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A big weekend for Carleen Hefel riding in the Racing Victoria's 'Off The Track' Triequithon on the Saturday and then at Bunyip PC HT on the Sunday

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Carleen and 'Ruby Boy' Ruben showing us where they are! (note the WPC Colours on the helmet)
Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Carleen Hefel and Ruben (Racing name Ruby Boy) have also been very busy and they were one of 10 Riders to take part in Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon held at Mornington Race Course on Saturday 5th April - With entry open exclusively to riders of Off the Track thoroughbreds, the final line-up of 10 competitors was determined based on stringent selection criteria and was limited to horses scheduled to compete at 1* level in the 2014 Melbourne International Horse Trials on 6-9 June. racehorses, is designed to showcase the post-racing talents of thoroughbreds, a breed Hefel believes lends itself to eventing success. I really rate the thoroughbreds as eventers because they've got that athletic ability and they are willing to do what you want because, in my mind, they are more trainable - Hefel said.

 

A big Weekend for Wonthaggi PC member -

 

Carleen and Rubencompeting in aTriequthon

 

on Saturday at Mornington Racecourse then

 

a Horse Trials on Phoenix Sunday at Bunyip

 

Carleen Hefel and Ruben (Racing name “Ruby Boy”) has also been very busy and was one of 10 Riders to take part in Racing Victoria’s “Off the Track”  Triequithon held at Mornington Race Course on Saturday 5th April -  With entry open exclusively to riders of Off the Track thoroughbreds,  the final line-up of 10 competitors was determined based on stringent selection criteria and was limited to horses scheduled to compete at 1* level in the 2014 Melbourne International Horse Trials on 6-9 June.

The riders, ranging in age from 15 to 40, were competing for a prize pool totalling $15,000, making the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon one of the richest contests on the Australian eventing calendar.

The event was conducted in a condensed format inside and adjacent to the Mornington racetrack, the horses will competed in dressage, cross country and show jumping throughout the meeting, accumulating points based on their performance in each discipline.  Carleen and Ruben finished in 8th position

Extract taken from”Off The Track” website regarding the event..................

Langwarrin event rider Carleen Hefel knows her way around a thoroughbred better than most.

Adept on horseback from a young age, Hefel is one of thousands of keen equestrian riders in Victoria to utilise her equine skills in the racing industry, mixing eventing with riding trackwork for Cranbourne trainer Enver Jusufovic.

The innovative event, open exclusively to retired racehorses, is designed to showcase the post-racing talents of thoroughbreds, a breed Hefel believes lends itself to eventing success.

“I really rate the thoroughbreds as eventers because they’ve got that athletic ability and they’re willing to do what you want because, in my mind, they are more trainable,” Hefel said.

“I work as a track rider so I ride them every morning and they just give you an awesome feel underneath you.

“It will be weird because normally I’m on course to ride work but on Saturday I’ll be there to compete.”

A son of Cox Plate-winning stallion Rubiton, Ruby Boy did little to inspire connections in his two starts on the track, both unplaced runs at Caulfield and Ballarat under the care of Mornington trainer Jerome Hunter.

Passed down from her brother since being retired, Hefel has taken Ruby Boy through his event grades and believes Saturday’s Triequithon, to be conducted in a condensed format at 1* level, could provide a launching pad for the horse to progress even further.

“He’s a Rubiton and there aren’t many of those left,” Hefel said.

“I got him from my brother who decided to give up riding so I took him on and brought him through the levels and now he’s competing at one star level and looking really good to go higher.

“He got him going and taught him what he had to do but then I got him and have done all the work with him.

“I can see this horse getting to at least three star level because he’s just got so much ability and the jump on him is amazing”

It is this potential windfall, as well as the innovative nature of the event, that has Hefel brimming with excitement ahead of Saturday where she will compete aboard Ruby Boy in three disciplines; dressage, cross country and show jumping.

“It’s a lot of money,” Hefel said.

“I do pony club competitions as well and you don’t get any money for those, just a ribbon.

“Even the Equestrian Australia competitions, you only really get prizemoney to third and sometimes that’s just your entry fee back so the money in this competition is huge.”

Carleen finished the Triequithon  in 8th place.

Congratulations and Well Done Carleen.  Carleen also managed to get her 3rd Qualifier riding Phoenix in Grade 2 at Bunyip Horse Trials on the Sunday as well.


Carleen and "Ruby Boy" Ruben in the XC phase of the Triequithon

Carleen and "Ruby Boy" Ruben in the XC phase of the Triequithon pic 2

Carleen and "Ruby Boy" Ruben in the XC phase of the Triequithon pic 3

Carleen and Ruben

Carleen Just letting us know where she is

The crowd at the Triequithon

Relaxing at the Triequithon

Show Jumping at the Triequithon