Equestrian group set for champs

Plainland rider Sharyn Ross and Belcaryn Don Quixote at the 2023 Brenda Wittmann Classic. Picture: BRAID-UP PHOTOGRAPHY

Some of Queensland’s top dressage riders will descend on the Gatton Showgrounds this weekend as the Lockyer Equestrian Group hosts the annual Brenda Wittmann Classic regional dressage championship.

Club secretary and event coordinator Kate Burns said this years’ event was shaping up to be a good one.

“The BWC is an important event on the dressage Queensland calendar,” she said.

“Scores from this event are weighted for end of year awards, so riders from across the state come to Gatton for the three-day competition.”

Around 100 riders will be vying for prizes from the entry-level Preliminary through to the international standard Grand Prix.

Amateur owners and former Olympians compete alongside the next generation with their eye on Brisbane 2032.

“We have received support and sourced from so many local businesses and really aim to host an event that is enjoyable for the community as well as the riders,” Burns said.

“Following Friday’s competition, the event opens with a small equestrian-themed evening market and live music, the general public are welcome.”

The Brenda Wittmann Regional Dressage Championships starts on Friday 5 April through to Sunday 7 April.

Entry is free for spectators.