Equine festival rolls on in Quirindi

80 RIDERS and 112 horses competed when the Quirindi Eventing International Three-Day Event began in Quirindi on Friday.

Stuart Tinney held on to his dressage lead with a perfect cross country round on War Hawk, finishing exactly on the optimum time of eight minutes.

Stuart Tinney held on to his dressage lead with a perfect cross country round on War Hawk, finishing exactly on the optimum time of eight minutes.

Riders, including 13 from Queensland, completed the first phase of dressage in the three-part competition.

On Saturday they took on the challenging, longer cross country course typical of the more demanding three-day format before finishing with yesterday’s  show jumping phase. 

Sydney Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney from Maraylya, NSW led the CCI2* class, riding War Hawk, after Friday’s dressage.

Tinney added nothing to his dressage score in the cross country, completing the course in exactly the set time of eight minutes. 

Beijing Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose from Werombi remained second with Contenda, also adding nothing to their dressage score. Christine Bates (Wilberforce) was third with one of her rides, Kung Fu Panda, but she was eliminated from the competition with Jimmy O’Reilly after a fall on course.

Local young rider Isabelle Bowditch-McIntyre from Willow Tree moved up two places with her near-perfect cross country round and sat in fourth with yesterday’s  show jumping to finish. 

Young Queenslander Isabel English had some troubles on course with Grand Andi and they now sit in fifth place.

Also riding at Quirindi was talented young Queenslander Isabel English riding Grand Andi who competed alongside Bates in the 2* at Tamworth. 

Some local riders have competed in jumping shows across the New England over the last four weekends, with the Quirindi 3DE the fourth event in what some are calling the Winter Jumping Festival.

Tamworth’s Cheryl Grant and Danson Renegade jumped at both the Gunnedah and Tamworth Show Jumping Championships in the 1m classes.

 They backed this up with second place in the Eva95 class at Tamworth  last weekend and led the EvA95 at the 3DE in Quirindi after Quirindi’s first day.

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