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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Reynella continues to deliver top-class eventing

ABOVE: Millie Taylor and Gundemain Touch of Luck flying through the EA80 course. Picture: TY MANNING

THE much-loved Reynella Horse Trials South Australia was one of the first eventing competitions established in Australia, beginning in 1967 and continuing to this day.

Held now at Tangari Park, Woodcroft, it has always been a popular event with strong competition. This year was no different with classes held across all the levels with multiple divisions in some.

Chloe Jong and the oddly named Thoroughbred Don’t Hater The Nater took out the CCN 1.5-star and the CCN one-star went to Ella Oszczypok and Kirby Park Empress.

Isabeau Garner’s Fiction won the EA95cm by just .2 of a per cent from Kaitlin Taichert’s Thoroughbred Tenacious Red.

Caitlyn Worthington, who placed third with Rockingham Red, was the highest placed interschool competitor.

ABOVE: Elle Humphries and Babingtons Revenge. Picture: Ty MANNING

The EA 80cm classes are possibly the most popular at any event in Australia and are invariably divided. The winners at Reynella were Megan Jones on Cadella MPH and Carole Bennesy’s Innesfree Beaujolais.

Beaujolais was also the winner of the People On Ponies award. This group acknowledges the many ponies competing and doing well against their big horses, and more and more POP are showing up in the open event places.

Second, and highest-placed interschool rider, was Amalie Morelli riding Carpetaire.

In the EA 65 first division, Fiona Haysen’s Kalinga Bramente won, with Gemma Salvestro’s Primrose Park Top O The Morn taking the open second placing and the People on Ponies award.

The second division went to Madison Hedley’s Bradgate Park Don Palmero.

If there was an award for the fittest rider of the weekend it would go to Jaimie Stichel who had five horses competing in various grades.

Kudos also to Tarnya Brennan, whos lovely mare Sahara was nearly lost to colic 10 months ago. After surgery, Tarnya has looked after her recovery and got her back to competition, completing the EA80cm with just a couple of rails in the showjumping.


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1. Tarnya Brennan and Sahara

2. Sophia Gerstlauer and Matilda Downs Another Sarah

3. Jeanine Miller - SP Rebellious

4. Jaimie Stichel and Toto Wolf J

5. Holly Wotton – Giggles

6. Dakota Berden - Morpheus of Terarossa

7. Rosie Harvey - Equineaffair Casper

8. Eliza Spiers - Hillswood Beatrice

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