• Fran Cleland

Showjumpers of all levels make most of two days of competition


Victoria’s sudden blast of winter weather did not deter showjumping riders from competing at the monthly showjumping event at Boneo Park.


ABOVE: Samantha Richardson and new mount Cadbury. Picture: TAZZIE EGGINS

Two days of competition on June 4 and 5 gave the riders a chance to not only to train young horses but give the experienced ones, especially those competing in horse trials, a practice run.


There was also a bit of what jumping people love best, having a chat.


Samantha Richardson has sold her Palamino mare Gold Play to a junior rider and is beginning to campaign Cadbury, a leggy young Appaloosa that placed eighth and fifth in the 95cm classes.


“Cadbury is by Finsh Farm stallion Calgary GNZ out of a Sport-Aloosa mare, My jumping Genie, which is where he gets his colour from.


“He was purchased from Qld with the help of Billy Raymont and although I have not had him very long and I am really happy with how he is going,” Richardson said. “Gavin Chester has also been helping me and Cadbury continues to keep improving and I think he will be an exciting horse for the future.”


The state’s current list of high-quality junior riders is amazing and the future of the sport, where they have access to great coaching, safe horses and good courses is exciting.

Joel Lamb had placings in several events with JB Little Gun, Versache Vision and Springin Matilda. Tanner Robinson won and placed with Cracker, Vidacious and Breathtaking. Both are still eligible for children’s events but consistently place in open classes.


The 50cm training classes were well filled, with the babies taking their sometimes bug-eyed look at coloured courses.


The 60 and 65cm cm classes, won by Freckles ridden by Safari Murphy and Scarlett Bawden’s Bonnie, and the 70 and 75cm classes won by Zara Yunghanns on Ellira and Jaelina Kiley’s Tenah Ko Charlie showed that today’s riders take the necessary time to teach their horses that jumping is, hopefully, what they will do for their next 10 years.


On the Saturday, the open 1.20 class was won by Courtney Shears and Alina from Sophie Crooke riding Nasam Artimore, and on Sunday in the 1.25 class, they were winners again with Lily Wickenden filling second and third place with EA Berlin and Fuerst Sensation.


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