Well Sit Tighters, I don’t know about you but I got home from the inaugural Bucas Rugs, Wallaby Hill 3DE wanting to line my driveway with agapanthas and plant photinia hedges around all my paddocks and arena. Then I decided that that would be like putting a blingy browband on a horse with a roman nose and a head like a suitcase and all things green and tasteful were best left to the fabulous team at WHF. There is no way to describe the beauty, taste, understated elegance and functionality of WHF so it’s best to see it for yourself if you haven’t already.
Thursday saw trot up time for the star classes and an array of summer best outfits (maybe Andrew Cooper didn’t get that memo). Best on ground in the fashion stakes were won by gorgeous Hayley Frielick in a lemon sherbert number and young Josh Brown with a head full of hair product and matchy matchy sunnies and suit.
Sand dancing (or in the case of WHF, immaculately mown and groomed grass dancing) kicked off on Friday. 2 and 3 star strutted their stuff in the main arena in front of the trade stands whilst the one star was over the road and across a paddock. At least the warm up and post-test stretching were taken care of. The scoreboards reflected the relaxed atmosphere as there were no cricket scores to be sighted in any class. Whilst the big kids were strutting their stuff in the tranquil settings of the main arena the camping area was filling up with the 95cm and 105cm contestants who were readying themselves for an early kick off on Saturday. Even the current star of international horse trials, Chris ‘Burto’ Burton, was spotted riding his WHF 95cm catch rides in the warm up. We saw a few starstruck teenage girls taking sneaky selfies in the arena mirror with Burto riding in the background.
Saturday saw the cross country course in all its glory. Beautifully built and finished complete with a Christmas themed keyhole, an upmarket handbag jump and a red telephone. STR was in its element (as were a lot of spectators) broadcasting from the beer tent located conveniently near the beach themed water jump, adjacent to the start and finish. We had beers, big screens and Bettina Hoy all in attendance not to mention action aplenty as the water proved to be an influential fence in almost all classes. For a few 3 star riders it was very thoughtful of the OC to put the beer tent right there as it meant the retirement or elimination disappointment could be soothed immediately. With her poolroom already filling up, Hayley Frielick was awarded the Sit Tight award for her crutch crunching save on Class Action LP at the 3 star apexes. Young Molly Barry from Victoria got the Crash Test Dummy award for showing us all how frangible pins should work after a mystery distance at fence 2 in the 3 star. Awards were not only handed out in the big boy classes though. Sappho Ranson-Elliot got the Robertson Rodeo award for trying to stay on a vertically rearing steed between jumps 1 and 2 in the 105cm cross country. She nearly lasted 8 seconds.
Sunday trot up dawned bright and sunny- perfect beach weather according to Kaden Weaver who sported ‘ not yet board shorts cos I haven’t swum in them yet’ shorts and last years unironed ‘Christmas present off mum’ shirt. Only Kaden could pull that look off. Also, sighted on Sunday was Qld winter foot attire- socks and thongs. Fortunately, not at the horse inspection thank goodness. The only other excitement at the ‘jog’ was that a couple of 3 star riders wanted to make sure they got value for money from their outfits by trotting up twice. Everyone passed and off we went show jumping. Now Heath Ryan started eventing at around the same time as Jesus was playing 1st grade footy for Jerusalem but like fine wine he just gets better with age, winning the 1 star convincingly on the beautiful entire Contender son Winbourne Constable. Bols Armstrong creamed them all from start to finish in the 2 star on the feisty TB mare Quaprice and the cream rose to the top in the 3 star with none other than Stu Tinney taking out the 3 star crown on Queen Mary. 2016 has been a year of incredible highs such as the Rio Olympics and the lowest of lows. How wonderful it was to finish the year, surrounded by true friends in the warm and welcoming embrace of Wallaby Hill Farm and its amazing team.
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Thanks for listening and enjoying eventing with us, thanks to the team of co commentators; Sandy Lucas, Lindsey (Nairny) Constable, Graham Minter, Zanna Northam, Roger and K.A Whyte, Sean Cooper, Jo Brady and Michael J Goddard.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a very bright exciting 2017!