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The Rock-itt : June 2011
down, right in front of the 150 guests in the Magic Millions Marquee, bringing his score to 8 penalties. Despite being the fastest over the shortened course in a time of 50.43 seconds, Diamond B Vigo with Chris Chugg on board looked like she had finished the round before, bringing 4 fences down giving her a total of 20 penalties. Young Queensland rider Olivia Hamood added just one rail to her time penalty from round 1 with Nero GHP giving her a total of 5 penalties and 6th place overall. Des Gleeson hoped the luck of the Irish was with Jamie Kermond and Valhalla but they too had the big oxer in front of the marquee down resulting in a total of 5 penalties, their tim e of 51.98 seconds was good enough to give them 4th place. Western Australian David Dobson had an early rail with Argyle Stables Akon, giving them a total of 5 penalties also. David was a few seconds slower than Valhalla to finish in 5th place. Ingrid Clarke knocked the big oxer at jump 3 with PS Monet but everything else remained in its cups for a total of just 4 penalties in a tim e of 55.11 seconds. Vicki Roycroft was looking good until the upright four from home fell giving them 4 penalties in a tim e 0.81 seconds slower than Ingrid's. Brook Dobbin was faced with the dilemma of riding a careful clear round on Adviser at the risk of knocking a rail with a slower tim e than Ingrid and Vicki or keeping the pace up at the risk of taking more than one rail. His tim e of 57.01 seconds was the slowest in the second round but his gamble paid off and the rails stayed up giving him victory in the Copabella Grand Prix as the only double clear combination. Ingrid was 2nd and Vicki 3rd. With nearly 300 rounds of show jumping over the weekend and around 2000 spectators over the two days, the Copabella Classic once again proved itself to a highlight on Australia's jumping calendar. Other highlights of the weekend included the Fashions on the Field, an intrinsic part of the Classic, that was won by Vivian Liogas who claim ed nearly $1000 worth of prizes from hairdresser Joh Bailey and designer Lisa Ho. Four-year-old Harlan Stanbridge, Alan Hargreaves's grandson, found the prize winning gold coin in the Sod Stomp before the Grand Prix. Vicki Roycroft, on behalf of Equestrian Australia and Jumping NSW presented Tom McDerm ot with an award for 2010 National Show Jumping Junior and Young Rider of the Year for 2010 between the rounds of the Grand Prix. The introduction of the Copabella Classic winners ribbon was a nice touch by organisers, adding to the prestigious atmosphere of the event. With the large number of trade stands, pink riders raising money for the McGrath Foundation, face painting and fortune telling it really was a Classic Weekend. Lesley Hargreaves from Copabella Sporthorses was happy with the turn out, saying "Our spectator numbers continue to grow each year. W e started out with no grandstands and now have stadium seating for 500, as well as 150 in the VIP marquee and lots of people around the perimeters. " The last rider out in the Grand Pr ix, Brook Dobbin, needed to go clear to be sure he would win the Classic on Adviser. His careful round paid off with no rails falling in a time of 57.01 seconds, win ning the C opabella Grand Pr ix as t he only rider with zero penalties A happy Brook Dobbin celebrates his win at the Copabella Classic Organiser s Rosemay Allen and Penny Mackillop