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The Equestrian Centre’s Members’ Club holds a competition night on the first Friday of each month, from 6pm to 9pm The months alternate between dressage and show jumping. We support clients who wish to participate in competition nights, via our Competition Packs. Please note that the process of getting ready for your first competition can take several months – we like to prepare well so that you have the best possible experience on the night. 😊

Eligibility to compete with Sydney Horse
  • Regular weekly Sydney Horse clients who can competently walk, trot and canter several Sydney Horse horses/ponies.
  • Clients nominated by their coach.
  • Clients who are regularly working successfully at least one level above the level at which they wish to compete. For example, anyone who wants to ride a Preparatory test in Dressage competition must be successfully riding Preliminary tests in lessons, on more than one horse. Anyone who wants to do cross rails in competition must be successfully jumping 60cm in lessons, on more than one horse.
  • Sydney Horse will accept a small number of client nominations foreach competition.
  • Client competitors need to arrive at 4pm on the evening of competition to prepare.
  • Sydney Horse clients who compete will meet all of the organiser’s requirements, including providing a named volunteer on the night to help with the competition.
Foundation Competition Packs

These include:

  • Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre (CPEC) Membership fee.
  • Competition entrance fee and all entry paperwork completed on your behalf.
  • Hire of the horse on the night, including preparation time, warm up time, competition time and cool down.
  • A weekday one-hour evaluation lesson, at least two weeks prior to the Competition Night (clients must make themselves available after or before work /school for this) with a different coach to run through their test or jumping round, to receive feedback to improve their performance and gain experience being evaluated by someone other than their usual coach.
  • Advice about what to wear plus assistance in preparing the horse for competition, including how to groom, plait, ribbon, do quarter markers, hoof black, clean and present gear.
  • An explanation of who’s who, how and when to approach the judges, what the bells mean, the competition rules, what to do if you make a mistake. For jumping clients, a walk-through and discussion of the course beforehand and all questions answered. For dressage clients, an explanation of the layout, which arena is yours, what can be done inside and outside the arena and all questions answered.
  • A Sydney Horse coach to watch your test/round on the night and provide support or encouragement, including calling the dressage test, if needed. Sydney Horse staff support after your test/jumping round.
  • Your own regular coach to attend and take notes of your performance for discussion afterwards. A review of your performance and areas for improvement, based on these notes plus review of the photography from the night. In the case of dressage competitors, a review of the judge’s marks and comments. This will be a scheduled 30-minute feedback session which can form the basis of future goals and lesson plans.
  • $495 per competition
  • Sydney Horse has sole discretion to sell these packs, which will have limited availability. Sydney Horse also reserves the right to cancel without refund a pack on competition night, including withdrawing their competition entry, for anyone not meeting requirements (eg: arriving late, no volunteer provided, poor presentation of horse or rider, failure to follow Sydney Horse staff instructions or advice, inappropriate behaviour towards horse). Sydney Horse will also cancel without refund any pack where the client fails to book and attend an evaluation lesson, at least two weeks before competition.
Experienced Competitor Packs

Competition packs include:

  • CPEC Membership fee if needed.
  • Competition entrance fee and all entry paperwork completed on your behalf.
  • Hire of the horse on the night, including preparation time, warm up time, competition time and cool down.
  • You are expected to prepare and warm up your horse yourself, however, minor help will be given – including time calls for warm up and competition.
  • A Sydney Coach will watch your test/round and provide support if needed during the test/round or immediately afterwards. The Coach will also answer any questions you might have. This support will not include calling a test for you.
  • During your regular lesson time, review of your performance, including review of any photography or dressage test scores/comments.
  • $195 per competition
  • Sydney Horse has sole discretion to sell these packs, which will have limited availability. Eligibility for an Experienced Competitor Pack will depend on our assessment of your degree of autonomy. Anyone who has not competed before could expect to do several Foundation Packs before progression to Experienced Competitor. Anyone who has an Experienced Competitor status will retain that status only based on their competition night behaviour.
  • Sydney Horse also reserves the right to cancel without refund a pack on competition night, including withdrawing the competition entry, for anyone not meeting requirements (eg: arriving late, no volunteer provided, poor presentation of horse or rider, failure to follow Sydney Horse staff instructions or advice, inappropriate behaviour towards horse).