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All roads lead to Tatura for Teams Trophy

Tatura Park will come alive this weekend when Goulburn Valley Equestrian Club hosts the Victorian Top Teams Trophy Showing.

OLIVER CAFFREY December 12, 2013 4:05am

Goulburn Valley Equestrian Club will host the Victorian Top Teams Trophy Showing for the first time at Tatura this weekend.

More than 300 riders from across Victoria and southern NSW will flock to Tatura Park on Saturday and Sunday for one of the premier events on the Horse Riding Club Association of Victoria calendar.

GVEC became eligible to host the event after a local team won the teams showing in January at Geelong.

The event will be hosted for the second time this calendar year after HRCAV expressed a desire to have all future showings in December, instead of January.

GVEC secretary Jacinta Rennie said the scale of the TTT showing was so huge, the club was unsure if it would be able to host it locally.

‘‘It’s by far the biggest event our club has ever hosted; each year we run a dressage day, but this is at another level,’’ Rennie said.

‘‘With how big it is and just attracting so many people to the region, we thought we might’ve had to go to Albury or Werribee, but fortunately we are able to use Tatura Park.

‘‘It’s great to be able to bring it locally, we travel each year all over the state, so it’s really nice to have it in our area.’’

To go with the hectic schedule of preparing for this weekend’s showing, Rennie has just been named HRCAV top show rider of the year.

Riding her new horse, Habafield King Fisher, Rennie has regularly been named in HRCAV’s top 10 riders this year.

‘‘I’ve only owned this particular horse since March last year and I’ve only been with it seriously since,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a pretty big achievement — I was absolutely rapt when I found out.’’

Competition will begin at 9am on both days.

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