Fun day on horseback

OPEN DAY: All disciplines of horse riding will be on show this weekend at the Gisborne Showgrounds when Gisborne Riding for the Disabled host the inaugural Winter Woolies Show. Hudson Walker and Ruby Hopkins are pictured with two of the horses. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A midwinter event showcasing all disciplines of horse riding is on this weekend at the Gisborne Equestrian Centre at the A&P Showgrounds.

Gisborne Riding for the Disabled will host the inaugural Winter Woolies Show tomorrow.

Manager Amy Hopkins says the support from local businesses has been “tremendous”.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our place for some light-hearted competition.

“This will be a fun show and all levels of riders can enter into the spirit of the day,” she says.

Riders are coming from as far as the East Coast for a fun day of activities including games, jumping, pleasure, stock horse class and led and un-led classes.

The horses and ponies are up for prizes as well, including the best winter coat, the most suitable for a beginner and a special prize for those giving ex-racehorses a second career.

RDA vice-president Sandra Faulkner says it is the main fundraiser this year.

It would help support the non-profit charity aimed at providing goal-based riding activities that increase the ability, strength and confidence of people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

“The sheer delight on the faces of a rider as they make that very special connection with a horse — that’s at the heart of what we do.”

“Our ponies all have golden personalities and they provide a warm, dynamic environment for their rider to enjoy.”

“The Gisborne RDA cannot exist without the support from their amazing volunteers and supporters, and we would like to say a big thank you to all,” she said.

A midwinter event showcasing all disciplines of horse riding is on this weekend at the Gisborne Equestrian Centre at the A&P Showgrounds.

Gisborne Riding for the Disabled will host the inaugural Winter Woolies Show tomorrow.

Manager Amy Hopkins says the support from local businesses has been “tremendous”.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our place for some light-hearted competition.

“This will be a fun show and all levels of riders can enter into the spirit of the day,” she says.

Riders are coming from as far as the East Coast for a fun day of activities including games, jumping, pleasure, stock horse class and led and un-led classes.

The horses and ponies are up for prizes as well, including the best winter coat, the most suitable for a beginner and a special prize for those giving ex-racehorses a second career.

RDA vice-president Sandra Faulkner says it is the main fundraiser this year.

It would help support the non-profit charity aimed at providing goal-based riding activities that increase the ability, strength and confidence of people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

“The sheer delight on the faces of a rider as they make that very special connection with a horse — that’s at the heart of what we do.”

“Our ponies all have golden personalities and they provide a warm, dynamic environment for their rider to enjoy.”

“The Gisborne RDA cannot exist without the support from their amazing volunteers and supporters, and we would like to say a big thank you to all,” she said.

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