High-flying Astronaut wins international event
A WARWICK-trained horse with an Olympic rider on board has won the introductory class at the Pryde's EasiFeeds Queensland International One-day Event.
Astronaut is owned by Warwick couple Richard King and Kim Peard.
King is the event co-ordinator for the Warwick Horse Trials Club so doesn't have the time to compete and Rebel Morrow, the best-performed Australian rider at the Athens Olympics, has been the rider for two events at Morgan Park.
Morrow rode the horse to a second place in introductory in junior and then scored 45.10 to win at the weekend.
King trains the horse in Warwick in all three disciplines, dressage, showjumping and cross country. He has plenty of experience in dressage and is currently the chairman of selectors for the Australian dressage team.
Peard said they bought and trained the horse for eventing.
"Rebel is very professional in everything she does," she said.
"When she gets on the horse, you know it is going to be good."
She is likely to again be in the saddle when Astronaut goes up to the preliminary class for the next event at the Warwick Horse Trials Club facility at Morgan Park on September 20-21.
Allora rider Eleanor Osborne missed out on a place in the three-class after her horse Aim High had a refusal on cross country, but she was successful in the CCN105 class riding Highborne Night Shadows.
Two riders had doubles at the weekend, three-star winner Charlotte Price backed up to win a second class with Finch Farm Bouncing and Toowoomba rider Isabel English was victorious in two classes.
- Three-star Charlotte Price and Kinnordy Gambia 99.5
- Two-star Isabel English and Grand Andi 66.5
- CCI One-star Isabel English and Cullendore Trooper 49.6
- CIC One star Portia Wilson and Twenty Two Red 69.4
- CCN105 Eleanor Osborne and Highborne Night Shadows 48.8
- EVA95 Charlotte Price and Finch Farm Bouncing 48.8
- EVA95J Megan Cooper and Kelecyn Bam Bam 49.9
- EVA80 Rebel Morrow and Astronaut 45.1
- One-day event - September 20-21 Morgan Park