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The Rock-itt : November 2011
Kane says a polite hello to the judge for the Bronz e Tour almost overnight and the remaining show jumping occurred in near perfect conditions under blue skies. Those that stayed were rewarded with a great day of jumping. With rugs on offer in every class, the competitors were keen to shine as brightly as the sun! The biggest turnout was for the Junior Grand Prix where nearly 40 up and coming stars from around the country battled it out over a tough John Vallance track. Samantha Tripp from Duffys Forest, NSW recovered from a spectacular tumble off Romantic Dream on Sunday to jump a lovely clear round with the grey mare but had a time penalty that stopped her proceeding to the 2nd phase. Determined not to repeat the error with her second horse she piloted Flowervale Diamond round the track in quick time and moved into the next stage. James Arkins and TJ Cocam p w ent arou nd the John Vallance track clear in a time of 82.35 seco nds giving him victory Sam was joined by four other promising juniors for the deciding jump off. Jamie-Rose Torzillo started well but was eliminated giving her 5th place in the 40 strong class. Sam and Flowervale Diamond were clear in a tim e of 47.32 seconds that secured them 4th place. Jad McCusker and WF Lightfoot were 3rd in a time of 44.65 seconds, just a fraction of a second slower than Sophie Ahmat and Mon Amie on a time of 44.55 seconds. The winner was Yandoo Team member Maddy Smouha Ho who took more than a second off Sophie's tim e to the delight of her coach Jamie Winning and the rest of the Yandoo Team who erupted in loud cheers from the sideline. Equally as exciting was the Young Rider Grand Prix over a very demanding John Vallance track. James Arkins from NSW had four rides in the class. The first two screeched to a standstill at the big triple bar but the next two were the only horses in the competition to go clear, giving him 1st and 2nd place with TJ Cocamo and Dreamtime Invader. The fastest four faulter was Sarina Jurkiewicz on CW Walnut Brown giving her third place followed by Ryan Towns on Noble Eros and Kelly Slater on He's Crafty. The most spectacular save of the weekend went to Monique Barrett who was completely unseated by a massive jump from Deo Juvante. She showed some amazing acrobatic skills to pull herself back in the saddle and completed the course with just 5 penalties and a massive smile for the cheering spectators. Shannon Breen from Gundaroo Steve Spencer from Saddleworld in Mittagong was thrilled at being involved in the event for the 9th year running. He enjoyed spending the weekend onsite with his mobile trade stand and is already looking forward to being a part of the 2012 Australian Youth Show Jumping Festival. Congratulations to all the Class Winners (full results on www.equestriansportspromotions.co m.au) Samantha T ripp recov ered from a spectacular f all from Rom antic D ream on Sunday to put in a lovely clear jumping round in the Ju nior Gran d Prix. The overall winners of these classes were:- Gold Tour 1st Nikaela Malby riding Redshot from Douglas Park NSW 2nd Brittany Murphy riding Peace Im age from Belbowrie in Queensland 3rd Sophie Ahmat riding Mon Ami NZPH from W estern Australia Silver Tour 1st Pia Boileau riding Yandoo Drought from Goulburn NSW 2nd Riley Mackillop riding Our Great Show from Terrey Hills NSW 3rd Jock Rice W ard riding Cutawang Cruiser from Dubbo NSW Bronze Tour 1st Valentina Aliprandi riding Snowy River Ginger Meggs from Exeter NSW 2nd Sarina Brookes riding Norwood Bound from near Wagga NSW 3rd Georgie Grove riding Nawarrah Park Austin Powers from Gordon in Sydney. The Monday saw a great days jumping in the sunshine for the Grand Prix events:- Child Grand Prix for riders 14 years and under 90cm Heath Ahmat riding Serene Dream from WA. Pony Jumper Grand Prix 90cm Sigi Schneider riding Jasper da Bomb Open Jumper from riders 21 years and under 90cm Georgie Groves riding Nawarrah Park Austin Powers Novice Junior Grand Prix 80cm Jessica Langley riding Ziggy Novice Young Rider Grand Prix 1m Tom Baumer riding Victorioso Open Junior Grand Prix 1.20m Maddie Smouha Ho riding Hedge Open Young Rider Grand Prix riding James Arkins riding Dreamtime Invader Thank you to the sponsors Arena and naming rights sponsor Saddleworld, Arena sponsor Equestrian NSW, Arena sponsor James and Son Premium Feeds Farmline, Horse Deals, Global Entries, Furdography, You Tarzan & Funnell’s Electrial.