Local riders to mix it with the big guns at AELEC

PLENTY of local riders will be taking part in this weekend’s Tamworth International One Day Event in Tamworth’s Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) .

Heath Ryan and Aspire compete at last year’s Quirindi Three Day Event. He will be one of the star attractions at Tamworth this weekend.

Heath Ryan and Aspire compete at last year’s Quirindi Three Day Event. He will be one of the star attractions at Tamworth this weekend.

Australian multi-discipline star Heath Ryan is one of the headline riders taking part in an event which has attracted 180 riders and 269 horses in 10 classes from EvA60 up to CNC3*. 

The World Cup and Olympic representative is a three-time Australian Three Day Event Champion and was the 2010 and 2011 Australian Grand Prix Dressage Champion.

Other CNC3* competitors include Keira Byrnes from North Richmond.

She rides Fox Hill, a thoroughbred gelding who won $112,265 in his  racing career.

Newcastle’s Hazel Shannon, Arcadia’s Cassandra Webb and Mangrove Mountain’s Jessica Rae are also noted eventers, with local riders such as Emma Hindmarsh (Tamworth) and Emily Pursehouse (Quirindi) joining the 24 competitors in the CNC1.

Pursehouse rides Paris, who won the 1.04m class last weekend at the Winter Indoor Show Jumping Championships, also held at AELEC.

Tamworth International Eventing President Sharmayne Spencer (Moonbi), an International 4* rider who now volunteers to run the Tamworth One Day Events, is competing in the EvA105 with Heritage Hill Hawke and EvA95 with George of HH.

 Other TIE committee members, all volunteers, also competing are Cheryl Grant (Tamworth) in the EvA95 and EvA80 classes and Tina McTavish (Somersby) in the EvA95 class.

Local World Cup Show Jumper James Hetherington (Duri) is trying his hand at eventing, with two rides in the Eva95 class.

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