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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Ogilvy back to winning form after health battle

ABOVE: Del Ogilvy and Honourdale on their way to a win at Ballarat. Picture: DEREK O'LEARY

IT WAS a busy weekend for horse trials all around the world.

In Sydney, Shane Rose showed just how talented and fit he is winning both the Bates CCI4*-L and the Equestrian NSW CCI4*-L classes riding Be My Daisy and Virgil and placing on his other mounts.

Overseas, Andrew Hoy and his Olympic partner Vassily de Lassos placed second at Marbach, Germany, in the CCI 4*-S finishing on their dressage score of 29.1.

But the thing that pleased most Australian eventing fans was the win by Del Ogilvy in the third division of the. 95cm class at the Marcus Oldham International Ballarat Horse Trials riding Moya Jess’ Honourdale.

Ogilvy is well known throughout the eventing community and her professional riding/coaching career spans over five decades. Del has represented Australia in eventing in the UK and was first reserve rider for the gold medal-winning Australian eventing team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Her recent battle with breast cancer is well documented, and with the support of her partner, Julie Bennett, Moya Jess and Honourdale, her climb back to success brought smiles to hundreds of faces.

The other 95cm class winners were Rebekah Italiano on Wolverine X and Rachel Lyon

on Wattle Park Piri.

The event ran smoothly with more than 400 entries, meaning most sections were divided. The one star class winners were Rebekah Staindl’s Acacia Ridge Riley and Chelsea Clarke’s Highfield Chiquita's Chico.

The 80cm had three divisions, won by Keely Hutchinson’s Spierwood Phoenix, Chris Height’s Lucky Contender and Andy Freeman’s Apple Jack.

The big guns were out in force of Ballarat’s brilliant courses, with David Middleton on WEC In The Money winning a hotly contested four star class, Edward Darby on Dawn of the Day riding from fourth after dressage to win the three star class and Sheridan Wilson’s Patanga Lodge Mercury winning the one star class.


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