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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Volunteers make sure Mohyu event wasn't a flood casualty

ABOVE: Isabelle Beecroft and Caerleon Princeton. Picture: JODI BUSSELL of GRAIN & MANE

LATE in 2022, North East Victoria suffered the worst flooding it had seen for many years.

It’s happened before and no doubt will again and as usual the resilience of the affected people was amazing. Faced with total destruction of property they squared their shoulders and rebuilt.

Moyhu, a beautiful small town on the King River, was one of several towns heavily affected by the floods and its very active pony club’s cross country course was decimated.

Club course builder Stuart Bellingham personally rebuilt most of the jumps.

He took a week off work to camp at the club and with Rob Morton, Bree Longley and Jodi Bussell worked nonstop so the course was perfect for their horse trials.

ABOVE: Winner of the grade five pony club section Taylor McMaster gets a hug from Bianca Bellingham after the presentation. Katrina McMaster on horse-holding duties. Picture: JODI BUSSELL of GRAIN & MANE

More than 140 riders competed at the March event, coming from as far south as Healesville and north to The Rock, with 20 different sections in horse trials and combined training.

In the grade one sections, the winner of the horse trials pony club class was Gemma Cowburn riding Allstars Banjo and the open class winner was Amanda Ward with Scotty Eagle.

Grade two winners were Rory Hamilton’s Fort Cluster and Tara Macdonald’s Jet Star.

In grade three, Bianca Bellingham’s Binkle Park Szlysack and Liz Koschitzke’s Gundowring Cosmo won their sections and in the combined training Grace Gordon’s Jake was the winner in the pony club section and Danielle Cleland won the open with Wimborne Cognac.

Mikayla Dickinson and Tonto made the trip from Healesville worthwhile winning the grade four pony club section and Beverley Gill’s AG Chane won the open horses trials and combined training. Olivia Cleave on Wyann Southern Comfort won the pony club combined training class.

Grade five winners were Taylor McMaster and Bimbadeen Cascade, Macey Bullock and Mister X in the horse trials section and Isabelle Beecroft and Caerleon Princeton in the combined training.

The grade sixes didn’t do cross country but the combined training winner was Harry King from Woodlands Pony Club riding Bundy.


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