Solway College’s annual inter-school dressage competition is fast becoming a major fixture on the equestrian calendar, with record numbers of riders and horses expected at Solway Showgrounds on 19 October.
Now in its third year, interest has been extremely high for the 2016 event, which has a unique appeal as it caters for riders from year 1 right through to year 13, making it the only competition of its kind for students.
It has attracted more than 100 riders from all around the central and lower North Island in the first two years, with many opting to travel down the night before and stay at the Showgrounds.
The event takes place on Solway’s $140,000 state-of-the-art all-weather dressage facility, with three full-size dressage arenas in operation throughout the day.
There are classes for teams and individual competitors and prizes include feed and equine products, along with ribbons for all classes, including a special turnout section. Sashes are awarded to the top junior and senior Wairarapa riders and leading overall senior and junior rider.
Founded in 1916, Solway College is one of New Zealand’s oldest boarding schools and has a long association with equestrian sports, historically fielding a strong equestrian team. In recent years, there has been a major revival of equestrian activities at Solway and the college once again has a number of accomplished riders across all equestrian disciplines.
The Solway College Inter-School Dressage Competition takes place on Wednesday 19 October and is open to both individuals and teams (combined or composite).
Enter online at Equestrian Entries and for more information please contact Solway College Sports Coordinator Jane Borren at firstname.lastname@example.org.