Record numbers of entrants attended the Cobram District Pony Club’s 2017 Grade 5 and 6 Horse Trials and Fun Day held at Muckatah recently.
About 80 people competed on May 14 and, despite it being Mother’s Day, families swarmed through the gates.
‘‘There was 80-odd entrants and 250 people came through the gates that were parents and grandparents. The previous record was 60 entrants,’’ Cobram District Pony Club president Barb Clarke said.
Ms Clarke said the day gave less experienced riders a chance to build up their confidence.
‘‘The big horse trials are in July but this event is a chance for up-and-coming riders to build up confidence,’’ she said.
Despite the weather playing a major part in the large numbers, Ms Clarke said numbers were solid last year despite not so favourable conditions.
‘‘We had fantastic weather (this year). We had a wet day last year that deterred a few but we still had a great turnout (then).’’
Ms Clarke said it was a great day for all and thanked the organisers and scorers for volunteering.