Tonimbuk ODE -
|Tonimbuk ODE - 13th Mar 2004|
Nina Clarke and Lockley's Park Monet took eighth place in the Tonimbuk CNC***.
The success of this event, conducted at Ian and Pat Mousers Tonimbuk Equestrian Park, just over an hour east of the Melbourne GPO is due to mainly to the hard working and insightful committee headed by experienced competitor, Ian Balfour. The venue itself is purpose built for equestrian competition and boasts an ever improving cross-country course designed by well credentialed South Australian designer, Wayne Copping. The well-built course wends its way around the scenic venue making the most of the wooded area and open space. It is a course that really tests the rider with a considerable degree of accuracy needed to be successful, especially in the higher grades. Tonimbuk attracts competitors from around the country and this year riders from Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia made the trip to Tonimbuk. This well run event does not ignore the 'apres ride' requirements of the competitors with entertainment and dinner provided on Saturday night and good catering all weekend.
South Australian heroine, Megan Jones enjoys her visits to Tonimbuk and this year it was anything but a surprise that she won the CNC*** section with her charismatic World Cup Finalist, Kirby Park Irish Hallmark. "Paddy" led from the start with a 41 dressage and added just cross-country time penalties to take the class with 57.40. Local hero (from Warragul just 30 kilometers down the highway), David Middleton, took second place riding WGEP Fig Jam and third riding Armitage Downie Warlord. The veteran of the 2002 World Equestrian Games is a popular and tough competitor and is always keen to do well at his 'local show'.
Catherine Wilson and Jiminny Cricket rounded up a strong field, finishing on their dressage score to take out the CNC**. They were in fact the only combination to add nothing to their dressage score. Melbourne University student, Katja Weimann made it into the record books last year by winning two sections and the twenty-year-old from Upper Beaconsfield was in fine form again winning the CNC* riding Alison Crombie's nine-year-old stallion, Triathlete. The Thoroughbred / Warmblood by Winterkoenig won a pre novice section last year and looks to have it all, talent, type and attitude. Bred at Remi Stud in Queensland, Triathlete would appear to be the purpose bred event horse of the future.
Tonimbuk again reinforces the benefit of the 'inmates taking over the asylum', a system which is becoming increasingly more popular across the broad equestrian spectrum.
By Anna Sharpley
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