GALLERY: Central Western Dressage Group club championship at Blayney

ORANGE’S Steve Mannix fell agonisingly short of winning the elementary championship at the Central West Dressage Group’s club championship on the weekend, finishing as reserve champion aboard Domstar - Mannix was beaten out by Millthorpe’s Linda Krogh, on Bradgate Park Dana.

The sand and grass arenas of Blayney Showground welcomed 44 competitors from across the state on both Saturday and Sunday and Krogh, also Central West Dressage Group secretary, explained the numbers were up, quite a bit, on last year’s event, which she said is a huge indicator of the success of the club championship competition in recent years.

“Entries were up on last year and I guess that’s all you can ever ask for, that means the club is doing the right thing by the riders and they enjoy coming back to our competitions,” she explained.

“Everything went really well, we had great weather and great horses. It was a high standard, which we were expecting ... we had the intermediate A and B, and it’s the first time we’ve been able to host that, so that’s a good first for the club.”

In front of a number of the state’s best judges and a bumper crowd, Krogh said all the competitors performed with aplomb, but singled out Bathurst’s Sarah Farraway in particular.

Farraway claimed both the medium and advanced titles aboard GV Ryans Rave and Whitsunday respectively.

“Sarah Farraway did really well. She won two [titles] and won the highest point score by a young rider,” Krogh said.

Of the other categories, Bathurst’s Rebecca Plummer won the preliminary champion gong aboard Rozleigh Firenze, from Toby Farraway on Fleur de Lee.

Bathurst’s Jo Gilshenan claimed the novice title aboard Royal Innonence, from Karen Skimmings, of Murrumbateman, on Remarkable.

O’Connell’s Annabelle Warren claimed the FEI small tour champion trophy on Timmy Almighty, from Cowra’s Megan Bryant on Solar Eclipse.