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The Rock-itt : December 2011
George Johnson and Wandaree Sprite won the second day's 1.30m class sponsored by the Tripp Family, adding to their victory on Saturday in the 1.30 class The Hawkesbury River Saddlery Open 1.30m class was won by George Johnson on the quick, careful little mare Wandaree Sprite in a time of 29.53 seconds. The next closest clear time was 34.75 recorded by James Passy on Yirrkala Cortina. David Cameron and the clever chestnut Explore were third in 35.21. George and Wandaree Sprite won the Tripp Family Open 1.30m on Sunday and were second to Oaks Pro Ratina ridden by Hilary Scott in the Winning Appliances 1.35m class on Monday. A solid performance for the combination. An afternoon st orm set an amazing backdrop for the classes being run. Samantha Trip and CP Romantic Dream were 4th in the 1.10m two phase class The Winning Appliances Amateur Championships was a hotly contested title within NSW. Martin Gostelow, who currently leads the Equestrian NSW 2011 Amateur Pointscore, led round 1 from start to finish on Carrasino with a good time of 65.34 seconds. Troy Johnson and Fifa Leva tied for equal second with Ricki Cox and Birkalla in a time 67.53 seconds. In round 2 just seven amateurs moving into the second phase in the Power and Speed class. Claire W atkinson was fast and clear in a time of 37.94 seconds to win the class on Yandoo Mystique, a horse originally owned by sponsor Kerrie Winning. Bonnie Martin and Dyranta R were second and the cute palomino Fifa La Viva ridden by Troy Johnson was third. The final of the amateur class had the crowds on the edge of their seats. Jennifer Mitchell got over the line on Sweetshot in just 54.02 seconds winning the class by more than 6 seconds. Martin was faster but one fence came down to the groans of the Gostelow Equestrian Team and he had to settle for fourth in the class. His consistent performance over the three days saw him awarded as the NSW Amateur Champion with Clare W atkinson and Yandoo Mystique the Reserve. Sponsor Sue Knox from Yirrkala Stud congrat ulat es daughter Jessica for winning the NSW State Junior Show Jumping Title James Mooney and Invadon took out round 1 of the Equestrian NSW Senior Championships in a time of 66.88 seconds. David Cameron and Explore moved up a place in this class to finish second and Jono Berry was third on the stallion Yandoo Quincy Z, just ahead of another Yandoo horse Laughton's Legacy ridden by Jamie Winning. In Round 2 the rivalry was fierce with large crowds gathering to support their favourites. Jamie Winning was the first of those through the power section on Alpha Centuri knocking one in the second phase in a time of 53.79 seconds. Shannon Omeara followed this with 8 faults in the second phase in a very good time of 51.73 seconds on My Sweet Revenge. Jono Berry and the stallion Yandoo Quincy Z also had one rail in the second phase but were faster than Jamie with a time 49.29 giving him victory in the class. Jamie’s second ride was the final horse to make it to the Speed phase but a rail, a refusal and time penalties had them finish in 4 th place. Dave Cameron was the fastest of the first round four faulters to finish in 5 th place with Explore. The Senior Rider Title was anyone’s and Tom McDermott showed he meant to claim victory with an early clear round on Statford Delight. Emma Smith and the big jumping stallion Ego Casablanca were the next to go clear and the only other clear in the first round went to Jamie Winning and Yandoo Laughton’s Legacy. Again riders with up to 8 faults went forward to the second round in the Grand Prix style event. Unfortunately for Tom Statford Delight knocked a rail but his time of 55.62 seconds was quick keeping the pressure on. Ego Casablanca had two rails and one time penalty to finish with 9 penalties, but this secured them 5 th place. Tom McDermott returned with SL Limerick and added nothing to their first round score, putting them behind Statford Delight on the leaderboard. Jono Berry already had a rail and added a second one to this giving Yandoo Quincy Z the spot behind Tom ’s two horses and leaving the way clear for Jamie Winning to claim victory if she left the rails up. Jamie gambolled with the time allowed, riding a slow careful round knowing that all the rails up meant victory but if one fell her slow tim e would put her behind Tom in the placings. Yandoo Laughton’s Legacy cleared the course and the one time penalty they received meant they were the winners of the Final Class. With Jono Berry in fourth he had enough of a lead in the pointscore to be awarded the NSW Senior Rider State Title. Jamie was runner up, just one point behind. An exciting finish to a great competition. The NSW State Show Jumping Championships were a reminder that the sport is fun. There was a camaraderie between riders, sponsors, officials and organisers that is sometimes missing at the bigger events. To top off the great weekend, there were only a few falls and just one rider needed to have a check up in hospital. As the trucks rolled out, many people remained to help pack up, a task that is often left to just one or two hard workers at the end of a show. Jim Scobie picked up piles of trash, Margot Meredith handed in her microphone and untangled the walkie talkies ready for the National Championships being held at Dubbo in two weeks time and smiling Sue Hartog swept out the office ready for the Gundagai Pony Club's return. The thank yous that riders called out as they left were very satisfying and made all the hard work feel worthwhile. As usual organisers would like to thank the sponsors for helping to make the event such a wonderful success - After Dark, Edwena Mitchell Catering, Emcee Equestrian, Equestrian NSW, Global Entries Online, Hawkesbury River Saddle Company, Jumping NSW, Southwest Stockfeeds, Tekna, The Tripp Family, Winning Appliances and Yirrkala Stud.