Champion: Brian Alexander with his thoroughbred Tussells Mate and his prizes.
Champion: Brian Alexander with his thoroughbred Tussells Mate and his prizes.

Jumper with natural ability

MURWILLUMBAH horse owner Brian Alexander is delighted with his showjumper Tussells Mate who got plenty of height over the competition recently.

Showjumping started in England in the 18th century after a parliamentary act was passed so horses could jump fences for fox hunts.

Showjumping was incorporated in the Olympics in 1900 and the sport appeared in its current form in 1912.

Alexander said he had been around horses for many years and was proud of how far his thoroughbred had come.

“I have had him for two years and he used to be a race horse called 9 Tonne before I had him ... he is 11-years-old now,” Alexander said.

“A couple of weeks ago at the Ekka he came first and second ... then last week (August 14) he was the C grade champion at Caboolture.

“He is ridden by ex-Olympian Ron Easy and he gives Tussells Mate great direction ... he trains him.

“Tussells Mate has natural ability and nothing can hold him back, nothing.”



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