The club’s ninth SRSJC Annual Championships are promising to be the best yet, with entries three-quarters full only a day after going online.
SRSJC’s end-of-season show is always one of the highlights on WA’s showjumping calendar -and having Gavin Chester’s return to course design this year is an added draw card. One of Australia’s most successful showjumping competitors, this former Olympic and World Cup rider brings his wealth of experience to course designing some of the country’s most prestigious events – including, of course, SRSJC’s Annual Championships, which he also designed in 2015.
A 90cm single-round class kicks off the show, followed by two days of 1.05-1.40m+ open height, restricted and special classes. Saturday’s classes include the 1.05m Novice Championship, as well as the 1.10-1.15m Junior and 1.20-1.25m Young Rider Championships that culminate the dedicated series of classes for top emerging riders run at every SRSJC fixture. This year’s newly introduced Open 1.10m competition has proved extraordinarily popular, selling out on the first day entries went online. The Open 1.20m and 1.30-1.35 classes have filled with some of WA’s top jumping partnerships, many using these classes to warm-up for higher classes the following day.
Sunday gets off to a sharp start with the Table C (single round) Speed Stakes, followed by the 1.15m Amateur and Newcomers Championships. The 1.25m Rising Stars comes next, growing in height toward the pinnacle of the weekend, SRSJC’s iconic The Patersons Plate, initiated and sponsored by the club’s Foundation Sponsor, Patersons Securities. Set in the first round at 1.40m, this Grand Prix has had spectators on the edge of their seats as fences go higher through two rounds of jumping and the hoped-for final jump off round – with fences raised to 1.50m.
This is the first time the club has run its championship show indoors at Brookleigh and the consistent jumping surface and indoor grandstand make it ideal for this showcase event. “We’re very accustomed to running big events indoors,” said club chair Suzanne McGill. “All our 2016 events have been held in this wonderful arena. In addition to our two-day June show with the Horseland Young Showjumping Championships, which is always indoors, we also ran a two-day Indoor Winter Jumping Carnival for the first time this year.”
Large entries with top jumping talent, plus this year’s extended trade village and great facilities for spectators all set the stage for this to be an exceptional event.