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The Rock-itt : May 2011
successful stint in Europe and the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky USA, rode a deceptively relaxed round on Diamond B Vigo, knocking just one rail in a decent time that no other four faulters were able to beat. Vicki Roycroft followed six riders later and recorded a clear round on the lovely Welsom. Alison Rowland, this time on Bickley Brook Bella and Sophia Gostelow on the talented Big Bucks were also clear joining Vicki in an all girl jump off. Ian Hamilton had no rails on ASB Corregidor but had a time penalty. He opted to join the second round for some valuable experience for his horse. The thrilling jump off saw Alison Rowland take another first place, Sophia and Big Bucks were 2nd and Vicki on Welsom 3rd. The Wild Oaks Grand Prix track set by John Vallance was challenging, the noise of side show alley right beside the arena adding to the excitement. Camden Showgirl for 2011 Hilary Scott was first out on course with her lovely big mare Oaks Pro Ratina. Despite having a rail, Hilary was a local crowd favourite, made more so a week later when she was named 2011 Royal Easter Showgirl at a ceremony at the Sydney Royal Show. Hilary will attend dozens of agricultural shows across NSW in the next year. Out of the impressive field of 25 show jumpers that followed Hillary in the Grand Prix just four made it through to the second round. Nick Taliano was ecstatic with his ride on Ambrose who jumped the track with ease. Andrew Inglis, recovering from a recent broken arm, jumped clean with Amira as did Sheridan Manuel on Renmarno and Chris Chugg on Diamond B Vigo. Vicki Roycroft, this time on Kartoon De Breve was the fastest of the four faulters securing 5th place. The jump off was short and exciting. Nick Taliano took it carefully and clear, preparing Ambrose for the Royal the following week rather than pushing him to a fast pace. Andrew Inglis and Amira took an early rail giving them fourth place. Sheridan Manuel blitzed the track on the stunning painted chestnut Renmarno and Chris was unable to better his time leaving him in 2nd place with Diamond B Vigo. Chris Chugg, recently returned from a successful season in Europe and the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky USA Jamie Winning and Yandoo Irishman Alex Townsend from Wallaby Hill Farm and Parodie Ben Blay from the Central Coast and Nikki Des Hayettes Steph Mackillop and Alcheringa Tradition Gabrielle Kuna and Diamond B Jimmy Choo were 5th in the C Grade