• Fran Cleland

NT show horse season kicks off with a song and strong classes


ABOVE: Luci Jansan, six, and Royland Park Rose with judge Angela Forster.

DARWIN Show Horse Club, an affiliate of Equestrian Northern Territory, had a strong start to the show horse season with a twilight show on Saturday at Freds Pass Reserve.


Situated at Bees Creek Road, Freds Pass Reserve sits amongst luscious native bushland, just off the Stuart Highway.


“There was a strong field of entries and competitors with a mix of experienced show horse riders and horses, as well as new people to the sport which we welcome wholeheartedly to our show horse community,” show organiser Tanya Reynolds said.


The NT is heading into the heart of their season with big events coming up. Equestrian NT's three-day day pre-royal, Katherine Agricultural Show, Alice Springs Show, Darwin Royal Show and state championships for Equestrian NT and Australasian Show Horse Association make for a busy time.


Darwin Show Horse Club's event started in the afternoon and moved into the cooler part of the evening culminating in the twilight show.


One of the highlights was the double win for six-year-old Luci Jansan, whose two grey ponies took home the titles of Champion Led of Show and Reserve Champion Led of Show.


“Luci and her little ponies are making a name for themselves in the show world this year with many championships to date in leading rein classes and led classes, often against older competitors with larger horses,” Tanya said.


“Her favourite thing at our shows is to jump on the microphone and sing a song to the tune of "All the Pretty Little Horses" with her own words about how much she loves her ponies, practicing and competing at shows. She is a crowd favourite at our shows and has had her ponies since they were babies.”


Rhianna Williamson had a successful show winning Champion Rider 12-17 years and Champion Show Hunter on Willows Shield of Dreams.


Lilly Rose Streeter was Reserve Champion Rider under 12 years in a tough field on Lavuka Carnival. The pony went on to win Champion Show Pony ridden by Lilly in a very strong pony class field.


Alex Mudd on El Gems Black Beauty, Reese Callow on Mallawa Park Just Kiddin, Annabel Francis on Sonitas Pistol Packer and Ashleigh Overall on Allambie Park Belladonna also had great results on the night.


The judges for the show were Michaela Clough and Angela Forster.


ABOVE (clockwise from top left): 1. Katie Young and Take A Chance. 2. Rhianna Williamson and Willows Shield of Dreams. 3. Luci Jansan belts out a tune. 4. Charlie Hebron riding Cheraton Work of Art, Michaela Clough, Angela Forster and Ashleigh Overall riding Allambie Park Belladonna.


Results:

Champion Led of Show: Royland Blue Rose

Reserve Champion Led of Show: Dalbrai Viking

Champion Rider under 12 years: Ashleigh Overall

Reserve Champion Rider under 12 years: Lilly Rose Streeter

Champion Rider 12-17 years: Rhianna Williamson

Reserve Champion Rider 12-17 years: Reese Callow

Champion Rider 18 years and over: Annabel Francis

Reserve Champion Rider 18 years and over: Alex Mudd

Champion Show Pony: Lavuka Carnival

Reserve Champion Show Pony: Mallawa Park Just Kiddin

Champion Show Galloway: Gems Park Sensation

Reserve Champion Show Galloway: Starburst

Champion Show Hack: El Gems Black Beauty

Reserve Champion Show Hack: Take A Chance

Champion Show Hunter Pony: Cheraton Work of Art

Reserve Champion Show Hunter Pony: Allambie Park Belladonna

Champion Show Hunter Galloway: Willows Shield of Dreams

Reserve Champion Show Hunter Galloway: Sonitas Pistol Packer