Every year at the National Equestrian Centre in Werribee, VIC DJWTS gets held, and honestly, it is one of my most favorite events to go watch though I rarely get the chance.
Not the case this year!
The event is part showcase for elite jumping and dressage horses but also the top young horse class of the year.
A top level dressage and jumping person come over each year to judge and give masterclasses too.
You have your young dressage horses (4, 5, 6 & 7yo) who then go on to battle for Champion of Champions, and the same again in the jumping classes.
There are also Young Event Horse classes held on the Thursday (4 & 5yos, 6 & 7yos).
It gives us a look into the up and coming mares, stallions and geldings through performance and breeding.
7 year old jumping class
Add into the mix a wonderful trade village and you have everything I could ever want (except for the event horse classes to be run on the Saturday so I could watch).
My main reason for going, however, is that my best friend was accepted into the 6 year old dressage horse class with the mare she broke in and has trained herself.
Having been there the first time she sat on this horse to a few years later duking it out against some of our country’s best horses and riders… I don’t think there will ever be words to express how proud I am of her and Fleur.
Friday was not their day, with Fleur throwing in some enthusiastic albeit unnecessary changes – but they came back on the Saturday with a vengeance and did a beautiful test to win the consolation round!
The greatest challenge of the weekend was easily trying to take a nice photo
I also managed to avoid completely losing my mind and going nuts at the trade stalls with only one purchase:
PEI Joppolo Stirrups
I have been on the hunt for some new stirrups for a while, as I have heard the wider foot tread can help with joint pain – something I have issues with due to dysplasia in my hips.
I opted for black because I am #boring and will definitely be reviewing them if/when I ever get back to riding.
There are some things I do know for certain, though.
- I miss my horse terribly
- I miss riding terribly
- I miss competing terribly
I could not be prouder or happier for my best friend, and this is only the start of even more wonderful things because she deserves all of it!