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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Arilla Cup goes to Tori Stuckey and Jaybee Ballon D'or

ABOVE: Tori Stuckey and Jaybee Ballon D'or sail to victory. Picture: SHARLENE PHILLIPS of ONE-EYED FROG

THE cream of Victoria’s showjumping competitors gathered at Boneo Park for the Arilla Cup.

The event was their last big competition before heading to the Australian Showjumping championships at Sydney.

Victoria’s weather threw everything at riders over the three days but it did not deter Tori Stuckey and her spectacularly marked chestnut Jaybee Ballon D'or who took the trophy.

Tori, the daughter of champion dressage rider Kerry Mack, not only stars in showjumping but also in dressage and is in strong demand as a creator of music for freestyle tests.

She won the 145-150cm class completing the two rounds with just four faults from Robert Palm and Jaybee Vibrant and Kate Beadel riding Crackle E.

Robert Palm was first in the lineup for the Mini Prix, winning with Halcyons Dark Knight. Long-time rivals Brook Dobbin and Devos GP and Mark Nicholls on Batman Xtreme filled the placings.

Palm then took out the Future Stars competition, riding Phantom Bronte. Tori Stuckey and 24 Karat placed second with Wes Joyce’s Cera Ducati third.

ABOVE: Rob Palm in the open 1.30m class. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

Andrew Lamb placed first and second in the 1.35 class with Janory Dp and Oaks Ever Red, with Brook Dobbin and Jacky S third.

The strong support continues for the off-the-track Thoroughbreds, and while they have always been there, at least now they are recognised. Adam Prime riding Saddle Up Smudge won the off-the-track championship from Anthony Bentley and Aleksandr Meerkat with Paris Wilkinson’s Konquest K third.

The young rider class showed we have some pretty talented riders coming through who are well capable of holding their own in big classes, and over the 1.30cm course, Jack Barker and Tulara Colchic, Lorna Reilly on Bellhaven Jazz and Molly Lawrence with Carabel P provided an exciting jump off to fill the top placings.

Sienna Holdsworth-Rose, continued her successful spring run, winning the junior championship 120cm class with Coolart Farm Short Torque from Jack Barker and Tulara For Quinar, with Joel Lamb on Stirling Lady third.

Among the height classes, Samantha Richardson and her Appaloosa Spot The Play won the 1.15m class, Ruby Bryant and her Palomino Tarburra Gold Nugget won a 1.10 class, as did Holly Grant and Rbh Mr Image.

Ruby Bryant and Tarburra Gold Nugget took home their second sash for the show in the 1.05 class where Zara Adnams filled second and third places with Dingmac Disco King and Tally-ho Primrose.

While the big guns head north for the Australian championships, there’s still plenty of action for showjumpers in the north of the state with the agricultural shows and jumping clubs reporting full fields at all levels.


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