We travelled the New England highway to spend the weekend of 15th and 16th of August at the fabulous AELEC venue, which is horse event heaven. Amazing facilities for horses and their human followers, close to 500 stables and nearly as many loos scattered throughout the venue, it’s high on our list of favourite events.
The competition catered for Ev60cm all the way up to CIC 3 Star classes with over 300 riders and horses taking part. The highs and the lows of eventing at it’s best saw the usual wide range of spectacular riding cross country on Sunday and the Saturday evening show jumping for the star classes drew the locals and eventing supporters to the indoor arena for an afternoon beverage with full view of the action.
It was Winchester’s first outing, here pictured with his namesake the fabulous Rod Winchester, he will be seen more often at events promoting Sit Tight, get a selfie with Winchester to go into the draw for a prize given out at each event. Tamworth CIC event winner was Eboniee Staggs, winning a Gold Class gift card to Event Cinemas, see our Facebook page for Eb’s selfie.
Let’s get into the action from the event!!
Both Katie Roots and Jess Rae had absolutely awesome weekend by placing first and second on their horses, sure in different grades but both these riders were outstanding. Katie won the 3 Star with Trevalgar 2 and was runner up in the 2 star to Jess, Katie on Friday Street and Jess on San Suki the winner. Jess’s lovely Rascal the second placegetter in the 1 star. Notably Heath Ryan and Aspire R were also in super form in the 3 star, taking home 2nd placing.
The Sit Tight award winner was Tania Willis and Nitro. OMG that moment takes the cake, thanks to Rachel Smith of Furdography for capturing it.
Nitro is a Guy Fawkes brumby, maybe he spotted the hills in the distance and was trying to make a break for it!! Tania got a Sit Tight T shirt for her effort of remaining on board and completing the Ev60cm!
Congratulations to the T.I.E committee and all involved, we’ll be back for sure!