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Swan River Showjumping Club would like to invite young riders aged 16-21 years of age in 2020 to compete in a borrowed horse teams competition at Kings Meadow in Perth, WA from the 7-8 March 2020. Riders must indicate their interest to compete by completing and Expressions of Interest Form, to be considered. Further details can be found below:

Event: Jumping & Polo in the Meadow
Date: 7-8 March 2020
Location: Kings Meadow Polo Field, Guildford, Western Australia

The invite is for:

  • 1x team of four interstate riders aged 16-21 years (in the case of more interest opportunity may arise to invite two teams)

The Show Organising Committee will provide the following:

  • Borrowed horse
  • Accommodation for riders
  • Transport to/from airport and to the competition
  • Team shirts

The riders will be responsible for:

  • Return airfares

Interested riders/officials are required to complete an Expression of Interest form and return to, before close of business Monday 13 January 2020.

Click here to download an Expression of Interest Form.


Long-serving SRSJC Chair Suzanne McGill and Patersons Securities Director Murray McGill, congratulate 2019 Patersons Plate winners Chelsea McInnes & Diamond B Vigo.

After serving on SRSJC’s organising committee for 12 years and seven years as the Chair, club co-founder Suzanne McGill has stepped down from her official roles.

“I’ve loved being part of the club since Julie Isbister, Les Bunning, Gail Hellier, Gerry Miocovich and I launched it in 2008. It’s been a central part of my life for 13 years as an organiser, leader and sponsor, but the time is right for me to now focus on other things. We’ve got a young and really dynamic committee to carry on Swan River Showjumping’s legacy as WA’s most innovative club. They’re already spreading their wings with fantastic plans underway for events to develop and promote jumping in 2020, especially for higher level horses. I know they will continue thriving with Nanette Hollis at the helm.”

Previous Vice Chair and Treasurer, Nanette was unanimously elected Chair of SRSJC, with Georgie Siciliano now becoming Vice Chair, Lucy Rowe taking over as Treasurer and Emma Isbister continuing in her role as Secretary. SRSJC OC members Matilda O’Connor and Lauren Prater will now also be joined by two new members, with the club warmly welcoming Nadia Hadwen and Carl Smith onto the committee. They step on board as another long-standing OC member, Sarah Isbister, steps down, having relocated to Bunbury.

SRSJC’s season kicks off early in 2020 with the club’s continuing joint venture with Perth Polo at Kings Meadow Polo Field in Guildford  – its second annual Jumping & Polo in the Meadow. Watch this space for upcoming news about this fabulous event!



SWAN RIVER SHOWJUMPING 2019 AGM: Monday, 16 December at 329 Cathedral Avenue at 7pm.

SRSJC Members and Sponsors are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by 13 December to or by contacting Emma at 0418 756 208.

It is intended that the following special resolutions be proposed and voted upon at SRSJC’s 2019 AGM. 1.) That Members approve for SRSJC to adopt the Model Rules of the Incorporations Avt 2015 (WA); 2.) That the Members approve for the financial reporting year of Swan River Showjumping Club Inc’s to begin on January and end 31 December each year.

This brings SRSJC’s  financial reporting period more closely into line with the club’s annual periods of operation from March through August/September.

Notably, the 2019 AGM marks the end of tenure for two SRSJC committee members: Sarah Isbister, who has relocated close to Bunbury, and long-term Chair Suzanne McGill, whose intention to step back was announced at SRSJC’s 2019 Annual Championships.


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Chelsea McInnes & Diamond B Vigo jumping into first place in the 2019 Patersons Plate. Photo, S McGill

“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, scoring 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 in-form combinations like last year’s winners, Caitlin Bolger and Quintender mare, Oaks Quickstep. Caitlin’s elimination during Round 2 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 mare ‘Princess’ was in top form and could be this season’s horse to beat in WA’s elite competition. 

As always, South Australian FEI-3 course designer Michael Haese set thoughtful tracks over the two-day show in Brookleigh’s large outdoor arena, with technical challenges increasing from Saturday to Sunday’s competition. Double clear rounds were sparse, but riders were inspired by the challenges and those who rode forward – especially through the corners – answered the on-course questions.

Patersons Director Murray McGill & SRSJC Chair Suzanne McGill congratulate Chelsea McInnes & Diamond B Vigo.

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. Photo: S McGill

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.

Photos: S McGill. For full results, go to Events.




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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

“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

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!”






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 or text Nanette, 0417 902 734.






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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.

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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.

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 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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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.