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The Rock-itt : January 2012
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information The Summer Show Jumping Classic, a Jumping NSW initiative that has been running since 1979, has become one of the most prestigious shows in the country. Originally held at W entworth Park the Classic is now firmly established at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, the leading equestrian venue in the country since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. This year the Classic hosted the final of the W orld Cup Show Jumping qualifiers in Australia and also an MES for the London Olympic Gam es. Sydney 2000 course designer, Leopoldo Palacious from Venezuela, again returned to build the finest tracks for the Classic providing Australian riders with world class experience in the lead up to the final Olympic selection process. The Summer Classic began on Thursday in less than summ ery conditions with the Oaks Medallion Young Horse Gala Day. A number of qualifying events were held around NSWfrom1Augustfor5,6and7 year old horses. Any 4 year was old offered the chance to enter the Gala Day. The Young Horse Series organisers Jane Frankum from Equestrian Sports Promotions and Alice Cameron from Oaks Sport Horses have been very excited by the enthusiasm and interest in these classes and entries this year have been very strong. The four year old class was dominated by Oaks bred horses. Oaks Vendetta, a gelding by Vivant scored the most marks for flatwork but Oaks Altador received 9s for the jumping to win the class. Oaks Portia placed 3rd. Diamond B Eaglet, a grey gelding by Clinton, led the flatwork section of the five year olds. Eaglet finished 3rd overall behind the lovely chestnut Finch Farm Style by Stakkato and Rhapsody in Blue by Mr Blue. The lovely young stallion Finch Farm Chill was the undisputed winner of the 6 year old class ahead of the striking Visage progeny Copabella Vegas and the Voltaire mare Equus Valentina. The pretty chestnut mare by Warlord II, Yandoo Lady Gold who won the 2010 6 year old class returned to win this year's 7 year old class. Equus Cadet by Cannonball Z was second and Sweetshot, also by Cannonball z, was third. The first of the qualifying classes for each division were held on Friday under a much bluer skies. Huge entries in these and the height classes from 1m up to 1.30m had both rings running until early evening. 44 super juniors competed in the Cambar Equestrian Junior Qualifier with exactly half of these moving into the 2nd round. 8 of these riders had double clears with Chelsea McInnes the fastest on Howzat just ahead of Tom McDerm ott on LH Annie-Elka and Kirstie Ansell on Top Secret. Tom 's second horse Dal Santo was fourth and Steph Mackillop on Our Great Show was 5th. The Jumping NSW Young Rider Qualifier had just 8 combinations through to the second round. James Arkins and Dreamtime Invader were too fast for the rest of the field