Swan River Showjumping events are officiated by respected jumping officials who ensure that our shows maintain the highest standard.
In 2019, we started a programme to rotate different judges to help develop WA’s officials by providing opportunities for junior and rising judges to be mentored by those more senior at our shows.
Penny Dodd (FEI-3) The state’s most senior jumping judge, Penny is also an FEI-2 jumping and eventing steward who participated at multiple World Equestrian Games and leads officiating at many major jumping and eventing fixtures. In addition to her non-equestrian professional commitments, Penny is a sought-after EA educator who conducts seminars to educate and upgrade less credentialed officials.
Sarah Ozanne (EA- 3) Sarah has judged at SRSJC since 2014 and officiates at numerous events in WA. A full-time practicing lawyer, Sarah is a member of the Ozanne showjumping family who owns Sarnia Park and was herself a former competitor.
Judith Odgaard (FEI-1/R; EA-3) One of WA’s most senior judges, Judith judges broadly at EA and FEI jumping and eventing competitions through WA, often mentoring less experienced judges. She has been a long-time member of the Equestrian WA Jumping Committee.
Amy Kippin (EA-3/pending) Widely sought-after by WA organisers, Amy has officiated at SRSJC, WASJA, the State Jumping Championships and a variety of other events across the state. She has been recently elevated to Vice Chair of the EWA Jumping Committee and in her role as Officials Coordinator, liaises with clubs, interstate and WA officials. In 2019, she liaised with SRSJC to launch the state jumping committee’s new EWA Jumping Officials’ On-Site Mentoring Programme.
Anne Avery (EA – 2) Anne returned to official equestrian duties as SRSJC’s penciller after taking off an extended time off from the sport. Currently also an EWA Board member and EWA grievances mediator, Anne judges throughout WA and has pencilled and judged at SRSJC events for the past several years.
COURSE DESIGNERS & TIMING
Kevin Tully (FEI -3) WA-based, Kevin has extensive design experience that spans Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and includes working at high profile events like the Rio Olympics. Recently upgraded to FEI-3, Kevin has designed the main ring at FEI * shows across Australia, in addition to several stints at the WA State Jumping Championships and local World Cup Qualifier events. As SRSJC’s ‘club’ course designer, Kevin has created outstanding tracks for everything from our Horseland Young Showjumping Horse to the 1.40m Patersons Plate at multiple Annual SRSJC Championships. In addition to designing, Kevin provides his timing equipment and expertise.
Fred Freeman (FEI – 2). A highly qualified course designer, Fred is also sought after for his timing expertise and high quality timing equipment. He has long contributed in both capacities to the showjumping and eventing communities.
GUEST COURSE DESIGNERS
Michael Haese (FEI-3) Mathematician, author publisher and international course designer Michael Haese trained in the UK and is Australia’s only CD assessed by the FEI in Europe. He returns there regularly to take part in major shows like Valkensvaard, Donaueschinge and the UK’s prestigious Scope Jumping Festival, where he has been CD for six years. Amongst his recent overseas assignments, Michael assisted at Fontainbleau’s 2018 FEI European Championships Ch/J/YR. In Australia, he has been increasingly the course designer of choice for numerous prestige events that include Waratah’s Showjumping’s World Cup CSI* (Sydney) and, in WA, SRSJC’s 2018 and 2019 Annual Championships, Perth Royal Show and Yalambi’s 2019 Spring Jumping Classic.
John Vallance (FEI-4) The international career of Australia’s highest ranked course designer spans several continents and includes four Olympics – amongst them Sydney 2000 – and the 2010 Asian Games. A generous industry mentor, John conducts workshops, has organised events and been a spokesperson for equestrian sport. In May 2017, John was appointed Chair of the Equestrian Australia National Jumping Committee, a role he previously held from 2013-2015. He is Australia’s only FEI-4 level course builder and technical delegate and we were privileged to have him design at SRSJC’s 2017 Annual Championships.
Gavin Chester (FEI-3) needs no introduction to the showjumping community, where he is renowned as an international and Olympic competitor, trainer, coach and course designer. As a 20-year old, Gavin was a member of the unfortunate 1980 Moscow Olympics equestrian team that boycotted the Games. Twenty years later, opportunity once again knocked and he represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and then at the 2007 Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas – after winning all major Australian Grand Prix classes and World Cup Qualifiers in 2005-06. Producing and selling top performance horses internationally, Gavin is highly respected as a course designer at Australia’s most significant showjumping events
Ed Murphy (EA -3) This popular local course designer at WASJA, Taminga Jump Club and SRSJC also course designs and runs the Hills Showjumping Association along with his partner, former World Cup competitor Kellie-Ann Crowe. He assists at the Perth Royal Show each year and course designs at other major state jumping fixtures. Ed has also provided timing at SRSJC shows.
Les Bunning (EA-1) One of SRSJC’s founding members, Les has excelled not only as one of Australia’s elite competitors, but also shown a deft – and generous – hand at course designing nearly all of our Jump Club and Training Day tracks.
Spook March (EA-1) The Perth Royal’s Leading Rider for two consecutive years is now casting his jumping eye to creating exciting new courses for the state’s jumping competitions. In 2019, Spook designed SRSJC’s second Jump Club Day tracks and we’re excited to work with him in the future.