Designs on lofty win
ELEANOR Osborne is a designer by profession but her whole focus today and tomorrow will be mistake-free rounds in cross country and showjumping in the Nathan Horse Floats Queensland International Three-Day Eventing at Morgan Park.
Soon after the Allora rider graduated from university with a degree in design, she went out in 2005 and bought her first eventing horse, Mighty High, who she refers to as Lofty.
Osborne’s main designing in the past six years has been the perfect dressage test.
In a sport where the lowest score is the best, Osborne is on 63.46 points on Mighty High after three-star dressage just behind leader Emma Dougall, of Tamborine, on Kelecyn Ice Age on 61.54.
While there are 180 nominations overall and 30 in total in two and one star, the two women at the top of the leader board are the only two in the highest class.
She said this weekend’s three-star competition, including cross country today and showjumping tomorrow was the first time she and Dougall had been effectively head-to-head.
“Dressage is Lofty’s third best discipline and he is a pretty good jumper so I am confident of doing well,” she said.
Osborne said while her horse had the most experience of the two, Dougall was the more experienced rider. In one star, Osborne is 8th on High Intensity with 63.3.
New South Wales rider and Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney rode Kinnordy Rubino into equal first in two star with George Sheridan riding GV Anzac. Both scored 50.7
Brisbane rider Isobel English is on top of one star with Feldale Mouse on 49.9.
Warwick member Kevin McNab is second on 50.5 with Kelecyn Cognac.
Two of the promising riders in lower classes are Brisbane sisters Millie and Laura Gilbert. Both are happy to see some pink jumps on the cross country as the eventing crowd raises money for breast cancer research today.
“It is a good idea, my great grandmother had breast cancer and survived,” Millie said.
There is a South American connection at Morgan Park with Juan Carlos Nunez in town as part of the eventing ground jury. The official from Uruguay was impressed with the facilities at Morgan Park.
“But (quality) people are more important,” he said.