NSW nurtures the young riders who are equine sport's future
EQUESTRIAN NSW held its Junior Show Horse Championships at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre last weekend.
Specifically for young riders under 18 years, the showing committee, like most other disciplines, is working hard to make sure the juniors have plenty to keep them busy and interested in their sport.
These championships featured a huge program, with many classes for each competitor to enter.
The “rising star” classes were popular, as were the owner-rider classes, which have become very important as they give the youngster a chance to compete on a level playing field at a time when so many show horses are professionally produced.
It was also good to see that each competitor given a workout, as it can be particularly disappointing for younger competitors if they don’t get a chance to show off their hard work and they leave a class feeling they haven’t been noticed.
Among the day’s winners were Olivia Gill and her sister Annabel Gill, who won their handler classes in the five and under nine years and nine to 11 years sections. Xanthe Pye took the prize ribbon for the six years and under nine year handlers.
Tamara Siderenko showed the champion led pony, Brynlee Fine By Me, with Indy Gardiner’s Whitmere Royal Consort in reserve.
Katelyn Smith’s Pippi was the champion led show hunter galloway, with Indiana Jackson’s Sanlirra Royal Chatter reserve.
The Buckskin Brandy Hollow Candyman had a distinguished career as a small show hunter in Victoria and it’s great to see him still doing his job, taking Kendall Hay to a win in the led child rider under eight years before adding the medium show hunter pony championship to his collection for Allannah Hay.
Maddison Ball won two sashes when Chrysler Park Pixi went champion hunter under 12 hands and her Allira Park Paspaley was champion 13 to 14 hands.
The Shetland ponies mixed it with the taller mounts in the open leading rein class, where Alannah Hay scored a double riding Otway View Fernando to win, before taking out the show hunter leading rein class with Eagle Park Venus.
In the owner-rider big horse classes, the champions were Holly Balfour Brown’s Aria V Allegro, Payton Daniel’s hack Sheer Pride, Tia Rose Mackenzie’s show hunter TS Lady Ashberry and Ella Finn’s Illerak Dontrell.
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1. Anneliesse Hughes rode the Borg Family’s Sonos Park Timeless Encore to win Champion Junior-Child’s Large Show Hunter Galloway. 2. Champion Junior-Child’s Open Large Galloway Westlake Matisse and Ella Stringer, with judge Trish Bennett. 3. Tia McKenzie and TS Lady Ashberry – champion Owner-Rider Large Show Hunter Hack, Champion Open Large Show hunter Hack. 4. Annabelle Gill riding Highcroft Makin Music to win The Windsor Saddles Rising Star Feature class 9yrs & under 12yrs. 5. Maddison Ball and Marena Royal Flame won the Windsor Saddles Rising Star Feature class 12yrs and under 15yrs. 6. Kendall Hay won the Led Rider 5yrs & under 8yrs, she rode Kingfisher Park Zac, led by Amanda Hay. 7. Ella Fin and Illarak Donntrell won Champion Open Small Show Hunter Hack over 15hh ne 16hh. 8. Ellie Roots and Imperial Vagabond – Champion Rider 6yrs and under 9yrs and other awards. 9. Alannah Hay rode Eagle Park Venus to win the Show Hunter Leading Rein class, led by Warren Dalley. Pictures: LORELLE MERCER
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