Berry Riding Club saw 2022 out with one of our favourite events. One hundred riders came together at our Christmas Funkhana, horses and riders dressed in Christmas colours took to the arenas in great spirit.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this happen.

The new year looks very promising, we started off with Twilight Jumping. We had several weeks of friendly gatherings during January. Everyone had fun being challenged, from basic crossed rail step overs to the elation of athletic 1m jumps. Riding and spectating at that time in the evening was a real delight.

January  saw the introduction of a new event, “Combined Training Competition.” Twenty-five riders took on the challenge in our inaugural event. In this event riders must complete two phases. First is a dressage test followed by a show jumping course. The winner is determined by the lowest number of penalties from the combined two phases. It challenge riders to develop and employ the many different skills required in each of those disciplines.

Riders said they enjoyed the challenge and are eager to see Combined Training Competitions incorporated into our club’s calendar.

Working Equitation enthusiasts had fun at “Play and Practice Day”, held on 21st January. Setting out and packing up is now so much easier now that the Working Equitation trailer has been cleverly modified with storage shelves and easy to open doors. We all pass on our thanks to Grahame Sweeney for those clever improvements.

Berry Riding Club would like to wish all riders, who have  entered  Berry Show 3rd and 4th February, the best of luck.

A full weekend of dressage is being organised for Dressage competitors. Saturday 18th February will be a practice day, followed by competition day Sunday 19th February.

We all wish our dressage riders, competing at Willinga Park’s Dressage By the Sea (Bawley Point) on 25th and 26th February , the best of luck.

Happy riding everyone!