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The Rock-itt : June 2011
clear in 66.82 seconds to win the class. The perfect weather on Sunday saw big crowds arriving early in time for the start of the Emcee Equestrian Mini Prix, filling the 500 seat stadium quickly. The edges of the arena were lined with spectators, all within meters of the action. 50 combinations were entered in the Mini Prix and the quality of horse and rider was impressive. Yandoo Park rider Alex Rooney, originally from Garfield North in Victoria was the first clear in a good time of 73.50 seconds. 24 other riders joined Alex with Olympian Vicki Roycroft the fastest on W elsom in a tim e of 70.16 seconds. Young WA rider Evie Buller was first out in the second round on Yalambi's Landor in the Emcee Equestrian Mini Prix. She was clear in a time of 44.22 giving the rest of the field a good benchmark. Julia Hargreaves was clear on Phantom's Stealth in a time of 51.23 seconds, a popular ride with the crowd. Alison Rowland on Bickley Brook Bianca took 4 seconds off Julia's time but was not quite quick enough to catch Evie. There wasn't another clear until Sharon Slater and CP Ulixes posted one in a time of 48.61 seconds, faster than Julia but slower than Alison. Alison returned to the ring, this time on Bickley Brook Bella, taking another 3 seconds off her own time but still not quick enough to take the lead. Local instructor, George Johnson riding the hot little mare Wandaree Sprite owned by Catherine W allace from Victoria, positioned himself between Alison's two times with 46.36 seconds. Young speed rider Tom McDermott recorded the fastest time in 42.63 seconds but two rails fell, as they did for James Arkins and Dreamtime Invader who was within 0.07 seconds of Tom's time. Evie held the lead from start to finish, Alison was 2nd and 4th, George 3rd and Sharon 5th. The feature class for the event, the Copabella Grand Prix, had 25 entries from W estern Australia, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales all keen to take home the massive $5,000 winner's cheque. Ingrid Clarke from Grassm ere in Victoria started the class with a clear round on PS Monet in a time of 87.57 seconds. Despite making it look easy, only 2 other riders replicated this result, NSW's Vicki Roycroft on Kartoon De Breve and Victorian Brook Dobbin on Adviser. The 2010 winner of the class, Jamie Kermond jumped Des Gleeson's Valhalla clear with one time penalty, as did David Dobson on AS Akon and Olivia Hamood on Nero GHP. The four faulters also going through to the second round were Ally Lamb on Penrose, Tim Clarke on Caltango, Chris Chugg on Diamond B Vigo and Andrew Inglis on Amira. The second round was jumped in reverse order with Victorian Ally Lamb and Penrose first out. The second fence fell giving them a combined score of 8 penalties over both rounds. NSW's Andrew Inglis was next out and was not happy with how Amira felt, electing to retire the talented mare after the 6th fence. Caltango ridden by Victorian Tim Clarke had the second last fence The big cr owds at the classic were impressed that stunt rider David Cameron stayed on Explore when he jumped this high over the big oxer at 3 on the Grand Prix course. David had an unexpected dismount a few jumps later resulting in elimination Vicki R oycroft, on behalf of Equestrian Australia and Jumping NSW present ed Tom McDermot with his award for 2010 National Show Jumping Junior and Young Rider of t he Year for 2010