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SUPER FINISH FOR SRSJC’S 12TH ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – AND THE ULTIMATE WIN FOR CHELSEA McINNES & DIAMOND B VIGO

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Patersons Securities Director Murray McGill and SRSJC Chair, Suzanne McGillwith 2019 winners of The Patersons Plate 1.40m Grand Prix, Chelsea McInnes and Diamond B Vigo.

“I’ve been the bridesmaid in the Patersons Plate so many times – second, third, but never the winner until today.”

Chelsea McInnes and her long-time partner Diamond B Vigo finally won the big one, with the only double clear in SRSJC’s iconic The Patersons Plate 1.40m Grand Prix. It was a well-deserved win against a field that included last year’s winners, Caitlin Bolger and Quintender progeny, Oaks Quickstep, and other in-form combinations. For Caitlin, being eliminated during Round 2 of the class at the half-Aachen jump (that came off the arching right hand turn), was a bittersweet blip on her strong run on the 8-year old mare she co-owns with Oaks Sport Horses’ Alice Cameron. But their first round showed they will be a mighty force in upcoming WA championships. As for Chelsea, her highly experienced, Vivant-bred mare ‘Princess’ was in top form and could be this season’s horse to beat in WA’s elite competition.

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It was refreshing to see Shawn Squire’s Maximouse return to the ring with a decisive win in the Jakoma Equestrian – EWA Jumping Horse of the Year Qualifier. The diminutive Vivant-gelding showed he’s recovered from last year’s injury.  Only two of the 16 starters qualified to jump off, with the nimble Maximouse outpacing Sophie Ahmat and Noblewood Park Noblesque’s strong performance by more than three seconds.

Double clear wins in SRSJC Championship classes included Youth Series Championship winners Zeniah Albonetti and Melton Park Sherlock; Junior Championship winners Ellie Gough and GKO Arpeggio; Young Rider Championship winners Izabelle Dobson and Smiling Assassin; and EquineWorld SRSJC Amateur winners Courtney O’Sullivan and Tinkas’ Bay.  

Large classes throughout the weekend created tight competition, including the astonishingly fast ride by Kate Ingham and Asti Aspiration in Sunday’s Quickmail Speed Stakes. Their flat-out time, skimming the jumps, clearly beat the time-saving turns by second-place finishers Sophie Ahmat and Sweet As NZPH by more than three seconds. It was the second year in a row Kate and her eventer won SRSJC’s Table C class.

Spectators held their breath again during the nail-biting finish between Georgie Siciliano and Sovereign’s Gizelle and Emily Hovell and Yalambi’s High Fashion in the Dr Kathy Klein – EWA Jumping Silver Series Qualifier  – with Gizelle winner on time in a double-clear dual between two WA bred, strongly performing mares.  

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Grace Lamont & Equus Holiday – SRSJC Junior Leaderboard & Open 1.15m winners 

Consistently outstanding performances at SRSJC’s 2019 shows were celebrated by awards to the club’s Hi Points winners: Kathryn Miles (Youth); Grace Lamont (Junior – for the second consecutive year); Samantha Lamont (Young Rider); and Wendy Reid (Senior). Spectators in the VIP Marquee had the best view of everything, appreciating competitors’ achievements while lunching on Stewarts Restaurant catering, drinking Talijancich’s Swan Valley wines and listening to the dulcet voice of Victoria Abbott – who jumped straight from her own jumping round to entertain the lunch guests during Sunday afternoon’s competition.

The spectacular weather, courses and atmosphere could not have been a better finale for SRSJC’s 12th competition season.

For full results, go to Events.

 

 

COURSE DESIGNER MICHAEL HAESE RETURNS – AND SRSJC’S ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES START SELLING OUT FAST

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Hot off the heels of designing Waratah’s great World Cup track in Sydney, Michael Haese turns his talents to once again creating course magic at SRSJC’s 2019 Annual Championships. This is the third year in a row Michael has designed for SRSJC and his second consecutive SRSJC Championships. The in-form, international FEI-3 designer is highly sought-after at major Australian shows – and a draw card at all of them.

Pre-entries for SRSJC’s Annual Championships rolled in quickly, with SRSJC Club Members taking advantage of their early entry codes to snap up coveted spots during the two-day event in Brookleigh’s wonderful outdoor arena. Quick-selling general entries followed, after opening at 7AM, MONDAY 26 AUGUST at http://www.globalentriesonline.com.

“Entries usually flood in fast for this event each year,” said Club spokesperson and Chair, Suzanne McGill. “We try to accommodate all riders wanting to enter classes, so it pays to contact us about waitlists if classes are full because there are usually some scratchings before the show.” Competitors won’t have long to wait to know if their entries are accepted this year, with General Entries closing less than a week later at 5pm, Saturday, 31 August. Any queries about entries, changes or scratchings should be texted to Nanette at 0417 902 734 or emailed to swanrivershowjumpingclub@hotmail.com.

There’s been great jumping at SRSJC shows this season and tight competition is expected across the weekend in classes that include SRSJC’s Youth, Junior, Young Rider and Amateur Championships, EWA Jumping Silver Series and Horse of the Year Qualifiers, Australian National Young Rider Selection Qualifier, Table-C Speed Stakes, and open 1.05-1.40m classes – the highlight being SRSJC’s iconic 1.40m The Patersons Plate.

“We’re so grateful to our loyal sponsors, old and new, who make it possible to put on our events, led by our Foundation and Lead Sponsor, Patersons Securities.  There’s no way we could specialise in higher level jumping in a single ring without their amazing and generous support!”

PATERSONS SECURITIES

BATES SADDLES, JAKOMA EQUESTRIAN, KENTAUR AUSTRALIA, BRIGADOON PRODUCE, HORSELAND, QUICKMAIL, JUMPING WA, DR KATHY KLEIN, EQUINEWORLD, ERIC LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHY, THE GENERAL STORE & FURNITURE, YALAMBI FARM STUD, BINDOON TRACTORS, DARK SELECTIONS, PERTH PERFORMANCE HORSES, OUTDOORS@BROOKLEIGH, FIBER FRESH, LJ HOOKER PERTH, RIVERWOOD LODGE, THOMPSON AND REDWOOD, EQUISSAGE, JOEY’S SWAN VALLEY DINER, BUBBLES.BITES, LITTLE LAMONTS, TALIJANCICH WINES

 

 

 

Back by Popular Demand…. SRSJC’s second Open Jump Club Day – 31 August

Our first Open Jump Club Day was such as success that we’re answering popular demand by offering a second one, a week before our 2019 SRSJC Annual Championships!

Our Jump Club Day’s ‘Refresher Rounds’ give riders a low-key, non-competitive way to prep for upcoming shows and acclimate young/green horses on WA’s best sand/chip outdoor arena. THREE ROUNDS allowed per horse. Fees: A $20 per horse Auxiliary Fee (includes ground fee and first aid & $4 EWA levies) + $15 for each jumping round.

60cm – 130cm heights. May go higher if there is demand and time. JUMPING STARTS AT 7.30AM. Refreshments available for purchase on site. For more details, check our SRSJC Riders and Swan River Showjumping Public Facebook pages. Enquiries: email us at swanrivershowjumpingclub@hotmail.com or text Nanette, 0417 902 734.

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TALIJANCICH WINES & LITTLE LAMONT’S JOIN SRSJC

 

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THANK YOU TALIJANCICH WINES!

We’re thrilled that top Swan Valley producer Talijancich Wines has joined Swan River Showjumping’s stable of sponsor partners. Three generations of family wine-making have produced internationally and nationally applauded wines that include it’s multiple-award winning fortifieds, verhelho and shiraz.

SRSJC will be treated to Talijancich wines during SRSJC’s upcoming Annual Championships, 7 & 8 September, Outdoors@Brookleigh, including at our VIP Lunch. If you get in quickly, you can be VIP for the day, too, when we offer a limited number of VIP lunch tickets for sale. Fingers crossed, there may even be Talijancich tasting pop-up stand at the show, too.

https://www.taliwine.com.au/

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BEHIND SRSJC’s HARD-WORKING OFFICIALS AND ORGANISERS IS….. LITTLE LAMONT’S FABULOUS FOOD! 

We’re so grateful to Fiona Lamont and her talented food team for coming on board behind the scenes to keep us sustained during events with amazing food from another legendary WA food and wine families. We can hardly believe how lucky we are to be lunching on seasonal, locally-sourced, beautifully prepared food during our events.

A welcome extension of the Lamont family’s food and wine merchants, Little Lamont’s features their trademark coffees, wines and prepared foods for people on the go, those who want to eat onsite and those needing catering. https://lamonts.com.au/dining/little-lamonts/

Be sure to support those who support us by visiting both Talijacich Wines and Little Lamonts when you’re in the Swan Valley and driving along Great Northern Highway. 

Talijacich Wines: 26 Hyem Road, Herne Hill, 6056

Little Lamont’s Deli/Cafe/Wine Store: 660 Great Northern Hwy, Herne Hill 6056; Lamonts Winery: 85 Bisdee Rd, Millendon WA 6056

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6-YEAR OLD CERA DIARADA WINS 9TH HORSELAND YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP

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6-Year Old Winner Cera Diarada(Bridget Kelly) is this year’s 2019 CHAMPION YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE. Photo: S McGill

After winning its Age Class for two consecutive years, Bridget Kelly’s Cera Diarada finally clinched the big one, carrying home the coveted Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Champion’s Crown at Swan River Showjumping’s 2019 Indoor SRSJC Winter Jumping Festival at Brookleigh Estate.

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, “She 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 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) – the latter three Finalists notably 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.

One of very few dedicated young horse events across Australia, the nine-year old event is reputed as a crystal ball on future performance, with more than half of its past Champions progressing to significant jumping careers. Champions including three stallions and four mares, breeding potential abounds, suggesting a fascinating future for Australian jumping.

“There’s been a long partnership between Swan River Showjumping and Horseland for this event, with Horseland Midland’s Cheryl Campbell having been a driving force in matching SRSJC’s ethos to develop WA jumping talent. Since SRSJC has been inviting breeders to participate in Age Class sponsorships, it’s thrown an increasingly bright spotlight on the achievements and goals of Australian breeding, too.”

Although the judges’ subjective ‘style’ marks determined which horses competed in The Final Four, this year’s age classes were run simultaneously as traditional two-round competitions, giving each young horse two opportunities to place in these classes. While placings in the two sections differed slightly, the choice of Cera Diarada for Champion was a unanimous judging and popular outcome.

While the young horse event was the weekend’s keynote event, horses of all ages shone through a range of exceptionally well-supported open 90-130cm classes. “WA Riders can be a little apprehensive about competing indoors since our competitions are almost exclusive outdoors, but this year’s entries were bursting.”  Classes were hotly contested, with winners over the two days including: Aileron, Jade Moody: ERIC LLOYD 90 CM OPEN &YOUTHKentaur Chandon, David Dobson: HORSELAND 4-YEAR OLD HORSE (jumping competition)Sovereign’s Rolls Royce, Sophie Ahmat: HORSELAND 5-YEAR OLD HORSE (jumping competition)Alish Donovan, Noblewood Park Conchetta: THE GENERAL STORE 1.05M OPEN; Lexcen, Hayley Bettink: EQUINEWORLD AMATEUR QUALIFIERKentaur Chocolate Noir, Jessica Hoffren: QUICKMAIL 1.05M OPENSweet As NZPH, Sophie Ahmat: BRIGADOON PRODUCE 1.15M OPEN Benson’s Cat Balou, Rachel Yovich: HORSELAND 6YO YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE (jumping competition); Yalambi’s High Fashion – Emily Hovell: HORSELAND 7YO YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE (competition section)Maximouse, Shawn Squire: BATES SADDLES 1.20M OPEN: Diamond B Casanova, Georgie Siciliano: PATERSONS SECURITIES HI FLYER 1.30M MINI PRIX.

See EVENTS for complete event results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Horse Judges Announced, Entries Quickly Filled for SRSJC’s Winter Jumping Festival & 9th Annual Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship

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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.

 

 

 

ENTRIES NEARLY FULL, SPECTATORS WELCOME, FOR SRSJC’S 2019 AUTUMN JUMPING CARNIVAL – 25 & 26 May at Brookleigh

 

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Bridget Kelly & Cera Diarada, winners of our 2018 EWA Jumping Novice Qualifier at last year’s SRSJC Autumn Jumping Carnival

As predicted, classes have filled fast for SRSJC’s third annual Autumn Jumping Carnival, with a two-day programme of 90cm-140cm classes that include SRSJC and EWA Leaderboard Qualifiers.

We’ve opened a few additional places in filled classes, so be sure to grab the last spots in Saturday and Sunday’s competition. Questions about entries? Please contact Nanette by texting her at 0417 902 734 or emailing swanrivershowjumpingclub@hotmail.com.

As always, competitors seeking refunds for scratchings must contact SRSJC directly at the above mobile and/or email address. Only scratchings made prior to entries closing will be accepted for refunds, unless the organisers are notified about withdrawals due to injury before or during the weekend of the event (and vet certificates sent).   

Be sure to always check out photos by our club photographer and sponsor, Eric Lloyd Photography, at www.ericlloydphotography.com

Spectators are always welcome and entry is free to SRSJC’s Autumn Jumping Carnival at Brookleigh’s Outdoor Arena at 1235 Great Northern Highway, Upper Swan. Delicious refreshments are available for purchase on-site from Bubbles & Bites.

 

 

 

2019 SRSJC AUTUMN JUMPING CARNIVAL – ENTRIES OPENING SOON

Last year’s entries for SRSJC’s two-day outdoor show at Brookleigh filled in a flash!

This year’s classes range from 90cm Youth/Open to 1.40m Exhibition and feature the EWA Jumping Novice and Bronze Series Qualifiers, EquineWorld Amateur Qualifiers (also a qualifier and points accumulator for SRSJC’s Amateur Leaderboard). Dedicated Junior and Young Rider classes also count toward SRSJC Leaderboard points and Championship qualification.

Given the rush on past entries, we suggest competitors make haste once Early Entries (for SRSJC Club Members) open on 7 May and General Entries open 10 May.  Online entries: www.globalentriesonline.com.

Enquiries: email swanrivershowjumpingclub@hotmail.com or text Nanette, 0417 902 734

Wow….. What a show!

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“Beyond our expectations,” is the way SRSJC’s Chair, Suzanne McGill, described the club’s JUMPING & POLO IN THE MEADOW new venture at Guildford’s Kings Meadow last weekend.

SRSJC had been tossing around ways to bring jumping to an additional, more publicly accessible venue for years, but hadn’t settled on the ‘right’ location until SRSJC and Perth Polo joined forces to create a single showcase of two equestrian sports.  “Kings Meadow in Guildford is groomed year round for polo, so the surface is beautifully maintained and set up for horses – and historic Guildford is an ideally central tourist destination only 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD.”

It was SRSJC and Perth Polo’s energetic young organising committee members whose enthusiasm inspired producing the event with just two months of planning.  It was truly a team effort: Perth Polo continuously liaised with SRSJC, provided grounds access, loaned equipment, shared hospitality and watered generously; WA eventing loaned SRSJC its aeovator and Limerick Farms (Meadow Hay) provided trucking and people power to perfect the surface and create the large arena space. both groups envisioning it becoming an annual SRSJC-Perth Polo fixture.

Extensively promoting the event through social media and printed flyers brought keen and curious public spectators to the event, with their picnics and marquees filling up the narrow gap between the polo and jumping arenas. There was constant action on the grounds and spectators were perfectly positioned to watch both sports simultaneously.

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Riders embraced the event, entries filling fast for 80-140cm classes on Saturday and 105 to 130cm classes on Sunday that included the LJ Hooker 25 Years & Under Mini Prix and Patersons Securities Grand Prix. The surface helped produce some outstanding performances, including a double of wins by Courtney O’Sullivan on Young Equestrian’s Tinka’s Bay. See  RESULTS page for full placings. (Photo left: LJ Hooker’s Vincent Siciliano with 25 Years & Under Mini Prix winner Paris Castledine & Cortehz. Photo, S. McGill)

Be sure you don’t miss Swan River Showjumping’s next event, the 2019 SRSJC Autumn Carnival, 25 & 26 May, outdoors at Brookleigh.

JUMPING & POLO IN THE MEADOW – WINNERS

SATURDAY, 9 MARCH

ERIC LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHY 90CM OPEN: Ellie Gough, Western Diva

JOEY’S SWAN VALLEY DINER 100CM OPEN: Sophie Ahmat, Sovereign’s Rolls Royce

THE GENERAL STORE FURNITURE & HOMEWARES 1.10M OPEN: Courtney O’Sullivan, Tinka’s Bay

QUICKMAIL 1.20M OPEN: Chloe Versteegen, MC Pico Diamonds

LIMERICK FARMS 1.30M OPENChadd Donovan, Carpina

SUNDAY, 10 MARCH
HORSELAND MIDLAND 1.05M OPEN: Hayley Bettink, Lexcen

EQUINEWORLD AMATEUR QUALIFIER: Courtney O’Sullivan, Tinka’s Bay

EQUISSAGE 1.20M OPEN: Wendy Reid, Thunder Rose

LJ HOOKER COMMERCIAL PERTH 1.20M 25 YEARS & UNDER MINI PRIX: Paris Castledine, Cortehz

PATERSONS SECURITIES 1.30M GRAND PRIX: David Dobson, Tulara Corango