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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Forty years of showjumping something to get excited about

ABOVE: Sam McCrae and Jamieson clear 1.10m. Picture: FIELD MOMENTS

THE MOUNT Gambier Showjumping Club celebrated a significant milestone recently with the running of their 40th Easter Festival.

Although the forecast was bleak, after some rain on the Thursday night, mother nature was actually quite kind.

The South Gambier Football Club allowed the group to use the football oval for a second ring as well as running the main ring in the velodrome.

Courses were built by club president David Johnson.

A welcome dinner in the cycling clubrooms on Good Friday was attended by almost all of the competitors and their support crews, setting the scene for a friendly but competitive event.

The speed championship was taken out by Rachael Gane with the speedy Bandido.

The David Clark Memorial 115cm Championship was fought out in a very competitive jump off with Des Gleeson taking the win with Mingara Ivy.

David Clark was a founding member and life member of the club and the large Clark family was in attendance to present the winner and placegetters.

Riders fronted up on Monday for another tough day of competition after after the 40th anniversary celebrations on the Sunday night.

The City of Mount Gambier Grand Prix was a feature on Monday with Kristy Bruhn’s consistant James’ Bentley showing winning form over a tough track.

The Grand Prix was followed by the John Wilsher Memorial Blue Lake Stakes.

It was John’s vision that created the Easter Festival and the honour roll for this class reads like a who’s who of fantastic jumping horses that have gone on to have great careers in both Australia and overseas.

This year Des Gleeson continued a very successful show and took the win with EABS Catalina.

Ring two was very well supported with many young riders and young horses having a ball.

ABOVE: Mia Kermond from Warrnambool riding Little Charlie. Picture: FIELD MOMENTS
ABOVE: Emily Hanel made the trip from Wagga Wagga to her hometown with Welcome Ned to compete. Picture: FIELD MOMENTS
ABOVE: Mount Gambier local Hallie Martin riding Naringa Park Desert Rays. Picture: FIELD MOMENTS
ABOVE: Nadyne Schipp of Mount Gambier riding homebred Westbury Park Rio. Picture: FIELD MOMENTS

Full results

Mount Gambier Easter Festival 2023 - full results
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