More than 60 riders on 77 horses and 356 entries turned out for the Namoi Horse Association’s first event of the year.

The weekend training day and unofficial competition held at Gunnedah Showground included competitors of all experience – from children aged under 12 to riders 70 years-plus.

Association president Charlotte Hoddle said events included dressage up to elementary level and showjumping to 1.10 metres.

“A lot of people were using it as training for eventing,” Hoddle said of the equestrian event which combines dressage, show jumping and cross-country disciplines.

It was the association’s first event for the year and one of its most successful in recent times.

Ms Hoddle said the 60-strong membership is growing after reaching a low of just 10 members about two years ago.

Moore Creek competitor Kim Holland thanked all involved for a great weekend.

“First time competing at Namoi Horse Association and definitely not the last,” she said. “Everyone made us feel welcome and my beautiful horse made myself and young Lauren very happy riders. Thanks judges for your time and encouragement. Well done committee for running a well organised event.”

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