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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Briefs: Tragic accident, fire refuge and stockman's challenge series

ABOVE: Kristin Marriott at the Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival in 2014. Picture: LOUISE SCOTT

THE Clydesdale family, harness lovers and horse world in general has been shocked by the death of Kristin Marriott as the result of a road accident last Friday.

Her husband, Max, was also injured in the crash on the Hume freeway near Avenel-Longwood Rd at Creightons Creek and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The couple were on their way to their on their way to the National Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival at Werribee Park when their vehicle left the road and hit a tree.


HORSE SA is building an early evacuation equine refuge site at the Murray Bridge Racing Club that will have 100 horse yards. Horse owners will be able to pre-book a horse yard before or during a bushfire evacuation. A mobile app will manage the booking process, ensuring securing a horse yard will happen in real time.

Become a Horse SA member to support the cause and be a part of the first to receive news and updates on the project.

Click here for more details.


THE Western Victorian Horsemanship and Stockman’s challenge begins this weekend with the first of the series at Heywood, followed by Tyrendarra, Horsham, Glenfield and then Harrow.

They are great events to compete in and to spectate at. Full information is on their Facebook page.


KEEP an eye out for Col Rathbone and his two horses along the roads between Melbourne and Queensland.

Col is a week into his epic trip riding the Bicentennial Trail.

It’s a massive trip totalling over 5330kms from Healsville Victoria to Cooktown Qld. Please be courteous on the roads and remember to say g'day to him on his travels, he loves a chat.

Col is hoping to raise more than $53,000 for Melanoma Institute Australia. Click here to find his trail Facebook and donation page if you feel so kind.


WANT to work in racing? Expressions of interest are now open for the 2024 Apprentice Jockey and Rider Development Squad Intake for Racing Victoria .

Applications will close on Tuesday February 28 at 5pm.


PONY Club riders can “virtually” ride for Australia.

There are an increasing number of international opportunities for riders, thanks to the expansion of virtual competitions and the collaboration of the Pony Club International Alliance.

Dressage will be run in virtual format in May and has classes for 25 years and under.

Showjumping will be run in virtual format in July to September and PCA is seeking a state to host this competition. The national team will come from the host state.

A quiz will be run in virtual format in December and will be hosted by The Pony Club UK. PCA is looking for four members aged 16 – 25 years for this team.

Australia will be competing in the World Club Championship held as part of “the biggest equestrian event in the world”, the Generali Open de France in the Parc Equestre Fédéral de Lamotte-Beuvron in July. Pony Club Australia invites applications from riders aged 16 – 20 years with their B certificate for this event.

Closing dates are on the application forms.


BOYD Exell and his team of Emma Olsson as navigator and Hugh Scott-Barrett as backstepper will barrel in to Bordeaux in two weeks’ time hoping to take his 10th World Cup title. It will follow on from his very convincing win at Leipzig.

The Australian legend has won all six of the qualifiers he has taken part in this season.

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