Aus Champs 2021 jumps into action
Above: Phillip Lever and BP Jedak Du Rouet
With the cancellation of the 2020 Australian Jumping Championships and the postponement of the 2021 Championships to early 2022, so much has happened in the world since we were last at the lovely Boneo Park on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. However, today was the day that the belated 2021 Championships kicked off and there was great anticipation in the air this morning as the action got underway.
On the Pryde’s EasiFeed main arena, the action commenced this morning with the first round of the Kiernan Plant Hire Future Stars Competition.
Braving the brisk morning breeze, we saw 34 combinations tackle the David Sheppard build course on a perfect lush green surface. There were 10 clear rounds, the fastest of which was achieved by Queensland visitor Stuart Jenkins and the mare Fairview Alicana setting the scene for an exciting jump-off.
Jenkins and Fairview Alicana completed the jump-off clear in a time of 38.67 seconds, however, it was not enough to take the win, with the in form Phillip Lever and BP Jedak Du Rouet also leaving all the rails up in a sizzling 37.68 seconds. Coming in third, also double clear, were the NSW based combination of Madeline Sinderberry and Balentino, in a time of 38.84 seconds. It was a high-quality class, with those placed fourth through to sixth all also double clear and less than four seconds separating the top six.
Above: Phillip Lever and BP Jedak Du Rouet
The second class on the Pryde’s EasiFeed Main Arena was the first qualifying round in the Interpath Mini Prix competition. A total of 36 combinations stepped out, and among a number of very fast rounds, there was one that stood out. Queenslander Billy Raymont and his gelding YPH Capulet took a rail, however, were still good enough to record a time quicker than the rest. Raymont’s adjusted time of 62.61 seconds was almost 2 seconds faster than the second placed Olivia Hamood and Knock Out 111, who were clear in 64.41 seconds. Third place went to another clear round, Russell Johnstone and Dondersteen.
The final class of the day on the Main arena was the first round of the Beaconhills College Australian Children’s Championship. While 25 of the 39 combinations entered were from Victoria, there were also entrants from NSW and South Australia, as well as a single combination from Tasmania.
There were 16 clear rounds recorded, but the fastest, and therefore the win went to young Victorian rider, Charlee Dobbin and Lovegrove in a great time of 58.99 seconds. In second place, just 0.25 seconds slower was another Victorian, Jack Barker and Mighty Tosca. Third place, again just 0.25 seconds slower than second, was Alice Lawrence and Mucho Mucho Deniro.
Above: Charlee Dobbin and Lovegrove
There was also plenty of jumping action on the Arilla Sand arena today. The first class was the first round of the Volpaia Park Emerald Series. Of the 77 combinations entered, there was an incredible 44 clear rounds, setting up a massively entertaining jump-off.
A high standard of jumping saw 18 combinations record clear rounds in the jump-off, meaning that it would come down to time to sort the placings out, however, in this case, it was not enough. In a remarkable coincidence, young Queensland rider, Chloe Hughes and the mare Deedle and well as not so young New South Welshman, Chris Chugg and his gelding CF Comanche, both recorded a time of 42.51 seconds and could not be split for first place. They were almost half a second quicker than the third placed Teagan Chester and Callista.
The last class on this arena was the Trailrace Saddlery Open with the rails set at 1.10m. A field of 54 combinations were entered, 15 of which recorded clear rounds. As he did earlier in the day in the Mini Prix Qualifier Billy Raymont was the fastest, combining with Tulara For Quinar to take the win in 64.50 seconds. Second place went to another Queenslander, Kayla Johnston and Swingtime Vulcan, finishing in 65.98 seconds, with third going to Hanna Lamb and RBH Mr Image in 66.30 seconds.
It was a great day of jumping and we are looking forward to tomorrow when the battle for the Australia Senior, Young Rider and Junior Titles will commence.
Below are details of all the winners and placegetters from today.
PRYDE’S EASIFEED MAIN ARENA
CLASS 1: KIERNAN PLANT HIRE – FUTURE STARS (ROUND 1) – MINIMUM 1.30m
|1st||Phillip Lever||BP Jedak Du Rouet|
|2nd||Stuart Jenkins||Fairview Alicana|
|4th||Phillip Lever||Bellhaven Chanceux|
|5th||Rhys Stones||Riverton Kanntador|
|6th||Izabella Stone||Conchita Van De Helle|
|7th||Stuart Jenkins||Fairview Cambridge|
|8th||Russell Hearn||RBH Dante|
|9th||Melissa Blair||Connollys Karuba|
|10th||Andrew Lamb||Janory DP|
CLASS 2: INTERPATH – MINI PRIX (ROUND 1) – MINIMUM 1.40m
|1st||Billy Raymont||YPH Capulet|
|2nd||Olivia Hamood||Knock Out 111|
|4th||Tess McInerney||Alpha Centauri|
|5th||Amber Fuller||Nopal Van Tallaert|
|6th||Sam Overton||Yirrkala Cameron|
|7th||Suzie Williams||Commander NZPH|
|9th||Maverick Miles||Cavalier Ludicrous|
|10th||Clem Smith||Quantico 12|
CLASS 3: BEACONHILLS COLLEGE – AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (ROUND 1) – 1.05-1.10m
|2nd||Jack Barker||Mighty Tosca|
|3rd||Alice Lawrence||Mucho Mucho Deniro|
|4th||Tanner Robinson||Shady Creek Blue Fire|
|5th||Charlee Dobbin||Glenshea Riversong|
|6th||Sophie Baldwin||Alcheringa Tradition|
|7th||Imogen Lindh||Blackall Park Koraleigh|
|8th||Zara Young||PP Master Class|
|10th||Joel Lamb||Springen Matilda|
ARILLA – RING 2
CLASS 4: VOLPAIA PARK – EMERALD SERIES (ROUND 1) – MINIMUM 1.10m
|=1st||Chris Chugg||CF Comanche|
|4th||Conor Reed||ES Casello|
|5th||James Harvey||Yirrkala Celeste|
|6th||Ally Lamb||Kiara DP|
|7th||Olivia Hamood||Diamond B Bedazzled|
|8th||Hannah Luffman||APH Bubbles|
|9th||Clara Palm||Tulara Lady Zirocca|
|10th||Jamie Hewitt-Toms||Balou Du Rose|
CLASS 5: TRAILRACE SADDLERY – OPEN – 1.10m
|1st||Billy Raymont||Tulara For Quinar|
|2nd||Kayla Johnston||Swingtime Vulcan|
|3rd||Hanna Lamb||RBH Mr Image|
|4th||Joy Collins||Old Red|
|5th||Sam Williams||Oaks Kiribati|
|6th||Jacinta Kennedy||Tulara Comet|
|7th||Maggie MacDonald||Harlequin Dream|
|8th||Kacey Ledger||Prince Calaf|
Results sourced from online.equipe.com