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Class 3 was an extremely strong lineup for the medium (12hh -13hh) open ponies. Allan Dillingham’s Highcroft Minuet (“Mia”) looked fabulous with Trinette Crawford aboard. Given the success this pony has had, I have to keep reminding myself that this pony is still in her newcomer year. Our second nomination supported by those crazy cats from Carlingford Park (who get my vote for cheer squad of the year). Carlingford Park Intrigue was ridden by Kristy Glover and looked in mint condition. With the Rosedale Ponies forming a quarter of the lineup and including the Victorians nomination Rosedale Simona who won last year, this event was always going to be tough. It was here however (and with no surprise) that our first bow was awarded. I would be lying if I denied having teared up when they announced Runner Up National Medium Pony going to our very own NSW nomination Carlingford Park Intrigue. Winner was SA’s nomination, Royal Flush. After lunch was the Small Pony Open Championship where we were represented by probably one of the highest decorated small ponies to come from NSW, Diamonds of Tuscany. Ridden by Eliza Douglas, “Diamonds’ rode a beautiful workout. Our second nomination was the Stalling family’s Fairytale of Ascot who came out to the song “Bom, bom bom” which had us all out of our seats and cheering. Martha and Fairytale of Ascot did a great workout and looked fabulous. Next was the junior riders which proved to be heart breaking for the New Zealanders. Someone told me it cost $10,000 for each horse’s trip to Werribee and when their little representative fell off and was eliminated five strides into the workout, we all felt pretty terrible. Our feelings were shortly superseded by the results of our riders who got the double Brynn Clarke winning Runner Up and Kiara McEvoy the National Junior Rider winner. What a result for Team NSW taking out the entire event. Next class was the Open Big Pony class which I can honestly say was about the time in which I lost my voice from cheering. The standard of competition was incredible. Our very own Rathowen Quantum worked the house down. That pony never disappoints. Our second nomination was the Callaghan family’s Calvin Park Tiny Dancer which very aptly came out to the befitting Elton John tune, Tiny Dancer. Amanda’s dad was telling me after the class that Amanda was so nervous she nearly didn’t ride. Thank goodness she did because she absolutely nailed it. Her ride was a dream to watch and I am so happy to say, the winner of the National title for the large open pony went to……Calvin Park Tiny Dancer……legend! 2 3 99


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