Emma Dougall, riding Major James, will be in action in the eventing at Morgan Park at Easter.
Emma Dougall, riding Major James, will be in action in the eventing at Morgan Park at Easter.

Equestrians to vie for $10,000

THERE will be $10,000 prize money on offer for the Equestrian Queensland CIC three-star event at the Warwick Horse Trials Club grounds at Morgan Park at Easter.

The first 10 three-star riders to nominate will receive a $500 appearance fee. This is a major attraction to bring the best in the nation to Warwick.

The event incorporates classes from introductory to three star.

One of the event officials is Barry Roycroft, a member of the most famous equestrian family in Australia.

There will be demonstrations, displays and an extensive trade village which will make Morgan Park at Easter an attractive option for those keen to see some of the best riders in Australia.

As with all equestrian events at Morgan Park, there will be dressage, cross country and showjumping. Organisers hope this event will be developed into a premier international three-day event for Warwick.

Down the years, we’ve had course designers from out of town but the designer is now one of our own, long-serving Warwick Horse Trials Club official Sylvia Roberts.

Polocrosse

THIS week the Polocrosse Nationals are at Ballarat but in two weeks time action will move to Warwick.

A New Zealand team will travel to Morgan Park to contest the men’s competition at the Barastoc Interstate Series.

The event, which incorporates the Shell Cup Championships for clubs, from April 9-11 includes night games.

Teams from Queensland and New South Wales will do battle in five competitions and teams will include Southern Downs players.

Auction for Sinclair

THE Warwick and Killarney polocrosse clubs will host an auction in conjunction with the April 9-11 action at Morgan Park to assist Sinclair Byrne, who is in hospital in Brisbane recovering from a car accident last year.

The auction has already raised $1000, donated by Daily News/Warwick Loan Centre Sports Star of the Year winner Cameron Shepherd who passed his prize money to the fund-raising effort.

There will be a Queensland Bulls autographed cricket bat for auction, bought for $430 by the Warwick Credit Union at the sports dinner to be re-auctioned.

The Daily News has donated a one-year new subscription and Hynes Newsagency has chipped in with free delivery of the auctioned subscription in the Warwick town area.

There will be plenty of other items for auction around 7pm on April 10.

As was the case at the Cowboys auction, many items make more than their value as people who have played with Sinclair or know his family want to help out. One dinner ticket made more than three times its value.

Les Fraser and Col Bloomfield, from the polocrosse club, will welcome phone calls with offers of auction items. There will be sports memorabilia for sale but open orders are always welcome.



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