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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Ashleigh coasts to a double win at Port Elliot Show

ABOVE: Ashleigh Westcott and Fieldbrook Vienna. Picture: TY MANNING

PORT Elliot Show is “a fantastic little ag show on the coast”, according to South Australian photographer Ty Manning.

Looking at his images and then talking to the horse convenor, Liz Hayman, it seems he is right. This year was the society’s 143rd show, held on the always beautiful grounds with the assistance of a small, hardworking band of helpers.

“This year we held two showjumping rings,” Liz said.

“We have just a tiny committee for the horses, basically just Michael, Peter and I, and Michael’s two sons help out on the day but that’s it.

ABOVE: Kaitlin Smith and Classico. Picture: TY MANNING

“Usually there are great local sponsors and hopefully a good turnout continues so the ag shows can continue.”

The 1.30m and the 1.20m jumping competitions were won by Ashleigh Westcott riding Fieldbrook Vienna.

Ashleigh had a busy day, with Tulara Colette fourth in the gold series 130, Fieldbrook Havana fourth in the 1.10m, Fieldbrook Heiress third in the open 95 and the four-year-old Brookside Kimba jumped some lovely rounds in the 105 classes.

Ashleigh is excited about what’s ahead riding Fieldbrook Vienna.

“I was lucky enough to gain the ride on Fieldbrook Vienna 18 months ago,” she said.

“In that time we have gone from competing in 90cm classes to 1.30m-1.40m.

“We are really quite excited to see what the future holds for this talented mare as we continue the journey, which will hopefully see us compete some bigger classes, 1.50-1.60m, successfully.

“I can’t thank her owners Jeff Evans and Jenna Kovacic enough for the endless opportunities they have given me.”

ABOVE: Ella Manning and Oaks Be Sweet. Picture: TY MANNING

There are some very talented young riders making their presence felt on the South Australian jumping scene at present.

The 1.15cm event went to Imogen Lindh and Licaviv and Ella Manning, fresh back from the national interschool championships in Victoria rode Oakes Be Sweet to win the 1.10, with Imogen and Licaviv in second place.

The second 1.10 class was won by Danni Hampton, who likes to mix her eventing with showjumping, riding Wynara Bronze Medal.

In the 1.05m GPH Jane ridden by Adam Metcalfe striking a blow for the senior riders, with Ella taking a second place to add to her 1.10 win.

In the unofficial class, Bella Bellini ridden by Maisy Davies was winner.

ABOVE: Zara Young-Rothwaite and Freddy Flinstone. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Shiloh Berden and Elm Tree Roosevelt. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Harry Manning and Wychwood. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Jill Ramset and Statford Nori. Picture: TY MANNING
ABOVE: Imogen Lindh and Licaviv. Picture: TY MANNING

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