Dressage success at Bradgate

DRESSAGE With Altitude has pumped thousands of dollars into the Orange community in what organisers have hailed as the  most successful event yet.

For four days last week competitors, their families and judges from all over the country flocked to Orange to take part in the fifth annual world-class event.

Event organising committee member Trina Redenbach said despite a downsize from the previous year, 2013’s version of Dressage with Altitude was the best yet.

“We had to cut out some classes on last year to make it physically manageable for the venue,” she said.

“The event is designed to be a boutique event and with less events we believe it ran a lot smoother than in previous years.

“While we were down on classes, the quality was well and truly still there. As a whole, the event went smoothly and it was fantastic.”

Mrs Redenbach said the event was the perfect opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer.

“We had hundreds of people come from NSW, Queensland, Victoria and all across the country and this event is a great promotion for Orange,” she said.

“We had countless comments on the beautiful views from Bradgate Park, but also those who enjoyed Orange.

“A lot of the competitors ate lunch and dinner in and around town and these are people that may not have necessarily ever come to Orange if not for this event.”

Immediately after the completion of 2013’s Dressage with Altitude, the focus turned to 2014’s version of the event.

While there was still a lot to be discussed, Mrs Redenbach was hopeful another successful dressage event would be held next year.

“Owners of the property Bradgate Park John and Bev Healey have been absolutely fantastic donating their facilities for this event,” she said.

“We’ll hold a few meetings and discussions in the next few months, and hopefully all is well for a big and bright future for the event in Orange.”

Mrs Redenbach said organisers would make a few minor tweaks to the program to make 2014 better again.

“This year’s topic was food, wine and art and we believe it was well received,” she said.

“Next year we’ll focus on changing that again to keep people interested but as a whole we don’t think there’s much that needs to be changed.”

luke.schuyler@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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