Eventing action up close

Sonja Johnson, riding Ringwood Jaguar, will head the WA team at Eventing in the Park. Picture: David Baylis d412423
Sonja Johnson, riding Ringwood Jaguar, will head the WA team at Eventing in the Park. Picture: David Baylis d412423

WA’s Olympic silver medallist Sonja Johnson will head the WA team when they take on Australian and international riders at the Eventing in the Park competition, on the foreshore of the Swan River.

The grand prix course is made up of 27 showjumping and cross-country obstacles that will be up to 1.3m high and 1.4m wide.

Riders will go against the clock to decide the winner.

To add a twist to the contest, there is a huge optional jump at the finish, called The Joker, which can earn riders points if they are brave enough to tackle it.

Johnson said the event was an opportunity to showcase the discipline’s top riders to the people of Perth.

‘This is a chance to demonstrate just how special our horses are today and hopefully get more people involved as competitors or owners.’

There will be 100 riders competing ” 50 in the grand prix event and 50 in the diamond competition.

Eastern states Olympians Megan Jones and Stuart Tinney, former Olympic reserve Tim Bolland, former World Equestrian Games reserve Christine Bates and New Zealand rider Clarke Johnstone will take on WA’s top riders.

Tickets are available and start from $30 for individuals, up to $299 for a VIP lounge.

Find more information at www.eventinginthepark.com.au