Top riders in Coffs for trials
IN medieval times the the three disciplines involved in a one day event were
considered the ultimate test of a horse's fitness in the field of battle.
These days the equine stars aren't expected to go to war but the Nana Glen Sportsground is expected to provide a stiff test for both rider and beast regardless.
Organising next weekend's Horseland Coffs Harbour International One Day Event has left Mandy Baston with barely a moment to scratch herself but she knows that all the hard work put in by herself and the Coffs Harbour Horse Trials committee will pay off.
"We've got a record number of entries this year," she said.
"To be honest I don't know where we're going to stable them all. We've had so many entries and with riders riding so many horses and with that being the case we have to spread it all over the two days."
Next Saturday the event kicks off with the dressage before the challenging cross country and showjumping disciplines on Sunday.
Baston is particularly excited about the cross country course which will somehow feature a semi-trailer from Lindsay Bros. which riders will have to negotiate.
"I'm not saying exactly how the semi-trailer will be used but it will make for some spectacular viewing as it will be placed near the water jumps," she added.
The Coffs Harbour One Day Event has attracted a crack field again.
High calibre riders include Sam Lyle, Nikki Chapman, Boyd Martin who has just returned from the Rolex series in Kentucky and Olivia Bunn who represented Australia in the one day event at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
"That's only just some of them," enthused Baston.
"I could keep going as we've got some stunning riders coming."
Coffs Harbour will be represented by talented youngster Kim Duver who has had an exceptional year including some top results at competitions in Sydney.
Last year more than 1000 spectators attended and found the added bonus of the Country Fair a wonderful touch to top off the weekend.
Baston has promised that the Nana Glen Sportsground will put on an even bigger show this time around.