The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

queued for the open­ing day of Equi­tana at the Mel­bourne Show­grounds and there was top com­pe­ti­tion across the dis­ci­plines.

World Champs rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Chugg was rock solid aboard his nine-year-old Selle Fran­cais mare KG Quee­nie, tak­ing out the 48-strong Horse­ware Aus­tralia 1.4m Jump­ing Pre­lude.

Eleven com­bi­na­tions came back for the jump-off, with seven of those fin­ish­ing with clean slates.

Katie Lau­rie aboard Este­ban MVNZ and James Arkins on Eurostar gave it a good nudge, com­ing home in 43.45 sec and 43.32 sec re­spec­tively, but both had the fourth fence down.

Last to go, Tom Mc­Der­mott and Al­pha Ac­tiv­ity also gave it their all but fell just short with their 45.49 sec round to set­tle for run­ner-up, with Clay Simmonds and Oaks Cas­tanza third in 46.03 sec.

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