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The Rock-itt : July 2010
Northside Riding Club Monthly Show Jumping St Ives Showground 13 June 2010 On Sunday 13 June Northside Riding Club ran the June monthly show jumping competition sponsored by Mitavite. Despite huge numbers at the three day Camden Winter Show Jumping Festival over the same weekend, the NRC classes were full and included an Official 105cm class and a very competitive 115cm class with Olympian Vicki Roycroft battling it out for the bag of Xtra Cool with the talented local juniors Samantha Trip and Emily Mann. The other up and coming young rider from the area, Stephanie Mackillop was at Camden placing in most of the classes there, otherwise the competition would have been even tougher for Vicki. Northside Riding Club has an impressive array of jumping gear with the newest addition being provided by The Jumpmaker. Along with freshly painted poles, The Jumpmaker provided a new feature fence with barber stripes. Both the 'little' ring and the 'big' ring are filled with jumps that allow course designers, like David Lawrence who built at the June comp, to provide interesting and challenging tracks for all the levels. Classes began at 50cm with an optimum time class that is aimed at teaching both young riders and brave adults trying something new how to ride a course accurately and safely. Another popular part of the program was the 80cm Northside Masters class which allows amateur adults a chance to win the ribbons and the Mitavite feed. This month's winner was a very proud Peter Mitchell who has worked hard over the past few years to learn to ride, jump and event with his lovely horse Precious Habit. Organizers were delighted that he achieved such a great result on the weekend. In the main ring,classes began at 85cm and nearly every jump had fill or feature wings to be negotiated. The course was flowing, a common trait of David Lawrence's courses, but the line of three jumps away from the judges table was intimidating and caused a few problems. Jessica Tripp, following in her sister's Photos and story by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au where all the photos of the event can be viewed