Swan River Showjumping’s (SRSJC) annual Horseland Young Showjumping Horse Championship enters its seventh year as a proven ground breaker for Australia’s future jumping stars.
Unlike most jumping competitions, SRSJC’s Championship evaluates four, five, six and seven-year old horses over two days against their age-peers in front of a panel of expert judges. Past interstate judges have included Olympians and World Cup riders Jeff Bloomfield, Laurie Lever, Chris Chugg, Russell Johnstone, David Cameron, Amanda Madigan and, in 2017, World Cup/young horse specialist, Paula Hamood.
Each horse jumps two rounds (timed, but not against the clock) over age-appropriate fence heights, with technicality increased slightly for the two older classes.
- 90cm (4yrs)
- 105m (5 yrs)
- 115m (6 years)
- 125m (7 years)
Saturday: In Round 1, riders have one minute prior to jumping to demonstrate their horses’ movement and flatwork training on both reins with flying or simple changes. Round 2 is solely about the jumping.
Sunday: Our interstate guest judge rides the winner of each age group to help determine the overall annual young horse jumping champion – which, in 2016, was 4-year old gelding, JEP Matilda’s Boy – the progeny of two former Horseland Young Showjumping Champions, Yalambi’s Waltzing Matilda and Chicago (breeder/owner Jakoma Equestrian’s Donna Franceschi).
In 2017, the seventh Horseland Young Showjumping Championship will be held indoors at Brookleigh on 24 & 25 June, with Paula Hamood (QLD), Neil Ozanne and Matt Godwin on the judging panel.