Trans Tasman Champion to lead NSW in 'State of Origin' Challenge
Natalie Blundell, member of the victorious 2012 Australian Trans Tasman eventing team and long listed rider for 2012 Olympics who claimed 2nd place at the 2012 Adelaide International 4* event has been appointed captain of the NSW team to take on Stuart Tinney's Qld team in the inaugural Over the Top State of Origin on horseback at the Davcar Horse Floats Qld International Three Day Event 21- 24 March at Warwick.
Natalie, highly regarded in eventing circles for her elegant dressage and tenacious cross country style, will be making her first visit to Qld. She said she is looking forward to the opportunity to test the Morgan Park track at Warwick. She has warned the Queenslanders not to be too confident of success since she believes NSW will mount a strong challenge in seeking to be the first winner of the State of Origin purse.
Entries for the QI3DE have been extended without late fee until 15/3/13. In addition since weather patterns have disrupted rider preparation for the event , expressions of interest are being sought from riders who wish to enter for a CIC1* or CIC2* event.
Source: Equestrian Qld