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COFFS Harbour's equestrian community has been building their annual one-day event into one of the biggest in Australia.

With each passing competition, the rating of the event at Nana Glen Sportsground continues to increase and in return, some of the biggest names in Australia compete here each May.

The Australians won their last team eventing gold at the Sydney in 2000 and Shane Rose, who is no stranger to eventing fans in the region, is hoping to help put the green and gold back on top.

Rose is confident he and his star horse All Luck will put in a strong performance across the three disciplines that make up eventing - show jumping, cross country and dressage.

All Luck was struck down with horse flu last year and was stranded at Warwick for about two months before the all clear in October.

"It (horse flu) has been majorly disruptive for many people but we're pretty resilient people in Australia, and we'll find a way to come out of it hopefully the best we can," he said.

Yet to qualify for the Olympics, Rose hopes to do that this weekend.

"All Luck is confident in all three phases, which is fortunate. He is going very well and I'm hopeful that if I do a good job then we'll be very competitive over the weekend."

The Coffs Harbour Horse Trials are just over a week away.

On April 26 and 27, Nana Glen will be catering for all levels of rider in showjumping and dressage.

Interested parties should contact club president Louise Light, phone 0419 532 094.


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