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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Tinney on track for Melbourne 3DE after Albury win

ABOVE: Stuart Tinney and Viennese. Picture: BRITT GROVENOR

THE Albury Wodonga International Horse Trials has set the scene for this weekend’s Melbourne 3DE with Olympian Stuart Tinney taking out the CCN3*S class on Viennese.

The pair added just six cross country time faults to their dressage score to finish on 37.8 and will start in the CCI2*-L off-the-track division at Melbourne on Friday.

Tinney also won his division of the EVA95 class on Caruso.

“It was great,” Tinney said. “Thanks to the organising committee for putting on a three-star. We’re off to Melbourne soon and so it was really good to get a run – we hadn’t had a run in a while.”

Viennese placed second in the two-star last year at Melbourne so Tinney will be hoping to do one better this year.

Local rider Teegan Ashby and Magic Mushroom TAE were hot on Tinney’s heels at Albury on 39.8, and Hannah Klep was third with Tulara Chicouve on 41.9.

Ashby won the prize for the Albury Wodonga Equestrian Association's rider with the lowest penalties, which was presented for the first time this year. She also won the EVA80 class on Koyuna Barnabas, so it was a successful weekend for her.

ABOVE: Teegan Ashby and Magic Mushroom TAE. Picture: BRITT GROVENOR

The CCN2*S was won by Kim Leibowitz on Widgee Total Tribute on 28.1.

The popularity of the sport shows in the CCN1*S having to be split into two divisions, with Catherine Baxter and Koko Bean winning Division A. Hannah Klep won her second sash for the weekend, taking out Division B with the big pinto, Kenlock Sandro Sky.

The EA 95cm is always full of young horses coming up. The wins went to Kenlock Sky High and Sophie Fox, Overproof and Alexandra Wolters and Stuart Tinney’s Caruso.

The juniors had their own section of the EA80, with a full field of 30 starters. Matilda Gabler and Brookside Fleurette rose from third after dressage to win the section. The two senior winners were Kim Leibowitz riding Bellhaven Candy and Terry Delbridge who led from start to finish on Northern Discovery.

The EA60 was also split, with three divisions needed to cater for all entries. The junior winner was Ruby Dorman on Chevin Soprano HSH and the senior sashes went to Jim Walshe on Monteverdi and Hazel Shannon with Hendrix.

The Albury May event is one of two horse trails held each year at the Albury Equestrian Centre, a purpose-built facility spanning 97ha and home to the Border Districts Showjumping Club, Albury Wodonga Adult Riding Club (HRCAV), Wodonga and District Pony Club (PCAV) and Albury Holbrook Polocrosse Club.

ABOVE: Felicity Johnson and All Class. Picture: BRITT GROVENOR
ABOVE: Laura Wallace and Alhambra Calligraphy. Picture: BRITT GROVENOR
ABOVE: Andrea Bryce and Hunter Bullimore. Picture: BRITT GROVENOR

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