State's best 300 in the ring
AFTER finishing third in dressage at the nationals in 2008, Calen rider Emily Baretta is aiming for more success in the Queensland Inter-school Equestrian Championships at the Warwick Showgrounds this week.
Emily is a Year 8 student at Calen State School, between Mackay and Proserpine, and her sister Molly is in Year 7.
At the 2008 nationals in Toowoomba, Emily backed up her individual dressage success with a reserve championship placing in the team’s event.
Both are competing in the state championships in Warwick this week, Emily in her third state championships and Molly her second.
They left home on Monday morning with their parents and arrived in Warwick on Tuesday afternoon.
Both were happy with how their horses travelled.
Emily is on Riverglen Zarta and Molly will ride Bonavista Jonathon. There is plenty of open space for training at home as they live on a cattle and beef farm.
The sisters are in a field of 300 riders competing in various events this week at the showgrounds.
Molly is riding in showman phase 4, dressage, showjumping and combined training, which is a mixture of dressage and showjumping.
Event organiser Don McDougall said some of the awards to be presented this week were for supreme inter-school rider, hack, show and hunter winners.
“Thirty of the 300 riders in Warwick this week are competing on all four days,” McDougall said.
Yesterday, 20 judges scored 130 riders in 10 dressage rings and today 110 riders will compete in showman.
Tomorrow, there are 80 competitors in showhorse and on Sunday 100 in showjumping.
Showman is a discipline designed for competition between England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and includes dressage, rider, showjumping and led sections.
McDougall said showman was about testing the ability of the rider whereas show- horse was more about the animal. “Hacking like they do at the Warwick Show and a rider class are part of showhorse,” he said.