By Rebecca Peppiatt
HUNDREDS of horse riders will converge on Wooroloo this weekend for one of the biggest events on the Western Australian equestrian calendar.
Wooroloo International Three Day Event is the most prestigious competition of its kind and will see riders tackle three different events over three days, starting on Friday, August 27.
This year is the event’s 40th anniversary and winners will be taking home thousands of dollars worth of prizes thanks to sponsor Bates Saddles.
Event chair Kerrie Robbins said the competition is a huge operation, organised entirely by local volunteers.
“We are so grateful to the exceptional efforts of so many exceptional people who have pulled together to get our event over the line,” she said.
“COVID restrictions have done their best to interrupt us, but we’ve worked exceptionally hard to put together a wonderful weekend of eventing.”
The competition, which this year has more than 250 entries, will see horses and riders take part in the three phases of dressage, show jumping and cross country that make up the sport of eventing.
The annual competition is run by the Perth Horse Trials Association on land owned by Wooroloo Prison Farm.
“Perth Horse Trials Association recognises and is sincerely grateful for the continued support of the Department of Corrective Services, Wooroloo Prison, Farm manager, officers and the Section 95 teams,” Ms Robbins said.
The competition will be signposted from the Great Eastern Highway, 8km from Chidlow.
Dressage begins on Friday, with the thrilling cross country spectacle taking place on Sunday.
Entry is free for spectators, with refreshments and trade stands available.
For more information follow Perth Horse Trials on Facebook.