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The Rock-itt : July 2011
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information CAMDEN WINTER SHOWJUMPING FESTIVAL & FEI World Jumping Challenge Australian Leg Despite lining up against some of the best Amateur show jumpers in the country, a humble Eventing rider Sam Fasher jumped 4 faultless rounds to take victory in the FEI Amateur Category A World Challenge at the Camden W inter Show Jumping Festival on the June Long Weekend. Whilst the majority of Eventers were in Melbourne at the renowned Three Day Event, either riding or spectating, Sam stayed in Sydney to compete World News in the series event run as two competitions of two rounds over a 1.20m track. The aim of the world challenge is to give the less experienced Jumping riders who, under normal circumstances, cannot take part in international Jumping competitions, the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country. The competition is divided into ten geographical zones and riders around the world compete over the same courses designed by Louis Konickx from the Netherlands appointed by the FEI. Australia's own FEI Course designer, John Vallance, built the course in Arena 1 for 45 Australian amateur riders attending the Winter Festival. Saturday's FEI class began with the 2010 Australian Cat A winner Aaron Hadlow entering the Arena. Aaron and Step Sister finished in 26th place overall in the 2010 World Jumping Challenge. He set the high standard for the start of the 2011 competition with a clear, fast round on BB Albury. Just three riders were faster than Aaron. Mitch Brown on NHL Dragon Fly was clear in 67.29 seconds and Shannon O'meara managed to stay on My Sweet Revenge despite losing a stirrup over the last fence for a clear round in 64.59 seconds. Ella Avery was also quicker but knocked fence 6 to carry four penalties through into the second round. Eighteen riders began the second round with zero penalties. Aaron kept the pressure on with a great time of 54.13 seconds. Emma Smith was close to his time on Wondaree Ash adding nothing to her first round score of zero. Rod Mcqueen, Sam Fasher, Martin Gostelow and Clare Watkinson were also clear finishing with zero penalties but none were able to better Aaron who kept the lead until Shannon returned to the ring taking 2 seconds off the time to win the class. Rod was fourth behind Emma in third with Sam in fifth place. The Category A Amateurs returned to the ring on Sunday for the second competition in the Australian leg of the W orld Challenge. Emma Smith on Wondaree Ash was first out going clear in a good tim e of 59.6 seconds. Fifteen riders joined her to take zero penalties through to the second round with Jennifer Mitchell on her lovely grey Sweetshot the only clear who was faster than Emma in round one. A clear second round gave Jen Aaron Hadlow and Ballycastle Big Jim wer e 3rd in the MJM Amateur Cat B Grand Prix Izabelle Stone and Kinnordy Ghasi were 2nd in the Bruce Food Catering 1.10 Open Class Jane Frankum presents the ESP & Oaks Sporthorses 4 year old winners Izabella Stone and Kinnordy Galliana, Tim Dreverman and retro Style and Tyson King and Pyree Ego Z FEI World Challenge Category A for Amat eur Riders, a four round competition over the same track worldwide, was won by Sam Fasher and World News. Aaron Hadlow and Emma Smith were runners up Cool Decision Sponsor Jane Robinson from You Tarzan Design presented Jessica Tripp wit h 1st and 2nd in the 1m Grand Prix at the Camden Wint er Show Jumping Festival