SADDLING UP: Jade Seaton on Cassino Soverign.
SADDLING UP: Jade Seaton on Cassino Soverign.

Defending champs back to win again

THIS weekend is all about the “Horse and Cart-wright” for the Tweed Valley Equestrian Group.

Scores of the region’s finest riders are set to saddle up at Murwillumbah Showgrounds on Sunday for the group’s sixth annual Cliff Cartwright Memorial Hack Show.

Started in 2004 in memory of local horseman Cliff Cartwright by his wife Judy, the show has grown to be one of the foremost riding events in the region.

While they say never work with animals, one thing is for certain, once the competition starts, the time for horsing around is over.

Last year, two locals performed particularly well.

While Murwillumbah’s Brooke Clifford was awarded the Supreme Champion Ridden title, Bilambil Heights’ Michelle Bellue claimed the overall Supreme Champion Rider title (ridden and hack combined).

Both riders will be back to defend their titles again this year.

For the fourth year running, the show will also incorporate an Arabian show, held in conjunction with the Northern Rivers Arabian Horse Association.

Together the two disciplines have attracted entries from as far south as Grafton all the way up to the Sunshine Coast, with divisions catering from pony riders and debutants to the competent novice riders and champion hacks.

Arabian classes get underway at 8.30am while the hack ring kicks off at 9am.

Nominations will be accepted on the day at $3 per class and canteen facilities will be available.



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