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The Rock-itt : December 2010
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith atwww.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information The Sun Shines on the Show Jumping at St Ives The Northside Riding Club Show Jumping team of Ebony Bryant and Rosemary Allen, both tireless volunteers at NRC, were thrilled to see the sun out in the week before the Mitavite Show Jumping Championships drying out the gorgeous Princess Anne Arena in the St Ives showground after the You Tarzan Hunter Trials Championships had to be postponed the week before. Course builder Mark Atkins designed challenging, fun courses in both the Copabella Sporthorses Ring where classes began at 85cm and progressed to 115cm as well as in the smaller Mitavite Ring that started at 50cm. Winners in each of the nine championship classes were awarded an embroidered rug and prize money. Place getters also received excellent prizes from sponsors Brighton Saddleworld and Mitavite. Officials and volunteers at the event were well looked after with excellent catering, a championship goodies bag and well stocked fridges to help limit the effects of the high temperatures throughout the day. The first combination on course for the day was junior rider Jess Tripp on Honey Bee in the Brighton Saddleworld 85cm class. Despite a hasty warm up, Jess rode a clear fast round setting the pace for the rest of the 50 riders in the class. Stephi Collins was able to shave some time off in the jump off on Dr Jettison, moving them into the lead until Riley Mackillop and Laura Bell flew around in an almost frightening time to win the rug. The other places went to Natalie Brett on Lakeview Park Miss Molly, Harriett Gabites on Definitely Maybe and Lara Hibbard on Bindi. The Best Presented prize from Brighton Saddleworld went to Leanne Dalton and Edwin M. Isabella Constantinou entered the Copabella Sporthorses arena on Fair Challenge as the first rider in the LJ Hooker Terrey Hills 95cm class which again had a huge 50 entries. Cassandra Loover was quicker on JFK to win the class followed by Jess Tripp on Kings Loyal Subject in 2nd. Kate Pither and the stiking appaloosa Cayuse Jackson were 3rd, Jess Tripp and Honey Bee were 4th, Peter Carcay on PB Fleur De Lys were 5th and Abby Kernaghan and Harry finished in 6th. NRC vice president Jane Robinson and her stunning young Gwaihir bred mare Hail received the award for best presented. The 105cm official and unofficial classes sponsored by Randwick Equine Centre and Better Produce had some impressive horses entered. Mark Atkins included an imposing triple in his championship track using the NRC brick wall that made its debut in the 2009 championship event. Young rider Hannah Lewis had a grey in each division and was thrilled with her win on RL Sidney in the REC Official class. Cassandra Loover and JFK had another excellent round finishing in 2nd with Andrew Argyle on Secret Encounters placing 3rd. Jess' big sister Samantha smiled the whole way around the course on the stunning Flowervale Diamond to finish in 4th place. Eventer Selina Madeleine and Samsara Alchemy were 5th and Kate Pither was 6th on Cayuse Jackson. The Better Produce unofficial class was won by another talented local