,” he said.
“No other Queensland event does as many dressage tests as we do.”
The competition consists of six events including dressage, showjumping and eventing.
Mr McDougall said the event had been in preparation since the start of the year, with some of Queensland's top judges recruited since the end of last year.
Dressage judge Carol Paterson said while the event was highly competitive it had a great family atmosphere.
“The competition is excellent for children and couldn't be a better family environment,” she said.
She said the competition had attracted the highest standard of riders, with the best from this State among the top class in Australia.
Kaitlin Wright and Madeline Jones, competing in the carnival, have been named as the top riders in their class after competing at a national level this year.
“It is great to have been selected to be a part of the national event, and I hope to further my standard of riding,” said Ms. Wright.
“The State competition this week has been fierce, but it has been a great way to spend my holidays.”
Ms. Wright is co-captain of the equestrian team at Scots College which is renowned as one of Queensland's highest-achieving equestrian schools.
The school took out the Supreme School award at last year's carnival, and is expected to do well again this year.