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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Can-do attitude keeps the show rolling at Camperdown


ABOVE: A winning smile from Piper Bondarenko. Picture: LISA GREEN of MANE MEMORIES

THERE’S no denying that the two years of Covid played havoc with Australia’s agricultural shows.


Some people just couldn’t re -find the energy to start the huge amount of work needed to run an event, others found other things to do.


Some shows have simply disappeared, and some are struggling and others soldier on.


Traditionally show committees are senior in nature and it’s hard to find young people ready to put their hand up.


Not so with Camperdown, where Jasmine Edwards did a brilliant job running the horse section of her local show in capricious weather.


Jasmine is just 33, has a 2½-year-old toddler and 32 weeks pregnant.


ABOVE: Thank you Jasmine Edwards .

“I’ve been on the show committee as the chief horse steward for nearly 10 years and held a few other roles such as junior vice president,” she said.


“The show is in its 151st year, we are lucky enough to own our grounds but that has its own set of challenges.”


Jasmine says the horse committee is innovative and tries new formats and sections within the horse area, and even managed to soldier on when the other shows had to cancel.


“We were lucky to be able to hold a horse show even through Covid and other weather events that impacted other shows due to our volcanic ground,” she said.


“Every year is a learning curve and brings new challenges and ideas to consider.”


Classes this year were well filled on Camperdown’s lovely amphitheatre horse arena.


The supreme led open exhibit was Melody Park Royal Siloutte shown by Georgia Matherson, while the open ridden supreme went to Stella Horspole’s Aygyl Fine Art.


Thoroughbred re-trainer Fiona McIntyre took the awards for supreme led and ridden show hunter with Westminster and her mother, Kaye Bogle, won the champion hunter hack with Starlett.


Supreme breed exhibit of the show was Ashlea Mckenzie’s Kyabra Park Moving Pictures and supreme harness Melissa Benallack’s Rochdale Twilight.


ABOVE: Fiona McIntyre and Westminster. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

Other winners were:

Champion hack: B Famous exhibited by Sophie Shaw

Champion hunter hack: Starlett exhibited by Kaye Bogel

Champion small pony: Rivington Sweet Georgia - Tahlia Young

Champion large pony: Gordon Park Last dance - Sophie Shaw

Champion hunter pony: Brampton Warlock - Taylor Shute

Champion galloway: Argyl Fine Art - Stella Horspole

Champion hunter galloway: Gordon Park Miss Munroe - Sophie Shaw

Supreme led Standardbred: Megabucks Lombo - Fleur McIntyre

Supreme ridden Standardbred: Mazzas Delight - Sebastian Bellamy

Supreme Miniature: Collandie Park Idaho - Christie Linke

Supreme Shetland: Kilpara Park Mighty Mouse - Christine Anderson

Supreme Welsh: Vanoca Park All Star - Scarlett Porter

Supreme Australian Pony: Kyabra Park Moving Pictures - Ashlea Mckenzie

Supreme Riding Pony: Anvi Park Kingsman - Vicki Macpherson

Supreme Pinto: Kyabra Park Moving Pictures - Ashlea McKenzie


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All images MANE MEMORIES


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