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Rosettes and progress at Pinetrees riding centre

The Autumn Gymkhana at Pinetrees Riding Centre in Almancil on October 25 provided the perfect event for many horse-mad youngsters to try and win their first rosette.

Pru Clayton Mead from Equus Ourique riding centre judged the turnout, rapport and abilities in a variety of riding classes ranging from “on the lead rein” to the more experienced of the riders demonstrating a canter of a figure of eight.

Although some participants were local riders, many were in the Algarve for a regular visit to their holiday home, giving the event an international flavour with Germany, Holland, UK and Ireland as well as Portugal being represented.

After a lunch break of hot dogs supplied by the RDA volunteers, the riders enjoyed trying their skills in a “Handy Horse” which is a testing and amusing course of obstacles to be completed with time penalties for misdemeanours.  

The spectators were supportive giving the riders plenty of encouragement and applause.

For more information, please visit the Pinetrees Riding Centre website at which is available in English.