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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Showjumpers step out at Geelong for a spring fling

ABOVE: Winner of the 115cm class Angus Williams and He’s All White. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

THE Geelong Showjumping Club held its Spring Classic event last weekend.

Despite a wet start, the sun came out and those who attended had some good competition.

Club chairwoman Paula Binnie said organisers were grateful for the support of the riders.

“They were so happy to be able to be out and about, and we only had a bit of drizzle on the Saturday but were fine from then on,” she said.

“The three course designers all took care to adapt each course to suit the horses and overall it was a really lovely event.” Mikaela Hogg jumped the only clear round in the 135cm class on Bellhaven Coringa to take the win from Daniel Weidenbach’s Manuka MVNZ and Hayden Parker’s Tulara Spangenberg.

ABOVE: Asha Warnock on board Keldam Valou. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

The performances were consistent, with Hayden and Spangenberg winning the 130cm class in a jump off from Amanda Lupton and Yoicks Kitchen Rou. Third was Mikaela Hoog riding Bellhaven Coringa.

The 120cm class produced a great jump-off won by young rider Jack Barker on Tulara Colchic. He finished three seconds ahead of Stuart Abrahams on Vainquer, who was a breath in front Clyde Shera Jones and Si Si Strike. Shera Jones and Si Si Strike picked up another ribbon in the 115cm class finishing second to Angus Williams and He’s All White, with Anthony March on Desert Sands Kapow third. Shera Jones also won the 110cm class riding Koyuna Izzy.

Koyuna bloodlines have long shown up in winner lineups. Howard Clark’s famous grey stallion Souvenir is long gone but the family has kept the line going through his sons and daughters.

Second in the class was Louise Abey’s Sail on By and third was Yona Lloyd’s Ballahowe Ayuravedic.

Kristy Mc Sween took out the 105cm open championship with Jingella Superstition.

The low height classes are always a joy in springtime, when a lot of youngsters get their first serious outings as competition horses. Geelong had several classes, with the winners inlcuding Georgia Richardson’s Yarram Park Legend in the 50cm, Sophie Sawicki and Alraka in the 55cm, Kaitlin Webb riding Millpark Grace In the 60cm and Harry Borack riding Benmore Pizzaz in the 65cm class.

In the 70cm class, Sophie Sawicki took home her second blue ribbon riding Billy, and in the 75cm class, Nellie Tuddenham riding Rivinigton Little Bird was a full five seconds faster than the second placegetter. Georgie Pascoe on Bradley won the 80cm and Chloe Bell took the 85cm class on Miss Lollipops.

ABOVE: Clyde Shera Jones riding Si Si Strike. Picture: MANE MEMORIES
ABOVE: Jessica Grant and For Fly Heldenlaan Z. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

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