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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Showjumpers packed in for Autumn show at Werribee

ABOVE: Ellie Constable, 11, and Highland Calypso. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

THE Melbourne Show jumping Club’s Autumn Show at Werribee Park had such huge numbers that several classes were divided and more than 1300 rounds were jumped over the two days.

As well as two full days of competition, the club held a fancy dress rescue relay, won by the “Tradies” Lyla Ferrari and My Ridersnotarockstar and LaMoza Velisha and Emmaville Desire.

Ten teams provided a lot of action and laughter, with the prize for the best costumes going to The Egyptians, James and Lachlan Harvey.

Two rings of competition ran well with the help of an army of volunteer helpers. The event was blessed with great weather and it was generally felt to be one of the happiest and best run events of the year.

First day winners included Russell Johnstone riding Daprice in the 1.35 class, Conor Reed on ES Casello in the 1.25m and Stuart Abrahams continues to do well, winning the 1.15m riding Vainquer.

ABOVE: Audrey Berry and Belacre Tiggy Touchwood. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

In ring two, Elle Constable’s Highland Calypso won the 80cm, Holly Grant’s RBH Mr Image the 90cm and Zara Adnams the 1m. The juniors and ponies took over the indoor arena, with classes ranging from the Open X Pole won by Blaire Nicholls riding Shelly and the 50cm taken out by Penelope Mahwinney on Le Minx, to the far more serious Junior 1.15m won by Lamoza Velisha on Emmavale Desire.

With no less than 10 events provided for the youngsters, the jumping people cater well for the future. The competitors in that ring were often the children (and grandchildren) of competitors in the outdoor ring, showing that Showjumping is definitely a generational sport.

On day two, competition in the main ring was serious with quality competition.

Robert Palm took first and third in the Grand Prix on Jaybee Vibrant and Halcyon’s Dare to Dream, with Russell Johnstone and Daprice splitting the pair.

The Young Rider champion was Dakota Pinton on Heartline NZ and Tahlia Pursell was the only clear against the clock in the jump off on AstroNZPH.

The off-the-track Thoroughbred class went to Racheal Gane and Bandido.

Back in the indoor for another day, the actions was just as happy, with smiley-faced youngsters and ponies with names like Shelly, Jerry, Poppy and Smuggler showing you don’t need a fancy stud name to be a star.

Camille Mason’s Stormin Norman won the open 65cm horse class, and the pony 65cm went to Nellie Tuddenham on Rivington Little Bird.

Caitlin Webb’s Nillpark Grace won the open 75cm and Millie Allen’s Mumma Mia took out the open 85cm.


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1. Nellie Tuddenham and Miss Circus Monkey.

2. Lindsey Constable and Highland Dancer.

3. Isabel Houghton and Caradoc Ego Z.

4. Emma Lairakos and HP Cascade.

5. Nellie Tuddenham and Miss Circus Monkey.

All images by DEREK O’LEARY

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