Equestrian rides out right on time
A SKILFUL win for 14-year-old Allans Flat rider Tiahn Barnard in a ‘Ride to time’ horse event series landed the young equestrian a place in the Victorian finals last month.
The competition followed the young horsewoman’s 119.99 split-second win in the North East zone where her top two results in four events were used to determine selection for the state finals.
These performances, which have an ideal completion time of 120 seconds, took place on a 1000-metre cross-country course aimed at teaching pony club competitors the skill of riding to a given pace.
Tiahn partnered Cavallo Co-Pilot, her 12 year-old unraced thoroughbred, in the competition.
The Kergunyah Pony Club and Beechworth Secondary College equestrian team member came fifth on her mount, with a time of 118.88 seconds, in the state final – a joint initiative of Racing Victoria (RV) and Pony Club Association of Victoria.
“Tiahn was one of the youngest competitors among 19 finalists from pony clubs around Victoria with some of the competitors in their twenties,” said Laureen Barnard, her mother.
The finals were held on a Moonee Valley race day.
“I was really accurate with my times at Benalla in the heats and the zone final, but in the state final I just lost a bit of concentration with the crowd and excitement,” Tiahn said.
“I would love a chance to do it all again and do a sub-one second time at Moonee Valley.”
As a Victorian finalist Tiahn was offered a track work position and coaching when old enough with the Victoria Racing Academy.
But Laureen said Tiahn entered the series just to improve her cross-country pacing skills.
The Beechworth Secondary College Montessori-stream student travels Victoria and interstate most weekends for pony club events.