Showjumping veterans praise Tassie juniors at state titles
Updated: Feb 3, 2023
AUSTRALIA’S leading course designers Gavin Chester and Paul Williams came home from building at the Tasmanian Showjumping State Championships with the same comments.
Firstly that it was a good show and well run by the committee.
“They did a lot of work preparing the arenas, slashing/watering and the gear in both rings was top quality, lots of shrubs and plants and the quality of horses and riders is much improved,” Paul said.
Both were also pleased to find very talented young riders.
“Laura Edwards the championship winner would do really well in any competition on the mainland,” Gavin said.
Laura is just 17, and when asked about herself said “I’m 17, so still a student, nothing too exciting about me”.
But push a little harder and you find this youngster is also on the Jumping Tasmania South committee.
“Just doing my part,” she said. “I run their Facebook page so this kind of falls under that category.”
Laura’s winning ride, Luchia Elmare, is from Elmare Warmbloods and was originally trained by Scottie Barclay. Laura has been competitively showjumping for about five years and before that was eventing.
Ava Walker, the winner of the junior championship title, is a year younger at 16 and in Year 11. Her horse, Con Brio, is a 14yo sired by Contenda.
Ava has been riding all her life with success in showing, dressage and showjumping.
A few years ago she decided to focus on showjumping.
She had a campaign in October doing some Victorian jumping shows and competed at the National Interschools Championships in Sydney. She headed off to the mainland last week to ride at Boneo.
Senior rider Mykeala Peterson also had a good show. She placed second in the championship riding Jellystone Park Cinzano and rode Jellystone Park Fixx to win the 1.20m championship with Ava Walker reserve.
Chloe Daun took first and second in the 1.10 championships riding PED Rambling Rose and PEC Barindale Grandeur.
Winners in the very busy ring two on day one included Ebony Booth on Kismet Amber, Caro Verbraeken on Mr Adamant, Theo Furzer on Bensons Tricket, Ruby Hirst on Butterscotch Brittle, Theo Furzer on Bensons Tricket, Gemma James on GE Mayfield, Chloe Daun on PEC Cavallo Park Carousel, Ingrid Bradley on Allen Park Grand Lexus.
And winners from day two in ring two were Sarah Shelverton on Maxfields Malibu, Theo Furzer on Bensons Tricket, Sarah Shelverton on Maxfields Malibu, Charlotte Chilvers on WBN Rommy, Gemma James on GE Mayfield, Ingrid Bradley on Allen Park Grand Lexus, Chloe Daun on PEC Cavallo Park Carousel and Ruby Hirst on Butterscotch Brittle.
LEFT: Jo McFarlane on Asham Wizard. RIGHT: Kindra Martin on GE Cascade Classis.
Pictures: YALEENA BRIDGES
Ring one results are available for downloading.
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