Competing at Kirkcaldy is no trial for 170 starters
Updated: Mar 24, 2023
THE Kirkcaldy Park Horse Trials at Meadows in South Australia has been run on a beautiful property owned by Karin Edwards for nearly 30 years.
This year there were 170 horses entered in classes ranging from 50cm to two-star level (110cm).
A combined training competition (dressage and showjumping with no cross country) was also on offer, from 35cm up to 115cm.
The small but very active committee that runs this event catered for riders with a varied range of experience, from those that had never entered a competition before, up to those that have represented Australia at the Olympics.
The dressage phase was held on Saturday with show jumping and cross-country phases on Sunday.
“It all ran very smoothly with no significant falls and many smiling faces at the end of each phase,” event secretary Bronnie Juett said.
“Many on the committee were riding as well as running the event so it was pretty busy.
“Our committee had a lot of new members and given this was probably the largest local horse trials held here or many years, I’d consider it a success.”
This event is the first in the People on Ponies (POP) eventing series in SA, with an aggregate award to be presented at the SA awards night next year.
The winners in the POP sections were Michelle Duthy on Kenda Park Edwardian in the 50cm class, Ella-Rose Rvans on Little Black Suzi in the 65cm and Millie Taylor on Gundeman Touch of Luck in the 80cm.
The off-the-track horses starred with Audrey Simon-Nicolai winning the two star with Insidious Ghost from Stephen Bow’s Ashwood Rio and Jamie Stichel’s Toto Wolf finishing second to Megan Jones riding Magic Park Irish Gift.
Jamie Stichel riding Melvado won the 95 cm class and the winners of the two 80cm sections were Keely Hutchinson riding Exmoor Celtic Snow in the open and Emma Meaney scoring another win for the Thoroughbreds in the combined training.
Audrey Simon Nicolai scored her second win for the event in the 65cm class with Gold Dust and Ella Rose Evans took the combined training 65cm with Little Black Suzi.
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