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The Rock-itt : December 2011
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information The NSW State Show Jumping Championships, held at the gorgeous Gundagai Showgrounds in NSW, were full of life and promise for the future of the sport in Australia. W ell supported teams came in truckloads from around Australia. Team Yandoo had three semitrailers on location headed by Jamie Winning, Jono Berry and Brooke Campbell. The Copabella Sporthorse contingency was led by Dave Cameron and Talara Barwick, with Julia Hargreaves in Europe aiming for the London Olympics. Also arriving en mass were Oaks Sporthorses with Hilary Scott, the Gostelow Equestrian Team, Oakville Riding Centre, Rod Brown’s crew, Team Yenoom under Jam es Mooney’s watchful eye and Team J with George Johnson at the helm. Another young family becoming more involved in the sport currently are the Tripps, with daughters Jess and Sam well horsed and riding proficiently in the Junior and Young Rider classes. Parents Simon and Brenda joined other involved parents like Kerry and John Winning, Sue Knox from Yirrkala Stud and Edwena Mitchell sponsoring the show. All the teams, decked out in matching gear, were on the arena edges each day to cheer on their riders at every level and often helped pick up poles, score and marshal. Edwena – Organiser Edwena Mitchell gives Yandoo Quincy Z an apple with the Senior C hampion Jono Berry onboard The Championships were held over four days in three rings. Although the show clashed with Melbourne Royal there were around 2500 rounds of jumping and plenty of action as the state titles for Juniors, Young Riders, Amateurs and Senior Riders were decided. Also on the program were qualifying events for the Oaks Young Horse Medallion, the D Grade championship, the Tekna Young Rider Series event and height classes from 60cm to 1.35m. Top designers Brad Longhurst, John Vallance and Michael Tuckwell built challenging tracks worthy of the state titles that were judged accurately by Michael Archer, Anne Sheehan and Brigitte Cross. Young horse stallion Copabella Cadiz ridden by Dave C ameron (A stuntman on the hit TV show Wild Boys) The Championships began on Friday 30 October with the Oaks Sporthorses Young Horse Medallion Qualifying classes for 5, 6 and 7 year olds and the first round of the D Grade Championships. Sponsor Alice Cameron from Oaks Sporthorses showed her commitm ent to the young horse series by marshalling competitors for each class. Numbers in the events were encouragingly high and Alice was delighted with the standard of the up and coming jumping horses in the country. The 5 year old class was won by CW Conquest, a chestnut gelding sired by the lovely stallion Conquistador. Sarina Jurkiewicz rode the lovely young horse on a beautiful clear round to place ahead of Rhapsody in Blue, a Daley K mare ridden by Emily Longhurst. Third was Whiskey Jim, a thoroughbred ridden by Jodie White. Jamie Winning and Tulara Bulloch The 6 year old class was won by Equus Valentina, a Voltaire mare bred by Equus Australia and ridden by Alex Mooney. Second was Vision Vuitton, by the amazing stallion Vivant and ridden by James Mooney. Third went to a stunning black gelding owned by Yandoo Park and ridden by Jamie Winning, Tulara Balouch. Emcee D Grade Champion Tom McDerm ott looked like he had been riding LH Annie-Elka forever as the pair completed a near perfect round to win the 7 year old class. By Belcam Agassi and out of Kinnordy Gouvenate, LH Annie Elka is light and quick across a course, or maybe The pony parade! Tripp Family Young Rider Champion Evie Buller Gabi Biland and Copabella Vertigo