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Nation’s champion stars at titles in Gatton

LOOKING GREAT: Shaun Saunders riding Condor Smart Play, owned by Susan Donald, for 75.5pts to win the Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular Open Futurity.
LOOKING GREAT: Shaun Saunders riding Condor Smart Play, owned by Susan Donald, for 75.5pts to win the Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular Open Futurity. Stephen Mowbray

SOME of the country's finest riders slid into action for a record-breaking Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular at the Gatton Indoor Equestrian Centre on the weekend.

Labelled by organisers as the largest reining competition of its kind in Australia, there was no shortage of closely contested competition for crowds to enjoy.

The show was the biggest ever held in its history too with upwards of 600 entries tearing up the Gatton dirt.

Among the expansive list of entries, Grantham rider Katherine Godley competed hard in the Freestyle Reining event to place a solid second.

The Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular is hosted by the Southern Queensland Reining Horse Association.

Show secretary Chris Wales said the spectacular exceeded all expectations.

"Its the biggest reining horse show in Australia and entries this year are bigger than they've ever been before," she said.

"Entries actually exceed the nationals."

Mrs Wales put the success down to the hard working committee and the quality of the Gatton Indoor Equestrian Centre's facilities.

"It's the team work from the committee that makes it a smooth running of the show and that helps to cope with the record number of entries," she said.

"It's also the really good condition of this arena - which has the best surface in Australia."

In the Open Derby, Australian champion Warren Backhouse, on Rocin on the Ranch, won with a score of 75.5

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