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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

New Adelaide Royal facilities get thumbs up from competitors

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

ABOVE: Fleurieu hunt club members on their way to a win in the section fours. Picture: JENNY BARNES

LOW numbers but high quality was the order of the day at Adelaide’s Royal Show horse section.

Various reasons have been given.

Adelaide has a totally new stabling and exercise set up and exhibitors had heavy misgivings as to their viability, although they were given praise by those who did attend.

With the current high fuel cost, entry fees and Melbourne Royal, Geelong Royal and major Horse of The Year shows on the horizon, people are picking and choosing where they will go.

But feedback from those who went to Adelaide said they had a ball, with good facilities and great competition.

Professional show horse trainers Darren Telford and Greg Gerry had a worthwhile trip with two young horses.

ABOVE: The champion hack at this year’s Adelaide Royal was Coronation. Picture: JENNY BARNES

Their young Thoroughbred mare Coronation was champion hack. She raced as Lady Jeune in south-east Queensland and then country South Australia, a 25-start maiden. Now seven years old she last raced on February 21.

“We had chased her while racing and bought her on March 21 out of the paddock when the trainer had finished her up,” Greg said.

“Her first show was Camperdown on January 22. She won the Barastoc Newcomer small hack at her third show, ridden by Ali Berwick who now shows her.

“She went to Adelaide with limited experience and after being over-awed in the novice grew in confidence and improved throughout the show. She won the novice 15.2-16, then open 15.2-16hh, champion hack and then best in show ridden supreme.”

Their galloway, Royal Opera by Kolbeach Hollys Gold, was piloted for them by Brynie Lee and won her second champion galloway sash for the year after a winning performance at Canberra Royal.

Adelaide’s “racehorse to showhorse” classes showcase the off-the-track horses. Vicky and Chris Lawrie are masters at this craft and their grey Royal Blu was champion ahead of another equally experienced producer in Dale Plumb with DP Choir.

ABOVE: Glenquarry Clydesdales were awarded supreme heavy horse exhibit. Picture: JENNY BARNES

The harness classes at Adelaide are always high class and Esther Goodwin and Viscountshill Cadillac won the champion hackney over 14hh sash and the Ragg and Proctor Family Show Team’s Glenwood Limited Edition champion hackney 14hh and under.

Stuart Ryan has for many year bred beautiful Australian Ponies, now he’s turned to driving them and took the non-hackney harness horse sash with Burrowa Welsh Maid.

Supreme champion harness exhibit was the champion pony Naringalook Gandalf shown by Rodney Lane.

In the Australian Stock Horse section, the champion led horse was Chalani Stud’s three-year-old filly Chalani Nova, a direct granddaughter of the Chalani foundation mare Chalani Aurora. Jane Allen’s Asar Collusion was best ridden Australian Stock Horse.

Suburban Lodge training stables showed the supreme champion Australian Stock Horse, the mare Nathaway Purple Patch and the champion stallion, Glen Rivoli Icon, who was also first in the working stallion.

The champion Clydesdale was Lynette Fritsch’s Lowan Vale Yvonne that also won the driven-in-long reins class.

Gemma Creighton was the most successful showjumping rider and her Ricochet CG most successful jumping horse.


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1. Chris and Vicky Lawrie’s Royal Blu.

2. Champion show hunter pony Anjara Park Euphoria and Nyah Clark.

3. Gemma Creighton and It’s Silkbridge.

4. Barrel racer “Cowboy”.

5. Champion pony over 12.2hh to 14hh Catherine Gale’s Royalwood Enchanting.

6. First novice harness pony and pleasure turnout Ron Henson.

7. Grand prix winner Tori Stuckey and Cab Sav.

8. Champion pony 12.2hh and under Emma Richardson’s Braeburn Park Spring Dance.

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