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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Best of the breeds put on right royal display at Sydney

ABOVE: Alex Pope and young ridden ASH gelding Ballengarra Rockstar Picture: LORELLE MERCER

THE Sydney Royal Easter Show’s breed classes have again provided a highlight for spectators as the best of the best go under the judges’ eyes.

In a fine showing of Australian Stock Horses, the mares ruled in most of the major awards, with the supreme champion Australian Stock Horse awarded to GL Prichard Nominees’ Sheady Jubilation and the champion working Australian Stock Horse being Glenn and Kim Frazer’s Derowie Serendipity.

Ella Bourke’s Too Eze struck a blow for the males winning the champion ridden Australian Stock Horse hack.

Heavy horses are always a crowd favourite and the supreme champion Clydesdale was Samarah Park Clydesdales’ home-bred Samarah Park Lady Caroline.

In the Shire classes, the supreme champion was Ingleside Ebony Rose shown by Ineke, Korrie and Helen Kuiper.

At the other end of the size scale the supreme champion Miniature Pony was Joemoor Sapphire, owned by Lori Howell/Joemoor Pony Stud and Catriona and Phoebe Sviderskas.

ABOVE: Linda Monaghan’s Warrenavepark Crystal. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

Riding ponies consistently draw a large crowd of spectators who this year saw the supreme champion Riding Pony of this popular breed awarded to Victorian breeder Greg Gerry’s Whitmere Dresden.

The champion riding pony under saddle was Courtney Mcleod’s Wideacre Harry Winston.

Shetland classes have always been a big feature at Sydney, where the supreme champion Shetland Pony upheld the trend of mares winning the big sash.

Meagan Jones and Andrew Cocker’s Ellinbank Silver Mountain Duchess stood at the top of a strong line and under saddle, the champion ridden Shetland Pony was Robert Caska and the Caska family’s Colvadale Masquerade.

The little heroes are always a feature in harness, and the champion Shetland Pony stallion, colt, mare, filly or gelding in harness was Lisa Mclennan’s Kilpara Park On Point.

There was a really beautiful lineup of ponies for the supreme award.The Robinson family and Margie Whyte’s Koora-Lyn Enchanting took the award for the third time, but any one of those in the final would make their breeder proud.

In the Australian Saddle Pony section, the supreme champion Australian Saddle Pony, Courtney McLeod’s Private Duchess of Lyndhurst won the led and ridden sashes.

ABOVE: Kenzig and Luke Millington’s Sandon Gifted Gold. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

In the Welsh classes, Helen Dohan’s imported Waxwing Passport continued on his winning way taking out the supreme award for Section A and stood reserve under saddle to Ashley and Scarlett Porter’s Yarrandale Airlee, which was the best Section C Led Pony.

Margaret Stephenson’s Canyon Wild Aster was champion Section B Pony and best Section D Pony was Kylie Capp’s Nawarrah Park Ingrid.

The Australian National Saddlehorse Association is popular in NSW and the supreme champion for that section was Ivery Park No Frills shown by Jackie Long.

Clare Fedrick made the trip down from Gatton, Queensland, worthwhile to win the ridden championship with Most Important.

Finally, Standardbreds, who have for so long been the poor relation of the Thoroughbreds in the show ring, are now taking their rightful place, with really nice horses showing their paces in good classes.

The best Standardbred exhibit Kasbah Kid has been a prolific winner in these classes and at Sydney added this trophy to his collection for Mitch Fox.

ABOVE: Tanya Hutchinson’s reserve champion part Welsh mare or filly KT Covergirl. Picture: LORELLE MERCER
ABOVE: Jackie Long and No Frills, the champion ASH colt or stallion. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

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