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Peter Zillmer and Nicole Allman from Smartrider with their Escape Breakaway Stirrups and the New Inventors award.. scw870a/Mike Garry
Peter Zillmer and Nicole Allman from Smartrider with their Escape Breakaway Stirrups and the New Inventors award.. scw870a/Mike Garry

If you were trying to win a national TV show award that relied on viewers’ votes you would be considered unlucky if that show was broadcast at the same time as a State of Origin decider.

But that was the scenario this week for Peter Zillmer and Coolum woman Nicole Allman who appeared on the New Inventors on Wednesday at 8pm – just as Queensland was doing battle with New South Wales.

But Peter and Nicole’s invention, the Escape Breakaway Stirrups, certainly impressed the judges who voted it the week’s winning entry.

The safety stirrups have been designed to snap open and release any rider who falls from his or her horse.

Nicole only decided to nominate for the show over the Anzac Day long weekend as a means to keep herself awake while her daughter had a sleepover for eight teenage girls.

On May 5, Peter and Nicole received confirmation that their application had been successful.

Nicole said the filming of the one-minute introductory video at the Buderim Pony Club took more than seven hours.

“We had a script – just like the movies, with numerous takes and bloopers,” Nicole said.

“Were we nervous? A resounding ‘yes’.”

The studio segment was shot in Sydney on May 30.

Peter said he was “extremely excited” about appearing on the show because it meant exposure they could not afford.

“But now we want people to vote because we want the People’s Choice Award as well, and possibly even the Inventor Of The Year award,” he said.

People who want to support Peter and Nicole can view the episode, and vote, at www.abc. net.au /tv/newinventors. Alternatively, SMS 1, 2 or 3 to 199 92 220 or phone 1902 552 277.


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