Family legacy continues to support showjumping in SA
A FAMILY jumping club in the small town of Mallala near Adelaide in South Australia provides the state with some of its best competition facilities.
The Mallala Showjumping Club (MSJC) was founded by John and Rae Brice and is based at Mallala Equestrian Centre, which was also built by them.
John passed away 11 years ago and Rae in January this year. The centre, which has an international-size indoor arena, two large outdoor arenas – one sand and one grass – has now passed on to their daughter Michelle Clark and her husband Tim.
“We also are part of the MSJC committee, Tim being president and I am secretary and treasurer,” Michelle said.
“The club run three shows a year, this one just been is our championship show incorporating the state indoor titles.
“We also run a winter series for young and novice horses and/or riders – this runs through from May to July fortnightly and also has a section for off-the-track Thoroughbreds.”
The two-day championships produced some good competition at all levels, with Anthony Thomas taking out the John Vaughn memorial championship with St Donato, who also won the 1.30m class in the indoor arena. Nalima MPH ridden by Nicole Bruggemann won the Rae Brice memorial ladies championship and Sasha Smith rode Veneficus to win the junior championship.
The young horse classic was won by Lampards Stella ridden by Taliah Daniels.
It was great to see a speed event championship on the program as this exciting event is now seldom run on important programs.
Always a great crowd pleaser, it was won here by Katie Clark and Katelle Grand in the senior section and Sasha Smith’s Veneficus in the junior.
In the outdoor classes, several encouragement classes provided good training experience for riders with inexperienced horses and young riders having a go.
Harry Manning won both the 65cm and 75cm section with Wychwood and Nicole Bruggemann’s Coco MPH won at 70 to 75cm.
Jayden Coates’ Kenya and Anthony Thomas’ Emanualson both won at 90cm and Ella Manning performed well for two wins on Oaks Be Sweet in the 100cm and 1.10m.
Nicole Bruggemann also had two wins on the Saturday outdoors, winning the open 1.15m class and the 1.25m with Narilion MPH.
M.E.C. Aston ridden by Adam Metcalfe rounded out the day with a win in the 1.20m class.
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