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The Rock-itt : May 2011
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information CAMDEN SHOW 2011 The 125th Camden Show was held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April in the picturesque Camden Showgrounds. Just an hour from the centre of Sydney, Camden is truly the epitome of how the rural heritage of Australia meets the glitz of the city. The massive crowds in attendance were treated to a full day of top class show jumping action on the Friday with many of the best riders and horses from around the country in town in the lead up to the Sydney Royal, the Copabella Classic and the Weekend of World Cups. Local horse breeder, Alice Cameron from Oaks Sporthorses, played a big part in organising the show jumping and was thrilled at the number of entries in every class. The course designers headed by John Vallance and Brad Longhurst kept things interesting for competitors with quick changes of tracks between classes with many riders lending a hand to keep things moving smoothly. Jane Frankum from Equestrian Sports Promotions again proved to be an excellent marshal, as did the team from Oaks Sporthorses who ran ring 2. Fourteen from seventy competitors jumped into the second round of the D Grade in Arena 1. Second out, Maddison Stephen on Kinnordy Georginus posted a great time and put pressure on the rest of the field to perform. With three to go she was still in the lead, but Mitch Brown and NHL Dragonfly flew around clear to take the lead. They were followed by Harry Owens on the lovely young mare, Dusky Farm Jane who was even faster winning the blue ribbon. Fourth was Yukie Omori on It'll Happen and Mellissa Blair was fifth on Tommy Lee. Next up was the C Grade with fifty competitors entered, twelve of whom progressed into round two. Alison Rowland went out first and fast and the rest of the field were unable to better her score on the well seasoned campaigner Little Britton. Vicki Roycroft was thrilled at her ride into 2nd place on Noblewood Park Casino Royale and Aaron Hadlow rode the impressive Big Black Albury with style to take 3rd place. Jack Erikson and Isle of Nahru were 4th and Gabrielle Kuna was 5th on Diamond B Jimmy ChooThe Oaks Sporthorses Mini Prix also had nearly 50 entries. Chris Chugg, recently returned from a Sophia Gostelow and Big Bucks were 2nd in the Mini Prix at the Camden Show George Johnson from Nelson had his team of jumpers at the Camden Show Camden Showgirl Hilary Scott is also a top show jumper, pictured here on Oaks Sharko in the D Grade Hilary Scott and Oaks Portia Nic Sheehan and Cortez in the D Grade