Driven duo’s hopes hit
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.