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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Geelong turns it on for autumn showjumping classic


ABOVE: Paula Binnie reaching the heights. Picture: LISA GREEN of MANE MEMORIES

SITTING at Werribee Park on a cool autumn day, watching classes at the Geelong Jumping Club’s Autumn Classic, you can’t help but notice how egalitarian show jumping is.


The horses are all sizes and colours, and the riders are both sexes and of every age and everyone just seems to get along.


Russel Hearn, Stuart Abrahams, Tim Clarke and Brook Dobbin all started in the sport way back as juniors and now as adults with their own children riding, still mix it very well with talented youngsters like Stuart’s daughter Eliza Abrahams, Harley McNaughton and Harry Borrack.


Eliza and her one in a million-chestnut partner Rocket Rod took out the 100cm class, and with Emcee Streetwise won the Binnie Barclay Memorial Junior championship.


Amelia Tsilfidis and the palomino pony Pride of Gold is no slouch against the clock and won the 1.05 class.


The grownups struck back in the 1.10m class with Russel Hearn on RBH Montpellier and Stuart Abrahams on Varchie RM taking the first and second ribbons and Amelia’s Pride of Gold in third place. Tim Clark’s Kanntango, Stuart Abrahams Vainquer amd Brook Dobbins’ Jackie S placied in the 1.20m.


Sam Robertson took first and second place in the 1.30 class with Al Nemo and Velvet Kate.


ABOVE: Maddison Buckner. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

The club ran two rings and in Ring one the placings were:


Ring one

100cm class

1st- Eliza Abrahams on Rocket Rod

2nd- Genna Sordello on Cera Cara Mia

3rd- Lucy Borrack on Piripi

4th- Amy Cleland on My Miss Hazel

105cm class

1st- Amelia Tsilfidis on Pride of Gold

2nd- Eliza Abrahams on Emcee Street Wise

3rd- Mirri Lang on Mousetang

4th- Kristy McSween on Jingella Superstition

110cm class

1st- Russell Hearn on RBH Montpellier

2nd- Stuart Abrahams on Varchie RM

3rd- Amelia Tsilfidis on Pride of Gold

4th- Gabrielle Robertson on Carousel

120cm class

1st- Tim Clarke on Kanntango

2nd- Stuart Abrahams on Vainqueur

3rd- Brook Dobbin on Jacky S

4th- Samuel Robertson on Valvet Cate

130cm class

1st- Samuel Robertson on Al Nemo

2nd- Samuel Robertson on Valvet Cate

3rd- Rhett Oliver on Finch Farm Columbus

4th- Hudson Craig on Oaks Botswana


Ring two

70cm class

1st- Harry Borrack on Benmore Pizzaz

2nd- Greg Way on Waytogo Blues Shout

3rd- Ellie Constable on Highland Calypso

4th- Tessa Leen on Skipcellos Foxtrot

80cm class

1st- Chloe Bell on Galaxy Sapphire

2nd- Harry Borrack on Benmore Pizzaz

3rd- Ingrid Abrahams on Blueprint

4th- Ellie Constable on Highland Calypso 90cm class

1st- Maci Dean on Eat My Dust

2nd- Chloe Bell on Galaxy Sapphire

3rd- Nakita Willis on Bella

4th- Olivia Curtain on Indi's Mr Zorba Jones

100cm class

1st- Russell Hearn on RBH Montpellier

2nd- Jordan Pretty-Murphy on Dutchland

3rd- Emma Goldsworthy on Bontano

4th- Christina Hunter on Dalghar Blue

Binnie Barclay Memorial Future Star Junior Championship 100cm

1st- Eliza Abrahams on Emcee Street Wise

2nd- Sophie Sawicki on HSES Seth

3rd- Olivia Curtain on That's Limo

4th- Maci Dean on Eat My Dust


ABOVE: Amy (Cleland) Roberts with My Miss Hazel. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

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