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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Show scene hots up in NSW as Easter finale approaches

ABOVE: Kirsten Strath’s Rathowen Suddenly a Star. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

THERE was a big weekend of shows in NSW as the build up to the Easter finale at Sydney Royal rolls on.

The Riding Pony show held at Hawkesbury Showground hosted two international judges, Beverly Moore and Jerome Harforth, both no strangers to Australia having judged at numerous profile events over the last few years.

They were here on holiday and happy to assist with our own Sue Oberg, with Beverly commenting on the quality of the ponies presented and courtesy of all the handlers.

The supreme led senior show pony was Royalwood After Dark, shown by Emily Mears. In the show hunter ring Kirsten Strath’s Rathowen Suddenly A Star took home the supreme led senior show hunter pony.

Long-time exhibitor of top ponie Joanne Prestwidge showed the supreme led junior show pony Royalwood Heavenly Chorus and the supreme led junior show hunter pony was Gentry Park Country Mile shown by Teneille Tuoro.

The ridden classes were judged by Jerome Harforth who chose Liz Daly’s Merry Jewel of Royalwood as his champion ridden show pony 14.2hh and under, and Joanne Prestwidge took home another sash for reserve with Royalwood Stage Princess.

Leanne Corney’s Bells Mountain Arizona was champion ridden show hunter pony 14.2hh or under and reserve was Double TT Jealousy, shown by Nicole Groom.

The event also offered classes for open show hacks and open show hunters for ponies, galloways and hacks as well as other breed classes, and they were well supported.


NSW Riding Pony Summer Show

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Over at Berry, their 2023 Agricultural Show was held over two days. “We were absolutely thrilled to be able to hold our show after three years of cancellations due to bushfires and Covid, organiser Gillian Orford said.

“Beautiful weather over the two days saw some lovely quality horses presented by exhibitors from all across the state.”

ABOVE: Supreme show hunter Walleroo Kincaid and Melise Tuma-Webb. Picture: LORELLE MERCER

On the breed day, champions were:

Champion Arabian Mare – Acesam Playing With Fire (Samantha Rosser)

Champion Arabian Gelding – Iconic Al Sahrae (Skyla Parker)

Supreme Champion Purebred Arabian – Iconic Al Sahrae

Champion Arabian Derivative Colt – Romac Divine (Chantel Hardie)

Champion Derivative Mare – Harrington Park Catfish (Melissa Faulks)

Champion Derivative Gelding – Kyldar Script (Sal Williams)

Supreme Champion Arabian Derivative – Romac Divine

Champion Miniature Pony – Tabbalongblu Lucky (Tiarn Schell)

Champion Shetland Gelding – Cranellie Jaxon (Brooke Allan)

Champion Shetland Mare – Shambala Park Meg (Johnson Family)

Supreme Champion Shetland – Shambala Park Meg

Champion Welsh A – Afon Finbar (Michelle Ritchie)

Champion Welsh B – Bamborough Bright Lights (Katie Kelly)

Champion Part Bred Welsh – Cedarleigh Winter Romance (A&S Henry)

Champion Connemara – Baeluka Park Noir Rose (Brooke Allan)

Champion Riding Pony – Harrington Park Grace (Blake Boulding)

Champion Australian Pony – Bamborough Summer Glow (Sarina Goodwin)

Champion ASPA – Cedarleigh Winter Parade (A&S Henry)

Champion Thoroughbred – DP Masterclass (A&S Henry)

Champion Standardbred – Hugo Boss KR (Tiarna Parisi)

Champion Quarter Horse – Skyblu Groovin Perfexion (Jade Clarke)

Champion Appaloosa – Chevelier Park At Xquisit (Tiarn Schell)

Champion Pinto – Binya Park It’s Magic (Monique Hewitt)

Champion Palomino – Harrington Park Take A Chance (Chantel Hardie)

Champion Buckskin – Coolidowns Sensation (Melitta Brombal)

On Saturday the winning riders, hacks and hunters included:

Champion Junior Boy Rider – Noah Wells

Champion Junior Girl Rider – Hannah Thomson

Champion Senior Boy Rider – Angus Hill

Champion Senior Girl Rider – Tiarn Schell

Champion Gentleman Rider – Harry Rainnie

Champion Lady Rider – Brianna Starkey

Supreme Champion Rider – Brianna Starkey

Champion Pony Hack under 13hh – Whitmere Trade Secret (Kylie Douglas)

Champion Pony Hack 13 to 14hh – Malibu Park Top Song (Renee Dorney)

Champion Galloway Hack – Cedarleigh Winter Parade (A&S Henry)

Champion Hack 15 to 16hh – Macarthurparc Hot Topic (A&S Henry)

Champion Hack over 16hh – Valedictorian (Taryn Poidevin)

Supreme Champion Hack – Cedarleigh Winter Parade

Champion Hunter Pony under 13hh – Bellingara Tribute (Gemma Wells)

Champion Hunter Pony 13 to 14hh – Double TT Jealousy

Champion Show Hunter Galloway under 14.2hh – Braeside Chandelier (Sal Williams)

Champion Show Hunter Galloway 14.2 to 15hh – Walleroo Kincaid (Melise Tuma-Webb)

Champion Show Hunter Hack 15 to 16hh – Binya Park It’s Magic (Elizabeth Hewitt)

Champion Show Hunter Hack over 16hh- Merricks Rapunzel (Bundy Emerald)

Supreme Champion Show Hunter – Walleroo Kincaid


Berry Agricultural Show

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