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Warkworth dressage comes of age

Posted at 8:48am Monday 11 Jan, 2021

Christeen Maunsall-Wade won two novice classes on her horse Macaroany.
Christeen Maunsall-Wade won two novice classes on her horse Macaroany.

From left, life members Julie Barclay, Julia Fraser and Gillian Carline.
From left, life members Julie Barclay, Julia Fraser and Gillian Carline.

The Warkworth Dressage Group celebrated its 21st anniversary last month with a display of horsemanship at the Warkworth Showgrounds.

A total of 70 tests were ridden in three arenas, with riders coming from as far away as Dargaville, Whangarei and Pokeno.

Founding life members Julie Barclay, Julia Fraser and Gillian Carline presented the winners with special anniversary rosettes.

Warkworth Farm and Lifestyle Centre donated two vouchers as prizes which were presented to Mandy Kawana and Emily Townsend for achieving the highest scores in the graded and non-graded classes, respectively.

Founding president Julia Fraser told the gathering that the club started in April 1999 with 23 members. It still has a similar number of members, but its competitions are open to riders from anywhere.

It runs seven competitions a year using Equestrian Sports NZ rules.

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