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The Rock-itt : June 2012
A Winning Showcase of Show Jumping at the Polo The Showcase of Show Jumping (SOS) was held 5 - 6 May at the stunning Sydney Polo Club in Richmond. Some of the fnest show jumping talent in the Junior, Young Rider, Senior and Amateur divisions from around Australia converged on Peter and Rebecca Higgins’ beautiful property ‘Highfeld’ to stake their claim on the $16 000 prize pool up for grabs. After the original date was postponed due to severe wet weather and fooding, those that stayed in Sydney after the Royal and World Cup Shows were treated to the most magnifcent Autumn weekend that Sydney has to offer. Action began with the Young Horse classes for 5, 6 and 7 year olds on Saturday morning. These classes form part of the Oaks Sport Horses Young Horse Series and have grown in popularity with breeders of elite horses in Australia over the past few years. Other contests run throughout the day on Saturday were qualifying rounds for the fnals on Sunday. The top twenty Juniors, Young Riders and Senior Riders were selected from the qualifers. The two round Grand Prix fnals were held in alternate arenas in front of large crowds on Sunday with riders jumping in reverse order based on Saturday’s places. The Gold Grand Prix on Sunday began with an exciting clear round to Sidney Roberts on The Prince and You. Sheridan Manuel on the famboyant Renmarno, David Dobson on Akon, Jamie Grant on Cool K, Vicki Roycroft on Kartoon De Breve and Jamie Kermond on Yandoo Laughton’s Legacy all joined Sidney with clear frst rounds. Nick Taliano and Ambrose made up the top 7 moving into the second round as the fastest of the four faulters. Sidney, Nick and Sheridan all had multiple rails in round two. Sheridan was the fastest giving him 5th place. Jamie Grant just knocked a rail at jump 9 to fnish in 4th. Vicki Roycroft was slightly defensive with her time of 61.17 seconds but posted a clear round that put pressure on the remaining two competitors to go clear and fast. David Dobson, who never looks to raise a sweat, calmly shaved his lines to go clear in a time of 57.98 seconds on Akon putting him ahead of Vicki. Jamie Kermond entered the arena on Yandoo Laughton’s Legacy with a no guts no glory attitude. It paid off with a clear in a time of 57.17 seconds giving him a very popular victory with his local crowd. The fnal class on the program for the weekend was the Amateur Class. 25 riders from Saturday’s qualifying class of 44 starters competed over a 1.15m course to gain points in the very popular Jumping NSW Amateur of the Year Series. Last year’s Series winner and current Australian Amateur Champion Martin Gostelow had 3 horses qualifed for the fnal, all new editions to his team. Angela Dobbin was the frst clear on GP Premier Dollars. Martin made it a jump off when he went clear on the lovely grey Classico 46. They were joined by Amanda Leyshan on the talented stockhorse Emmaville Spice. Angela Dobbin added her second horse, GP Shine to the second round. Angela and Premier Dollars put the pressure on with a clear in a time of 51.10 seconds. Both Martin and Amanda knocked one rail with Amanda the fastest in a time of 49.26 seconds. s Angela returned to the ring, e ultimate battle was between er two spectators, both hoping eir horse would win them the TV onated by sponsor Big Brown Box. ach rider throughout the day had rawn the name of a spectator to de for. If the rider won the class, e spectator won a TV. With two of ow jumping’s biggest volunteers ding on each of Angela’s horses, oyce Brooks on Premier Dollars nd Donnie Longhurst on Shine, the ressure was on Angela. Shine is the ost recent ride for Angela and the ore tenuous partnership resulted in rails, giving the TV to Joyce and e win to Premier Dollars. andoo Equestrian Services, in ssociation with Equestrian NSW, esigned the event with spectators mind. Tents, tables and seating ere placed on all four edges of e competition arenas, including a IP marquee positioned through the middle of the two rings. Spectator participation was maximized with the unique opportunity to be represented by each rider as they jumped their round. John Winning, from Winning Appliances made the fnal presentation on behalf of Big Brown Box. John was thrilled to be able to present Joyce with the fabulous prize. “I’m pretty happy that someone who has spent so many years helping the sport won one of the TV’s. We hope that this crowd participation is able to continue with future shows.” Story by Rachel Smith Photos by Furdography