Camden Equestriad set to attract top talent this weekend

Olympian and Werombi resident Shane Rose rode his horse Virgil to victory at last year's Australian Eventing Championship in Camden.
Olympian and Werombi resident Shane Rose rode his horse Virgil to victory at last year's Australian Eventing Championship in Camden.

Some of Australia's elite equestrian talent are heading to town this weekend.

More than 400 riders and their horses will converge on Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park for the 2019 Camden Equestriad on Saturday and Sunday.

The prestigious competition will include dressage, showjumping and cross country disciplines. The 2019 line-up features Olympic riders Shane Rose, Stuart Tinney and Heath Ryan, and former Australian Olympics coach Sam Lyle.

Rose is also the Equestriad's event director. The Werombi resident said spectators could expect a top class event in Camden.

"The Equestriad is a national level event and will feature Olympic level riders through to beginners," Rose said.

"It attracts high level talent and is one of the more prestigious events in NSW, if not Australia.

"It's an event that allows people to prepare for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo."

Rose said Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park was the ideal venue for the Equestriad.

"It's a high class facility. There has been a lot of hard work to bring the park up to an international standard," he said.

"It's a beautiful setting and right on the edge of town."

Rose, who has seven horses entered for this weekend's competition, said he was pleased to see the event held in Camden.

"I'm proud to have it held in my backyard, it's a little trek down the hill for me," he said.

"It should be a fun weekend."

The Camden Equestriad will get under way at 8.30am on Saturday.

Action from the cross country horse jumping competition at Camden Equestriad in 2014. Picture: Simon Bennett

Action from the cross country horse jumping competition at Camden Equestriad in 2014. Picture: Simon Bennett