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Nationals tilt

Thursday, 14th March, 2013

Britt Anderson is off to the Show Horse Council Australasia grand nationals with her horse Rupert. Britt Anderson is off to the Show Horse Council Australasia grand nationals with her horse Rupert.

By Emily Roberts

Britt Anderson will be to be trotting off to the National Horse Championships at the end of this month.

Britt will compete in the Show Horse Council Australasia grand nationals.

"All the states go as a team, but we compete individually," she said.

To be able to compete, a horse has to win a Horse of the Year show or a Royal Horse Show, Britt said.

"I will be in a team of about 20 competing for SA," she said.

"My horse Rupert will be the only Hunter Galloway horse going in the team."

Rupert is eight years old and his show name is Blascke.

"That was my grandmother's maiden name.

"I've raised and trained Rupert since he was born.

"I like to get a horse from scratch and educate the horse.

"When it wins an event, you know you have been successful in its education. "Sometimes that is better than the ribbon."

Britt will be under the watchful eyes of three judges from England from March 21 to March 24.

"I have been competing since I was about six years old ... nearly 30 years," Britt said.

"This is the first championships I am going to.

"I qualified once before but I found out I was 16 weeks pregnant and then I was due a week before the championships.

"This is something I have been aspiring to for a very long time."

Britt said there were different sections in the competition.

"There is a 'smartest on parade' section.

"We get to show off our best moves then the judges pick the top five horses. Then they ride them, and from there they pick the champion and runner-up.

"Rupert is a prolific ribbon winner; he moves well and puts in 100 per cent all of the time.

"We have a good relationship."

Britt thanked the BH Pony Club for the opportunities they have provided her.

"It's been pretty special. I have been in the club since I was about four years old."

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