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The Rock-itt : January 2012
Sarina Jurkiewicz on CW Walnut Brown was 5th. Tim Clarke on Caltango was third out in the 1.45m Two Phase class, going clear in round 1. He was joined by just 8 other riders in the second phase but none could finish clear and better his time of 37.52 seconds. Brett W arren and Cheezy Z were the only other clear in round 2 giving them 2nd place ahead of Sheridan Manuel who was the fastest four faulter with the striking Renmarno, Nick Taliana on Ambrose and Kristy Bruhn on Jack. Other winners from Saturday included Jess Brown and Yirkalla Elrado in the Equitak Excell 1.25m Height Class, Jessica Tripp and SL Eclipse in the You Tarzan 1m Height Class, Rebecca Seckold and Cool Decision in the ENSW 1.10m height class and Carol O'Donoghue on Wyangan Pines in the Jumping NSW amateur class. The finals were decided on Sunday in front of a cheering crowd who were thrilled at the challenging tracks set by designer Leopoldo, the triple combination right in front of the VIP marquee. The seeded finals had riders jumping in reverse order, making the finals even more exciting for the spectators. Sarah-Lousie McMillan was second out on Miss Cinnamon but the pretty chestnut had found form late in the show going clear in a time of 85.73 seconds. Only three other riders joined her in the second round, W estern Australian Evie Buller on Charlie Girl, up and coming junior from Duffys Forest, NSW Samantha Tripp on Flowervale Diamond and Tom McDermott on Dal Santo. Sarah-Louise had a careful second round going clear in a time of 44.05 seconds. Evie Buller took the inside line to the last fence, shaving 8 seconds off the tim e and putting pressure on Sam and Tom. Sam wasn't as quick as Evie but moved ahead of Sarah-Louise to finish in third. Tom held his cool and took a second off Evie's time with Dal Santo claiming first place. Elizabeth Koob was the fastest four faulter finishing in 5th place on Queens Crusader. Tom was very sentim ental about the victory in his final year in Juniors. Another tough track was set for the young riders whilst the storm rolled in and the heavens opened as Ben Blay set out on W elsom, knocking just one rail. Toni Scattergood was 5th out, the first of 4 clears with GP Shine. Evie Buller had no jumping penalties with Yalambi's Landor but one tim e penalty left her in fifth place. Nicholas Sheehan, Natalie McNeil and Tom McDermott all joined Toni in the second round. None of the combinations were clear in phase two, Toni had 8 jumping and 3 time penalties, Nick had 12 jumping penalties, Natalie was eliminated. Tom won the class with 8 faults on Capone. At 18 Tom was eligible to ride his last year in Juniors and his first year at World Cup level. He was the youngest rider in the WC qualifier and jumped an impressive round in the first phase of the competition over a big (160cm), technical track. Palacios set a very tough course, to challenge the new crop of Australian W orld Cup riders, with half the riders being 26 or younger. SL Limerick, 5th out in the draw, was the only combination with just one rail down. Tom was leading the competition into the second round and there was a strong possibility he could win the hat trick of all three age categories. Queenslander Billy Raymont and Ocean Beach NZPH left the rails up in the second round to finish on their first round score of 8. Cathy Graham, also from Queensland, added another 4 to her first round score of 7 on Davinci's Pride giving her a total of 13 penalties. Tom had 2 rails in hand but the fairytale ending was not to be. SL Limerick got sticky around the corner into the triple combination and had two rails down and a tim e penalty leaving Tom in second place on 13 penalties, but faster than Cathy. Tim Clarke on Caltango was fourth and fifth went to the 2010 winner Brooke Dobbin on Advisor. Tom McDerm ott was the most successful rider of the show, finishing the week end with 4 first places, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, a fourth, 2 fifths and an eighth place. The future of Australian show jumping is looking very good. Congratulations to Jamie Kermond, winner of the 2011 Australian World Cup League. Congratulations to Caltango, ridden by Tim Clarke. Caltango was named leading horse of the 2011 AUS World Cup League. Other winners on Sunday were James Passy and Yirkalla Elliot in the Wentworth Saddles Mini Prix, Zoe Boulton and Coolart Farm Short Torque in the Edwena Mitchell Catering 1.10m Height Class and Emma Smith and Wondaree Ash in the Jumping NSW Amateur Rider Championship Class. This was the final event of 15 shows around NSW in the 2011 Jumping NSW Amateur series that ran for the first time this year. Martin Gostelow was announced as the overall series winner on Carrasino.