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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

All levels well catered for at Kadina's Copper Coast show

ABOVE: Dakota Cummins riding walk and trot supreme champion Keystone Escape. Picture: KIRSTIE MURCH

IT’S been a busy three years for the Kadina Agricultural Society’s “Copper Coast” show in South Australia.

Like so many, the Covid pandemic caused a lot of upheaval and disappointment as the committee had managed to obtain a Commonwealth grant in 2020 to revamp its showgrounds.

It was touch and go as to whether the show would go ahead in 2021 due to South Australian health guidelines but it did and more than 4000 people attended over two days. Another terrific show followed the following year.

In 2023, with Adelaide Royal just around the corner, all horse sections were well filled, and in the show horse ring there was a wide range of events.

Like many other shows now, a lot of attention is being paid to “everyday” competitors so there’s enjoyment for people who show for fun.

The “walk and trot” ring was exactly that, catering for those who are unable to canter, with the program pointing out that if competitors have previously competed in open rings cantering, they are no longer eligible for what is intended to be a beginners encouragement section.

Walk and trot champions were Jordie McCarthy and Alice in Wonderland in the pony section, the galloway champion was Limited Edition and Sophie Meaney and the hack championship went to Keystone Escape and Dakota Cummins, who also took home the supreme sash.

Champion rider was Teesh Custer.

There were two open rings. Judge Dianne Leahy’s supreme champion was Lily's Sovereign shown by Margot Haynes, and in the other open ring, Brittany Lynch chose Argyl Harmony ridden by Maison Hunt as her top ridden exhibit for the day.

ABOVE: Margot Haynes and Lily's Sovereign with Annabelle Crosby and judges Brittany Lynch and Dianne Leahy. Picture: KIRSTIE MURCH

The jumping ring was just as busy, with jumping classes on two days ranging from 50cm to open championships.

Anthony Thomas riding SL Donato was a winner on both days, taking out the gold series on Saturday and the open championships on the Sunday.

Rachelle Verma’s Gizella won the silver series class and the junior ruby series went to Sasha Smith’s Veneficious.

The speed championship, a great event that is not so often seen nowadays, went to Zara Young’s Rosthwaite Balouchi.

ABOVE: Ella Manning riding Valfreya. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Sasha Smith. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Macy Watson. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Millicent Quigley Smith. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Troy Woolard. Picture: TY MANNING

ABOVE: Anthony Thomas and SL Donato. Picture: TY MANNING

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