Show horse season underway as NSW prepares for 'spectacular'
Updated: Feb 8, 2023
EQUESTRIAN NSW’s Summer Show Horse Championships at the Hawkesbury Showground was the first big show of the year for the state and also the last chance to qualify for the upcoming Show Horse Spectacular.
There were three rings and 120 horses entered, and with set workouts for the show, it ran smoothly and quickly. The small people, ponies and jockeys were the stars of the day.
In the leading rein classes, Zara Donnoly rode Picturesque Prince to win the show pony leading rein class and Kendall Hay won the tiny tots rider under eight years. Jett Newman’s Eagle Park Show Touch won the small show hunter pony and in the first ridden classes, Zara Donnoly was again at the top of the line in the show pony section with Picturesque Prince. Harrison Galloway-Smith’s Armani Park Madagascar won the show hunter pony section.
The winning open show hunters, Trinette Crawford’s Paulgren Park Valhalla in the 15 to 16 hand class and Taelar Williams’ F1 Sandro Boy, both worked as show hunters should to win their classes. Ella Warren’s Two Rivers Missouri did the same in the child’s show hunter hack.
Deanne Benton’s Storm Dancer was the champion off-the-track Thoroughbred hack and the other winning show hacks included Stella Horspole’s Northern Ridge Romantic Hero and Ruby Fitzpatrick’s Alcheringa Astro. The champion newcomer hack was Laura Northgrove’s JL Rhapsody.
There’s a steady run of shows now leading up to Show Horse Spectacular, which will be at Sydney International Equestrian Centre on March 29 to April 1, the week before the Grand National.
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ABOVE: Trinette Crawford, Taelar Williams, Summa Crockett, Montana Crow, Amanda Hay and Claudia Hughes. Pictures: LORELLE MERCER
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