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.