4 YEAR-OLD KENTAUR CORALLINE NAMED 2018 CHAMPION HORSELAND YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE
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. (photo above, S. McGill: Rider Courtney O’Sullivan, breeder Lucy Galovicova, owner Robert Auguste, judge Colleen Brook, along with trainer, David Dobson)
The Championship’s uncanny crystal ball has repeatedly predicted horses progressing to significant jumping careers. The 2018 crop of four to seven-year old horses was outstanding – although down in overall numbers largely 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.
On Saturday, the young horses were judged against their peers for their education/flatwork, then 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.
We expect 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.
2017 ANOTHER WINNER FOR SRSJC’S HORSELAND YOUNG SHOWJUMPING HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
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.