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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Melbourne club still leading the way in showjumping

ABOVE: Asha Warnock and Keldam Valou. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

IN early 1957, Bert Jacobs, Eric Rundle, Joan Pearson and Mary Williamson called a meeting at Narre Warren to discuss the creation of an organisation to guide the development of showjumping in Victoria.

From this historical meeting the Melbourne Show jumping Club was formed.

It was the first of its kind.

Eric Rundle was nominated as president and Bert Jacobs (Australia’s sole show jumping representative at the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1956) was part of the committee and the main instructor for many years.

ABOVE: Jaz Reynolds with judge Natalie Muhor.

The aims of the club have not changed over time:

To develop an environment in which riders could train to be competitive at world standards; to provide training and education for riders, course designers and judges; to provide equipment to supply to shows to enable modern competition to take place and to run shows to encourage the highest levels of competition and set a standard.

So it’s not surprising when the club’s big show was postponed in October that their “pop up” substitute event last weekend was well run, happy and successful.

Held over two days with a barbeque dinner on the Saturday night, it was a welcome get-together for people who had not met socially for a very long time.

“We know the last few months have been difficult for riders to keep the momentum going with so many event cancellations, so we were absolutely thrilled to be able to deliver a fun weekend for you all to enjoy,” organiser Lindsey Constable said.

“The weather was even kind to us – for the most part.”

Winners included Sophia Hill with a first and second in the 1.20m on Humble Glory and Tulara Baltango, Asha Warnock on Keldam Valou in the open 1.10m, while Jaz Reynolds on La Pazz took out the junior 1.10m.

Nellie Rogers and Valiant Star, Clyde Shera Jones and Koyuna Izzy and Tim Clarke and Camacho filled the placings in the first 1.05m class. In the second 1.05m event, the experienced heads of Brook Dobbin riding Little Miss Trouble and Tim Clarke with two mounts, Kanntango and Camacho, took the placings.

The 1.05 junior class was won by August Tilders on Patangas Kandy Kane. Full results can be found on the Club’s Facebook page.

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