The first big equestrian competition to be held here in Banja Luka is taking place this weekend. The second round of the Balkan dressage league:
We decided to go and check it out - we being Sina (visiting us from Finland!), Ljilja and Sofija (pictured below in the stands/cafe) and myself:
Here are Sina and Ljilja with the stands and some of the parade ground behind them:
Here are some of the riders strutting their stuff: in the ring
Or whilst practicing:
Another highlight while we were there were the carriages who suddenly appeared (if we had known, we would have tried to hitch a ride on one of them!). There were at least 20, here are just a few:
Another fun thing was they had some carnival type stalls, and one of them was a shoot for a prize kind of thing: Ljilja HAD to have a go, and so Sina and I joined her, but none of us managed to win anything. But it was still fun trying!!
I was very impressed with the organisation of not only the event, but also the attention to detail: setting up parking, food and other stalls, etc. And even though we couldn't stay the whole time, it was a really fun experience!!