Tamworth International CCI4* winner Hazel Shannon and Willinga Park Clifford.
Eventing is not a sport of sure bets, dressage being in the lap of the judges perspective, show jumping at Tamworth being in the indoor arena adds another level and then more rain for the drought affected north west New South Wales in the last 2 months than 2020 and 2019 combined, meant the 4* was anyone’s game. If you look at the Tamworth 4* history books, one name presents itself over and over again and the combination was back again to contest the win. Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford have won Tamworth 4* a whopping 6 times previously with the first win way back in 2016. Clifford started the weekend in 2nd place on 28.8 with Shenae Lowings in the lead riding Bold Venture on a score of 27 penalties. Hazel has certainly been working on Clifford’s dressage, recently qualifying for grand prix dressage! Not many eventers at any level have that feather in their hat.
Shenae and “Bentley” couldn’t take part in the Saturday indoor show jumping fun due to a strange lameness when preparing to saddle up.
Sunday cross country completed with Andrew Cooper riding Omega Star, 4th and Tasman Park Ovation rounding out the top 5. AC rode 3 amazing horses in this class, won the CCI 3* with Manhattan and the CCI 2 * with Pepper Jack.
The Queenslanders definitely made their presence felt with Matt Gaske piloting the lovely Bellhaven Cumbria to 2nd in the very competitive CCI 4* field and a notable performance from Brooke Dougal and My Locky in the CCI 3*, go the maroons!!
Fi and Hazel have a quick chat about Clifford and other stuff.
thanks to Oz Shots for the super pic of Hazel and her bestie.
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