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  • Writer's pictureLiz Walch

Tassie's top eventers battle it out for state honours

ABOVE: TEA Cup winners Charlotte Crowley, Brodie Nicolson and Bronte McShane. Picture: DI NICOLSON

MORE than 80 of Tasmania’s best eventing combinations have fought it out for the spoils at this year’s State Eventing Championships at Carrick.

Hosted by Northern Tasmania Eventing Club, levels ranged from the Ev50 class to the CCN2*, with some riders looking to round out their season and others hunting qualifications for further international competitions over the autumn in Melbourne and the Interschool Nationals later in the year.

The Ev95 to CCN2* cross country course was designed by Jamie Buckby, who was commended on the track he built. Technical delegate Hunter Dougherty said it was well comparable to championship events on the mainland and riders should be commended for the level of skill they showed.

Six riders entered to gain minimum eligibility requirements for Melbourne later this year in the CCN2*.

With many of the state’s seasoned two-star riders away for this event, it was a testimony to the quality of riders Tasmania is producing through to the star levels.

The class was won by Bronte McShane on Eagles Elm Budda, a home-bred Warmblood cross, in their first CCN2* start together.

Young riders Hunter Palfreyman and Ruby Hirst also placed and are ones to be watched for further competitions.

ABOVE: One-star winners Brodie Nicolson and Sir Romeo. Picture: DI NICOLSON

The CCN1* competition was won by Brodie Nicholson and PEC Sir Romeo, with the combination also taking out the Pony Club Tasmania State Trials in grade one recently and yet to be beaten at this level.

This class also saw a double clear by  Aggie Lyne, 14, riding in her first CCN1* event on Doubtful Folly. Aggie also received an encouragement award from the technical delegate for her cross-country ride.

The Ev95 competition was won by Theodore Furzer and Mayfield be Dazzled.

The Ev80 class was designed by Sue Walton and taken out by Bella Herritage with Grasshopper and Meg Kilby on Oceania Hope respectively.

Meg Kilby also took out the champion off-the-track award for the weekend.

Included in the Ev65 class was life member Sandra Atkins, who at 80 plus years of age has a new horse out eventing.

The Ev50 course was designed by Cristy Hall, who also built many of the new jumps on course. This class was taken out by Lucinda Alexander on Lethal Sensation.

A feature of the weekend was seeing some of the state’s “masters” out competing again, with Mary Hughes taking the prize in Ev80, Roger Blackwell in Ev65 and Shannon Goss in Ev50.

Bronte McShane also received the Fernando Perpetual Trophy for the best cross country ride and closest to optimum time.

The False Pretences Trophy, for the combination at the highest level moving the greatest number of places after dressage, was awarded to Georgia McGrath and The Devil’s Daughter.


The TEA Cup was won by a team representing the Southern Tasmania Evening Association –Bronte McShane, Brodie Nicolson and Charlotte Crowley. The Little TEA Cup was won by Meg Kilby, Bella Heritage and Aiden Archer of the Northern Tasmania Eventing Association.


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All images CAITLIN HOW

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