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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Owner riders and OTT feature at Werribee Park show

ABOVE: Alexa Ward riding EBL Empower. Picture: Lisa Green of MANE MEMORIES

THE first weekend in December has for many years filled Werribee Park with the National Show Horse titles, but with that event moving to Sydney, there was still plenty of show horse action at the venue and plenty planned for coming months.

The Equestrian Victoria Show Horse committee held a December show that had had two special feature rings.

The "off-the-track" ring was well supported showcasing the very versatile Thoroughbreds, from show horse and show hunter classes right through to performance horse classes. These events were open to any Thoroughbred registered on the Australian Stud Book.

The "owner rider/home produced" ring is becoming more and more important in keeping people in the sport and was dedicated to providing opportunities to non-professional members, giving them a level playing field. Some open classes rounded off the very popular day.

The committee has been busy and now moves on with the planning of a summer show on Sunday, January 15 with an "off-the-track" feature ring. The show is a qualifier for the Southern Cross Show Horse Spectacular.

Then Barastoc Horse of The Year will be held for the 54th year at its usual date in February.

Always innovative, the show gave the show world newcomer, show hunter and owner rider classes, now held everywhere. This year the addition of a new section “supreme performer" will make a lot of people happy.

These classes are for ponies, galloways and hacks (open and show hunter) that have not won a champion at a royal show or state title.

There will be the usual full complement of newcomer classes and additional classes in the off-the-track section. Another highlight that will please competitors is that there will be an international judge.


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Aisha Heinrich and Koora Lyn Marley.

Champion racehorse Hartnell led by Peter Cloosey.

Chautauqua with Casey Bruce.

Cimeron Pop Rock and Taylor Shutes.

DP Santa and Poppi Plumb.

All images: Lisa Green from MANE MEMORIES

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