Photo: Judges Neil Ozanne, Paula Hamood & Matt Godwin with 5 Year Old winner and 2017 Champion Young Showjumping Horse Air Wings Z & rider Darren Taylor.
What a weekend at Brookleigh! In front of a knowledgeable crowd, forty-two of WA’s most talented young jumping horses jumped over two separate rounds to win the crown of Champion Horse at SRSJC’s prestigious 2017Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship.
“All four finalists are talented with great futures ahead,” Paula said to the spectators, but Air Wings Z (Air Jordan Z x Wings Z x Wolishco DDH)stood out on the day as the unanimous choice for Paula and fellow judges Matt Godwin and Neil Ozanne. “The five year old group was especially competitive,” said Paula, reinforcing Air Wings win. But choosing the champion was still “a tough decision,” remarked Paula, who said she enjoyed jumping each of the four very different finalists in Sunday’s The Final Four young horse championship decider: stallion Air Wings Z plus two mares and a gelding – that included Caitlin Bolger’s Caprino (4-YO by Yalambi’s Carpino Z) and Oaks Quickstep (6YO by Quintender, co-owned with Oaks Sporthorses); and Bridget Kelly’s Noblewood Park Bella (7YO by Noblewood Park Beretta).
Air Wings’ win was the second consecutive champion title for Manjimup-based Jakoma Equestrian Park (JEP), which also won last year with its home-bred gelding JEP Matilda’s Boy (known now as JEP Texas), also ridden by Darren Taylor at the 2016 event . The stud’s boutique breeding programme was founded on its exceptional mare, Yalambi’s Waltzing Matilda, the inaugural winner of SRSJC’s Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship in 2011. Air Wings Z’s success at the 2017 Championship is win #3 for JEP and it looks like exciting times ahead for the stud with the input of such a promising young stallion.
“We’re so pleased to see the support that this event gets from sponsors and competitors,”said SRSJC Chair, Suzanne McGill.” Horseland was the foundation sponsor for the young horse series and continues to back us – and we’re so grateful for the support we receive from our age class sponsors, this year Jakoma, Yalambi, Finch Farm and Perth Performance Horses. Kevin Tully once again course designed for us at this show, creating inviting courses that enabled riders to show off the young horses over straightforward tracks.”
The weekend also included outstanding performances in Sunday’s other featured classes, with winners including horses that had placed in previous young horse competitions at SRSJC: Patersons Securities-EWA Horse of the Year (Winners: David Dobson & Concorde Ego Z) and Brigadoon Produce-Silver Series Qualifiers (Winners: Spook March & Holmwood Valentine), SRSJC1.05m Open (Winners: Breanna Possingham & Where’s Molly) and Quickmail 1.15m Open (Winners: Rick Dabner & Cavalier Chilly) and NG Equine Junior Classes (Winners: Grace Fuchsbichler & Devereaux Sea Salt). See Results for full list.
Riders flocked to Brookleigh to jump indoors at SRSJC’s Autumn Jumping Carnival on 20 & 21 May.
Offering training rounds on Saturday helped riders prep their horses for Sunday’s competition, with many riders taking the extra opportunity to acclimate young horses to the arena to prepare for upcoming SRSJC’s Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship on 24 & 25 June. Course designer Kevin Tully adjusted his encouraging training courses to competition tracks on Sunday, with several top-scoring horses that day making their debut at higher height levels, including Patersons Securities 1.30m winner Sovereign’s Charlize (x Noblewood Park Caesar), bred, owned and ridden by Georgie Siciliano – who was thrilled for the mare to win her first-ever 1.30m class.
Adam Geldard and Permission are continuing to dominate every height they scale, capping off their weekend by winning the SRSJC 1.20-1.25m class – just pipping a double clear round by second-placed Courtenay McGill and her home-bred mare Valrhona (x Yalambi’s Val d’Isere).Both horses were debuting at this height and achieved two of the three double clear rounds in the class.
Proving that thoroughbreds continue to be competitive, Matilda O’Connor and Told U So beat fancier purpose-bred competitors to win the 1.05m Open class, while Dave Goodwin and Liz Benson’s Benson’s Femme Fatale (x Fetiche du Pas) won the 1.05m for Horses with 6 Points or Under. English eventer Jess West took time out from working with Sonja Johnson and took the showjumpers by surprise by taking out first and second on Mister Higgins and Parkiarrup Peregrine. Young Chloe Versteegan again proved too good to beat in the NG Equine Junior Jumper, a class that’s grown exponentially in numbers this year relative to the past several seasons. Samantha Lamont and the Vivant gelding, Glenwood Park Vatu, were outstanding in the Young Rider, scoring the only double clear out of the competition. See RESULTS for list of all placings.
We’re now looking forward to see how June unfolds, with the much anticipated 2017 Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship only a month away.
Renowned Australian showjumper Paula Hamood will be this year’s guest interstate riding judge at the 2017 Horseland Young Showjumping Championships, 24 & 25 June in Brookleigh’s indoor arena.
Competing at the elite levels of international and national competition for more than 20 years, Paula is also a highly respected breeder, trainer and coach, based at the family’s extensive Glen Haven Park in Queensland. Vastly experienced judging young horse competitions, she has officiated at multiple Dressage & Jumping with the Stars. This year, we’re pleased to have Paula join local WA Grand Prix riders/horse breeders Matt Godwin and Neil Ozanne on the judging panel for SRSJC’s young horse classes.
Competition will be hotly contested across the 4, 5, 6 and 7 year old classes, with entries including young horses that have already started to make their mark in WA and Eastern States events, plus exciting four year olds debuting at this show. The seven year old group includes two imported stallions who already have progeny on the ground in WA – but the event is really a showcase for Australian breeding, with studs from throughout the country represented across the age groups.
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There’s plenty of seating in Brookleigh’s indoor grandstand for spectators to watch this fabulous event during Saturday’s Age Classes and, especially, on Sunday – when Paula will ride the winners of the four age classes in The Final Four to determine the overall 2017 Champion Young Showjumping Horse.
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