Debut ride will be Vicki?s pleasure
? PARKHURST'S Vicki Neville is saddling up for some challenges and fun at Gracemere's Austadium this weekend.
Neville is one of about 50 competitors lining up in the Australian Quarter Horse Association A and AA shows tomorrow and Sunday respectively.
Competition classes include halter, showmanship of halter, western pleasure, western horsemanship, trail, reining and hunter under saddle.
Neville, 50, is especially awaiting the western pleasure and hunter under saddle events.
Western pleasure involves walking, jogging and loping with all competitors dressed in western clothing.
"You see some beautiful clothing in the western side,'' Neville said.
The hunter hails from English traditions, contested at a quicker pace and riders wearing more formal attire.
Neville has competed in this discipline for the past 20 years.
"I went into quarter horses, bred for a little while and then got into competition,'' she said.
"This is basically like dressage, but you're in western gear and our horses are on a looser rein.''
It is the first time an event of this kind has been held at Austadium. It will run for two days.