Aaron Hadlow takes his first World Cup Qualifier at Gatton
The second leg of the 2018/19 Australian World Cup Qualifying Season was held today at Gatton. As with last week at Caboolture, the standard of competition was very high with 8 clear rounds being recorded. As per World Cup Qualifier rules, the top 12 combinations qualified for what turned out to be a very exciting jump-off.
Victorious on the day and therefore achieving maximum World Cup qualifying points was Aaron Hadlow on the 11-year-old mare Vahlinvader. This combination was the only pair to go double clear and were worthy winners. This is Hadlow’s first World Cup Qualifier win and on top of his 4th placing in last week’s qualifier, he is currently in a strong position in the series.
Ex-New Zealander Katie Laurie filled 2nd place on her 12-year-old mare On The Point Eve. They completed the course in a fast time, but a single rail down cost her the win.
Just a single rail down in the jump-off meant that James Arkins riding Waitangi Skynet filled the remaining spot on the podium, more than a second off Katie Laurie’s time.
The top eight placings in the WORLD CUP QUALIFIER are listed below.
|PLACE||RIDER NAME||HORSE NAME|
|2nd||Katie Laurie||On the Point Eve|
|3rd||James Arkins||Waitangi Skynet|
|6th||Clint Beresford||Emmaville Jitterbug|
|7th||Tom McDermott||Elegance De La Charmille|
|8th||Kate Hinschen||Finch Farm Cadel|
Aaron Hadlow and Vahlinvader. Credit: Calico Pony