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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Wins in three sections for Sophia Hill a highlight of Tonimbuk

ABOVE: Nat Davies and Camilla Elmare. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

SOPHIA Hill rode a treble at the Tonimbuk Horse Trials, taking out three divisions on different mounts.

Her Thoroughbred, Humble Glory, secured his second 4*-S title for the year after also winning at Werribee in February.

Sophia also rode the winner of the CCI2*-S with the very promising Tulara Baltango, the combination’s third two-star win. She also won a 95cm class with Tanzenherz.

There were 41 starters in the CCI2* with Yona Lloyd taking the second place on Carlyle Park Bravo. Will Enzinger had an event of third placings finishing third on Cairo Xtreme in the four-star and was third again to Sophia in the two-star with Epic Xtreme.

Sam Jeffree continues on his successful way riding Wimborne Conjurer in a class where the jumping phases sort out the placings.

Conjurer was ninth after dressage, second placegetter Molly Lines and Tadpole were eighth and third placegetter Erin’s promising Danson Lincoln was sixth.

ABOVE: Sam Jeffree and Wimborne Conjurer. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

The one-star class was as usual divided. In the first division, Samantha Cesnik riding Giovanni Georgio won by three points from Rohan Luxmore’s LH Valentino, the latter rising from 22nd after dressage. Penny Johnson and Scotch Almighty won from Natalie Davies and Camilla Elmare in the second division.

The 95cm class winners were Ellie Robinson’s Da Vinci Code, Yona Lloyd’s Mischief Managed Today and Sophia Hill’s Tanzenherz.

Mischief Managed Today was the only horse at the event to sit in first place right from the dressage phase.

The 80cm class winners were Rebecca Anker’s Just Like That, Lauren Lines’ Fluff and Imogen Burgin’s Prince Alfred.

Tonimbuk is one of the most popular events on the Victorian eventing calendar and a lot of thought is put into the courses. Ewan Kellett built the four-star course, Mick Pineo designed the three, two and one-star courses and Will Foulkes the 95cm and 80cm courses.

The cross-country track is over undulating terrain, which is a mix of bush and open tracks. The bushfires of 2019 have meant that more of the cross-country track is cleared and many more jumps are visible for spectators in the open areas.

ABOVE: Penny Johnson and Stotch All Mighty. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

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