Tatura Dressage Classic set to go ahead

By Rodney Woods

The Tatura Dressage Classic is likely to still go ahead, despite the unknowns around what COVID-19 restrictions may look like.

The event is scheduled for the the second weekend in August, as is the case every year, and event director Sue Terry said the plan she had in place was adapting with the Victorian Government guidelines.

“We've been looking at it for about eight weeks now and we have been formulating a plan going forward,” Mrs Terry said.

She said all kudos goes to Greater Shepparton City Council and Jeremy Roberts, the events manager at Tatura Park for the council.

“He has bent over backwards to help me formulate a risk assessment under the guidelines of returning to competition and the council’s requirements and we are still working with council but they have been great at helping us, as have the Tatura Football Netball Club, who have been open to help us run it if we wanted to.”

If it goes ahead, the program will look much the same as previous years, with the highlight being the standardbred derby.

While restrictions will likely change between now and then, Mrs Terry said 200 people, including competitors and their families, would be able to attend.

Those attending will be under 24-hour surveillance for the first time and those camping on site must remain near their own vehicles.

Attendees will also have to provide their details for contact tracing purposes and wear wristbands for identification.

Despite Equestrian Australia being in voluntary administration, Equestrian Victoria, being a separate entity, is confident that the Tatura Dressage Classic will go ahead as planned.

The event, run by the Tatura Football Netball Club, is scheduled for August 8 and 9 at Tatura Park.