The action was all happening at Upper Swan’s Brookleigh Equestrian on Saturday, with 190 rounds of jumping at Swan River Showjumping Club’s first competition of 2017 on 26 March. “We’re seeing lots of new faces this year and large numbers this early in our season indicates a lot of enthusiasm in 2017,” said event spokesperson Suzanne McGill.
Spectators crowded Brookleigh’s indoor grandstand as riders from as far as Dunsborough jumped to win over Equestrian WA’s brightly coloured 90cm to 1.30m jumps. “We’ve got wonderful sponsors whose support enables us to hold these competitions and award prizes – many generously sponsored by local Swan Valley and Midland area businesses.”
WA-based international course designer Kevin Tully created courses that encouraged quick rounds, and the event was highlighted by having international judge Joanna Gillespie (UK) at the show to officiate and mentor several local judges. Competition was fierce, with outstanding performances: 1.05m Open: Maddison Stephen (Barrabadeen HIghlight); 1.10m Open: Tessa Sharman (King’s Basil Brush); 1.10m Junior & 1.15m Open: Heath Ahmat (Sweet As NZPH); 1.20m Open: Bridget Kelly (Noblewood Park Bella); 1.20m Young Rider: Taltarni Wevel-Pyatt; 1.30m Open: Tessa Lill (Mundaring Tyres Twistie. Double placegetters were Matilda O’Connor riding Just Cinderella (1.05m and1.10m), Chloe Versteegen on Classique Bean and Raylen’s Eliza (1.05m and 1.10m), Katelyn Prendiville on Kentaur Valencia (1.10m and 1.15m) and Lucinda Bunning on Fairway Park AJ and Two Reds (1.20m Young Rider).
Brookleigh’s new owners have already begun making their mark on the property, from aesthetic improvements to laser-leveling the arena surfaces. “We haven’t had anything to do with showjumping before,” said one of Brookleigh’s new owners, “but it was amazing to watch the speed and agility of the horses today – everything happens so fast.” With four more Swan River Showjumping events at Brookleigh this year, everyone can come to seen more jumping action there between April and August.
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