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Elizabeth Krog pulls off double royal win with Impressareo

ABOVE: Elizabeth Krog’s Warrawee Impressareo at Melbourne Royal. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG PHOTOGRAPHY

THIS year’s Royal Melbourne Show hack classes are done and dusted with Elizabeth Krog’s beautiful Warrawee Impressareo named the champion show hack over 16 hands.

It makes it a double royal show sweep for the pair after also being awarded the championship at Sydney earlier this year.

Margot Haynes’ Royalwood West End was champion 15.hh to 16hh.

The champion large show hunter hack over 16 hands was Revelwood Stefast exhibited by Georgia Greenwell, which would make her dad, John de Marco, happy as he is recovering at home from back surgery.

The champion small show hunter hack over 15 hands and not over 16 hands was Melissa Gilllies’ Verdict By Direction.

The champion galloway was the elegant Royal Opera, home-bred and owned by Darren Telford and Greg Gerry. They took another championship sash home with the small pony winner Whitmere Victoria’s Secret.

Catherine Gale, Margot Haynes and David Quayle showed Royalwood Enchanting to win the large pony championship.

In the leading rein classes the show pony class went to Shae Russo’s Hibrie Summer Love ridden by Violet Russo and the family made it a double, winning the show hunter pony leading rein with Primrose Park Bridget Jones, also ridden by Violet.

Emily Machar’s Carreg Wen Athena was champion ridden Shetland Pony.

Jessica Dertell continued her successful run of the past month. The much-travelled rider competed a couple of weeks ago at the CDI dressage in Brisbane and at Melbourne Royal, added champion senior rider 18 years and over to her collection. Her fellow traveller Zali Mills was champion intermediate rider. Molly Manchester was champion junior rider.

In the Australian Stock Horse classes, the open time trial winner was Combaning Downs Elect shown by Combaning Stockhorses and Darcy Schliebs.

The Australian Stock Horse open station/utility horse was won by Shadowpark Xclusive ridden by Amy Bonsor and owned by Patrick Hardwick.

Stuart Robinson’s Suburban Lodge Show and Training Stables had great success at Adelaide Royal with stock horses and it continued in Melbourne with him taking champion ridden stock horse with Glen Lee Double Shot (owned by Jade Gilbert). The supreme led Australian Stock Horse Nethaway Purple Patch was also shown by Stuart and long-time show exhibitor, Margie Whyte.

Melbourne has always been big on turnout classes, from Shetland Ponies right up to Garryowen.

The Garryowen winner was debutante Ebonie Lee, 20, who rode Simone Padoin’s Wynara Signature.

Second place went to Elizabeth Krog, another first-time competitor, on Warrawee Impressario, third place to Jemima Draper on Bellaire Cartier, fourth to former winner Briony Randle on Lyndam Park Touch the Clouds, fifth to former winner Stephanie Barrington on Givenchy and sixth to Rebecca Keane on Dreamtime Lyrixx. The McKinnon Medal for the highest placed rider over 45 years of age was awarded to Melissa Gillies on Beyond Reasonable Doubt.

The Esquire Equestrienne Turnout where all gear, horse and clothing has to be owned by the rider went to Natalie McKay riding St Andrews.

The K.G. Luke Equestrian Turnout was won by- Arielle Stella riding Quantador and the J Pemberton Equestrian Turnout went to Sabrina Gilmour riding Royal Oak Royal Affairs.

There were also five small pony turnout classes and winners and placegetters can be found on the Royal Melbourne Show Horses in Action results page along with other classes.

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