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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

NSW selects a classy field for championships at its HOTY

ABOVE: Champion small show hunter hack Rebelle ridden by Jessica Callus. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

TODAY’S young show riders are dedicated and work hard at their craft, and at the NSW Horse of the Year show the attention to detail they have was shown in their success.

Champion Ella Warren and runner up Madeleine Gaden in the under 12 group and champion Claudia Hughes and runner up Tia Rose McKenzie in the 12,13 and 14-year-old class competed on several different ponies. All will be seen as top riders in the future, whether they stay with show horses or branch out into other sections of the sport.

Show hunters have become even more popular and numerous than show hacks, and the contribution in this section by the lighter Warmbloods is showing through.

The top three placegetters in the large show hunters are also winners in dressage. Jermyn Street owned by Sophia Redenbach competes at intermediate level, Karizmah Leroy Brown owned by Carolyn Lieutenant has done well in young horse classes and Penelope Cobbold’s Arnage Royal Edition competes at Prix St George level.

The small show hunter hack winners added extra ribbons to their collection, with the champion Rebelle, shown by Jessica Callus, and Melissa Gillies’ Verdict By Direction, well used to standing at the top of the line-up.

ABOVE: Champion newcomer galloway Drumeden Royal Act and Ella Warren. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

The galloway show hunters were just as strong with Paulgren Park Vancouver, Sophie Walker, and Gentry Park Take Note, shown by Sara Osaulenko, quality hunter types.

Lisa Cleary’s small pony of the year and leading rein show pony of the year Langtree Jiminy Cricket is a real cutie and carried two young riders to wins. The show hunter pony leading rein winner, Kristen Cowdroy’s Yarra Heights Plaything, is the snow-white pony little kids dream about.

The show hunter pony classes show that the true pony type has not been taken over by the finer riding ponies, with the three class winners – Allira Park Paspaley, owned by Hollie McLeod, Tanya Benton-Hall’s Owendale Valencia and Kenda Park Strauss shown by Ella Warren – all being classic ponies.

In the show horse section, the large open hack winner was Sinatra shown by Malcolm MacRae and the small open hack sash went to Leah Walsh’s KP Royal Prince.

The small champion galloway gave Leah Walsh her second sash for the show with Beechwood Bells and Denise Corrigan’s The Duke of Bannerman won the large galloway class.

Two lovely show ponies took out the large and medium classes with Renae Dorney’s Wakefield Classic and Renae Dorney’s Nottingham Royal Highness heading strong classes.

The show was a credit to organisers with 180 riders, 250 horses and all classes ran smoothly and to perfect time.

With three months to go to the National Show Horse championships in December, NSW has chosen a strong group of representatives.


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1. Second in the Tiny Tots Shiloh Jones riding "Arawel Lodge Matilda".

2. Runner-up Medium Show Hunter Pony Samantha Crouch and "Corvan Park Mr Attitude".

3. Runner-up Large Show Hunter Galloway "Sonos Park Timeless Encore", owned by Alexis Borg and ridden by Anneliese Hughes.

4. Lucy Batten and "MI Amber Shiloh" placed top 10 in the Small Show Hunter Hack event.

5. Judges for Saturday and Sunday's classes Fiona Graetz, Kerry Tempest Clark, Sue Thompson and Therese Higgins.

6. Runner-up Small Show Hunter Hack "Verdict By Direction", owned by Melissa Gilles and ridden by Jess Stones.

7. Third placegetter in the Show Hunter Leading Rein Pony class "Pantyffynon Neighohmei", owned by Maia Warren.

8. Hollie McLeod's "Allira Park Paspaley" was ridden by Jess Stones to win Champion Large Show Hunter pony of the Year.

9. Maddison Ball and "Chrysler Park Pixi" were runner-up Small Show Hunter Pony of the Year.

10. Runner-up Large Hack of the Year went to "LB Armani" and Summa Crockett.

11. Pictured during their workout in the Adult Rider 18-25years Abbie-Lee Dennis, riding "Set In Diamonds".

12. Champion Rider 12-14 years Claudia Hughes.

13. Third placegetter in the Large Galloway of the Year event "Bayview Gold Class", owned by Jessica Campbell and ridden by Matt Snell.

14. Runner-up Rider 18-25years Sophia Redenbach, Riding "Jermyn Street", who won Champion Large Show Hunter Hack the following day of competition.

15. Champion Rider under 12 years Ella Warren.

16. Champion Child's Small Show Hunter Pony and Champion Small Show Hunter Pony of the Year "Kenda Park Strauss" and Ella Warren.

17. Runner-up Large Hack of the Year went to "LB Armani" and Summa Crockett.

18. Runner-up Large Show Hunter Pony "Yartarla Park Show Scene" and Jessica Callus.

19. Runner-up Child's Small Show Hunter Galloway "Corndale Kiss and Tell" ridden by Claudia Hughes.

20. Alyssa Walsh's "Langtree Close Encounters" had a successful show winning Champion Child's Large Pony and placing top 10 in the Open Large Pony of the Year event.

21. Second placegetter in the Newcomer Open Large Pony class “Drumeden Royal Acclaim" and Brae Digney.

22. Taryn Walsh and "Rivendell Jamuka" pictured competing in the Large Hack of the Year event.

23. Runner-up Small Pony of the Year "Bairndale Aria" owned by Maisy Saunders, ridden by Claudia Hughes.

24. Champion Leading Rein Pony of the Year "Langtree Jiminy Cricket, led by Michael Gates and ridden by Georgia Sharp.

25. Champion Small Pony "Langtree Jiminy Cricket ridden by Maddison Ball, with judge Fiona Graetz.

26. Kirsten Strath rode Belinda Sibley's Champion Newcomer Hack "Mr President".

27. Champion Child's Small Show Hunter Galloway "Gentry Park Take Note" owned by Sara Osaulenko, ridden by Emma Hutchinson. Also went on to win Champion Small Show Hunter Galloway of the Year ridden by Jess Stones.

28. Third placegetter in the Child's Small Show Hunter Galloway "Rosedale Rembrandt" and Becky Robertson.

29. Winner of the Child's Large Show Hunter Pony "Allira Park Paspaley", owned by Hollie McLeod and ridden by Maddison Ball. The mare was partnered with Jess Stones two days later to win the Champion Large Show Hunter Pony of the Year.

30. Runner-up Leading Rein Pony of the Year "Bairndale Aria" owned by Maisy Saunders.

31. Third placegetter in the Child's Large Hack event, Maddison Ball with Cassandra Schmidt's "Polynikes".

32. Second placegetter in the Child's Medium Shoow Hunter Pony "Osiris My Golly Gosh" and Jessica Callus.

33. Sylvia Manser's Champion Child's Small Galloway "Genteel Artistry", ridden by Becky Roberson.

34. Montana Breust's "Anaki Park Fernando" was ridden by Becky Roberson to win Champion Child's Large Hack.

35. Ella Stringer riding "Westlake Matisse" in the Child's Large Galloway class.

36. Child's Medium Pony entrant "Sonos Park The Heiress", exhibited by Alexis Borg and ridden by Claudia Hughes.

37. Second placegetter in the Child's Large Galloway class went to Olivia Carter and “Argyl Starstruck".

38. "Ascot Barbara Ann" had a hugely successful show, winning Champion First Ridden Pony, Champion Child's Medium Pony and finished Top 10 Open Medium Pony. Exhibited by Michelle Panetta.

39. Winner of the Tiny Tot Rider 5 years and under 9 years Olivia Gill riding "Dunelm Last Dance".

40. Champion Preliminary galloway, Runner-up owner rider galloway, top 10 Child's Galloway and Top 10 Open Small Galloway “Tremayne Let's Dance" and Alyssa Walsh.

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