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The Rock-itt : November 2011
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information The Sun Shines on the Future of Australian Jumping at the 2011 Saddleworld Australian Youth Show Jumping Festival! Izabelle Stone and Kinnordy Giuliani Around 200 of the best Child, Junior and Young Rider Show Jumpers from around the country gathered in Camden this weekend for the 9th annual Australian Youth Show Jumping Festival proudly sponsored by Saddleworld. Saddleworld has supported the event from its inception and is this year joined by James and Sons Premium Horse Feed, Farmline, Horse Deals, Funnels Electrical Contracting, Furdography, You Tarzan Design in the event organised by Jane Frankum and John Vallance of Equestrian Sports Promotions. Steph Mackillop an d Alche ring a Tradition Day one of competition had the first two rounds of the Bronze, Silver and Gold FEI International Children's Jumping Qualifier being completed over courses designed by Irish course designer Alan W ade. The same course is being built in 26 other countries and competitors are given a world ranking based on their penalties over the four rounds. The world's top 16 Gold Tour riders are invited to attend a final event to determine the overall winner. Sarah Beale and Briar R ose The riders in the three FEI Tour classes returned to the arenas on Sunday in less than perfect conditions. W hilst the going looked wet the grounds were surprisingly good and competition was pretty intense for such a young bunch. Action began in the Saddleworld Arena for the Silver Tour with Kirrily Mann and Yandoo Aphrodite who added 0 jumping and 1 time penalty to their score of 8 from day one. Riley Mackillop was clear and fast in a second round time of 46.91 seconds, putting pressure on the two other riders who had zero penalties from day one of the competition. Pia Boileau, whose smile wasn't dampened by the rain, took more than a second off Riley's time on Yandoo Drought giving her the victory in both Sunday's class and the overall Champion of the FEI Children's Silver Tour. Riley was 2nd in the class and the Silver Tour and Jock Rice-Ward finished as the 2nd runner up with 4 faults overall. The Bronze Tour was run in the James & Sons Premium Feeds Arena. Valentina Aliprandi was the only rider to have 4 clear rounds to be awarded the FEI Children's Bronze Tour Champion. The runners up were Serena Brookes and Georgie Grove both with 4 faults and good times. Amy Laing from Vict oria and Billabong Beauty had two rails in the second round of the Silv er Tour Brooke Langbecker was the only rider who carried zero penalties through two days of the Gold Tour on her nominated horse Riverside Bart but the heavy going proved too much for them resulting in elimination. Brooke went on to win the day's class on her second horse but was not in contention for the overall prize with Alice's Wonderland. Nickaela Malby was the FEI Children's Gold Tour winner on Redshot. Brittany Murphy and Peace Image were runners up and Sophie Ahmat was third with Mon Amie NZPH. Kirrily Mann and Jiv e Talkin w ere 3rd after the first t wo rounds of the Silver Tour What a difference a day made! The pouring rain and mud vanished