Riverside College riders Jessica Brady on Niles, Jorjalee Sharpe on Nova and Nicole Cooper on Cheeky all helped take out the Overall Highest Point Score.
Riverside College riders Jessica Brady on Niles, Jorjalee Sharpe on Nova and Nicole Cooper on Cheeky all helped take out the Overall Highest Point Score. Alistair Brightman

Equestrian comp draws huge numbers

THE FRASER Coast Interschool Equestrian Competition has been named the second-biggest school-based equine event in the state.

About 253 riders, their parents and families attended the two-day event at Maryborough Park last week, including 30 riders from the host school, Riverside Christian College.

Principal Tony Deans told The Chronicle yesterday that the annual event, which started as a one-day competition with only 42 riders, proved its popularity after netting a 500-strong crowd.

“It has just continued to grow which is amazing,” Mr Deans said.

“It’s a great event for us and even the local community had a financial benefit from it also.”

Riverside competed against 39 other schools to take out the Overall High Point title and Mr Deans said a highlight of the event was that a variety of different disciplines was taken out by a wide range of schools.

He said about one in eight students at the Maryborough school had an interest in horse riding, whether it was competitive or for pleasure, and hoped to implement a riding scholarship next year.

Interested parents and students can contact the school on 4123 1031.



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