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The Rock-itt : March 2011
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information Northside Riding Club began the year with a horsey Australia Day Celebration. The Hunter Trials Championships that was rescheduled from last November due to rain was held on the Princess Anne Arena in the St Ives Show Ground on 26 January. Not a cloud was to be seen and despite soaring temperatures the event was spectacular, not just because of the fancy dress Aussie theme. The three organisers, Eva Rasmussen, Anwen Keeling and Lauren Seeley, went to amazing lengths to make the day a success spending hours taking entries, setting the course, drawing the maps and decorating the club house in green and gold. Winners received gorgeous ribbons and wonderful prizes. Volunteers were fed an Aussie feast of egg sandwiches, pavlova, lamingtons and minties. It couldn't have been a better way to celebrate being Australian. The first class of the day was the Brighton Saddleworld Newcomers class with jumps up to a maximum of 65cm. The course consisted of a variety of cross country elements and show jumps giving the day a Derby feel. With the start and the finish in front of the clubhouse, spectators were able to cheer as each of the 35 combinations completed their course. This class was a true example of equestrian sport showing that age and gender are no barrier when it comes to competing. The places were spread across all the demographics with young rider Eliza Knox and her little grey pony Minty winning the class. After a quick course change competition began in the Mitavite Introductory class. The course was varied using Northside’s fixed elements of the bank, the sunken road and the flyer along with the portable feature fences including the Apex, the arrow heads and the roll tops combined with some fantastic show jumps. Nearly 50 combinations rode the fun, flowing track hoping to win the champion rug.. Many of the riders in this class had attended the cross country clinic held on the Princess Anne Arena with Eventer Annabel Armstrong the weekend before the championships and were able to show they had paid attention being able to negotiate the course successfully. Anwen Keeling took a moment from her duties of feeding the volunteers to ride the course aboard Jill Severn’s talented eventer Sienna. They went clear and were closest to optimum time to be awarded the 2010 Introductory Champion much to the delight of the crowd. Georgia Brier ley and Coachwood Bey Sarah wor e the Aussie flag with pride! Winners of the Brighton Saddleworld Newcomers C lass wer e Eliza Knox and Mintie. They looked great in their Australia Day costume t oo! A big wave for the camera from Felicity Bourke and Smart Solution Kathy Topham wore the Aussie Flag in style at the Hunt er Trials Championships Sarah McVicker won the best dressed rider!