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The Rock-itt : July 2012
Winter Wonderland of Show Jumping Whilst wild weather whipped up the NSW coast, day one of the third annual Camden Winter Show Jumping Festival held over the long weekend 9-11 June was met with the most brilliant winter’s weather Sydney has to offer, crisp and clear, fit for a Queen. 230 competitors rode multiple rounds over three rings in what has become a very popular event run by Equestrian Sports Promotions, particularly for Australian amateur riders keen to make their mark on the world stage. The first two rounds of the FEI World Challenge Category A series ran on Saturday in Arena 1 surrounded by trucks, trade stands and cheering crowds. Aaron Hadlow, winner of Category A in both 2010 and 2011 returned to the Camden Equestrian Park to defend his crown. After winning the Australian series in 2011 Aaron was placed in the top amateur riders in the world and travelled to the world final in Guatemala, South America. 30 riders joined Aaron in this year’s Winter SJ Festival Category A class including dual title holder Martin Gostelow who is currently both the Jumping NSW Amateur Series Champion and the Australian Amateur Champion. Just 5 combinations were clear in the first round over the course designed by Iranian Ramin Shafiee, the same course being built all around the world for the Category A Challenge. Aaron had two rails on Bunyarra Ridge Tostig giving him 8 penalties to carry into round 2. Martin was clear riding the lovely grey Classico 46. Joining him on zero penalties in the second round was Nathan Carswell on Cool Customer, Alex Rooney on Clonic, Tim Dreverman on Retro Creek and Bonnie Martin on RR Triple X. Bonnie’s nominated FEI horse, Dyranta R, carried 4 penalties forward. All riders were invited back to compete in the second round, a seeded draw based on the first round results. Emma Hughes posted the first clear with Emmaville Charisma in a time of 60.06 seconds finishing with 4 penalties over the two rounds. Aaron added nothing to his first round score to finish with just 8 penalties for Sunday’s third and fourth rounds. Bonnie Martin’s FEI nominated horse Dyranta R was clear to take the lead before Nathan Carswell, the first of the riders on zero penalties, entered the ring. Cool Customer delivered another clear in a blistering time of 62.95 seconds putting pressure on the remaining riders. Martin Gostelow couldn’t get Classico up to speed, finishing clear in a time of 69.41. Alex Rooney and Tim Dreverman both ended up on four penalites in times too slow to keep them in the places with some of the first round four faulters going clear and fast in round 2. Last out was Bonnie Martin on RR Triple X who was clear in a great time to win the class, but the FEI Series points went to Nathan and Cool Customer. Organiser Jane Frankum from ESP congratulated the winners and reminded them that they needed to post clear rounds again in day 2 of the competition for the results to qualify on the world rankings. No pressure! S addle Up Baby Fur dograph y