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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Jumps held down by sandbags as wind tests WA riders

ABOVE: Young rider series winner Olivia Shore and Eliva Castana. Picture: VICKI TAPPER

SHOWJUMPING is a winter sport in Western Australia and a little rain is often welcomed at the Brookleigh outdoor arena, but 40km/h wind gusts were something the Swan River Showjumping Club hadn’t had to deal with before.

Gales on Saturday meant it was all hands to the pump and organisers did two trips for sandbags to keep the jumps standing.

The weather held off long enough on Sunday to get through the Grand Prix and for everyone to enjoy the VIP tent.

It has been a busy year for the club, with some great results to show for it. They have run an inaugural Young Horse Series for the state (three two-day shows in five weeks), held a championship event and purchased a full set of jumps.

The leading rider of the 2022 Swan River Championship Show was Chloe Versteegen, with several wins and placings.

ABOVE: Olivia's lap of honour. Picture: VICKI TAPPER

She won the Bill Gorrie Memorial Class riding Cera Quantero and the WA Junior Series class with Tinka’s Bay.

She took second and third place with Pico Bellini and Tinka's Bay in the WA Young Rider Series AM5 won by Olivia Shore riding Eliva Castana.

Shore added the Rising Stars class sash to Eliva Castana’s collection ahead of Rick Dabner riding Luisiana E and Caitlin Bolger riding Oaks Etna.

Rachel Yovich riding Bensons Cat Balou won the Grand Prix from Leon Carroll riding YPH Picasso and Stef Tucker riding Oaks Zena.

The Jumping WA Amateur Series was won by Casey Gill riding Lakesides Cadence with Eden Harkness riding Poetic Promise taking second place ahead of Gail Hellier’s BP Ringo Star.

Other winners included Rick Dabner riding Luisianna E in the 115cm open AM5, Jack Bennett on Belcam Charlotte in the 105cm Super Two Phase, Grace Fuschbishler riding Hero Chin P won the 120-125cm Open AM5 and Lucy Galovicova won the Newcomer class riding Castleford Ace.


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