Event to test horses and riders

By Benalla Ensign

Working Equitation North East Victoria (WENEV) will again be hosting a four-phase competition, running off the back of last year’s successful inaugural event.

Attracting riders from across Victoria and interstate, the competition will run over two days with day one at Oxley Recreation Reserve and day two at Forges Farm Oxley.

Day one will comprise phase one – dressage, phase two – manageability, and an ease of handling phase with obstacles judged on style and speed, which comprises phase three.

Day two will be phase 4 – working with cattle, similar to team penning.

WENEV president Andrew Simms said the club was excited to be hosting competitors from all over Victoria.

‘‘We anticipate the competition will be a great showcase of what the sport has to offer,’’ Mr Simms said.

Working equitation is a sport based on working performance horses. The sport originates from Italy, Spain and Portugal and is well established in Europe.

The sport has proven very popular in the north-east region with four Victorian clubs currently affiliated with Australian National Working Equitation (ANWE).

Four riders from WENEV, Renee Paola, Andrew Simms, Therese Currie and Jody Brabazon, will compete for Victoria in the upcoming ANWE national competition in Tamworth to be held in May.

Spectators are welcome.

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