RASDEG has had a big start to 2017 with a number of major competitions and events already run.
AGM and Sign-on day – 5 February
On this day our members enjoyed a small in-house competition to start off their year. This was also RASDEG’s AGM and a new committee was elected for 2017. The Committee is now: Jill Strachan, President; Liz Bagley, Vice President; Toni Hinder, Secretary; and Jan Sturgess, Treasurer.
Talk to the Judge day – 19 February
Our next event was also aimed at helping our members start their competition year on the right note with some excellent tips from experienced judges at a Talk to the Judges event. Riders and spectators took away some useful feedback on how to improve the way they ride their dressage tests. Those riding had a chance to complete a dressage test of their choice and then had 15 minutes talking with the judge and perhaps re-riding certain movements.
Redlands Breed and Hack Show 2017 – 5 March
This was one of the biggest Hack Shows we have seen and it was delivered by our own keen hack rider and member, Olivia Pennisi. Incorporating both Breed and Hack classes the grounds were occupied all day with some 77 beautifully presented horses and riders who provided 275 entries all up. We even had horses from overseas – with one rider travelling on the barge from Stradbroke Island! Sponsorship from Kenlock Stud, Aussie Blue Heeler Products and Blue Ribbon Photography provided rugs for the Class Champions.
RASDEG Competitive, Participant and Members Event – 18 March
Most recently we delivered out first Competitive event for the year on Saturday March 18. This attracted riders from other Clubs who wish to gain official points in classified classes. Again a great success with fabulous sponsorship from well-known local Veterinary practice – All Horses Veterinary Services allowing us to present some very flash rugs to the class winners at the end of the day.
So for 2017 we are optimistic for a great year for the following reasons:
- Our transition in 2016 to the Redlands Horse and Pony grounds at Pinklands Sporting Complex has proved successful and we have a very positive relationship with their 2017 committee.
- Current membership stands at 74 riding members and this is also very healthy for so early in the year.
- Further events are planned for most months and we have revived the practice of offering high level coaches at special clinic days to give our members access to some extra insight and words of wisdom from top instructors.
- The continued support of sponsors such as Redlands Sporting Club to achieve the varied but often high cost grounds and equipment purchases and maintenance that are required to deliver safe and high quality equestrian events.