Tamworth International Eventing: First major event of 2017 lures record numbers

EXCITED: Tamworth International Eventing president Carolyn Campbell (pictured) says the first major event for 2017 this weekend has drawn record numbers. Photo: Furdography
EXCITED: Tamworth International Eventing president Carolyn Campbell (pictured) says the first major event for 2017 this weekend has drawn record numbers. Photo: Furdography

Riders from all over Australia are in Tamworth this weekend to compete at Tamworth International Eventing’s first major competition for 2017 at AELEC .

With record entry numbers including a strong local contingent, the event’s organisers are looking forward to an action packed weekend.

“This year we have over 390 entries, ranging from newcomers to the sport, right through to Olympians,” said Tamworth International Eventing president Carolyn Campbell. “Eventing is an increasingly popular sport in the Tamworth region, and we have more locals competing this year than ever before.”

Heath Ryan, who represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has competed at every eventing competition in Tamworth since the inaugural event at AELEC in 2012, and will return again this weekend with a stallion named Winborne Constable. 

 “Our event here in Tamworth has developed a reputation for being world class and we are excited to see tremendous support from not only our growing local base of enthusiasts, but also professional riders from all over the country,” Campbell said. “We always have a strong contingent of New South Wales and Queensland’s top event riders, and this year we even have a rider from Western Australia in the elite Three Star class. 

“Whilst there is some rain on the forecast for Saturday, it is unlikely to dampen the eventing spirit.”

The cross country phase runs from 8.30am until 1.30pm on Sunday, with the higher levels competing from 10am. Show jumping will take place in the indoor arena from 11.30am on Saturday. Entry is free.