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The Rock-itt : November 2010
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au The future of Australian Show Jumping is looking stronger than ever with the recent success of the Australian stallion Vivant at the World Equestrian Games. Vivant placed 21st overall and the Australian team was 7th against a field of impressive horses from around the world. Vivant's offspring are beginning to be seen at events around Australia alongside the striking Visage lines from the Copabella Stud, the Oaks Sporthorse young stock and the Yandoo Park horses. To support the development of the sport a series of events are being held specifically for young horses 4,5 and 6 years old. The courses have specifications for each age group to promote continuity throughout the series and are designed to help the development and preparation of young horses. The competition is based on clear rounds and jumping technique. The qualifying series being held around the country will culminate in a final at the 2010 Summer Showjumping Classic to be held in December at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Horses placing at the qualifying events will automatically qualify for the finals. Despite some rain earlier in the week that made organisers a bit nervous, Northside Riding Club hosted a Young Horse Qualifying event on the Princess Anne Arena at the St Ives Showground on Saturday 9 October. As usual the slightly sloping Princess Anne Arena drained beautifully and the ok to go ahead was given by the NRC show jumping team of Ebony Bryant and Rosemary Allen. The atmosphere for the event was relaxed allowing the young horses valuable experience in a competition environment without the hype generally associated with big events. Course designer Mark Atkins built a flowing, open course using Northside's fabulous gear that allowed the horses to develop confidence throughout their round. John Vallance from Equestrian Sports Promotion joined with NRC Vice-president Jane Robinson to judge the jumping technique of the entrants whilst qualified judge Fiona McLeod scored the rounds. There were some seriously well bred horses present for the Young Horse classes and onlookers were treated to an excellent display of riding and horse training by some of the best riders in Australia. Victorian rider Jamie Kermond, currently based in NSW at Yandoo Park,