Ride to Time event teaches equestrians safe riding techniques

PACING IT OUT: Dennington Pony Club's Shakaya McCrae-Wilson, 14, trackside at Warrnambool Racecourse for the Ride to Time event. Picture: Amy Paton

PACING IT OUT: Dennington Pony Club's Shakaya McCrae-Wilson, 14, trackside at Warrnambool Racecourse for the Ride to Time event. Picture: Amy Paton

WANNON Zone Pony Club riders experienced a race day from the view of a jockey while riding their own horses on Thursday.

Equestrians competed in the Ride to Time event at the Port Fairy Cup racemeet at the Warrnambool Racecourse.

The Ride to Time Program is designed to train young riders how to ride safely to optimum times over a given distance. These times are based on the optimum times pony club riders must ride to when competing cross country at their qualified grade.

The initiative gives riders awareness of and the ability to control how fast they are travelling at a balanced rhythm and speed. This leads to more accurate time keeping while competing, especially in cross country events.

Macarthur Pony Club’s Lucy Peterson, aboard her Clydesdale cross-bred horse named Budweiser, was declared the winner.

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