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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

South Australia takes the honours at championships

ABOVE: Macy and Rebecca Crane with Eagle Park Achilles. Picture: ANGIE RICKARD

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S show horse team made the long trip over often difficult roads to take out the Teams Challenge at the Equestrian Australia Show Horse Championships in Sydney.

Their team scored 65 points to finish four ahead of Victoria, with the home team of NSW finishing on 53.

Special mention goes to Western Australia’s three points, won by the competitor that probably travelled furthest, Grace Bray’s little hero, Braeside Showman. He gave two little riders a thrill placing reserve in the open pony leading rein for rider Audrey Hansford and third in his pony class for Kadance Langley.

Held for the first time at Sydney’s International Equestrian Centre after leaving its home of more than 20 years at Melbourne’s Werribee Park, things ran smoothly over the four days, and plans are already being made for next year.

There’s always a lot of fun and frivolity around show horse events, with games for the youngsters, a fashions on the field competition and trade stands with everything from hoof black to fashion ware, but getting down to competition, things get very serious.

South Australia took the awards for both show hack classes, with Kalimna Quick Hit ridden by Kate Halliday and Royalwood Westend ridden by Margot Haines winning. Victorian Greg Micken rode the reserve in both classes, Christine Frost’s Ink and Sue Thompson’s Givenchy.

In the show galloway classes, Samantha McMaster showed her own mount, Destinys Image, with the reserve going to Royal Opera shown by Brynie Lee for Greg Gerry in the large galloway class. Rosegate Lullaby, owned and ridden by Kate Halliday, won the small Galloway class from Beechwood Bells ridden by Michael Glenn for the owner, Leah Walsh.

ABOVE: Shari Ryan-Woerz’s Calca Park Aristocrat, ridden by Erin Bowers. Picture: ANGIE RICKARD

The pony classes are now split into three heights. The large open pony over 13h ne 14h was won by Wide Acre Diamond, ridden by Lynda Hayes for Carolyne Bellman, from Catherine Gales’ Royalwood Enchanting ridden by Margot Haynes.

The 12 to 13 hand class went to Queensland’s Throne Park Dance All Night, owned and ridden by Alli Reinke, with Trinette Crawford riding Nottingham Royal Highness for Gary Alcorn as reserve.

The small open pony ne 12h champion was Hibrie Coco Ribbon ridden by Annabelle Richardson for Emma Richardson and the reserve was Thorwood Cotton Candy shown by Shanae Richards for the owner Melissa Harding.

Show hunters were introduced at the Barastoc Horse of the Year show in 1998 to give the more solid type of horse and pony a level playing field and it was an instant success, although it took other states a couple of years to copy their lead.

Given the average showie’s desire to look “correct” It also created a big market for hunter-style jackets.

Now, the robust horses and ponies are as much appreciated as the finer variety with some truly beautiful types on show.

The small show hunter hack over 15h ne 16h was Verdict By Design, ridden by Jess Stones for Melissa Gillies, with the reserve going to Araleun Motown, shown by Kate Halliday for Andrea Merry.

ABOVE: Georgia Cronin riding Rebecca Crane’s CJP Quaterstern. Picture: ANGIE RICKARD

The big show hunters were impressive, with Sophia Redenbach winning on her own Jermyn Street, with the reserve sash won by Julie Payne’s Roxleight Frederica ridden by Charlotte Hunt.

Emily Murray rode her own small show hunter galloway Riegal Manolete for the championship. The reserve was Sara Osaulenko’s Gentry Park Take Note ridden by Jess Stones.

The large show hunter galloway over 14.2h ne 15h went to Panorama Just A Fortitude ridden by Ali Berwick for Sarah Beaumont and the reserve went to Narelle McLeod’s Gentry Park Black Velvet ridden by Brynie Lee.

The small show hunter pony ne 12h champion was Chrysler Park Pixi, shown by her owner Maddison Ball with Splash Dance ridden by Harrison Manning for Andrea Merry in reserve place.

The medium show hunter pony over 12h ne 13h champion and reserve were both ridden by their owners, with Anjara Park Euphoria, Nyah Clark, champion and Weston Park Verdasco, Montana Berden, reserve.


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