NEGS hosts regular, official EA dressage competitions for students and the wider community using its world-class facilities, which includes two exceptional indoor dressage arenas. These events provide our students a fabulous opportunity to compete in an international atmosphere against riders from around the region. The events are also a real display of comradeship as many of the NEGS students – whether riding or not – gather around to groom for each and cheer from the sidelines. The girls help to run the events and are involved in every aspect of the organisation; helping to develop and hone their leadership skills. The NEGS girls relish the opportunity to be a part of the day, whether they’re helping with the organisation such as marshalling, scoring and pencilling; or supporting their peers on foot. The program ranges from preliminary dressage level through to medium level competition, testing riders’ skills across a plethora of movements and test sequences. The competitions also give those just starting out in the dressage discipline the chance to practice competition in a friendly environment. The events always prove to be a popular part of the equine calendar, drawing large numbers of competitors from around the region and state. It’s definitely a day on the NEGS calendar not to be missed.
The NEGS One Day Event is always a highlight on the equine calendar, with well over 100 competitors travelling from around the state to attend. Combining dressage, showjumping and cross-country, the competition runs over a full weekend, with crowds of spectators gathering to cheer on competitors. The competition runs in Term 4 each year and enables students to be at the forefront of event management. The event highlights healthy competition, promotes their leadership skills and ensures students remain true to the foundation of the school’s principles. NEGS’ world class equine facilities are unparalleled in the education sector, marking the school as the country’s premier equestrian boarding school. The CNC** cross-country course was designed by two of Australia’s top equestrian jump designers Wayne Copping and Daryl Burgess, who were responsible for the Sydney Olympic cross-country course in 2002, as well as upping the Adelaide International course to four-star standard. The Equestrian Centre is perfectly placed to hold the event, boasting two undercover Olympic sized arenas and an outdoor dressage arena course.
NEGS Equestrian’s Stockman’s Challenge is a growing event which is open to students as well as the outside community. The discipline is unique to Australia, paying homage to the traditional horsemanship skills of the Australian stockman. The competition encompasses skills that are utilised to work cattle in the bush, and commemorates the country’s ancestral icons of the stockmen and women of yesteryear. Competitors undergo a Dry Work pattern which involves sliding stops, roll-backs and spins before being tested in a Cattlework phase which is similar to a campdraft. NEGS’ Stockman’s Challenge has proved to be an incredibly popular event as the sport experiences exponential growth.
NEGS holds several Ribbon Days for NEGS students, and one event a year which is open to the community. These events encompass show riding and sporting sections, with tried and tested delights like the bending race, the flag race and the barrel race. Riding events are made up of the Riding Class where competitors are appraised on their riding ability; the Hack Class which is judged on the horse’s aesthetics, condition and turn-out; the Bareback Class where riders compete without saddles and the Pairs Class where competitors ride with a fellow student, and are appraised on their ability to stay together in a workout. Students compete in their age groups, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to practice skills for larger competitions throughout the year. NEGS has a fantastic facility to offer, with the event held on its picturesque 50-hectares.