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TAS Country : March 8th 2012
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 9, 2012 News STEP BACK IN TIME: Stephanie Clark with Viewfield Gina and pup Pepper on board during the Traditional Two-Wheel Turnout. Stephanie drives to triple triumph TASMANIAN carriage driver Stephanie Clark fulfilled a dream to win the Traditional Two-Wheel Turnout and the Lady Driver award at the National Heavy Horse Festival at Werribee Park. Mrs Clark, from Lymington near Cygnet in southern Tasmania, competed in a colourfully restored 1889 Tasmanian-made Pagnell cart in turn-of-the century attire, complete with all accessories. Her four-year-old light bay Shire mare, Viewfield Gina, looked magnificent with a full brass harness on -- the only horse to show in brass at the national competition. The two-day Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society event attracted 90 entries representing most heavy horse breeds and included led, harness, ridden, working draught and novelty events. Tasmanian Clydesdale specialist Nicola Smith, from Woodstock, was one of the two lead judges and she also assessed the riding events. Two rings ran from 9am till 5.30pm both days, providing a great spectacle with a four-horse team, numerous pairs in lorries and even a Cobb and Co stage coach in one ring. There were pairs and singles pulling farm implements, from binders to discs, in the other ring. Mrs Clark, a member of the Tasmanian Horse Drawn Vehicle Foundation, is passionate about restoring carriages and harness. In her fifth trip to the event, Mrs Clark not only won the Traditional award, but also the Medium/Heavy Delivery Horse shown in a two-wheel vehicle. She completed the treble by taking the Lady Driver award with a one- handed work-out. Mrs Clark and her Shire mare Viewfield Gina also did well at the National Show Driving Championships. Held at Bendigo Showground and hosted by the Central Highlands Pleasure Harness Club (CHPH), the event attracted entries from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Viewfield Gina won the Heavy Delivery Horse, but was beaten by Victorian Clydesdale Denzildon Buster Boy (Medium Weight) for the championship. Fitted to a colourfully restored heavy Pagnell cart, Viewfield Gina was third in each of her turnout classes, with Mrs Clark driving the horse to second place in the cones precision speed event and long reining. The CHPH Club hosted a dressage competition the following day, with Gina placing fourth in the preliminary and fifth in the novice -- only her second time in a dressage arena. ''I am pleased with my mare's performance, particularly given she had damaged the left side of her mouth when her bridle caught on the truck rail and broke the bit in her mouth,'' Mrs Clark said. ''She's a very forgiving horse and really tried for me despite her pain, so I wasn't upset when we didn't win the championship.'' Viewfield Gina, was bred at Winkleigh by Debbie Buckland. She won the National Show Driving Champion delivery section last year, as well as carriage horse at the Huon and Deloraine Shows. Viewfield Gina will demonstrate at the Sassafras Heritage Farming Weekend on March 11-13. Tasmanian trio ride high at titles REWARD: Team members Chelsea Becker, Georgia Weavell and Kate Austen. THREE young riders have headed to Victoria to represent Tasmania in the prestigious Australian Halter Show- case at Werribee. The Tasmanian Youth Quarter Horse Association (TYQHA) team star- ted competition yesterday. Chelsea Becker, 18, from Camena, Kate Austin, 16, from Forest, and Georgia Weavell, 16, of Campania, all took their own horses to compete. The trio recently competed at the Tasmanian State Quarter Horse Cham- pionships Show at Pontville, which was judged by visiting American Lynda Danielson, from Illinois. TYQHA president Lynette Weavell said the girls' hard work in the saddle had paid off, winning several state titles between them. The Tasmanian Youth Committee was formed about 30 years ago to enable young riders to gain riding experience interstate by competing at a higher level. ''The last team to go away was back in 2004, so these girls have been working hard since then for their opportunity to take part in this trip,'' Mrs Weavell said. She said fundraising efforts had been a ''hard slog'' and included sausage sizzles, coffee afternoons and raffles. Tassie riders shine ROGER HANSON TAROONA'S Lydia Jackson had a standout performance at the re- cent Victorian State Dressage Championship at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre near Melbourne. Tasmania fielded a dressage team in the championship, which was the culmination of the 2011 Australian competition season, for the first time in many years. Mrs Jackson was second in the six-year-old Young Horse Class with her horse Flashazz, and third in the Advanced 5B, Advanced 5C and Medium 4C with horse Splendido. Tasmania's chef d'equipe (team manager) Suzanne Betts said the state's results were outstanding in an event that is used as a lead-up to the Olympics. ''Just being accepted to compete at these championships is an honour,'' Mrs Betts said. ''Only 35 horses from all over Australia are accepted for each level.'' Mrs Betts said other Tasmanian team members Karen Allen, of Campania, Cheryl Elvin, of Geeveston, Celina Johnston, of Scottsdale, Susan Lamont, of Thir- lstane, Karen Rycroft, of Sandford, and Kerrie Swan-Bates, of Acton, had all performed well. Kerrie Swan-Bates was fifth in the six-year-old Young Horse Class on her horse Sporting Chance. ''This class is designed to high- light the stars of the future,'' Mrs Betts said. She said Celina Johnston, with her pony Brookbank Barishnikoff, had placed sixth in the Pony Elementary 3C, sixth in the Pony Medium 4B and fifth in the Pony Medium 4C. Cavillino, ridden by Sue Lamont, was fourth in the Pony 1B.More than 300 competitors per- formed more than 700 dressage tests over the four days of the competition. Tasmanian coach Roger Fitz- hardinge said the key to the team's success was the partnership be- tween rider and horse. ''Our riders certainly enhanced that partnership -- it was an excellent performance,'' Mr Fitz- hardinge said.
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