Dressage day gets thumbs up
MONIQUE Ferluga, an active Riding for the Disabled member, is quick to give a thumbs up to last weekend's Gladstone Calliope Equestrian Group Come and Try Dressage Day.
Ferluga and fellow Riding for the Disabled members Blake Sullivan and Jamie Ross were joined by 12 other participants at the event staged at the GCEG dressage arenas at the Mount Larcom Showgrounds.
GCEG president Jane Dunstan said the club was delighted with the response from riders and their parents.
She said the event, conducted with assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation, would be repeated early next year.
The day's program included sessions centred on horse presentation, rider dress requirements, saddlery, dressage protocol and riding instruction.
Led by Equestrian Federation of Australia assessor Grant Paddison, a team of highly qualified instructors took the riders through each section.
High level Gladstone district dressage riders Sharon Sparrow and Lynda Schultz assisted with riding instruction and dressage protocol.
Fellow locals Greg Brown and Beverley Belser discussed the finer points of horse presentation.
Brown's horse Portobello has brought home ribbons from Brisbane and Sydney Royal Shows and recorded a top 10 finish at the National Hack of the Year.
Brown has also been invited to judge at the New Zealand Horse of the Year in 2006.