Competitors again came out in force for SRSJC’s April 30 show indoors at Brookleigh, which continues to thrive under its new ownership and management.
The show’s large entries hardly felt the absence of WA horses competing the same weekend at the Aquis Champions Tour in Queensland and Moora CNC. The 90cm – 1.15m classes were especially popular for stepping up young horses preparing for SRSJC’s upcoming Young Showjumping Horse Championship in June, many taking advantage of the programme’s progressive height classes.
Throughout the day, SRSJC’s course designer Kevin Tully challenged riders with forward-thinking tracks that took thoughtful riding and created highly competitive classes. Shawn Squire and Julia Conti’s Jaybee Voorn (x Vivant) showed top form against stiff competition by winning the SRSJC 1.20m Open and Patersons Securities 1.30m Open classes. Lucinda Bunning also pulled a double by placing first and second in SRSJC’s 1.20m Young Rider class on her chestnut duo of Two Reds, owned by the Forrest family, and her own home-bred Fairway Park AJ.
Lucy Rowe and Pindan took out the SRSJC 1.10m Open, while Chloe Versteegan continued to dominate junior levels with a win and fourth in the NG Equine 1.10m Junior Jumperon Raylyn’s Eliza and Classique Bean. In the Brigadoon Produce 1.15m Open younger riders captured all the places, led by capable junior Madison Skinner and GKO Arpeggio.
In the large 1.05m classes, locally-bred Pico Bello progeny Pico Bam led the SRSJC 1.05m Open and Celia Lecumberri successfully steered Melanie Graham’s Sandalwood Rialto in the Jakoma Equestrian 1.05m for horses with 6 or less official competition points.
Sponsorship plays such a significant part of equestrian sport and the generosity of SRSJC’s ‘partners’ helps us reward riders for their dedication to training, preparing and competing their horses. Thanks to Patersons Securities, Brookleigh Equestrian, La Noir/Saddleworld, Jakoma Equestrian, Brigadoon Produce, Kentaur Australia, NG Equine and Thompson & Redwood for sponsoring the classes at SRSJC’s April show.