Main event in Town


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

IT might be an un­usual lo­ca­tion for rid­ing horses but for English event rider Harry Meade, that will not hold him back dur­ing Event­ing in the Park.

The World Eques­trian Games team sil­ver medal­list is re­turn­ing to Tay­lor Re­serve in Vic­to­ria Park for the sec­ond time to take part in this Satur­day’s event.

There will be 95 en­trants tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion, which is ex­pected to be watched by a crowd of about 2500 peo­ple.

“Last year was a fleet­ing visit. I was here for only five days, dur­ing which I looked at a few horses, com­peted and then went straight back to the UK,” he said.

“It was re­ally fun even though it was a dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sion com­pared to the com­pe­ti­tions in the UK, which are usu­ally in ru­ral ar­eas.

“It’s nice to com­pete in the city and bring the sport to a new au­di­ence; there was a fun at­mos­phere and ev­ery­one was dressed very smart. “I’d com­pare it to Royal As­cot. “I made some good friends, so I’m look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in the event again be­cause I re­mem­ber the roars and cheers from the crowd. I love be­ing on a big stage.”

Meade said he was used to com­pet­ing on the big stage as he took part in events around Europe.

“As a rider, you have to think five to 10 years (ahead) be­cause it takes a lot of time to find the right horse,” he said.

Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the event was a unique day out for fam­i­lies.

“Not only does the event add to our won­der­ful sport­ing and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in the Town, it also brings new peo­ple into the area to visit our shops, bars, cafes and res­tau­rants,” he said.

For Meade, event rid­ing runs in the blood, with his late fa­ther Richard win­ning three gold medals.

“We had a close con­nec­tion with Aus­tralia be­cause we had a num­ber of Aus­tralian rid­ers come through our place when I was young,” he said.

“Rid­ing horses is one of those things that grab you from day one.”

Harry Meade guides his horse over one of the fences on the course.

Harry Meade.

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