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1 2 The season gets underway at Wallaby Hill – Sydney Mid-Week Event 23-24 February 29-30 January The first event to be held at SIEC in 2011 convinced Wallaby Hill has to be one of the most wonderful venues over 800 keen eventers to shake off the cobwebs, polish for an event that we are all lucky enough to enjoy. Alex their boots, put the final touches on their dressage Townsend, together with her husband Derek, open up preparations (which they had been practising since their home and business with warm and relaxed smiles Christmas) and head off to either the mid-week or and seem to thoroughly enjoy putting on a party that just weekend event. happens to include running a one day event. With Sue Gunn stepping down from her ten year role as Who were the Wallaby Hill Winners? President of the Sydney (at SIEC) Eventing committee it was time for some new faces to take on the challenge Emma Armstrong walked away from Wallaby Hill with of running what is undoubtedly one of New South Wales a mountain of prizes after winning both the CNC* and most popular events. Elite rider Tim Boland is now the pre novice classes. Cassilis Park Pendragon gave heading the committee as President with fellow elite rider Emma the CNC* win while Hash took out the pre novice. Christine Bates and slightly less high profile but keen Obviously being engaged agrees with Emma as she pulled rider Paul Biancardi as vice presidents. Indeed although off a great start to the season. we often hear the cry that riders are not ‘putting back’ The first preliminary section was won by Aaron Moyes into their sport nothing could be further from the truth riding Esprit Darcy while local rider Charlotte Waugh won as far as the Sydney committee are concerned with other the second section aboard Tuff As Boots. Charlottes’ riders, their parents and friends forming the rest of the mum, Leonore, was one of the many Berrima members committee. seen running around helping on the weekend. A second With Tim Boland taking over the reins of the event it local rider Kim Leibowitz, who together with her mum seemed only fitting that he should take out the CNC2*, runs Shibumi Equestrian Centre in Bundanoon, won the the top class during the week, with GV Billy Elliot, with introductory class riding Armani Ace. whom he won the Equestrian NSW Horse of the Year 2010. Taking over the lead from Christopher Burton and FIS Underdiscussion, who took exception to one of the ‘skinny’ fences on the cross country and was eliminated, Tim added just 1.6 time penalties to his dressage score of 52.5 and with a clear showjumping round he finished seven marks ahead of second placed Christine Bates riding Adelaide Hill. Tim also finished third in the 2* with Mercator Du Ry. In the CNC1* it was the turn of the Vice President, Christine Bates, to pick up the winners prize. Riding Delago Christine lead from the dressage phase and was the only combination to break into the 40’s scoring 49.1. Despite taking a couple of show jump rails down Christine rode a beautifully timed cross country round finishing 3 one second under the time which was a good enough result to allow her to hold onto first place. Stuart Tinney rode Murrabong Kinganui into second place being one of only five riders to achieve clear show jumping rounds as was third placed Emma Armstrong aboard Cassilis Park Pendragon. 32


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