Once again Equestrian SA has delivered a world class event at its annual South Australian Dressage, Show Jumping and Interschool Championships, held over five days at the pristine Royal Adelaide Show Grounds, Wayville.
Equestrian is one of the few international sports where both men and women compete on the same level.
Over 30 schools from all corners of South Australia competed at the Interschool Championships; from Seymour and Pembroke College, to Bordertown Primary School and Kangaroo Island Community Education.
"The Interschool State Championships gives an opportunity for participants to qualify for the National championships," Equestrian SA Youth Development Officer, Grace Bowman said.
Riders from both primary and secondary schools, who are members of Equestrian South Australia are allowed to compete at the Interschool Championships.
The Australian Interschool Championships will be held in Werribee, Victoria from Monday 29th September up to and including Friday 3rd October 2014.
"The South Australian State team will be selected from the Interschool Championships, and with the event held in Victoria it will allow South Australia to send over a much larger team than previous years," Bowman said.
The cost of competing at national and state events falls directly upon the riders.
"Athletes fund themselves to participate in the National Championships but some sponsors may provide funding for the state uniform. Entry fees, travel costs and stabling are expenses the participant must endure." Bowman said.
Chairman of Equestrian SA Gareth Heron could not have been more pleased with the five-day event, especially the Interschool Championship.
"The event was an outstanding success with a record number of entries, well supported from all the parents and coaches of all the riders," Heron said.
“Events such as the Interschool, Dressage and Show Jumping championships cater for elite and recreational riders."
The South Australian Interschool Championship team will be greatly assisted in upcoming months by a who's who from the Equestrian Industry.
"Iconic figures in equestrian and horse racing Gillian Rolton, John Patterson and Vicky Lawrie have offered to donate their time and expertise to help the young South Australian team," Heron said.
The team chosen to represent South Australia at the National Championships will get the opportunity to fine tune their riding skills at this year's Royal Show.
"The second Friday of 2014 Royal Adelaide Show will give the young riders the chance to showcase their talents to a huge parochial audience." Heron said.- See more at: http://dpti.sa.gov.au/activeforlife/article?item=302#sthash.vlr5Jywx.dpuf