ELLA Davison, clears one of many jumps on the course. Photos Troy Baker D8069-35

RIDERS from across the North Island attended last weekend’s Opotiki annual showjumping and show hunter show.

With 250 horses and ponies in attendance and 190 riders, the event took place over Saturday and Sunday at War Memorial Park.

“I think it was very successful,” Showjumping Opotiki chairwoman Carol Wilson said.

The weekend featured three varying courses for showjumpers and one for show hunters, allowing for all levels of competition.

“We had top riders to brand new riders, just starting out,” Ms Wilson said.

She added that the event had been running for decades, and this had been a good year for numbers.

“We had 208 horses and ponies last year.”

This year also marked the second “derby” for the event, a course set up around the park.

“We only had that open to 10 horses and ponies,” Ms Wilson said.

Designed by Sandra Ball, the course was dotted with jumps themed around a trip from Opotiki along the Coast.

The course included jumps featuring buoys, made to look like roadworks, maize and more, aptly titled State Highway 35.

The annual show is set to feature this special event again over coming years.