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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Riders chalk up 3000km to keep eventing show on the road

ABOVE: Sophie Fox and Mr Pig on the way to a win. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

WITH horse trials falling by the wayside in Victoria’s unseasonable spring, Victorian riders Sophie Fox, Teeghan Ashby and Belle Morrow made the 3000km round trip to compete in the Tamborine Equestrian Group’s International Three-Day-Event in Queensland.

They were not put off by the weather forecast for the competition, which was bleak. Ewan Kellett built the cross-country course so competitors knew there would be good questions asked of horse and riders, while former Olympian Guy Creighton was in charge of the showjumping tracks.

The efforts made by the committee to run a good, safe event were appreciated.

The FEI classes were brought forward on cross country day to ensure the best possible ground and the showjumping was transferred from grass to the sand arena.

Fox, who runs the successful Foxleigh Performance Horse stables at Euroa, and the unfortunately named Thoroughbred Mr Pig won the four-star L class.

Apparently the name has nothing to do with the talented horse’s nature, it’s just that his brand P169 looks like the word “pig” from a distance.

The horse continues to develop and placed sixth at the Friends of Werribee horse trials four-star class in late August. Their next outing will be Wallaby Hill International in early December.

Ashby and Magic Mushroom won the three-star S moving up from two-star level. They were second after dressage and backing it up with two solid jumping rounds.

Morrow placed seventh in the Three Star S class.

NSW riders also made successful trips north.

Andrew Barnett and Go Tosca led from the start to finish winning the four-star S and Olivia Barton won the three-star L on her mother’s homebred Henrik APH.

Barton also took out the two-star L class riding APH Sodoku.

In the lower classes, Matt Gaske on Leads The Way won the one-star L class and Amilia Schooley riding Sandhills Stella were the winners in the under 21 one-star L.

Geneva Searle rode Grey Opinion to win the EVA95 A and Sophie Nicholls rode the first and second placegetters in the EA 80A with Booroodabin Force and Booroodabin Empress.

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