Top coach impressed by local riding stars
AS the NSW Regional Elite Eventing coach, Sam Lyle sees a lot of young equestrian riders around the State. When he made the trip to Nana Glen to work with the Coffs Harbour Horse Trials club last Saturday, he liked what he saw. Lyle has been to the Nana Glen course before as a competitor, but this was his first chance to assess the local riding talent. "I saw a couple of good horses and a few of the riders impressed me as well," Lyle said. He saved special praise for one of the Coffs Harbour club's budding stars, Alex Bruggisser. "Alex looked very good, she tried really hard and has a nice feel for the horse," he said. "There were also a couple of younger ones who showed they have a bit of talent if they want to keep going." Secretary of the Coffs Harbour Horse Trials club, Mandy Baston, said the improvement in some riders was immediate. "I was watching the riders during Saturday's lessons and to see them in the showjumping competition on Sunday, the improvement was just amazing," she enthused. "We got a lot of really good feedback and the club has asked Sam to come back early next year." The club also held showjumping course design lessons on Saturday afternoon with Inter- national course designer Athol Clarke. Meanwhile, the hugely successful Coffs Harbour Horse Trials International one-day event will be held on May 28-29 next year.