Photos above, Eric Lloyd Photography: Kentaur Coralline (2018 4YO/Champion); Caprino (5YO); Cera Diarado (6YO), Oaks Quickstep (7YO).
It’s that hotly anticipated time again, with SRSJC’s ninth annual Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship headlining its popular indoor Winter Jumping Festival at Brookleigh on 29 & 30 June. Spectators are always welcome and entry is free!
Jumping over the two days includes Saturday’s 90-110cm open competition and the 4 Year-Old and Five Year-Old age classes; then, Sunday’s 105-130cm open competition, 6 & 7 year old age classes. And to finish, our famed The Final Four, to reveal the 2019 Champion Young Showjumping Horse.
Russell Johnstone returns to lead the judging at this iconic young horse event, one of the few dedicated competitions of its kind anywhere in Australia. The Olympic, Nations Cup & World Cup rider from Victoria made a great impression when he last judged WA’s young horses in 2014, and comes back to WA hot off the heels of his own strong performances at elite level in the Eastern States. Joining him on the 2019 young horse judging panel are former top WA competitors, Bond Derby winner Stewart Kammann and former European Young Rider Champion and World Cup show jumper Kate Majors-Borg.
Together this formidable team of experts will assess a talented crop of 4, 5, 6 and 7 year old horses, with Russell riding the four age-class winners in Sunday’s The Final Four.
Competitors and spectators will see significant changes in the age class format that gives the young horses two ways to place this year. Each age group will compete and place in traditional ‘two-round’ age-group competition classes (run under EA Article 273). During these classes, our judging panel will assess each horse with individual ‘style’ marks that will place them, against their age peers, on the basis of their movement, rideability/education, technique, scope and overall potential. The style winner of each age group will compete in The Final Four for the title of Champion Young Showjumping Horse – with the lucky winner taking home Bates Saddles’ just launched premium Vitrix jumping saddle – European-styled and designed with Australian jumping riders.
Horses of all ages, sizes and shapes have been crowned Champion Young Horse – we’re excited to see who will win this year!
Many thanks to all of the weekend’s many sponsors, with special nods to generous young horse sponsor Horseland, age class co-sponsors Riverwood Lodge (4 Year Old class), Perth Performance Horses (5 Year Old class), Jakoma Equestrian (6 Year Old class) and Yalambi Farm Stud (7 Year Old class) and Bates Saddles for providing its new Vitrix saddle as the Champion’s prize.