Team entries up on previous years

Team work...Mataura Pony Club branch member Phoebe Carson (11) and KS Jack of Hearts take part in a training event at the Otago Southland Area Pony Club Dressage Championships at Gore on Sunday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Individual entries might have been down but team entries were up at the Otago Southland Area Pony Club Dressage Championships on Sunday.

The championships at the Gore A & P Showgrounds attracted entries from as far away as Dunedin.

Event secretary Diane Bell said 16 teams took part in the competition.

“I’ve been involved for over 15 years and that’s by far the largest number of teams so that is good.’

The team event was good for the younger riders.

“They can be part of their team and [that] gives them a wee buzz.”

There were either three or four members in a team and the top three scores of the first test of the day counted.

There was a good team spirit among the entrants.

“That’s what we like to see – supporting each other and cheering for their club team-mates.”

A team from the Mataura Pony Club was third.

There were 57 entries but no senior riders took part in the championships.

Usually 55 to 70 took part.

“I feel [the entries] were about 10 light on the average for the past few years.”

The standard of the dressage tests was getting better each year, she said.