Driven duo’s hopes hit

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

STEPHANIE Clark is the first to ad­mit she has been bit­ten by the car­riage-driv­ing bug.

Mrs Clark, of Lyming­ton, com­petes in com­bined driv­ing, which tests the skill and en­durance of horses and driv­ers. It in­cludes a dres­sage phase, a pre­ci­sion cones sec­tion and a cross-coun­try course of up to 18km with chal­leng­ing ob­sta­cles.

Af­ter sur­viv­ing breast cancer and be­ing given the all-clear five years ago, Mrs Clark set her­self a goal to train a pair of horses and com­pete on the na­tional cham­pi­onship cir­cuit.

She im­ported two ve­hi­cles from the Nether­lands and set about find­ing a suit­able horse to join her ac­com­plished Shire-Thor­ough­bred cross Solo. The an­swer was Troy, a Percheron-Stan­dard­bred cross.

The plan was to com­pete in the NSW ti­tles next month but in­jury to one of her horses has rules her out for this year. Fel­low Tas­ma­ni­ans Gwenda Hol­land and Ta­mara But­ler are hop­ing to make it.

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