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Saturday, August 18, 2012
The grand final of a series of horse showing competitions that aim to make the equine world accessible for all will take place at the end of September.
The Humberstone Farm Equestrian Centre Pro-Ams Showing Show Grand Final will see amateurs judged alongside professionals and is intended to provide all horse lovers with a chance to show regardless of wealth, background or ability.
And it is hoped many people who were enthralled by the Olympic showjumping coverage will go along and give local support - and learn how they could take up the sport.
The event, on September 30, at the Mill Road, Great Yarmouth centre is the culmination of a series of showing events organised, run and judged by devoted volunteers and will for the first time give amateurs the chance to beat the pros.
The woman driving the movement is retired Joanne Pickering, who is trying to get as many sponsors together as she can - including local businesses - to make the event a success and unite the wider community through horse riding.
"We are trying to bring as many people together as possible."
Joanne said: “We are trying to bring as many people together as possible, to make it a real family day, not too serious but still with a good sense of competition.”
Joanne started the new venture after seeing her beloved sport dwindle in the area.
“We were losing all our local shows, luckily the owner of Humberstone Farm has given us a home. We want to bring together local and national groups because the area is in need of such a thing,” said Joanne.
“We are out on a limb here, we have to travel so far to get to the nearest show, we deserve something in this area, for local people interested in horses. We are overlooked by the rest of the country but we are showing we have people who can qualify.”
Joanne added sponsors would get names on rosettes and in brochures.
Organisers have tried to keep the entry fee low, to encourage families. There will be prizes for the winners, including for winners of the day’s other attraction, a dog showing competition.
Humberstone Farm Equestrian Centre manager Charlotte Rule said: “This is for people who want to go out showing and have not had the courage, the training or the money, it is really open to anyone or anybody. You could have the ugliest horse but it will still get judged just the same.”
There is one last qualifying show for the grand final, on September 2.
For more information call Charlotte on 07825 986 906.
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