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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

With Tassie state championships over, riders head for mainland

ABOVE: Georgia Elias and Silverwoods Aussie Pride in the two-star. Picture: YALEENA BRIDGES

THE 2023 Tasmanian State Eventing Championships have been held at the Tasmanian Equestrian Centre and featured a two-star class for the first time in many years.

Mackenzie (Kenny) Walch on Eliva Corduroy wound up a solid season, taking out both the northern and state championships, finishing both events on her dressage score.

Lucinda Alexander on Lethal Charm was back-to-back one star champion winning at both events.

Brodie Nicolson’s PEC Sir Romeo won the 95cm after leading from the start. The EA 80cm had a strong field of 22 riders, with Harry Furzer’s Bravebreeze Bronwyn winning by just two points from Sophie Ranson’s Summerwood Park Red Rover.

Good jumping brought Kylie Williams on Maceyanna up from fourth after dressage to win the 65cm class.

The event also ran 10 interschool events and four pony club events, with all results available via the link below.

With the season winding up, a team of Tassie eventers has headed for the mainland again after last year’s successful tour.

ABOVE: Kenny Walch and Hakuna Matata. Picture: YALEENA BRIDGES
ABOVE: Jess Cowan and Beautiful Trauma. Picture: YALEENA BRIDGES

Kenny Walch and Jess Cowan, who were part of the 2022 contingent, are stepping up to their first three-star event at Ballarat and have also taken two less experienced horse along for the trip.

They are joined by Georgia Elias, who is aiming to compete at the Melbourne three-day event on Silverwoods Aussie Pride.

These riders are all part of the Tasmanian High Performance Eventing Squad and have benefited from coaching clinics in Tasmania with Will Enzinger, Emily Anker and Sonja Johnson.

They will be competing at Ballarat, Naracoorte, Albury and then Melbourne before the boat trip home across Bass Strait.

Chloe Daun and her mum Meegan are travelling and staying with the team but training separately.

The eventing fraternity is always supportive and the riders are enjoying the hospitality of Yarra Valley Eventing with Will Enzinger and Emily Anker.

If you see the trucks with the Tassie Eventers on Tour magnets, give them a friendly wave as they navigate unfamiliar roads.


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ABOVE: All images Yaleena Bridges

1. Meegan Daun and PEC Playboy.

2. Chloe Daun and PEC Everton Dream in Grade 2.

3. Kenny Walch and Eliva Corduroy in the two-star.

4. Kenny Walch and Eliva Corduroy.

5. Jess Cowan and Rough Road.

6. CCN two-star placegetters – Kenny Walch, Jess Cowan, Chloe Daun and Georgia Elias.

7. Georgia Elias and Silverwoods Aussie Pride.

8. Chloe Daun and PEC Barindale Grandeur in the two-star.

9. Chloe Daun and PEC Everton Dream in Grade 2.

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