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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 29, 2011 TRACK MASTER: Caelum Wood is in charge of the four-wheel drive track at Agfest. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Your chance to hitch a ride on the wild side of Agfest BRUCE MOUNSTER FOR the first time, patrons are invited to catch a ride around the Agfest four-wheel drive track. Four-wheel drive demonstration director Caelum Wood said anyone who wanted a ride, in a Toyota Land Cruiser or a similar vehicle, should be able to get one. Mr Wood said people might have to queue up for a while, but that was all part of the fun. It will be the first time that the public has been invited to participate. The four-wheel drive track has been a major Agfest drawcard, especially since accessory maker ARB built its own separate inner track two years ago. The inner track, which is too tough for most standard four- wheel drives, demonstrates how modified four-wheel drives can cope with extreme humps, ditches and obstacles. The public rides will stick to the less extreme outer track except for a lucky few who will be chosen at random for a ride on the inner track. Mr Wood, 22, a Hobart carpenter who has links to a family farm near Woodbridge, said it was only natural that he got the job of running the track. His own Toyota Hilux single- cab, flat-tray ute led an exciting and varied life, as he spent a lot of his spare time driving off road. 2011 Equine events prove a drawcard KAROLIN MacGREGOR HORSE enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them entertained at Agfest when two of the country's top horse trainers take part in the second Equine Expo. A dedicated section for equine demonstrations, enter- tainment and products was introduced at Agfest last year. This year's expo will feature Dan Steers and Pia Johnston from Double Dan Horseman- ship. The pair travel around the country conducting shows and demonstrations. They will per- form two shows a day that feature a range of work at liberty and Roman riding. Mr Steers will also be con- ducting horse-training demon- strations throughout the event. Inspirational local horse trainer Nelly Jaehne will also feature in this year's program. Ms Jaehne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, but has not let the condition get in the way of her horse training. Ms Jaehne can get her horses to perform a variety of tricks, all from her motorised wheelchair. Her talents have not gone unnoticed and after taking part at last year's Agfest, Ms Jaehne was invited to perform at the country's biggest horse event, Equitana. Ms Jaehne and her team will be performing throughout all three days of Agfest. Equine expo coordinator Mat- thew Ireland said after the success of last year's expo, a number of new companies had come on board this year and would have stands in the horse section. He said with a full program of demonstrations and entertain- ment, this year's expo would be both educational and fun. 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