Sun-filled skies shone over 300 rounds of jumping as SRSJC celebrated its tenth Annual Championships.

SMc_0289 (2) Patersons Plate GP with course designer John Vallance & Patersons Director Murray McGill.jpgAbove: Patersons Plate Grand Prix placetters, l to r: Chaise Ludgate (BBD Centrefold); Maddison Stephen (Yalambi’s Grazi); Sophie Ahmat (Secrets NZPH); Chelsea McInnes (Diamond B Vigo); Caitlin Bolger (Oaks Vendetta); John Vallance (course designer); David Dobson (Concorde Ego Z); Murray McGill (Director, Patersons Securities).

The large grass arena at the State Equestrian Centre proved the perfect site for two days of spectacular jumping that combined height classes with SRSJC’s club championships and EWA-sponsored competitions. “John Vallance (FEI-4/NSW) designed challenging but fair courses throughout the weekend,” commented SRSJC Chair, Suzanne McGill,  “and we felt especially fortunate having him with us at our 10th anniversary event.” Nearly 100 guests in the VIP Marquee watched top jumping during the club’s traditional tapas lunch on Sunday. “We’ve got exceptional sponsor support and it was a brilliant day for guests to watch outstanding performances over John’s tracks.”

David Dobson threw weight behind two classes on Saturday and two on Sunday dominating four classes on his own and other owners’ horses  – including Daisy Scott’s Pico Bello-bred gelding, Pico Bam, in the LaNoir 1.15m Open and the Eric Lloyd Photo 1.20-1.25m on Young Equestrian’s Oaks Valentina. On Sunday, he took out the penultimate prize that had eluded him previously, winning his first Patersons Plate on Concorde Ego Z, the former stallion he co-owns with Oaks Sporthorses’ Alice Cameron.

“We don’t get to design many three-round competitions like the Patersons Plate,” John2017 Patersons Plate Grand  Prix top three..jpg Vallance commented about the grand prix class, which tested the fitness of the 12 horses jumping 1.40m in the first round, 1.40-1.50m in the second round and 1.50m in the third round jump off between Concorde Ego Z, Oaks Vendetta (2nd, Caitlin Bolger), Diamond B Vigo (3rd, Chelsea McInnes).

In addition, SRSJC’s annual Hi Points winners were announced on Sunday:

Junior Rider (Sponsor: Bindoon Tractors): Chloe Versteegen 

Young Rider (Sponsor: Brigadoon Produce): Lucinda Bunning 

Senior Rider (Sponsor: Dark Selections): Spook March

Other winning performances:

Pit N Portal 1.05m Open: Rick Dabner on Isabella Smith’s Cavalier Chilly

Beluga Equestrian Stud-EWA Jumping Novice: Debbie Greenwood on Snowy River Million Dollar Baby

NG Equine SRSJC Junior Jumper: Angus Donovan on Noblewood Park Conchetta

Patersons Securities 1.30-1.35M Open: Chelsea McInnes on Diamond B Vigo

LJ Hooker Commercial SRSJC Young Rider Championship: Sophie Ahmat on Tsarina Van de Wolfsaaker

Quickmail SRSJC Speed Stakes: Kate Ingham on Darryl Bagley’s Springfield Caesarina

EquineWorld Amateur Championships/Triple Crown Qualifier: Matilda O’Connor on Told u So

Two Queens SRSJC 1.20m Open: Lucinda Bunning on Fairway Park AJ

Jakoma Equestrian- EWA Bronze Qualifier: Ben Wilson on Bondi Beach

Dr Kathy Klein 1.30m Mini Prix: David Dobson on Barrabadeen Halifax

For full results, please see RESULTS.










What a way for Swan River Showjumping to celebrate its 10th birthday!

SRSJC’s events always fill fast, but entries for our 2017 Annual Championships at the State Equestrian Centre (SEC) were filled in the blink of an eye, with hardly a spot left in any class within just two hours of opening online.

“The popularity of jumping events has boomed throughout WA this year – it’s getting hard to keep up with the demand,” said SRSJC Chair Suzanne McGill.  A hastily added wait list also filled almost immediately. Suzanne added, “It’s so difficult turning away keen competitors, but there’s just so much light in a day, plus we’re sensitive to preserving the SEC’s grass surface during a two-day show.”

SRSJC’s Championships at the State Equestrian Centre is the club’s first outdoor show in nearly two years after running indoor fixtures exclusively at Brookleigh. “Riders were keen to compete outdoors to prepare for the big run of local shows that starts with the Perth Royal Show at the end of September. The sizable cohort of riders competing at Adelaide Royal (the weekend following SRSJC’s Championships) also wanted a last opportunity to compete at an outdoor ‘home’ show.”

Having Australia’s top-rated FEI course designer, John Vallance, creating tracks at the event was also a draw card.

SRSJC’s cecade birthday celebrations include a casual party upstairs at the State Equestrian Centre on Saturday night, with the club putting on free pizza at about 7.30pm and the bar open for business from 6.30pm. RSVPs on Swan River Showjumping’s Facebook page or by emailing Entry to the two days of jumping and the Saturday night party is free.

Limited spots are open for Sunday’s ringside SRSJC VIP Lunch in the VIP Marquee for just $50 per person, all drinks and food included. This must be booked ahead and payment received by Tuesday, 22 August by contacting Suzanne, 0419 912 533 or emailing