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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

It's a spectacular time of year for showing in NSW

ABOVE: Courtney Cremasco won her riding class and was awarded reserve champion. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

NSW is the centre of the show horse world at this time of year, with the Equestrian NSW Show Horse Spectacular followed by the Show Horse Council Grand National and Sydney’s Royal Show in close succession.

The show horses will be glad to get their shoes and rugs off and have some down time after Sydney, before the spring show programs arrive and it begins all over again. At the NSW Spectacular, the champions in each section were brought together for a grand championship.

Lining up for the award in the show hunter section was Jess Stones with three rides – Verdict by Direction, from the big horse class, CIC Quarterstern and Gentry Park Take Note. Erin Bartola’s Cimeron Silver Lining, Bronte Raymont’s Woranora Jupiter and Georgia Cronin’s Owendale Butter Schnapps made an impressive line-up.

Verdict By Direction is a handsome big horse and a good choice for the grand champion sash. Owendale Butter Schnapps in reserve is so typical of the beautiful Welsh ponies the Owendale stud has produced for half a century.

ABOVE: A happy Jess Stones and Verdict by Direction. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

Samantha Mc Master took out the grand championship in the open section with her galloway Destiny’s Image, home-bred from her great show mare DP Destiny. Reserve went to Royal Fairs and Josh Clarke, making the trip up from Tasmania very worthwhile. Royal Fairs was also judged as the champion Newcomer. Others finalists were Annabelle Richardson’s Hibre Coco Ribbon, Gordon Park Backstreet Boy and Laura Jane Shaw, Jess Stones’ Northern Ridge Romantic Hero and Throne Park Dance All Night shown by Alli Reinke.

Two Courtneys filled the major placings in the adult rider grand championships with Courtney Larad winning and Courtney Cremasco as reserve.

In the class for Thoroughbred hacks, Tahiti HGC ridden by Hannah Cross put in an elegant performance to win and Mark Kiddle was happy with his win on Sinatra in the New Stars Thoroughbred class.

It was good to see owner-rider classes on the program. The grand champion owner rider show hunter field was excellent, with Abbey Lovell’s Heathmont Flirt finishing at the top of the line from the group’s other champions: Tia Rose Mackenzie’s TS Lady Ashberry, Allison Madill’s Golden Sands Above and Beyond, Maddison Ball’s Chrysler Park Pixi, Lily Hennessy’s Kenally Wood Alabama and Stella Gilmour’s Private Duchess of Lyndhurst.

The show horse open owner rider line-up won by Alysia Giustozzi’s Penbury Park Time Square included Sabrina Gilmore’s Royal Oak Foreign Affairs, Alli Reinke’s Throne Park Dance All Night, Joanne Prestwidge’s Royalwood Stage Princess, Madelaine Gaden’s Xtra Riches of Sefton, Xanthe Pye’s Park Buttons and Bows and Taryn Walsh’s Rivendell Jamuka.


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1. Zara Donnelly’s Picturesque Prince

2. Royal Oak Foreign Affair

3. Swanreach Seattle

4. Shauna Chaplin and Glenering Furst Look

5. Jessica Callus and Yartarla Park Show Scene

6. Kaluda Park Forever Kisses

7. Hannah Cross Thoroughbred All Stars winner

8. Tary Walsh and Rivendell Jamuka

9. Jean Hull and Noble Lady

10. CJP Quaterstern

11. Champion Newcomer pony Royalwood Stage Princess ridden by Chelsea Morelli

12. Catherine Neill and Under the lights

13. Grand champion show horse Destiny's Image ridden by Samantha McMaster

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