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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Trio pulls off trifectas at Mandurang South's big day out

ABOVE: It was Adele Downie and Dusky’s day at Mandurang. Picture: FELICITY CLAY

THREE riders had a ripper day at the Mandurang South Pony Club’s Horse Trials, Combined Training and Supercross event, making a clean sweep of all three competitions.

Adele Downie and Dusky scored a win for the local club competing in grade five, while open rider Isabella Walsh and OPT Velvet pulled off the trifecta in grade three.

Loddon Pony Club member Jasmine Wilkinson and Leggo won the three events in the pony club grade three in what will be her last event for a while as she was due to have major surgery on her hand the following day, so riding is out for a while.

Mandurang, on the outskirts of Bendigo in Victoria, grew and developed as a goldfield settlement and logging locality, though today mostly consists of small farms and wineries.

It’s also home to one of the happiest and most supportive pony clubs in the state.

The youngsters are eventing fanatics and have this year put in appearances as a group of spectators at the Melbourne International Three-Day Event, with one family even making it to the Badminton Horse Trials in the UK.

ABOVE: Millie Hale from Maldon Pony Club takes Nimeron Park Logan round the Grade 6 Combined Training showjumping course. Picture: FELICITY CLAY

Mandurang South Pony Club puts a lot of hard work into its cross-country course and holds its horse trials and combined training event, as well as 10 sections of supercross, in late June.

This grouping means everyone gets to do their favourite thing: horse trials riders do three phases, combined training leaves out the cross country and super cross is horse trials without the dressage phase.

In other horse trials results this year, the grade two pony club winner was Iris Sudholz riding River from Horsham Pony Club.

Georgie Acocks and Kenda Park Paladian from Rochester Pony Club rose from third after the dressage to win the pony club grade four class.

Other winners in the open section included Samantha Howard’s off-the-track Thoroughbred RH Marcel in grade two, Jemma Turner and Bundabulla Earl Grey in grade four, Jessica Gregory and Kentucky Lemonade (OTT) in grade five and Bailey Wilkins and Westacres Glamour in grade six.

ABOVE: Montanna Roberts and Alsoknownas tackled the open Grade 2 combined training. Picture: FELICITY CLAY

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