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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Classy performers stand out at dressage, showjumping champs

ABOVE: Emma Wettenhall and BP Atomic Blonde made the trip from Deniliquin NSW to compete together one last time. Picture: GRAIN & MANE

PONY Club Victoria’s State Dressage and Showjumping Championships held at Yarrambat’s grounds north of Melbourne provided some hot competition.

Some of the senior riders, especially in dressage, are high-class young riders but even the youngest juniors are totally focused.

Rosemary Heagney’s Redgum James 007 from Barwon Zone had a tussle with Taleah Cameron on Equine Affair Black Jack from Central Zone in the advanced dressage section, with just a point separating them in the championship.

ABOVE: Rosemary Heagney and Redgum James 007. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG

Lili Taylor riding Oscar from Central Zone was Grade One champion and in Grade Two, Jessica Langley on Don Invierno from West Gippsland won the sash.

Lauren Cocks riding Treasured BP Hewitt for Central Zone took Grade Three and in Grade Four, the champion was Ivy Williams’ Bannon Park Demon from West Gippsland Zone.

Team awards weren’t made in the high levels but in Grade Two the West Gippsland Zone won the teams sash, Central Zone were Grade Three team winners and Barwon Zone were Grade Four champions.

In the showjumping, three Central Zone riders filled the top three placings in the championship: Darcy Vinycomb on Set in Stone, Mirri Lang on Mousetang and Montanna Roberts riding Chatswood Delago.

ABOVE: Darcy Vinycomb and Set in Stone. Picture: GRAIN & MANE

In B Grade, Mirri rode her second horse, Another Billion, to win the championship for Central Zone.

The C Grade champion was Olivia Sleep riding Dixies Miss Holly for South Metro Zone and in D Grade, Amitie Crowhurst rode Ollie to take the championship for South Metro Zone.

In the teams score, Central Zone were B Grade champions, South Metro and East Gippsland shared the title in C Grade and Barwon Zone won the D Grade sashes.


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