Showjumpers put on a fine display at Angaston 'aggie'
THE Angaston Agricultural Show in the Barossa Valley of South Australia produced some great competition in the showjumping this year but will possibly be remembered more for the capricious weather.
Showjumping organiser Debbie Ames said competitors had everything thrown at them over the course of the the event.
“We had a heatwave on Friday, then a rainstorm on Saturday until lunchtime and Sunday it was fine,” she said. None-the-less, there was top-class showjumping with Adam Metcalfe riding Peter Graham’s South Australian champion and World Cup round winner MEC Aston to win the main competition from Anthony Thomas on SL Donato and Rochelle Verma riding Gizella.
Other winners in the open section included, Michelle Clark with Uloube BZ in the Open 1.25m, Hannah Hardy with Great Gatsby K1 in the Kirkby Robinson Memorial Open 1.15m and Katie Clark with Katelle Grand in the open 1.29m class.
Thoroughbreds are being supported with specific awards in South Australia as in other states and Alisha Klitscher on Dersertoon, affectionately known as Bear, was named the winner of the best performed Thoroughbred horse of the day.
Juniors were well catered for with Zara Young riding her new partner, Aveden Indigo, winning the Junior Championship 1.15m.
Zara, 14, has been riding since she was two and showjumping since she was five. Aveden Indigo (Louie) was previously ridden by international showjumper James Arkins. Sasha Smith with Kirby Park Grand Impressions and Abigail Lewis on Tulare Conikka filled the placings.
The Junior Ruby series was won by Sasha Smith with Kirby Park Grand Impressions and Ella Manning on Oaks Be Sweet and Nicola Gunson on Casilla. The lower height classes – filled with people educating their new horses or just enjoying their own horse and their favourite sport – are always the bread-and-butter classes for shows.
The open 1.05m went to Holly Bolzon with BHP Alfresco, the open 1.10m to Millicent Quigley-Smith with EABS Morett, open 1m to Danni Hampton with Wynara Bronze Medal, Harry Manning with Wychwood won the open 90cm and the open 80cm was won by Amelie Morelli with Carpatair.
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