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 Rose; KENTAUR SRSJC JUNIOR JUMPER CHAMPION Izabelle Dobson, Smiling Assassin; OAKS SPORT HORSES STEPPING STONES STAKES Rebecca Donovan – Carpina; JAKOMA SRSJC YOUNG RIDER Sophie Ahmat – Tsarina Von de Wolfsakker; PATERSONS-EWA JUMPING HOTY Spook March – Holmwood Valentine; QUICKMAIL SPEED STAKES Kate Ingham – Asti Aspiration; HEY PESTO 1.15M OPEN Grace Lamont – SS Halo; EQUINEWORLD SRSJC AMATEUR CHAMP Hannah Henry – Corvair; DR KATHY KLEIN-EWA JUMPING SILVER SERIES Lucinda Bunning – Two Reds; THE PATERSONS PLATE GRAND PRIX Caitlin Bolger – Oaks Quickstep; FUTURE HOME LIVING 1.30M MINI PRIX Annabel Cowcher – Nalelu
See RESULTS under EVENTS for all placings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Competition Enquiries: Text Nanette about scratchings and competition-related questions, 0417 902 734.
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 email@example.com or text Nanette, 0417 902 734.
Heavy rain throughout the week and unexpected downpours on Friday night forced SRSJC to postpone it’s Saturday, 4 August show outdoors at Brookleigh until the next day, Sunday, 5 August.
SRSJC organisers consulted with competitors, coaches and officials before suspending the show very early on Saturday morning. Weeks of rain and predictions for more had already prompted SRSJC to shift its show from the original location on the grass at the State Equestrian Centre. “Leading up to the show, the weather predictions had looked fine for Saturday and we decided to go ahead since it was on a well-drained sand surface,” said SRSJC Treasurer, Nanette Hollis, who was left in charge of the event while Suzanne McGill was overseas. “However, it ended up pouring all Friday night and didn’t look like clearing on Saturday.”
While some competitors didn’t or couldn’t come to the rescheduled show on Sunday, those who did enjoyed dry weather and perfect jumping conditions. “The arena surface rode beautifully,” said Nanette.
“It’s been so frustrating,” commented SRSJC Chair Suzanne McGill. “Over the past decade, we’ve enjoyed remarkably clear weather for most of our shows. This is the second event in 2018 that SRSJC has had to cancel or postpone.” Organisers feel confident, however, that the sun will shine on its Championship show in Brookleigh’s outdoor arena on 15 & 16 September. “We’ve put in our request with the weather gods for clear weather right now!”
Sunday’s winners included: Erin Turner & Redline Classic Design (95cm SRSJC Youth Qualifier); Debbie Greenwood & Tyrooki Stardreamer (95cm Open); Kate Duncalf & Lingarie Casatino (1.05m Open); Izabelle Dobson & Smiling Assassin (Junior Jumper); Daisy Scott & Pico Bam (1.15m Open); Izabelle Dobson & Noblewood Park Cashmere (Young Rider); Sarah Isbister & Yalambi’s Fiorenza (1.25m Open); Spook March & Holmwood Valentine (1.35m Open). List of all placings, please go to EVENTS and see RESULTS.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKS TO OUR RIDERS & SPONSORS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
JAKOMA EQUESTRIAN, BRIGADOON PRODUCE, KENTAUR AUSTRALIA, FUTURE HOME LIVING, OAKS SPORTHORSES, HORSELAND, EQUINEWORLD, DR KATHY KLEIN, EWA JUMPING, ERIC LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHY, BINDOON TRACTORS, DARK SELECTIONS, QUICKMAIL, EQUISSAGE, PERTH PERFORMANCE HORSES, SOVEREIGN PERFORMANCE HORSES, YALAMBI, LA NOIR, SNS EQUESTEARTH, THOMPSON & REDWOOD, THE GENERAL STORE
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
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: