Everyone was looking as Brooke scores round of the day
WHILE the southern states are shutting down for winter, equestrian events in northern Australia are in full flight.
In the NT, there are plenty of shows, dressage and jumping events to get out to, or for the really active riders, the polocrosse season has also begun.
The Darwin Show Horse Club’s June show, run under the expert eye of judges Angela Forster and Darryl Hayes, was a success with Darryl also instructing at a training day.
“I had the pleasure of coaching from little ones right through to mature adults and everyone of them gave it their all,” he said, adding how much he enjoyed the warm weather.
The Darwin Showjumping Titles were well supported and very competitive at all levels.
Brooke Huppatz and her Thoroughbred Look At Him Go received the “round of the day” award for her text-book ride in the 70cm class.
It has been two years of hard work for Brooke to get this horse travelling around a jump course relaxed and flowing, so the crowd was riding with her and everyone celebrated their achievement.
The courses were designed by John Broadbent and required attention to detail and correct lines.
The championship was calculated on an accumulation of points throughout the day, gained from placings in qualifying classes.
The champion senior show jumper award went to Michael Dukkenfield with some very nice rounds.
Reserve champion was Sophie Carlton and her stock horse mare Midnight Marvel. These two tackled the one metre class in style and also had a podium finish in the two-round championship.
Lalwa May riding Layne Martin’s Al Zahra sashed as the junior showjumping champion.
Lalwa produced some beautiful clear rounds and is in excellent form for her upcoming campaign in France representing Australia in the World Clubs Tournament.
Reserve champion junior showjumper was Georgia Dennis and her stock horse Bart. Georgia and Bart have also been having great success in the campdrafting arena and certainly showed their versatility on the weekend.
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Images courtesy of Northern Territory Institute of Equestrian Sport
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