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1 2 3 Wallaby Hill CNC - January 28-29, 2012 The last weekend of January saw the start of the eventing season kick off with a bang at Wallaby Hill Horse Trials, at Robertson, NSW. The newly designed Ewan Kellett 2* course caused a few upsets for some riders, but otherwise rode really well, providing a challenging course over 21 fences. Wallaby Hill owner and organiser, Alex Townsend, riding her lovely mare Parodie led the dressage and show-jumping in Robertson Country Store 2*. However she lost out on first place thanks to some time penalties on cross country to Alice Montgomery on her talented gelding Gordon, followed by Cassandra Webb on Dutch Determination with Alex and Parodie taking a close third place. Friend of Wallaby Hill Farm and very talented Sydney-based artist, Anwen Keeling, provided her painting skills again this event by designing the ‘House of Hounds’, an A/B combination dog house style cross country fence featuring the furry faces of all the Wallaby Hill Farm and friends four legged allies. The Horsewerks 1* first and second place was claimed by the well-known rider Tim Boland on Umunga in first and Untouchable in second. It was a competitive class of 15 riders with Samuel Fasher coming in third on Rolling Stone. First prize in the Antares Australia Pre-Novice class was awarded to Lauren Seeley on Lantief, sitting just 0.20 penalties ahead of Tim Boland and Lord Limmerick in second and Hayley Frielick on My Happiness just 0.80 behind Tim in third place, making it an extremely close finish. The McKillop Property Preliminary A class was won by junior rider Maia Guppy Hall, finishing on her dressage score of 70.91%, followed by Madeleine Prell on Bert in second and Aaron Moyes in third place on Dynamic. The class that attracted the most riders was the Introductory A, B and C providing a competitive field of local and state-wide competitiors. Sappho Ransan-Elliot took out the MandM Performance Horses A class, with an impressive 77.20% in the dressage. Josephine Laver won the Fife’s Stockfeeds B class with Blackall Park Clementine and the Pryde’s C class was won by Alyssa Houston and Maximum Impact. The indoor jumping created an exciting atmosphere for all competing riders, while the beautifully landscaped grounds and signature path-lining agapanthus provided a spectacular backdrop to the cross-country. Despite dire predictions, the weather held until all 230 horses had left the property resulting in great going on cross country for all competitors. Anna Zakaras 4 5 32


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