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Continual heavy rains are great for creating green pastures, but have waterlogged the grass at the SEC, forcing SRSJC to re-locate our August 4 show to the outdoor arena at Brookleigh. The decision to change venues was made after consulting the SEC’s management. The first course will now open for walking at 7am, with Class 1 starting at 7.30 and changed to an A2 (article 238.2.1), with Class 2 now running under 274.5.6, super 2-phase format.

Entries and scratchings (without vet or doctors’ certificates) will be open until Sunday, 29 July at 4pm.

“We were disappointed we had to cancel our SEC booking and couldn’t provide an opportunity for riders to jump on grass , but were pleased we could reschedule outdoors at Brookleigh. Riders were really happy with the surface when we ran our May show there after the arena had been renovated and expanded,” commented SRSJC Chair, Suzanne McGill. “There’s been spectacular demand for entries and waitlists in nearly all of the classes, so that makes it all the more critical to jump on a surface that works in all weather.”

Bulging entries and enormous waitlists mean that riders will have to be vigilant about being on time for classes. “There’s no choice….Those not at the gate ready to compete in draw order when their names are called will seriously risk disqualification from that class, unless they’ve informed the judge and gate marshal that there’s a reason they must go out of order.”

The large number of waitlist requests makes it especially important for riders to text scratchings or change requests to Nanette (0417-902-734).




SRSJC’s second indoor show this year was also the club’s last in Brookleigh’s indoor arena during 2018.

With the Gidgegannup CNC in late July, a high number of eventers used SRSJC’s July show to prep for the showjumping phase of that popular event – and they often dominated over the showjumpers!

Sonja Johnson would be feeling confident going to Gidgegannup after out-jumping a strong field of showjumpers to place second and first on Misty Isle Valentino in SRSJC’s Kentaur 1.25m Open and Patersons Securities 135m Open, respectively.  Eventer Taylah Andrews and Silver Force also claimed the winning rosette in the Equissage 1.10m Open.

Additional winners included Taltarni Wevel-Pyatt on her new ride, New Emblem (Eric Lloyd 90cm Open) ; Sara Mullins on Sandeli Park Debonaire (The General Store Homewares 1.00m Open);  Tahlia Baxter on My Pocket Rocket (EquineWorld Amateur Qualifier); and Izabelle Dobson on Tulara Corango (Future Homes Living 1.25m for Riders 25 Years & Under).

Many thanks as always to all of our generous 2018 sponsors, with a special nod to those supporting July’s classes.

For full results, see RESULTS.





Entries are filling fast for SRSJC’s next show on Sunday, 22 July, indoors at Brookleigh

Some classes already filled, but waitlists are available.

Riders are being urged to not delay entering SRSJC’s second indoor show – the club’s last in this wonderful arena for 2018.

90cm-1.30m height classes plus EquineWorld Amateur Qualifier & SRSJC’s new 25 & Under class. This year, riders must compete in at least two qualifiers at SRSJC shows in order to participate in SRSJC’s Championship classes. These July classes can qualify riders for both SRSJC Championship classes and gain leaderboard points for EquineWorld State Amateur, SRSJC Youth, Junior, YR & Senior Rider awards.   

WAITLISTS & SCRATCHINGS..… As always, text Nanette, 0417 902 734 or email us at







Photos by Eric Lloyd: Top, 2018 Final Four; Above, Colleen Brook riding 2018 Champion Kentaur Coralline.

Where will we find tomorrow’s jumping superstars?

If records are anything to go by, then Brookleigh’s indoor arena was the place to be during Swan River Showjumping’s 8th annual Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship.

The Championship’s uncanny crystal ball has repeatedly predicted horses progressing to significant jumping careers. This year’s crop of four to seven-year old horses was outstanding – although down in overall numbers,perhaps due to the change in calculating horses’ birthdays to the day they are born, rather than universally on 1 August each year.

The event’s 2018 judges were as outstanding 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.

Held two days, Saturday saw the horses judged in age classes against their peers for their 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. And masterful it was, with Colleen educating and entertaining a large group of spectators as she rode the three mares and a gelding.

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

Bridget Kelly’s extravagant jumping 6-year old, mare 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), it was Kentaur Coralline (ridden Saturday by Courtney O’Sullivan for the owners, the Auguste family) who took podium placing as 2018 Champion, after somewhat lengthy discussion amongst the three judges.

While young horses were the weekend highlight, Sunday’s programme also included thrilling height competition. Oaks Quickstep’s decisive win in the Patersons Securities 1.30m Mini Prix continued validating SRSJC’s young horse judging format. Alison Hanson and Soniques Rio Blue speeded to win the Eric Lloyd Photography Open 90cm and Ellie Gough and Western Diva won the Eric Lloyd Photography 1.00cm. Neil Ozanne and Sarnia’s Noblewood Classic continued their comeback by winning the Quickmail 1.10m Open and very nearly captured the Kentaur 1.20m Open until Rebecca Donovan’s brilliant and quick double clear continued her current winning streak on previous age class placegetter, Carpina.

With results tallied, we see exciting times ahead for all of the competitors – especially for the exceptional young horses in SRSCJ’s past and present Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championships. See RESULTS for complete results for the weekend.

4-YEAR OLD HORSES –Sponsored by Horseland & Sovereign Performance Horses

Winner Courtney O’Sullivan –  Kentaur Coralline
2nd        Shane Giblett –  Benson’s Versimo

3rd         Rebecca Donovan –  Chartreuse
4th         Sophie Ahmat –  Sovereign’s Rolls Royce
5th         Caitlin Bolger –  Colmay
6th         Casey Gill –  Lakeside’s Cadence

5-YEAR OLD HORSES – Sponsored by Horseland & Perth Performance Horses

Winner  Caitlin Bolger – Caprino
2nd         Kate Wheatley – Oaks Alchemy
3rd          Tahlia Baxter –  Icarus Blue Diamond
4th          Rosie Oliver – Cadeau
5th          Rachel Yovich – Benson’s Cat Balou
6th          Bridget Kelly – Romonique

6-YEAR OLD HORSES – Sponsored by Horseland & Yalambi Farm Stud

Winner Bridget Kelly – Cera Diarada
2nd        Caitlin Bolger – Chai-Time
3rd          Bridget Kelly  – Quantico
4th          Georgie Siciliano – Hero Chin P
5th          Grace  – Equus Holiday
6th          Tess Lill  –  Tulara Stolmine

7-YEAR OLD HORSES – Sponsored by Horseland & Jakoma Equestrian

Winner Oaks Quickstep – Caitlin Bolger
2nd         Sarah Isbister – Lafayette MVNZ
3rd          Rosie Oliver – Bicento
4th          Daisy Scott – Pico Bam


SRSJC Recognise Past Young Horse Champions

SRSJC Young Horse Champions 2011 - 2017 The SRSJC Horseland Young Horse Championship, initiated in 2011, provides an exciting platform for breeders, owners and riders to showcase their young horses. Our 2011 – 2015 Champions have already proven their abilities at 1.40m+, with our more recent winners from 2016 & 2017 looking to have all the potential for this level in the future. Please see our list of Champions below:

2011: Yalambi’s Waltzing Matilda (Jakoma Equestrian)
2012: Oaks Dreamtime (Caitlin Bolger)
2013: Yalambi’s Cambridge (Maddison Stephen)
2014: Chicago (Chadd Donovan)
2015: Palm Beach (David Dobson)
2016: JEP Matilda’s Boy (Jakoma Equestrian)
2017: Air Wings Z (Jakoma Equestrian)


We’re all set for this weekend’s two day jumping carnival in Brookleigh’s renovated outdoor arena!

Draws are now online at and riders should have received their draw notifications. They are also posted on this website. Please note the start times for the show:

Saturday: Course opens for walking at 7.30am. Classes start at 8.00am

Sunday:    Course opens for walking at 8.00am. Classes start at 8.30am

Saturday sold out! Limited entries only on Sunday for SRSJC’s 2018 AUTUMN JUMPING CARNIVAL, 26 & 27 May

Entries quickly filled for the first day of SRSJC’s annual Autumn Jumping Carnival, with limited places in Sunday’s 1.05-1.35m classes open until Wednesday, 23 May at

This is SRSJC’s first fixture outdoors at Brookleigh in two years and the club is looking forward to returning the where it all began 11 years ago. There’s great excitement about jumping there now that the outdoor arena has been extended and fully re-surfaced. The outdoor warm up has also been refurbished.

SRSJC’s May event is the first for the club this year, after severe weather conditions forced the suspension of its April show several weeks ago. The show includes classes from 90cm to 1.35m and features EWA Jumping’s Novice and Bronze Series and EquineWorld Amateur Qualifier plus SRSJC’s own leaderboard classes for Youth, Junior, Young and Senior riders. The club’s new Youth Series (riders 15 years & under) echoes its focus on encouraging riders to progress through its competition season, with early heights set at 90cm progressing to 1.04m later in the year.

Riders interested in entering classes that are already full or regarding scratchings, please text Nanette, 0417 902 734.


After a two-year hiatus, SRSJC returns to Brookleigh’s outdoor arena for its Autumn Jumping Carnival, 26 & 27 May. “SRSJC got its start in Brookleigh’s outdoor arena and we’re excited to return there with a major two-day event, jumping on a surface that’s been expanded and upgraded by Shawn Squire and Stewart Kamman’s SNS EquestEarth,” said SRSJC Chair Suzanne McGill.

The show will kick off on Saturday with the first of SRSJC’s new Youth Series Qualifiers – an encouragement series giving less experienced riders 15 & under an opportunity to compete in the main ring. “Like our Junior and Young Rider series (both offered at this show), the Youth programme is progressive, with a leader board, and aims to see participants competing at 1.04cm or above by the end of our season.”

SRSJC’s EWA Jumping Bronze qualifier gives 1.15m horses with 20 official points or under the chance to advance on the official state leaderboard, with the EWA Jumping Novice class being a springboard for horses with 6 points or less. Amateur riders can boost their leaderboard hopes in SRSJC’s EquineWorld Amateur Qualifier, while  additional classes throughout the weekend can gain SRSJC leaderboard and championship qualifying points to competitors at all levels.

“One of this year’s most exciting concepts is our SRSJC Charity Teams Tournament. Riders don’t often get the opportunity to compete in teams and riding to contribute to a charity make this even more significant.

Before or at our May show, riders can nominate horse/rider combinations to qualify to for eligibility on one of (a maximum of) six teams. The teams will have three riders jumping at a level for which they have qualified during SRSJC’s May-August shows. Team participants will be drawn from a Teams leaderboard, with selection being the best-performing horse/rider combinations in 1.10-1.20m (18 years & under only); 1.15-1.25m (open ages); and 1.25-1.35m (open ages). The teams will be randomly drawn and announced just before SRSJC’s Annual Championships in September. Competitors will gain teams points in SRSJC Championships classes that also serve as ‘teams’ competitions (this will not affect their individual placings in these classes.)






With weather patterns changing by the minute, SRSJC organisers were forced to suspend the club’s first show of 2018. “It was impossible to tell when and where the lightning could strike or how long the unsettled weather would threaten us,” said SRSJC Chair Suzanne McGill. “We watched weather reports for hours through the night and early morning and decided to go ahead with the show since the weather was forecast to be shifting south. Unfortunately, the weather patterns became completely unpredictable and electrical activity made it impossible to continue safely – so we called a halt to the show midway through the first class. It was disappointing, but the right thing to do. Of course, within two hours, the weather had indeed gone south and conditions were perfect!”

SRSJC thanks the riders, officials and the EWA and SEC for their patience and understanding under trying circumstances.

This year’s jammed jumping calendar made it impossible to reschedule SRSJC’s April event and the organisers decided to look ahead to the club’s two day Autumn Jumping Carnival on 26 & 27 May and to issue refunds covering a significant portion of the riders’ entry fees.