Dressage is a family affair
DRESSAGE has become a family affair for the Dand's.
Mum Stacey has been riding for pleasure for 30 years and now that her twin daughters Ashleigh and Taylor have taken up the sport, it's something all three of them do together.
"I think we're very lucky that we're able to go out every weekend and have fun together," mum Stacey said.
"It's funny but this weekend we're actually competing against each other in some sections as we're all relatively new to dressage."
Dand is referring to this weekend's North Coast Equestrian Club's dressage championships at Nana Glen.
Riders from as far south as Taree and from Queensland in the north will be converging upon Nana Glen for the weekend with over 150 tests to be ridden over the weekend.
Ashleigh and Taylor at 12 years of age are new to the sport of dressage but the Bishop Druitt College students are making giant strides despite their inexperience.
Coached by Lynda Cleary in the finer points of dressage, the girls are improving while mum is coming good herself but she admits that she can be distracted at times during competitions.
"This year I started competing and it keeps me pretty busy with the three of us," she said.
"The housework takes a bit of a back seat sometimes but we all help each other out and my husband helps us out for the day."
Spectators are welcome to Nana Glen today with free entry for all who attend as well as canteen facilities.