Horse trials trot on

AFTER a successful 2013, the Naracoorte Horse Trials are trotting ahead this year for the 40th time.

"So much is happening this year," said secretary Melissa Richardson.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2014 SA State Championships for eventing."

With the new one, two and three star tracks and updating of the lower grades, Ms Richardson said this year's competition, the longest-running continuous event at the same venue in the world, will be exciting and fresh for all competitors. 

"For the first time we are including a newcomers competition for both our grass roots riders and also the more experienced riders that wish to bring along their young horses," she said.

"We are also really excited to introduce the Australian CIC/CCI Challenge." 

The challenge is open to all combinations in the one, two and three star classes that are competing at both Naracoorte and the Melbourne Three Day event in June. 

To win the challenge points will be awarded to combinations at Naracoorte and Melbourne; the winner must compete at both events to be eligible. 

There is a cash first prize and more information will be available on the horse trials website: www.naracoortehorsetrials.com and Facebook in the coming weeks.

"Finally but most excitingly we are trying reintroduce a Young Rider State Team competition," Ms Richardson said. 

"We have invited all our states to participate in sending a team of young riders to compete within the CIC competition." 

She reported so far the response has been very encouraging. 

"So if you're a young rider and would like to represent your State, this is your opportunity."

The horse trials committee is continuing to build on changes and improvements from last year and is looking forward to hosting an even better event this year, from the cross-country to the catering. 

"There will be something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you there," Ms Richardson concluded.

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