Berry Riding Club Inc. is an ideal club for both the riders starting out in dressage and for also the more experienced riders who wish to try higher levels of dressage.
Six training competitions are held each year with tests offered ranging from Preparatory through to Advanced level.
It is not mandatory for horses to be plaited nor riders to wear jackets at our competition days. At all our club events riders are asked to present themselves and their horse neat and tidy. Many riders choose to wear our club t-shirt or rugby top. Click on the Merchandise tab for an order form.
At each competition day only Equestrian Australia (EA) Preparatory tests (2013) are used. Over the period of the year 4 different Preparatory tests are offered. Copies of these EA Preparatory tests (2013) can be found at the tab on the right hand side:
‘Dressage Tests – EA (2009) & EA Prep Tests (2013) ’.
Our club strongly encourages junior riders (under 18 years) and provides separate Preparatory, Preliminary and Novice level tests at all our regular competitions .
Only one Championship is held each year – our “Annual Young Rider Dressage Championship” – for riders under 24 years. Riders compete for rugs, prizemoney ($100 per class), rosettes and ribbons.
Ponies are most welcome at our days.
In August 2013 we will hold our next annual Presentation Night, where we give out many rugs & rosettes
to the winners of the Dressage Pointscore, moved from December 2012 .
Don’t forget, every event needs volunteers.
We ask that riders and / or their friends / relations consider volunteering, even if it is for only a short period of time. It can be either sometime during the competition day or before/after the event.
Jobs include, pencilling, checking scores, writing the scores on the board, collecting sheets from the judges, serving & cooking in the canteen………
It’s not hard work, it’s heaps of fun, no prior experience is necessary and you get to meet lots of horsey people.
Please contact our Club Secretary email@example.com to offer your assistance.
For more information about Dressage in NSW, visit the Dressage NSW website.
If you have some time would like to try your hand at pencilling and see a test from the Judge’s view please ring Nola Barker on 0409446418.
Here are a few tips for shorthand in pencilling.
I just wanted to thank you for the dressage comp last weekend.
I thought you might like some feedback from a ‘dressage virgin’.
By far, the best thing about the day, and its greatest asset are the people. Everyone was so friendly and supportive and (to my surprise) I knew a lot of them already. It was all very relaxed and not at all what I expected from a dressage competition.
I found the sport itself a very valuable training tool for that horse that I had borrowed. And I will continue to ride him in that fashion and try to improve his carriage and ability.
I am still unsure where to go from here. I would definitely do another of those dressage days though! It was challenging and a good test of the amount of effort you put in at home, and for that reason I appreciate the challenge.
However, as I told Bronwyn the other day… It just doesn’t get me all excited like the cutting used to. So I will strive to find something which excites and entices me to spend more time out there riding.
So, thank you to you and your team for a great day out last Sunday, I look forward getting back there again next time and seeing how far I can get this horse to progress down the dressage path.
Thanks for your support.
OUR DRESSAGE CHRISTMAS LIST !!
Oh Lord Wont You Buy Me….
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horsey that bends
My friends all ride warmbloods, I must make amends
I practice my leg yields, each evenin ’til ten
So, oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horsey that bends.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horse that won’t buck
I’m tired of trying to land standing up
I spend all my time, brushing dirt off my butt
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horse that won’t buck.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horse that won’t bite
I count all my fingers and toes every night
I feel like a carrot, when I’m in his sight
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horse that won’t bite.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horse with a brain
Mine is scared of his own shadow, it’s driving me insane
I ask him to do things, but he forgets his own name
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horse with a brain.
Oh Lord, won’t you buy my a horse that stays clean
I brush him, I groom him, I’ve considered chlorine
His colour’s too chestnut for a horse with grey genes
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a horse that stays clean.
Oh Lord, won’t you give him some hindquarter drive
This horse is so lazy, I’m not sure he’s alive
we bend and we circle, ’til way, way past five
So oh Lord, won’t you give him some hindquarter drive