Over 700 riders visited Camden’s Equestriad Championships on April 7-8, with four Mudgee competitors part of the contingent.
Felix Caspar, Flynn Baggett, Sarah Willmott and Peta Crosskill made the trip from the Mid-Western region, each doing their hometown proud.
TRM Australian Eventing Championships bigger than ever! A record number of horse and rider combinations will compete at Equestriad in Camden, NSW, this weekend: https://t.co/r0Z1y2MBg8#australianeventing#eventing#247equestrianpic.twitter.com/pHIyJl8qdC— Genius Equestrian (@G_EquestrianUK) April 7, 2018
14-year-old Caspar rode his horse Sandhills Darcy in the EVA 105 level and earned an impressive 22nd placed finish across the showjumping and cross country phases.
Crosskill rode the EVA60 on her mare Phoebe, also finishing 22nd.
Flynn Baggett led his horse Kurious George around the EVA80, placing 6th in the dressage before going on to jump a double clear in the show jumping and cross country phases, earning a fourth-placed finish.
Sandie Baggett, who trains her son Flynn, leads a family of horse riders.
“I compete and so does his sister, but she’s out with a knee injury,” Sandie said.
“He’s been riding since he was three and they really enjoy the jumping phase and the galloping.
“At this event they gallop for 5 minutes 52 seconds so the horses have to be really fit which has been hard in the conditions.”
Sarah Wilmott rode Muscles to a personal best event, finishing in 3rd place during the EVA60.
Mudgee riders will turn their attention to May’s international event at Tamworth.