Amy Thompson was successful on her first outing with Cooper, bringing home gold in ridden thoroughbred.
Amy Thompson was successful on her first outing with Cooper, bringing home gold in ridden thoroughbred. Crystal Spencer

Big turnout for memorial hack show

TWEED riders took to their saddles with gusto in the Cliff Cartwright Memorial Hack Show at Murwillumbah Showground on Sunday.

The special event, now in its sixth year, is associated with Tweed Valley Equestrian Group, and continues to draw a bigger crowd each year.

One of this year’s hack classes had a massive 17 riders.

“There was a lot of people and it is one of the biggest hack shows ... people just come from everywhere,” coordinator Judy Cartwright said.

“I was fortunate to have good supporters this year.

“I heard a comment that our show was bigger than an agricultural show, and to have 17 in the beginner ring shows it was very well attended.”

There were competitors from Grafton through to Brisbane and the Gold Coast hinterland.

Horses in a hack show usually follow the show horse criteria and are generally 15 hands in height.

Contestants in the beginner category are asked by the judges to perform straightforward tasks. In the open division, riders are expected to carry out simple changes and more skilful tasks.

Cartwright said she had always had a love of horses and enjoyed putting the event together in tribute to her late husband.

“I used to do the hack shows, but on the morning of the 2003 show, my husband, who had been sick for a while, died,” she explained.

Cobaki’s Paula Anthony took out the supreme hack title with her horse, Deniro, after winning the open class.

Anthony’s daughter, Charlee, also had fantastic results with Deniro, taking out the open intermediate rider (13 to 15 years) division and the champion intermediate section.

Round Mountain rider Amy Thompson had a winning combination on her first outing with her horse, Cooper, bringing home gold in ridden thoroughbred, runner-up in debut hack and beginner hack, and third in maiden hack.



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