Kev goes for the gold

HE might be based at Tamborine but there will be plenty of Warwick support for Kevin McNab in the three-star FEI World Cup Qualifier in the Equestrian Triequathon this weekend at Morgan Park.

McNab is a member of the Warwick Horse Trials Club and a regular at Southern Downs events.

While he has always performed well in three-star and won at two-star level in Warwick, McNab is yet to win the cup or make the Australian team for the World Cup Eventing final in Europe.

McNab has nominated three of the 11 three-star horses this weekend so will not have any spare time.

The feature class will be the Clark Tanks CICW three-star, the last World Cup Qualifier in Australia. Internationally, there are 19 qualifying events in 12 countries, of which two are held in Australia.

There is $168,000 prize money next year at the final.

McNab finished second in the first Australian qualifier at the Melbourne International Three-Day Event in June. His mount, Hufflepuff, owned by the Hastings family, is now set to take on the renowned Warwick cross country course and make a bid for Australian representation.

The winner in Melbourne was fellow Warwick Horse Trials Club member Natalie Siiankoski, of Brisbane, with Kolora Stud Archie.

Last year in Aachen Germany, the Australian team of Clayton Fredericks, Andrew Hoy, Sonja Johnson and Megan Jones won a bronze medal and became the first Australian team to win a medal at a World Cup.

At the recent Queensland Eventing Championships at Maryborough, McNab was first in the three official classes and recorded a number of other placings.

This weekend he will ride six different horses in competition.

McNab is sponsored by Mitavite, Aitkens Saddlery and Chilla Boots in a sport where he is not only a gifted rider but an inspiring coach.

His students make up a significant percentage of the entries this weekend, most notably Christopher Burton in the CICW Three-Star and Jonathon Paget in the CIC Two-Star who previously trained under McNab at his Tamborine property, Kelecyn. Three-star rider Emma Dougall and Eleanor Osborne who is in two-star are both based at McNab's stables.

While most of the action will be on the course, there will be entertainment with a difference at the polocrosse grounds tomorrow night.

Bev and Bob Edwards are organising a carriage driving display with 13 horses pulling six carriages.

Dougall, McNab and last year's three-star winner Shane Rose will put on a showjumping display in which speed will be the essence.

There will be dressage riding to Blues music.

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