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6 7 Albury CIC - March 31 to April 1, 2012 A view of Albury from junior rider Kelsey Szczepanik Albury was, by far, the most eventful event I have been to in my short five year eventing career, with action from start to finish, writes Kelsey Szczepanik. It began for us when my mum, together with my obese Golden Retriever and I arrived on a very hot Friday afternoon to discover there were already a long line of trucks, goosies, and the very occasional float. The horses were warming up in the middle of the track on the green, very well kept grounds of the Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre and I was soon out there joining them. As I am riding around, getting side-tracked by the beauty of some of the horses around me, I start to see a pattern in how different rider’s go out using a warm up area. Firstly you have the people who think they can go wherever they want and cut you off without a second glance. Then you have the less obvious riders who still cuts you off but they, at least, have manners to apologise. You have the riders who love to get themselves in a corner and never leave the safety of that corner and you have the people on ponies who try and stay out of peoples’ way but their ponies often have different ideas. Then you have the ‘canter-ers’, who never come out of that pace and lastly you have just the straight up out of control bolters and buckers. Now on to Saturday where the riders in the international classes had a nice early start at eight in the morning in the already hot sun. While the dressage was going on throughout the day, the newcomers and introductory riders were kept busy as they had to complete all three phases in one day, while the preliminary class had dressage and show jumping on Saturday and just cross country on Sunday. The show jumping and cross country for all levels looked to be at maximum height so it gave everyone a great challenge. As the day progressed the introductory and newcomer riders appeared to only have the occasional stop here and there but I saw lots of lovely up and coming horses showing off their talents. Everyone seemed happy with the course because we all love a challenging but manageable track that isn’t out to trick you. Saturday night was also a success as we tucked into our roast dinner with tasty potatoes watching the high jump competition where riders could choose to use a saddle or go bareback. Some extremely lovely horses took part but it was Shane who took out the prize for high jump, while riding bareback, at the height of 1.55m. He generously shared the prize money of $700 between himself and the other riders on the night. Sunday was the most exciting cross country day I have ever seen. It started with the pre novice and about 20 minutes into it I saw a rider-less horse galloping and jumping over a log and a gate on his way home. Anyone who saw the jump over the gate would, I’m sure, be keen to make an offer on the horse as he cleared it with great ease before making his way back to his truck. I’m always amazed at how quickly horses can think and I watched in awe at how most of the horses tackled the bank and water complexes. One horse who stood out to me was a big, beautiful, chestnut stallion (Guido Hatzis, ridden by Lauren Balcomb) who was being such a brave boy as he stood snorting at the ditch thinking that something was going to come out of the ditch and eat him. 1) Leah Smith riding Witch Doctor in the EvA80 at Wallaby Hill 2) Alexandra Townsend and Parodie in CNC ** at Wallaby Hill 3) Jess Green and Inspire Me in EvA105 class at Wallaby Hill 4) Kelly Thompson and Missunderztood in the EvA95cm class at Wallaby Hill 5) Rosalind Moran on Valhalla Infinity in EvA95cm at Wallaby Hill 6) Stuart Tinney and Pluto Mio in the CIC*** class at Albury 7) Shane Rose and APH Moritz winders of the CIC *** class at Albury 8) Carlene Barton with her entourage walk the cross country course Images by Equiscape Photography and The Eventer 8 33


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