Amelia Douglass and Sirius Du Granit victorious in Stal Tops Young Rider at Boneo
The third round of the 2019 Stal Tops Young Rider Series was held today as part of the final day of the Boneo Park Cup show. The Stal Tops Young Rider Series was instigated by Edwina Tops-Alexander and her husband Jan Tops. Edwina is an outstanding ambassador for our sport and has represented Australia with great success at innumerable international competitions including Olympic and World Equestrian Games.
Last year, Edwina and Jan established the Stal Tops Australian Young Rider Series. This event was a highlight of the 2018 jumping calendar and thanks to their generosity, is being run again this year.
In 2019, the Stal Tops Australian Young Rider Series again comprises four events. The first was held as at the Aquis Champions Tour in May. For the full story on this event click HERE.
The top six placegetters in the first event were:
|1st||Amelia Douglass||Cassis Z Ten Halven||$1,500|
|2nd||Jamie Priestley||Kolora Stud Optimus||$1,000|
|3rd||Sophie Smith||Bellhaven Jazz||$600|
|4th||Jess Rice Ward||CP Southern Cross||$400|
|5th||Tess McInerney||Alpha Centauri||$300|
|6th||Samantha Dernee||TP All Class||$200|
The second event in the Series was held at Willinga Park in September. For the full story on this event click HERE.
The top 6 placings in this class were:
|1st||Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||$1,500|
|2nd||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit||$1,000|
|4th||Georgia Price||Batman Xtreme||$400|
|5th||Isabella Evans||Joker XIX||$300|
|6th||Mitchell Peulic||Black Currency||$200|
After two rounds of the Series, the unofficial point score stood as follows:
|1||Jamie Priestley||Kolora Stud Optimus||9||4||13|
|=3||Amelia Douglass||Cassis Z Ten Halven||11||11|
|=3||Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||11||11|
|5||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit||9||9|
|6||Sophie Smith||Bellhaven Jazz||8||8|
|=7||Jess Rice-Ward||CP Southern Cross||7||7|
|=7||Georgia Price||Batman Xtreme||7||7|
|=9||Tess McInerney||Alpha Centauri||6||6|
|=9||Isabella Evans||Joker XIX||6||6|
|=11||Samantha Dernee||TP All Class||5||5|
|=11||Mitchell Peulic||Black Currency||5||5|
|=13||Jessie Rice-Ward||Dusky Farm Cavalier||3||3|
|=15||Olivia Dalton||Cil Dara Bonsparte||2||2|
|=15||Sally Simmonds||Oaks Castanza||2||2|
|=17||Cade Hunter||Vasari NZPH||1||1|
This morning’s class was the first class of the day and was held in cool conditions, with 33 of the country’s best Young Rider combinations involved. The top five combinations on the leaderboard were all competing, which meant that we expected the competition was going to be hot and we were not disappointed.
The 1.30m course saw an incredible 25 combinations record clear rounds, the fastest of which was recorded by the recently crowned NSW Young Rider Champions Amelia Douglass and Cassis Z Ten Halven. They were the only pair to break the 70 second barrier, a marvellous performance on a course with an allowed time of 80 seconds.
Amelia Douglass and Cassis Z Ten Halven
The ensuing jump-off saw an enthralling and high class showdown, between the best young riders our country has to offer. Of the 25 combatants, only six were able to record double clears and so it came down to time to sort out the placings. Fastest of these six were Amelia Douglass, however this time on her other ride, Sirius Du Granit. They were clear by just 0.17 seconds from the second placed Lucy Evans and Viva Joy, with Douglass, this time in combination with Cassis Z Ten Halven, filling third, just 0.03 seconds behind. Will Dight and Thea took Fourth with Jamie Priestley and Kolora Stud Optimus, filling fifth place – not quite enough to retain their lead in the Series.
Jamie Priestley and Kolora Stud Optimus
Lucy Evans and Viva Joy
Will Dight and Thea
The top 6 placings in this class were:
|1st||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit||$1,500|
|2nd||Lucy Evans||Viva Joy||$1,000|
|3rd||Amelia Douglass||Cassis Z Ten Halven||$600|
|5th||Jamie Priestley||Kolora Stud Optimus||$300|
|6th||Nicolette Evans||Crispi 4||$200|
Today’s win has taken Amelia Douglass and Sirius Du Granit to the top of a very crowded leaderboard. She is just one point clear of herself and Cassis Z Ten Halven, Jamie Priestley and Kolora Stud Optimus and the consistent Will Dight and Thea, all tied in second place. The 2018 Series winners, Erin Buswell and Quero Quero lie within striking distance, only a further 5 points back.
After three rounds of the Series, the full unofficial point score stands as follows:
|1||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit||9||11||20|
|=2||Amelia Douglass||Cassis Z Ten Halven||11||8||19|
|=2||Jamie Priestley||Kolora Stud Optimus||9||4||6||19|
|5||Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||11||3||14|
|7||Sophie Smith||Bellhaven Jazz||8||8|
|=8||Jess Rice-Ward||CP Southern Cross||7||7|
|=8||Georgia Price||Batman Xtreme||7||7|
|=10||Tess McInerney||Alpha Centauri||6||6|
|=10||Isabella Evans||Joker XIX||6||6|
|=12||Samantha Dernee||TP All Class||5||5|
|=12||Mitchell Peulic||Black Currency||5||5|
|=12||Nicolette Evans||Crispi 4||5||5|
|15||Sally Simmonds||Oaks Charliville||4||4|
|=16||Jessie Rice-Ward||Dusky Farm Cavalier||3||3|
|=18||Olivia Dalton||Cil Dara Bonsparte||2||2|
|=18||Sally Simmonds||Oaks Castanza||2||2|
|=21||Cade Hunter||Vasari NZPH||1||1|
The final event of the 2019 Series will be run at the Summer Classic Show at SIEC during December.
We look forward to what should be a fascinating and thrilling final round.