Big sizzler in Tatura

The Goulburn Valley Quarter Horse and Western Riding Club held its big Summer Sizzler event at Tatura Park last week.

February 27, 2014 4:25am

Courtney Norbury from King Lake West puts her horse through the obstacle event.


The event, which kicked off on Wednesday and concluded on Sunday, attracted about 180 horses from most Australian states, along with a number of overseas riders.

Club secretary Diane Rose said along with the horses about 800 people came to the area, for what was five days of exciting competition, with a total of $60 000 in prize money on offer.

She said top prize money was $15 000 for the Three-Year-Old Western Pleasure Slot, while the Maiden Three-Year-and-Over Western Pleasure, Limited Horse Western Pleasure, and Solitaire Performance Horses Open Hunter Under Saddle Slot each attracted prize money of $5000.

Ms Rose said events were not only for more experienced riders, with a Kids Leadline for youngsters aged seven and under as well as youth events, 14 years and under and 18 years and under.

Judge for the five-day competition was Leonard Berryhill from the United States.

‘‘As well as the many open class events, there were events for amateur owners who cannot ride and selected amateur events for 50 and over,’’ Ms Rose said last week.

She said limited horses were restricted to a total of 10 points in the respective class they entered, with any or all associations, including amateur, youth and open totals, on the date of competition.

‘‘Limited amateur could not have more than a combined total of 20 amateur points in the respective class they entered,’’ she said.

Ms Rose said the show was conducted under AQHA and GVQ Hand and WRC Inc. rules and regulations and all horses entered had to be registered with their respective breeds.

‘‘We were fortunate to have a number of trade stalls at the event, including Lori Heckaman from the US who makes hand-made saddle blankets, which a number of riders sported,’’ she said.

‘‘The event, which commenced six years ago, has grown each year into a successful one, and is now in the top two Western performing events in Australia.

‘‘Unlike equestrian and dressage events, the event is all about the old west, where horses are ridden at an easy pace over a long period of time.’’

Ms Rose said events such as the Summer Sizzle could not be held in Tatura without the strong support of sponsors.

‘‘The GVQH and WRC would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors, both local and out-of-town,’’ she said.

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