Day At The Track

Masters in command at Werribee

03:50 AM 15 May 2018 NZST
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Natasha Pettingill
Winner of the Harness Racing Victoria Hero highpoint award Natasha Pettingill, Equestrian Victoria CEO Mathew Brown and reserve champion Michelle Wight.

The Victorian Masters Games is an opportunity for equestrians over 30 to show younger riders how it is done. Dressage, show horse, combined training and harness racing events in recent weeks have seen riders and drivers up to 70 years plus competing for honours at Werribee Park.

In the show horse section, Kerry Tempest-Clark’s Fine Romance was led champion, while Catherine Sfregola took out the ridden championship with Between the Beats.

Champion rider was Bree Stevens.

There were five divisions in the combined training section with the championships going to Jackie Waite on Darby Day (45cm), Nikki Jupp on Avanti Kryptonite (60cm), Walter Burger on Feldale Griffin (75cm), Julie Bramucci on Rafiki Delargo (90cm) and Tania Harding on Jirrima Easy Jet (105cm).

In the dressage, Rachael Edwards on Mr Spot took the preliminary championship. The novice champion was Gwyn Coulthard riding Samaran and the elementary champion was won by Elizabeth Sheather on Coldstream Universe.

The medium level champion was Fiona Cooper on Belcam Camponelle and the advanced champion was Lucy McNutt on Thamesbourne Sunsmart.

The harness section was very popular and showed age is no barrier to horse sports.

Competing in the class titled “over 70 and still breathing” were accomplished drivers Diana Lawrence and Evanne Chesson, with Lawrence taking the section.

Diane Boardman from the over-55 years section was supreme champion driver.

Cheryl Sheddan’s pony Little Plains Phillipa earned her driver the high point mini award, with placings in dressage, obstacle driving and cones.

William Lewin drove Magpie to a win in the delivery horse class and Kathy Reynolds’ Shepherds Hill Little Wayne was champion novice.

The Hero award for the best performed Standardbred horse was won by Natasha Pettingill’s Rose of Ambrose with Michelle Wight’s It Happens in Vegas, the reserve.

Natasha was also the gold medallist in the driver under 55 years. Janice Lewin was judged best groom.

Reprinted with permission of The Weekly Times

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