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We're off to Tonimbuk!

      Amanda Ross and RLE Poynstown Will competing at Tonimbuk in 2018


Event Name: Cardinia Shire Tonimbuk International Horse Trials

Location: 410 Sanders Road, Tonimbuk, Victoria 3815, AUS

Date: 6th - 8th March 2020

Organiser: Tonimbuk Horse Trials Inc

Classes: EA80, EA95, CCN1*, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI4*-S

Find out more:  Tonimbuk Facebook page


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Competitors in the EvA80 and EvA95 classes will be the first back into the arenas at the Tonimbuk Equestrian Centre for the 2020 Cardinia Shire Tonimbuk International Horse Trials after a year’s hiatus from competition at the venue

In March 2019 a bushfire swept through the Tonimbuk township and, although the Equestrian Centre owned by Hanson Quarries escaped serious structural damage, the event due to take place that weekend was cancelled. After a year of re-building cross country fences (watch our interviews with course designers and builders Mick Pineo, Will Foulkes and Chris Lever here), felling charred trees, sowing new grass and re-erecting boundary fences, the event is ready to rock and roll in 2020

Six levels of competition from EvA80 up to CCI4*-S will take place from Friday to Sunday with the headline class, the Cardinia Shire CCI4*-S doing their dressage on Saturday afternoon, show jumping on Sunday evening in the slightly unusual indoor setting under lights, which can be a challenge for some, and cross country on Sunday from 12 noon.

Local Olympian Amanda Ross, recently returned from an Australian Eventing Tokyo 2020 preparation camp in the UK,  has two horses, Don Diablo and RLE Poynstown Will, entered in the CCI4*-S and she is joined by her friend and Olympic silver medallist Megan Jones who will be riding Kirby Park Impress, the 2018 Tonimbuk 3* (now 4*) winner


      Megan Jones and Kirby park Impress - 2018 winners


Another one who may be heading to Tokyo, representing his country of Pakistan for the first ever in eventing, the Australian-based Usman Khan and Azad Kashmir will be competing in the 4* and Rob Palm riding Koko Story, who finished second here in 2018 will also be back. We’ll also be keeping an eye out for two of our other favourite off the track thoroughbreds in this class, Sophia Landy’s Humble Glory and Sophie Fox’s Mr Pig, both cross country machines

However, we’re expecting it to be a battle royal between the two very experienced and highly competitive ladies, Megan Jones and Amanda Ross, in the dressage so make sure that you check back each day to see how things are progressing if you can’t get along to the event. We’ll be bringing you daily updates from Friday plus our full subscriber wrap-up next week and of course filming all competitors on cross country so there will be plenty to watch and read!

Follow along on our social media too as we’ll be posting snippets each day direct from the event ….