Over 330 horses packed out a stunning Barge Park over the weekend as riders came from far and wide to compete in the Northland horse trials.

The event was the first of two with the second trials being held in March next year. Northern Advocate photographer Tania Whyte went along on Saturday to catch the action.

Bea glides over the jump as rider Nicky Mamo looks ahead. Photo / Tania Whyte
Bea glides over the jump as rider Nicky Mamo looks ahead. Photo / Tania Whyte
Helen McGrath competes in the dressage on Woodbine Just Magic. Photo / Tania Whyte
Helen McGrath competes in the dressage on Woodbine Just Magic. Photo / Tania Whyte
Dave Sutton leads Henton Her Majesty and Henton Cartier through the park. Photo / Tania Whyte
Dave Sutton leads Henton Her Majesty and Henton Cartier through the park. Photo / Tania Whyte
Sarah Kimber keeps a wary eye on the poles as Chaos Canvas attempts the jump. Photo / Tania Whyte
Sarah Kimber keeps a wary eye on the poles as Chaos Canvas attempts the jump. Photo / Tania Whyte
Renee Menzies, 12, gives pony Abbey some down time in the sun on Saturday. Photo / Tania Whyte
Renee Menzies, 12, gives pony Abbey some down time in the sun on Saturday. Photo / Tania Whyte
Rosettes awaiting their winners at Barge Park. Photo / Tania Whyte
Rosettes awaiting their winners at Barge Park. Photo / Tania Whyte
Anne and Neville Monaghan (right) relax at the horse trials. Photo / Tania Whyte
Anne and Neville Monaghan (right) relax at the horse trials. Photo / Tania Whyte
Amanda Ball on This Dream Came True enjoys her time in the dressage. Photo / Tania Whyte
Amanda Ball on This Dream Came True enjoys her time in the dressage. Photo / Tania Whyte
Rochelle Walker (left) and eleven-year-old daughter Summer take their chance to sit and watch the ponies. Photo / Tania Whyte
Rochelle Walker (left) and eleven-year-old daughter Summer take their chance to sit and watch the ponies. Photo / Tania Whyte