Riding into the history books for the Gold Cup
A drought was broken on Sunday afternoon at the Warwick Showgrounds when Kerry Turner and Hingus took to the arena.
The Clermont rider became just the second female to win the prestigious event, breaking the 68-year drought set by Gertie Brook in 1951.
Turner who has only competed in Warwick on the number of occasions, was filled with emotions following the historic win.
“For sure, I’ve had a photo on the back of my phone of Gertie Brook all year, and I said I was going to be the next woman to take home the Cup,” Turner said.
“It means a lot, because of our horses and this is what we do for a living, and it just means so much to all of us.”
Riding the 14-year-old mare Hingus, Turner posted a total score of 265.5 points over the three-round competition, which was enough to see her also take home the Dolly Everett Memorial Ladies Series award — taken from an aggregate of the Condamine Bell, the Chinchilla Grandmother Clock and the Warwick Gold Cup.
In was a truly successful event for Turner, who hopes to continue building on the success of 2019.
“I most definitely want to build from this win,” she said.
“I just want to be able to continue doing what I love.”