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Liz Halliday back in the saddle at Barroca d’Alva

Dual sportswoman Liz Halliday will begin her 3 Day Eventing season at the prestigious Barroca d’Alva event in Portugal with two weekends of competition on 26 February-1 March and 5-8 March.

The California-born Halliday, now based in the UK, makes her third career visit to the international competition where she will contest CIC and CCI-ranked events with horses Donovan (Intrepid) and Bluey (Ease a Blaze).

Donovan enters his second full season of competition after an impressive rookie year in 2008. Having acquired the New Zealand-bred horse in the winter of 2007, Halliday competed with him on numerous events across the UK last year, taking a maiden victory in a Novice class at the Eridge Horse Trials in June.

For 2009 he will step up to compete in higher level events, which will include his first international CCI* outing at Barroca during the second weekend of competition. He is also set to contest the CIC* category the previous week in preparation for the CCI*.

Halliday will also compete for the first time on Ease a Blaze in Portugal, a horse owned by her trainer and New Zealand Olympian, Joe Meyer. Joe scored a hat-trick of top-three finishes with the horse in 2008 with a best result of second in the Intermediate category at Twesledown in July. Ease a Blaze is set to be entered in the CIC* category at Barroca during the first weekend before stepping up to CCI** class seven days later.

Last year Halliday made a flying start to her season at Barroca with strong results with her horses Fox (Red Letter Day II) and Oscar (Arctic Knight II) on both weekends, including a fourth place finish for Fox in the CCI** event and a 12th place for Oscar.

“Barroca d’Alva is one of my favourite events,” said Halliday. “It’s an international event and therefore a great chance to get some qualifications so early in the season. The weather has been pretty bad recently here in the UK, so hopefully the sun will shine in Portugal and we’ll get the opportunity to give the horses a good start to the year.”

Meanwhile, Halliday has taken on a new, inexperienced, horse for the 2009 season which she plans to compete within the UK. “His name is Billy and I’ve taken him on as a project really,” she explained. “He’s never been affiliated before, so I'm working with him now and then I'll enter some Pre Novice and Novice events this year to assess his potential.”

Plans for the other half of Liz’s ‘dual’ career are still to fall into place as she assesses her options both in Europe and the US ahead of the 2009 motorsport season.

For more details on Liz Halliday, please visit http://www.lizhalliday.com.

 

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