Local facility proves itself
IT'S BEEN close to a decade since the last three-day eventing program was held in Queensland and according to organisers Warwick can hold its head high after putting on a great show at the weekend.
The Morgan Park cross country course is arguably the second best in Australia according to event director Des Hughes.
“The aim was to bring this back to Queensland,” he said.
“We have had very good support from interstate riders and people have been very complimentary about how it's been run.
“The people from the Warwick Horse Trials have put together a fantastic facility over the last 10 years.”
The cross country, which was held on Saturday, went smoothly with no injuries to any horse or rider.
“The cross country course has gone from strength to strength,” Mr Hughes said.
He said in preparing the course, organisers had been mindful the event was earlier in the year and would therefore be warmer. Altering the course to take this into consideration made all the difference.
On day one of the three-day event, competitors participated in dressage.
Saturday was the cross country and yesterday was the show jumping element.
Of note in CIC*** was the fierce battle between Eleanor Osbourne and Emma Dougal who competed with some exceptional combinations.
In the end Ms Osbourne, from Allora, came away with first place on Mighty High.
Mr Hughes said the intention was to continue with the three day events in Queensland into the future.