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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Dunolly welcomes all with combined training and a roast

ABOVE: Kirsten Wheatley from Yarrawonga Mulwala Adult Riding Club on Mon Star. Picture: CAITLYN BEER

DUNOLLY Horse Activity Club is one of the many groups all over the country that are finally getting back into action after the long pandemic break.

It started with a combined training event last weekend.

The club is situated at Racecourse Rd, Dunolly, and began in 1984. It is affiliated with the Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria (HRCAV) and the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA).

Its facilities include clubrooms and amenities, yards and round yard, permanent dressage arena and flatwork area and a full levels one to five cross country course built by Mick Pineo. There are plans to build a 60m x 60m showjumping arena.

“Our club grounds back onto bush where our members enjoy trail riding and training for navigation rides,” event organiser Merron Ipsen said.

“We made sure it was a fun event, and it was wonderful to have after a long break from competition due to the pandemic.

“People travelled from all over the state and we all had a wonderful roast dinner on the Sunday night.”

Despite an ominous week in the lead-up with rain and then wind blowing down the temporary arenas the day before, the event was blessed with sunshine on the last day.

The recipient of the Dunolly club prize – the “Timmy Memorial” donated by Karen and Wayne Stephens – went to the best performed in the AM7, Bianca Franklin. The trophy is in memory of Karen’s horse Timmy that died at a HRCAV Top Teams Trophy showjumping event.

Dunolly Club member Abby Benaim won both the dressage and jumping jackpots in level three.

In dressage, the jackpot winners were Natalia Bognar riding Serendipity for the Trentham Adult Riding Club in the advanced division, and in level one, Kelly Morrow from the Glenvale Equestrian Club on Two Morrow's Money Pit.

In level two, the winner was Jennie Kadiki from Keysborough Equestrian Club on Mystic Park Chanel and in level three, Abby Benaim on Asham Sunset for the home club of Dunolly.

Jody Pickering from the Bendigo and District Family Equestrian Group rode Cazna's County Ali to win the level four jackpot. The level five jackpot winner was Kristy Gatens riding for the Ballarat Adult Riding Club on Clifton Court Lamborghini.

The showjumping jackpot winners were not announced, but all showjumping and dressage class results can be found here.

TOP: Abby Benaim from Dunolly Horse Activity Club riding Asham Sunset. BOTTOM: Bianca Franklin from Spring Plains Equestrian Club riding Thomas the Tank. Pictures: CAITLYN BEER


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