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

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2018 The Final Four Finalists
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

 

 

 

‘JUMPING & POLO IN THE MEADOW’ ENTRIES ARE OPEN & FILLING FAST….

Entries are rolling in for SRSJC’s very special joint venture with Perth Polo on 9 & 10 March at Kings Meadow in historic Guildford.

SRSJC’s Annual Members exercised their Early Entry Codes to get a headstart on entering this first-ever event, at which two of WA’s powerhouse equestrian groups will run simultaneous, side-by-side competitions. General Entries opened on Friday, 22 February at 7am and hopeful competitors have been urged to get entries in right away for two days of 80cm-1.40m jumping in this unique setting.

Public spectators are welcome from 7.30am each day – Bring a picnic or purchase refreshments on site. For more details, check Swan River Showjumping and Perth Polo’s Facebook pages. Or text Nanette, 0417 902 734.

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NEW JOINT VENTURE KICKS OFF SRSJC’S 2019 SEASON

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Jumping photos: Eric Lloyd Photography
SRSJC leaps into 2019 with a first-time shared event between Swan River Showjumping and Perth Polo on its International Polo Tournament weekend!

JUMPING & POLO IN THE MEADOW

9 & 10 MARCH 2019

KINGS MEADOW POLO FIELD, GUILDFORD
Power-packed showjumping beside lightning-quick polo….
80-130cm+ jumping programme
Entries go online soon at http://www.globalentriesonline.com.
Spots are limited – so get yours in fast.
Spectators welcome. Pack a picnic – or purchase refreshments onsite.
Enquiries: Email swanrivershowjumpingclub@hotmail.com or text Nanette, 0417 902 734

 

SRSJC 2018 AGM – FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2019

SWAN RIVER SHOWJUMPING CLUB AGM

We’ll be re-capping last year’s great season and welcoming the coming year!
FRIDAY 15 FEB 2019 
6 PM at The Laughin’ Barrel, 247 Haddrill Road, Baskerville
Let us know if you’d like to attend by sending your RSVP no later than 13 February at swanrivershowjumpingclub@hotmail.com or by texting Nanette, 0417 905 734.

2018 SRSJC CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURNS US OUTDOORS @ BROOKLEIGH

Photo above (Eric Lloyd Photography): Patersons Director Murray McGill with 2018 Patersons Plate winner Caitlin Bolger & Oaks Quickstep.

It had been four years since Swan River Showjumping (SRSJC) last held its Championships outdoors at Brookleigh – and what a comeback the venue has made with its enlarged and re-surfaced arena.

FEI-3 course designer Michael Haese (FEI-3/SA) maximised the 80 x 65 metre outdoor surface with beautifully executed tracks that challenged and encouraged the riders, a superb preparation for those heading to the Royal Show (Michael Haese this year’s course designer there) and Alcoa CNC.

The annual two-day event included 1.05-1.40m open height classes plus SRSJC’s 95cm 15 years & under Youth Championship,  Kentaur Junior, Jakoma Young Rider and  Patersons-EWA Jumping Horse of the Year on Saturday.  Sunday’s classes included the Quickmail Speed Stakes, EquineWorld Amateur Championships, Dr Kathy Klein-EWA Silver Series Qualifiers and Sunday’s feature class, the now-iconic 1.40M Patersons Plate.

There was plenty of inspiring competition for the public spectators and more than 100 VIP guests, who enjoyed a long tapas lunch right along the arena. Competition heated up throughout the weekend, especially between some of the state’s leading ‘next generation’ of competitors in the Patersons Plate Grand Prix – with a thrilling jump off in this two-round competition between two of our top under-30 World Cup riders, Caitlin Bolger on Oaks Quickstep and Chelsea McInnes on Diamond B Vigo.

The treble along the VIP Marquee troubled all but those two horses, with others toppling at least one rail of the oxer to vertical to oxer combination in both rounds. The jump off became the deciding factor, with the testing third round at this height perhaps playing a part in the three uncharacteristic rails by Diamond B Vigo – especially as Chelsea was first to jump off and took some speedier options. Second to go, Caitlin and Oaks Vendetta produced a slower, clear round, but nothing could dilute her decisive win on the brilliant seven-year old mare, Oaks Quickstep.

International course designer Michael Haese said, “I was really happy with the number of horses with double clears and with the way they handled the track.” The riders were happy, too, with universal compliments for his courses, the venue and event itself throughout the weekend. “Michael’s tracks allowed the horses to progressively develop throughout the weekend. We’re so grateful to our sponsors’ support, which enables us to bring internationally trained designers like him to WA and provide variety for our riders – it puts extra polish on our end-of-season show,” said club Chair, Suzanne McGill.

The club’s annual Hi Points Champions were also announced on the weekend: Dark Selections SRSJC SENIOR HI POINTS: Sarah Isbister; Bindoon Tractors YOUNG RIDER HI POINTS: Izabelle Dobson; Brigadoon Produce JUNIOR HI POINTS: Grace Lamont; SNS EquestEarth YOUTH HI POINTS: Jane Gundry.

With the Championships, SRSJC wrapped up its 2018 season and kickstarted WA’s other championship end-of-year jumping events.

Other class winners included:

ERIC LLOYD SRSJC YOUTH FINAL Ellie Gough – Western Diva;THE GENERAL STORE 1.05M OPEN Ailish Donovan – NP Conchetta; EQUISSAGE 1.15M OPEN Wendy Reid – Thunder RoseKENTAUR SRSJC JUNIOR JUMPER CHAMPION Izabelle Dobson, Smiling AssassinOAKS SPORT HORSES STEPPING STONES STAKES Rebecca Donovan – CarpinaJAKOMA SRSJC YOUNG RIDER Sophie Ahmat – Tsarina Von de Wolfsakker PATERSONS-EWA JUMPING HOTY Spook March – Holmwood ValentineQUICKMAIL SPEED STAKES Kate Ingham – Asti AspirationHEY PESTO 1.15M OPEN Grace Lamont – SS HaloEQUINEWORLD SRSJC AMATEUR CHAMP Hannah Henry – CorvairDR KATHY KLEIN-EWA JUMPING SILVER SERIES Lucinda Bunning – Two RedsTHE PATERSONS PLATE GRAND PRIX Caitlin Bolger – Oaks QuickstepFUTURE HOME LIVING 1.30M MINI PRIX Annabel Cowcher – Nalelu

See RESULTS under EVENTS for all placings.

 

RUSH ON SRSJC 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRIES – BOOKINGS NOW OPEN FOR VIP LUNCH

SWAN RIVER SHOWJUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS – 15 & 16 September, Outdoors @ Brookleigh

CLASS ENTRIES ARE CLOSED BUT OUR VIP LUNCH IS OPEN FOR LIMITED GENERAL PUBLIC BOOKINGS!!! 

VIP LUNCH: Sunday, 16 September

Catered by Stewarts’ Restaurant’s fabulous new chef…. Price includes lunch/deserts, all drinks and ringside seating in the VIP Marquee. Discounts for SRSJC Club Members.

-Limited public VIP Lunch Tickets are now available for a short time only at http://www.globalentriesonline.com.

VIP LUNCH EnquirIes…. contact Suzanne, 0419 912 533 or or email swanrivershowjumpingclub@hotmail.com.

– Competition Enquiries: Text Nanette about scratchings and competition-related questions, 0417 902 734.

ENTRIES GOING ONLINE FOR SRSJC’S 2018 ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2017 Patersons Plate Grand Prix top three.
2017 Patersons Plate winner David Dobson, with Caitlin Bolger (2nd) and Chelsea McInnes (3rd)

The Club’s Annual Championships return to Brookleigh’s outdoor arena for the first time in four years!

Brookleigh’s enlarged and refurbished arena will set the stage for SRSJC’s 11th Annual Championships on 15 & 16 September. FEI-3 course designer Michael Haese (SA) will be designing both at SRSJC and at this year’s Perth Royal show just a few days later. After just returning from designing in France, at Fontainbleau, Michael will no doubt be inspired to create some challenging tracks for WA riders. Having him design at our Championships is a coup for those intending to compete on his courses at the Perth Showgrounds.

Riders are encouraged to get entries in quickly, as this event always fills fast and jumping on Brookleigh’s superb and large surface is a real drawcard. Generous cash and other prizes are an extra attraction to one of the main events on WA’s jumping calendar. Members with Early Entry Codes can enter on Thursday, 23 Sept, at 7am. General Entries open on Saturday, 25 September, at 7am.

Run in a single ring, the two-day event includes a 95cm Youth Championship on Saturday and Sunday’s feature class, the 1.40M Patersons Plate, with plenty of official classes in between. Update…. Riders only need to have ridden in ONE SRSJC qualifier to be eligible for SRSJC’s Youth, Junior, Young Rider and EquineWorld Amateur championship classes. No qualifiers required for all other classes. 

VIP LUNCH. LIMITED public tickets will available online via Global Entries for the delicious VIP Lunch on Sunday, 16 Sept, so don’t miss out!

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