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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

SA Show Horse Council has its turn at Horse of the Year

ABOVE: Giggle pot Aria Rose Karutz in her first leading rein class with Chelsea Nelson. Picture: TY MANNING

SOUTH Australia has hosted its second Horse of the Year Show for the year, this time it was the Show Horse Council’s turn at Mount Pleasant on the heels of the Equestrian Australia HOTY the week before.

The event was run over two days, with the hacks on first followed by the show hunters.

The first supreme presented for the show went to the led show horse, Kiara Schulz’s big galloway Whistlejackets Candyland.

It was then on to the newcomers, which have been a welcome addition to the show ring, giving the less experienced young horses a level playing field while also showcasing the breeding of tomorrow’s champions.

The supreme champion newcomer show horse was Sarah Mifsud’s galloway Lawlington Park Diamonds and Pearls.

Tegan Jaeschke’s Wideacre Ten Carat ridden by Naomi Karutz was supreme preliminary hack, for horses that have not won at a royal show.

The owner rider, home-produced classes are also another popular section that allows for fair competition, with the supreme champion hack sash going to Jaydelee Xquisite shown by Christie Lee Wilson.

The child’s pony classes are always high quality with talented youngsters but it was tiny Aria Rose Karutz’s first ride at a big show that was the highlight and had everyone in stitches.

She had just turned three the week before so just made the minimum age for the leading rein class.

Led by Chelsea Nelson, Aria Rose bounced and giggled her way around the workout riding Krystle Launer’s Helinka Sharosa with just one foot in a stirrup.

The class went to Pypah Coombe on Charlotte Hunt’s Earlsley Park Bo Peep.

Helinka Sharosa, with Mia Ozolins aboard, was named the show’s champion ridden Shetland.

Championships in the pony classes went to Charlotte Hunt’s Argyl Lyric (child’s first ridden), Catherine Gale’s Royalwood Enchanting (large pony) and Caitlin Fricker’s Corumbene First Dance (small pony).

ABOVE: Sally Bond and Toleia Park Mercury Rising. Picture: TY MANNING

The two champion galloways were Paris Graham’s Highgrove In Your Dreams in the small class and Sally Bond’s Toleia Park Mercury Rising in the large.

EBL Quiver, owned by Andrea Merry, was the small champion hack and the large class went to Cheryl Hatswell’s PS Furstenshow.

In the show hunters on the second day, Andrea Merry’s Nottingham Park Manhattan Showers as supreme led.

DS Daenerys, owned by Tonia Scaife and ridden by Lesley Burrows, took both supreme awards for newcomer and preliminary show hunter.

The owner rider supreme champion was Margot Haynes’ DQ Stampede, ridden by David Quayle.

ABOVE: Regal Quest ridden by Kate Halliday for the Merry family. Picture: TY MANNING

As with the hack program, awards in the other sections were only presented to championship level with the small pony class going to Splash Dance (owned by Andrea Merry and ridden by Harrison Manning), the large to Wynara Endless Love (owned by Ebony Mitchell and ridden by Kate Halliday), child’s first pony to Nyah Clark’s Bordershow Black Diamond and the leading rein to Naomi Karutz’s Armanii Park Robin Hood with Sienna Mallen aboard.

Splash Dance and Wynara Endless Love also won their child’s hunter championships.

Kate Halliday rode a double for Andrea Merry winning the small show hunter hack championship on Faberge and the large on Regal Quest.

Ella Manning rode Nottingham Park Manhattan Showers to win the small galloway championship for Andrea Merry and Ashleigh Shearer showed Dynasty Park Let's Dance for the large.


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1. Grace Semmens’ look of astonishment is priceless as she spotted the unicorn prizes on offer in the Tiny Tots rider.

2. Returning after some time away from the show ring, Ty Zoontjens rode Ashleigh Shearer's large hunter galloway, Dynasty Park Let’s Dance.

3. Tess Williams was runner up champion large show hunter galloway and third in the rider 21-30 years on Foxhall Cover Girl.

4. Faberge, owned by the Merry family and ridden by Dallas Merry, took out the champion small hunter hack and champion child’s hunter hack.

5. Chelsea Nelson rode Harlow to be awarded champion rider 21 to 30 years.

6 & 7. Ella Manning rode Nottingham Park Manhattan Showers, owned by the Merry family, for champion in the small hunter galloway, while brother Harry Manning rode him for champion rider 12-15 years and champion child’s hunter galloway.

8. Harper Harding, was all cuddles with her unicorn after going runner up champion leading rein show pony on Rivington Folk Singer.

9. Alana Shepherdson led Dakota Launer on Eagle Park Play with Diamonds for third place in the leading rein show pony.

All images TY MANNING

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