Camden Equestriad attracts hundreds of horses and riders

The thundering sound of hooves could be heard across the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park this weekend.

Hundreds of horses and riders ventured into town for the annual Camden Equestriad event.

The two-day eventing competition showcased dressage, cross country and show jumping competitions.

Some of the nations Olympians and 2021 Tokyo Olympic hopefuls also competed in the event.

Shane Rose Eventing president, event organiser and local Olympian Shane Rose said the event was free to watch and had a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

"Eventing is the ultimate test of horse and rider combinations," Mr Rose said.

"Each rider has to pilot the horse across three different phases of competition - dressage, cross country and show jumping.

"The audience was able to watch as the horses have to transform from beautiful, controlled movements in the dressage, to galloping quickly jumping over big fixed obstacles in the cross country, to back to being very careful in the show jumping, clearing obstacles which can be knocked over very easily.

"All this is done against a clock, with competitors of all ages and genders competing against one another.

"Eventing is one of the only sports in the world where men and women compete equally, and young riders and amateurs can compete against Olympians."

Mr Rose said the most exciting event of the day was cross country.

"It's the most exhilarating part of eventing for me," he said.

"Watch horses jump over fixed obstacles, into and through water jumps and gallop quickly between obstacles, all for time - you'll see the riders constantly checking their stopwatches."

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said it was exciting to have a world-class event right here in Camden.

"This was the perfect opportunity for residents to watch an exciting display of competition while enjoying the beautiful Camden town centre and the many fantastic local businesses we have here," she said.

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