Broadwater man gallops to success at Tamworth
LOCAL competitor and carriage driving coach Bill Wicks, of Broadwater, met with success and picked up some tips from one of the sport's best at the FEI CAI one-star Horse Driving events in Tamworth.
Wicks (Northern Rivers Carriage Occasions) won the first event driving his mare Sazz.
The highlight for Wicks was being presented with his prizes by Boyd Exell, Australia's Four-in-Hand World Cup champion who was fresh from winning Australia's only gold medal from the six disciplines Australian competitors contested at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, this year. Helen Butcher, from Tabulam, with her mare Silver, also made the trip to Tamworth and won her dressage phase in the national competition.
The highlight for many of the competitors was to have lessons with Exell. His unique training style and knowledge of bitting was exeptional.
Exell drove Wicks' well-accredited mare Sazz to show just what talent the mare has, that has yet to be brought out, impressing everyone and showing Bill how to achieve this.
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