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World Cup & former Olympic rider Russell Johnstone jumping 2019 Champion Young Showjumping Horse Cera Diarada in this year’s The Final Four.

Bred by Victoria’s Cera Performance Horses and co-owned by Bridget and D & B Pomeroy, the beautiful grey mare  with the stunning lineage  has continually impressed with her enormously scopey jump and go-for-it attitude (x Diarado x Cera Carlina x Clearway). This year’s interstate riding judge, Russell Johnstone, said, “Cera Diarada felt amazing, with the scope I look for,” after jumping each of the 4, 5, 6, and 7 year old Age Class winners in The Final Four. Bridget said, “I’ve had the mare since she was a yearling, but have taken things slowly to give her time to develop.” Her patience has certainly paid off. 

“All four are quality horses,” Russell told spectators about the other three Final Four Finalists, Chadd Donovan’s Contarli Costell (4YO x Caratino’s Boy), Sophie Ahmat’s Sovereign’s Rolls Royce (5YO x Baloubet) and Caitlin Bolger’s Caprino (7YO x Yalambi’s Carpino Z) – all of them impressively produced by local breeders. But the extra something Russell felt after riding Cera Diarada helped push the judges’ decision over the line, with complete agreement from his judging panel colleagues, former World Cup competitors and WA judges Stewart Kammann and Kate Majors-Borg. “This competition is designed to pick potential international standard horses,” and the Olympic, Nations Cup, World Cup rider believes Bridget’s mare could be on its way to a stellar career. 

“This year’s sizable cohort of young jumping horses was probably the strongest yet overall,” said event organiser, Suzanne McGill, a statement supported by the close scoring results. Having judged the event previously in 2014, Russell agreed, telling spectators he had seen significant improvement in the standard of horses and the training and riding of them, as well.

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2018 FINAL FOUR (l to r, Cera Diarado & Bridget Kelly; Oaks Quickstep & Caitlin Bolger; Caprino held by Glen Bolger; 2018 CHAMPION, Kentaur Coralline & Courtney O’Sullivan) with judges Coleen Brook, Roger Kammann & Darren Taylor. Photo: S McGill


4 YO Winner & Overall Champion: KENTAUR CORALLINE (x Corland VDL x x Apen Park Ramira x Ramiro).

5 YO: CAPRINO (x Yalambi’s Carpino Z)

6YO: CERA DIARADO (x Diarado)

7 YO: OAKS QUICKSTEP (x Quintender)

For the past eight years, this event’s uncanny crystal ball on horses has picked horses that have progressed to significant jumping careers in Australia and overseas. This year’s crop of four to seven-year old horses was outstanding, although down slightly in overall numbers due, perhaps, to the recent change in calculating horses’ birthdays to the day they are born, rather than universally on 1 August each year.

The 2018 judging panel was as notable as the horses, spearheaded by equestrian legend Colleen Brook (NSW), who represented Australia in multiple winning Nations Cups and three World Cup Finals. Joining her were local luminaries Roger Kammann and Darren Taylor.

Run over two days, the horses were judged in age classes against their peers on Saturday – education/flatwork plus jumping over Kevin Tully’s straightforward courses. On Sunday, Colleen rode and assessed the winners of each class in The Final Four Masterclass, educating and entertaining a large group of spectators as she rode each of the young horses.

“This is fun!”, exclaimed Colleen, as she cantered by the grandstand on the first horse she rode, 4-year old Kentaur Coralline (x Corland VDL x x Apen Park Ramira x Ramiro), bred by WA local Lucy Galovicova, “a forward-thinking, blood-type horse, so careful and very balanced for a four-year old.” Exclamations continued about the other three horses, Colleen calling Caitlin Bolger’s 5-year old Caprino (x Yalambi’s Carpino Z) – a young horse class winner two years in a row, “…. a powerful horse, very savvy, with a wonderful canter.”

Bridget Kelly’s extravagant jumping 6-year old, Cera Diarada (x Diarado), prompted Colleen to claim, “I think I’m going to get jumped out of the saddle…. This horse is forward, light as a feather in its mouth.” And while she also appreciated “the great feeling of strength and power,” of Caitlin Bolger’s 7-year old, Oaks Quickstep (x Quintender), the judges together put four-year old Kentaur Coralline on the podium as this year’s overall Champion.


What a weekend at Brookleigh! In front of a knowledgeable crowd, forty-two of WA’s most talented young jumping horses strutted and jumped to win the crown of Champion Horse at SRSJC’s prestigious 2017 Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship.

“All four finalists are talented with great futures ahead,” Paula said to the spectators, but Air Wings Z 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 still, choosing the champion was “a tough decision,” remarked Paula, who said she enjoyed jumping each of the four very different finalists – the stallion 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.

In addition to the Final Four were exceptional horses who placed and participated in this year’s young horse age group and open classes: SRSJC’s Patersons Securities-EWA Horse of the Year (Winners: David Dobson & Concorde Ego Z) and Brigadoon Produce-Silver Series Qualifiers (Winners: Spook March & Holmwood Valentine), SRSJC 1.05m 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.

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