Ellie Charlton and Rose Stacey thank their horses after a busy day of dressage.
Ellie Charlton and Rose Stacey thank their horses after a busy day of dressage. Emma Channon

Olympian inspires event riders

TO HAVE an Olympic horse rider admire the facilities at the Warwick Horse Trials would be among the most rewarding feedback for the volunteers.

Rebel Morrow, who competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, was among the 200-odd riders competing in the eventing at Morgan Park at the weekend.

The Brisbane-based rider said she was impressed with how the facilities had evolved.

"It used to be a dirt arena and the organisation has gone into the expense to grass it all," she said.

"It's just great. The canteen overlooks the arena so it's a good spectator activity."

Ms Morrow was competing with three horses at the weekend, one of which was a 3*.

Asked whether she would contest next year's Olympics in London, Ms Morrow said her horse wasn't seasonable enough.

"At the start of the year I had a fall and did the ligaments in my ankle, which hindered the program," she said.

Warwick Horse Trials president Paul Charlton said he was pleased with how the weekend had run.

"We've had entries from as far away as Moree, Dirranbandi and Central Queensland," he said.

"Unfortunately there's not a lot of 3* riders like Rebel at the moment in Queensland, but we've got lots of 1* so hopefully they'll stick with it and that will change.

"The kids are encouraged by (Rebel) and our kids had her as a teacher when they were younger, at a couple of camps."



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