After winning its Age Class for two consecutive years, Bridget Kelly’s Cera Diarada finally clinched the big one, carrying home the coveted Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Champion’s Crown at Swan River Showjumping’s 2019 Indoor SRSJC Winter Jumping Festival at Brookleigh Estate.
Bred by Victoria’s Cera Performance Horses and co-owned by Bridget and D & B Pomeroy, the beautiful grey mare with the stunning lineage has continually impressed with her enormously scopey jump and go-for-it attitude (x Diarado x Cera Carlina x Clearway). This year’s interstate riding judge, Russell Johnstone, said, “She felt amazing, with the scope I look for,” after jumping each of the 4, 5, 6, and 7 year old Age Class winners in The Final Four. Bridget said, “I’ve had the mare since she was a yearling, but have taken things slowly to give her time to develop.” Her patience has certainly paid off.
“All four are quality horses,” Russell told spectators about Chadd Donovan’s Contarli Costell (4YO x Caratino’s Boy), Sophie Ahmat’s Sovereign’s Rolls Royce (5YO x Baloubet) and Caitlin Bolger’s Caprino (7YO x Yalambi’s Carpino Z) – all notably produced by local breeders. But the extra something Russell felt after riding Cera Diarada helped push the judges’ decision over the line, with complete agreement from his judging panel colleagues, former World Cup competitors and WA judges Stewart Kammann and Kate Majors-Borg. “This competition is designed to pick potential international standard horses,” and the Olympic, Nations Cup, World Cup rider believes Bridget’s mare could be on its way to a stellar career.
“This year’s sizable cohort of young jumping horses was probably the strongest yet overall,” said event organiser, Suzanne McGill, a statement supported by the close scoring results. Having judged the event previously in 2014, Russell agreed, telling spectators he had seen significant improvement in the standard of horses and the training and riding of them, as well.
One of very few dedicated young horse events across Australia, the nine-year old event is reputed as a crystal ball on future performance, with more than half of its past Champions progressing to significant jumping careers. Champions including three stallions and four mares, breeding potential abounds, suggesting a fascinating future for Australian jumping.
“There’s been a long partnership between Swan River Showjumping and Horseland for this event, with Horseland Midland’s Cheryl Campbell having been a driving force in matching SRSJC’s ethos to develop WA jumping talent. Since SRSJC has been inviting breeders to participate in Age Class sponsorships, it’s thrown an increasingly bright spotlight on the achievements and goals of Australian breeding, too.”
Although the judges’ subjective ‘style’ marks determined which horses competed in The Final Four, this year’s age classes were run simultaneously as traditional two-round competitions, giving each young horse two opportunities to place in these classes. While placings in the two sections differed slightly, the choice of Cera Diarada for Champion was a unanimous judging and popular outcome.
While the young horse event was the weekend’s keynote event, horses of all ages shone through a range of exceptionally well-supported open 90-130cm classes. “WA Riders can be a little apprehensive about competing indoors since our competitions are almost exclusive outdoors, but this year’s entries were bursting.” Classes were hotly contested, with winners over the two days including: Aileron, Jade Moody: ERIC LLOYD 90 CM OPEN &YOUTH; Kentaur Chandon, David Dobson: HORSELAND 4-YEAR OLD HORSE (jumping competition); Sovereign’s Rolls Royce, Sophie Ahmat: HORSELAND 5-YEAR OLD HORSE (jumping competition); Alish Donovan, Noblewood Park Conchetta: THE GENERAL STORE 1.05M OPEN; Lexcen, Hayley Bettink: EQUINEWORLD AMATEUR QUALIFIER; Kentaur Chocolate Noir, Jessica Hoffren: QUICKMAIL 1.05M OPEN; Sweet As NZPH, Sophie Ahmat: BRIGADOON PRODUCE 1.15M OPEN; Benson’s Cat Balou, Rachel Yovich: HORSELAND 6YO YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE (jumping competition); Yalambi’s High Fashion – Emily Hovell: HORSELAND 7YO YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE (competition section); Maximouse, Shawn Squire: BATES SADDLES 1.20M OPEN: Diamond B Casanova, Georgie Siciliano: PATERSONS SECURITIES HI FLYER 1.30M MINI PRIX.
See EVENTS for complete event results.
Photos above, Eric Lloyd Photography: Kentaur Coralline (2018 4YO/Champion); Caprino (5YO); Cera Diarado (6YO), Oaks Quickstep (7YO).
It’s that hotly anticipated time again, with SRSJC’s ninth annual Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship headlining its popular indoor Winter Jumping Festival at Brookleigh on 29 & 30 June. Spectators are always welcome and entry is free!
Jumping over the two days includes Saturday’s 90-110cm open competition and the 4 Year-Old and Five Year-Old age classes; then, Sunday’s 105-130cm open competition, 6 & 7 year old age classes. And to finish, our famed The Final Four, to reveal the 2019 Champion Young Showjumping Horse.
Russell Johnstone returns to lead the judging at this iconic young horse event, one of the few dedicated competitions of its kind anywhere in Australia. The Olympic, Nations Cup & World Cup rider from Victoria made a great impression when he last judged WA’s young horses in 2014, and comes back to WA hot off the heels of his own strong performances at elite level in the Eastern States. Joining him on the 2019 young horse judging panel are former top WA competitors, Bond Derby winner Stewart Kammann and former European Young Rider Champion and World Cup show jumper Kate Majors-Borg.
Together this formidable team of experts will assess a talented crop of 4, 5, 6 and 7 year old horses, with Russell riding the four age-class winners in Sunday’s The Final Four.
Competitors and spectators will see significant changes in the age class format that gives the young horses two ways to place this year. Each age group will compete and place in traditional ‘two-round’ age-group competition classes (run under EA Article 273). During these classes, our judging panel will assess each horse with individual ‘style’ marks that will place them, against their age peers, on the basis of their movement, rideability/education, technique, scope and overall potential. The style winner of each age group will compete in The Final Four for the title of Champion Young Showjumping Horse – with the lucky winner taking home Bates Saddles’ just launched premium Vitrix jumping saddle – European-styled and designed with Australian jumping riders.
Horses of all ages, sizes and shapes have been crowned Champion Young Horse – we’re excited to see who will win this year!
Many thanks to all of the weekend’s many sponsors, with special nods to generous young horse sponsor Horseland, age class co-sponsors Riverwood Lodge (4 Year Old class), Perth Performance Horses (5 Year Old class), Jakoma Equestrian (6 Year Old class) and Yalambi Farm Stud (7 Year Old class) and Bates Saddles for providing its new Vitrix saddle as the Champion’s prize.
As predicted, classes have filled fast for SRSJC’s third annual Autumn Jumping Carnival, with a two-day programme of 90cm-140cm classes that include SRSJC and EWA Leaderboard Qualifiers.
We’ve opened a few additional places in filled classes, so be sure to grab the last spots in Saturday and Sunday’s competition. Questions about entries? Please contact Nanette by texting her at 0417 902 734 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, competitors seeking refunds for scratchings must contact SRSJC directly at the above mobile and/or email address. Only scratchings made prior to entries closing will be accepted for refunds, unless the organisers are notified about withdrawals due to injury before or during the weekend of the event (and vet certificates sent).
Be sure to always check out photos by our club photographer and sponsor, Eric Lloyd Photography, at www.ericlloydphotography.com
Spectators are always welcome and entry is free to SRSJC’s Autumn Jumping Carnival at Brookleigh’s Outdoor Arena at 1235 Great Northern Highway, Upper Swan. Delicious refreshments are available for purchase on-site from Bubbles & Bites.
Last year’s entries for SRSJC’s two-day outdoor show at Brookleigh filled in a flash!
This year’s classes range from 90cm Youth/Open to 1.40m Exhibition and feature the EWA Jumping Novice and Bronze Series Qualifiers, EquineWorld Amateur Qualifiers (also a qualifier and points accumulator for SRSJC’s Amateur Leaderboard). Dedicated Junior and Young Rider classes also count toward SRSJC Leaderboard points and Championship qualification.
Given the rush on past entries, we suggest competitors make haste once Early Entries (for SRSJC Club Members) open on 7 May and General Entries open 10 May. Online entries: www.globalentriesonline.com.
Enquiries: email email@example.com or text Nanette, 0417 902 734
“Beyond our expectations,” is the way SRSJC’s Chair, Suzanne McGill, described the club’s JUMPING & POLO IN THE MEADOW new venture at Guildford’s Kings Meadow last weekend.
SRSJC had been tossing around ways to bring jumping to an additional, more publicly accessible venue for years, but hadn’t settled on the ‘right’ location until SRSJC and Perth Polo joined forces to create a single showcase of two equestrian sports. “Kings Meadow in Guildford is groomed year round for polo, so the surface is beautifully maintained and set up for horses – and historic Guildford is an ideally central tourist destination only 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD.”
It was SRSJC and Perth Polo’s energetic young organising committee members whose enthusiasm inspired producing the event with just two months of planning. It was truly a team effort: Perth Polo continuously liaised with SRSJC, provided grounds access, loaned equipment, shared hospitality and watered generously; WA eventing loaned SRSJC its aeovator and Limerick Farms (Meadow Hay) provided trucking and people power to perfect the surface and create the large arena space. both groups envisioning it becoming an annual SRSJC-Perth Polo fixture.
Extensively promoting the event through social media and printed flyers brought keen and curious public spectators to the event, with their picnics and marquees filling up the narrow gap between the polo and jumping arenas. There was constant action on the grounds and spectators were perfectly positioned to watch both sports simultaneously.
Riders embraced the event, entries filling fast for 80-140cm classes on Saturday and 105 to 130cm classes on Sunday that included the LJ Hooker 25 Years & Under Mini Prix and Patersons Securities Grand Prix. The surface helped produce some outstanding performances, including a double of wins by Courtney O’Sullivan on Young Equestrian’s Tinka’s Bay. See RESULTS page for full placings. (Photo left: LJ Hooker’s Vincent Siciliano with 25 Years & Under Mini Prix winner Paris Castledine & Cortehz. Photo, S. McGill)
Be sure you don’t miss Swan River Showjumping’s next event, the 2019 SRSJC Autumn Carnival, 25 & 26 May, outdoors at Brookleigh.
JUMPING & POLO IN THE MEADOW – WINNERS
SATURDAY, 9 MARCH
ERIC LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHY 90CM OPEN: Ellie Gough, Western Diva
THE GENERAL STORE FURNITURE & HOMEWARES 1.10M OPEN: Courtney O’Sullivan, Tinka’s Bay
QUICKMAIL 1.20M OPEN: Chloe Versteegen, MC Pico Diamonds
LIMERICK FARMS 1.30M OPEN: Chadd Donovan, Carpina
SUNDAY, 10 MARCH
HORSELAND MIDLAND 1.05M OPEN: Hayley Bettink, Lexcen
EQUINEWORLD AMATEUR QUALIFIER: Courtney O’Sullivan, Tinka’s Bay
EQUISSAGE 1.20M OPEN: Wendy Reid, Thunder Rose
LJ HOOKER COMMERCIAL PERTH 1.20M 25 YEARS & UNDER MINI PRIX: Paris Castledine, Cortehz
PATERSONS SECURITIES 1.30M GRAND PRIX: David Dobson, Tulara Corango
Entries are rolling in for SRSJC’s very special joint venture with Perth Polo on 9 & 10 March at Kings Meadow in historic Guildford.
SRSJC’s Annual Members exercised their Early Entry Codes to get a headstart on entering this first-ever event, at which two of WA’s powerhouse equestrian groups will run simultaneous, side-by-side competitions. General Entries opened on Friday, 22 February at 7am and hopeful competitors have been urged to get entries in right away for two days of 80cm-1.40m jumping in this unique setting.
Public spectators are welcome from 7.30am each day – Bring a picnic or purchase refreshments on site. For more details, check Swan River Showjumping and Perth Polo’s Facebook pages. Or text Nanette, 0417 902 734.
JUMPING & POLO IN THE MEADOW
9 & 10 MARCH 2019
KINGS MEADOW POLO FIELD, GUILDFORD
Enquiries: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text Nanette, 0417 902 734
SWAN RIVER SHOWJUMPING CLUB AGM
Photo above (Eric Lloyd Photography): Patersons Director Murray McGill with 2018 Patersons Plate winner Caitlin Bolger & Oaks Quickstep.
It had been four years since Swan River Showjumping (SRSJC) last held its Championships outdoors at Brookleigh – and what a comeback the venue has made with its enlarged and re-surfaced arena.
FEI-3 course designer Michael Haese (FEI-3/SA) maximised the 80 x 65 metre outdoor surface with beautifully executed tracks that challenged and encouraged the riders, a superb preparation for those heading to the Royal Show (Michael Haese this year’s course designer there) and Alcoa CNC.
The annual two-day event included 1.05-1.40m open height classes plus SRSJC’s 95cm 15 years & under Youth Championship, Kentaur Junior, Jakoma Young Rider and Patersons-EWA Jumping Horse of the Year on Saturday. Sunday’s classes included the Quickmail Speed Stakes, EquineWorld Amateur Championships, Dr Kathy Klein-EWA Silver Series Qualifiers and Sunday’s feature class, the now-iconic 1.40M Patersons Plate.
There was plenty of inspiring competition for the public spectators and more than 100 VIP guests, who enjoyed a long tapas lunch right along the arena. Competition heated up throughout the weekend, especially between some of the state’s leading ‘next generation’ of competitors in the Patersons Plate Grand Prix – with a thrilling jump off in this two-round competition between two of our top under-30 World Cup riders, Caitlin Bolger on Oaks Quickstep and Chelsea McInnes on Diamond B Vigo.
The treble along the VIP Marquee troubled all but those two horses, with others toppling at least one rail of the oxer to vertical to oxer combination in both rounds. The jump off became the deciding factor, with the testing third round at this height perhaps playing a part in the three uncharacteristic rails by Diamond B Vigo – especially as Chelsea was first to jump off and took some speedier options. Second to go, Caitlin and Oaks Vendetta produced a slower, clear round, but nothing could dilute her decisive win on the brilliant seven-year old mare, Oaks Quickstep.
International course designer Michael Haese said, “I was really happy with the number of horses with double clears and with the way they handled the track.” The riders were happy, too, with universal compliments for his courses, the venue and event itself throughout the weekend. “Michael’s tracks allowed the horses to progressively develop throughout the weekend. We’re so grateful to our sponsors’ support, which enables us to bring internationally trained designers like him to WA and provide variety for our riders – it puts extra polish on our end-of-season show,” said club Chair, Suzanne McGill.
The club’s annual Hi Points Champions were also announced on the weekend: Dark Selections SRSJC SENIOR HI POINTS: Sarah Isbister; Bindoon Tractors YOUNG RIDER HI POINTS: Izabelle Dobson; Brigadoon Produce JUNIOR HI POINTS: Grace Lamont; SNS EquestEarth YOUTH HI POINTS: Jane Gundry.
With the Championships, SRSJC wrapped up its 2018 season and kickstarted WA’s other championship end-of-year jumping events.
Other class winners included:
ERIC LLOYD SRSJC YOUTH FINAL Ellie Gough – Western Diva;THE GENERAL STORE 1.05M OPEN Ailish Donovan – NP Conchetta; EQUISSAGE 1.15M OPEN Wendy Reid – Thunder Rose; KENTAUR SRSJC JUNIOR JUMPER CHAMPION Izabelle Dobson, Smiling Assassin; OAKS SPORT HORSES STEPPING STONES STAKES Rebecca Donovan – Carpina; JAKOMA SRSJC YOUNG RIDER Sophie Ahmat – Tsarina Von de Wolfsakker; PATERSONS-EWA JUMPING HOTY Spook March – Holmwood Valentine; QUICKMAIL SPEED STAKES Kate Ingham – Asti Aspiration; HEY PESTO 1.15M OPEN Grace Lamont – SS Halo; EQUINEWORLD SRSJC AMATEUR CHAMP Hannah Henry – Corvair; DR KATHY KLEIN-EWA JUMPING SILVER SERIES Lucinda Bunning – Two Reds; THE PATERSONS PLATE GRAND PRIX Caitlin Bolger – Oaks Quickstep; FUTURE HOME LIVING 1.30M MINI PRIX Annabel Cowcher – Nalelu
See RESULTS under EVENTS for all placings.