What such a special weekend of jumping at SRSJC’s June 18-19 show and Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship, with strong competition in all of the age classes.
European breeding dominated the placings with Australian-bred Warmblood and imported horses ‘on the podium.’ Congratulations to 2016 CHAMPION YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE, JEP MATILDA’S BOY (Chicago x Yalambi’s Waltzing Matilda). This is the second time in six years that a four-year old horse has out-jumped older competitors to capture the overall championship – and even more remarkable because this year’s champion is the progeny of two previous Horseland Young Showjumping Horse champions – the dam of JEP Matilda’s Boy being Yalambi’s Waltzing Matilda (2011) and his sire Chicago (2014). Congratulations to the four-year old gelding’s owner/breeder Donna Franceschi and rider Darren Taylor, as well as to Chicago’s owner, Chadd Donovan, and Matilda’s owner, Donna Franceschi, and breeder, Yalambi Stud Farm.
2016 CHAMPION YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE: JEP MATILDA’S BOY – 4YO (Chicago x Yalambi’s Waltzing Matilda).
2016 FINALISTS: NOBLEWOOD PARK BARCELONA – 5YO (Rider/Owner Rick Dabner); YALAMBI’S FAIR DIAMOND – 6YO (Rider/Owner Rory Hovell); OAKS VALENTINA – 7YO (Owner: Young Equestrian; rider Anna McGregor)
The quality of this year’s young horses meant that our panel of three judges had their work cut out for them in placing them in the individual classes. Comprising the finalists were two stallions, Yalambi’s Fair Diamond (6YO – imported) and Noblewood Park Barcelona (5-YO ), one gelding, JEP Matilda’s Boy (4YO) and a mare, Oaks Valentina (7YO), and it was fascinating to see them jumping in The Final Four when sensitively ridden by guest interstate judge, World Cup rider/young horse specialist Amanda Madigan (NSW), and assessed with her fellow judging panelists Alan Campbell and Kellie-Ann Crowe.
Thanks so much to Cheryl Campbell and the WA Horseland stores for being the driving support behind these young horse competitions and also to the 2016 Young Horse Age Class co-sponsors Oaks Sport Horses, Jakoma Equestrian, Riverwood Lodge & West Coast Vets and Yalambi Farm Stud. Many thanks also to Quickmail, which sponsored and beautifully printed our event programme; Patersons Securities for backing our Winter Grand Prix; NG Equine for supporting the Junior Jumper and Jakoma Equestrian for sponsoring the Young Rider class; Subway Midvale for feeding our officials, sponsors and helpers; EWA High Performance for supporting The Final Four as a Master Class; Brookleigh for providing its popular hire and Spa vouchers; Bindoon Tractors for loaning some stunning Jump4Joy jumps Hey Pesto for delicious refreshments and Eric Lloyd (www.ericlloydphotography.com/equestrian) for his super photos.
- Click on Results to see all placings at the event, including Sunday’s additional competition classes.
Watch for news here about SRSJC’s next event: Our 2016 ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, 20-21 August.