If you're looking for a calm yet enjoyable day out for a green horse, want to fine tune your skills in competition or simply enjoy watching the elegant sport of showjumping against an immaculate backdrop, the Strathalbyn Showjumping Club is worth a visit. Located at the Strathalbyn Polo and Recreation Grounds, the club meets on multiple weekends throughout the year to host both freshman's days and competitions.
Membership is not necessary in order to partake, however membership benefits include reduced rates and entry fees throughout the year. An EFA membership or a day insurance levy is however a necessity for those wishing to ride. Spectators enter free, making this an ideal day out for the family or those on a budget.
A visit to the Strathalbyn Showjumping Club on a freshman's day is the perfect way to expose a young horse to the rigours of competition in a secure and calm environment, with friendly members always on hand to offer advice, reassurance and assistance. Riders generally dress casually and have a chance to school their horses over a round of jumps before taking part in an unofficial competition in the afternoon. Competition days also provide an ideal opportunity for talented riders from throughout South Australia to pit their skills against one another, generating a thrilling atmosphere for spectators.
The setup is ideal for those wanting to take in the entrancing sight of horse and rider working together to navigate each obstacle, with a small hill situated in front of the main jumping ring and limited seating also available outside the clubhouse. However, it is essential that the crowd remain quiet and children be under full supervision at all times due to the nature of this sport, requiring immense concentration from horse and rider.
Hot food such as sausage rolls and pasties are available throughout the day, but due to the influx of hungry young riders it is essential to get in early to avoid disappointment.