Battle for Senior Title begins at Australian Jumping Championships
After a fantastic Day 1 of the Pryde’s Easifeed Australian Jumping Championships yesterday, the competition really swung into action today, with fifteen classes decided over four rings. After overnight rain, Boneo Park put its best foot forward, looking brilliant under sunny but cool conditions. While the afternoon saw a couple of light showers, it did not deter a very enthusiastic gathering of spectators who appreciated the high standard of jumping on display.
Below is Australian Jumping’s wrap of all the action from Day 2 of the championships.
HORIZON SHOW JUMPS AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 1 (1.15m)
The first class today on Ring 1 was Round 1 of the Australian Junior Championship. A high-class field of 64 combinations assembled, which included representatives from all mainland states as well as the first four placed riders from the 2017 championships.
The third combination in this speed class, Sally Simmonds and Oaks Chifley, recorded a clear round in a time of 65.02 seconds to take the early lead. The next 59 combinations all attempted to better Simmonds’ time, however one by one they failed to do so. With just two combinations remaining, Simmonds must have felt quietly confident about her chances of winning, however, it was not to be. Winner of yesterday’s Round 1 of the Australian Children’s Championship, Maleah Lang-McMahon, absolutely sizzled around the course aboard KS Sovereigns Cadel, almost 1.5 seconds faster than Simmonds to finish in 63.56 seconds. This was a great performance from Lang-McMahon who is competing in an age group higher than above her own. Australia’s representative at the recent World Youth Games in Argentina, Madeline Sinderberry, riding JT Valentina took out third place. To emphasise her strength in this division, Lang-McMahon also took out fourth place, riding KS Capulet Ego Z.
With a second round of this championship scheduled tomorrow and a final on Sunday, we look forward to seeing how this competition unfolds.
The Horizon Show Jumps Australian Junior Championship, Round 1, top twelve placings were:
|1st||Maleah Lang-McMahon||KS Sovereigns Cadel||$300|
|2nd||Sally Simmonds||Oaks Chifley||$240|
|3rd||Madeline Sinderberry||JT Valentina||$180|
|4th||Maleah Lang-McMahon||KS Capulet Ego Z||$120|
|6th||Cameron Moffatt||Dolly Varden||$72|
|7th||Sophie Hatch||Glenara Mudslide||$60|
|9th||Sophie Hatch||Rosthwaite Belvedere||$24|
|11th||Lucie Aldridge||Ollie Olae||$24|
|12th||Amelia Douglass||Upper Class Z||$24|
HORSELAND AUSTRALIAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 1 (1.45m)
The Australian Senior Championship kicked off in style this morning in Ring 1. Bringing together the best jumping combinations in the country, this event is one of the highlights on the Australian Jumping calendar.
As with the preceding class, this was conducted as a speed class and the action was fast and furious from beginning to end, with all riders keen to finish as high up the finishing order as possible to maximise their chances of taking the title.
First to tackle the course was NSW Senior Champion, Tom McDermott and Diamont, who absolutely flew around the course in a super fast time of 67.28 seconds, however two rails meant an adjusted time of 75.28 seconds. He only held the lead briefly until third out Katie Laurie, who finished second in the Senior Championship last year, and Esteban MVNZ went clear in 69.47 seconds. Laurie held the lead until Chris Chugg and PSS Levilensky, out 20th, went clear in 69.26 seconds.
Chugg’s position in the lead was short lived as the very next combination out, Emily Riley and her mare, Rhapsody in Blue went clear just 0.07 seconds quicker. Riley held the lead until just eight combinations from the end, when the Queensland Senior Champion, Clem Smith on the talented Alite, went clear in 69.01 seconds. Just when it was looking like Smith would take the win, fellow Queenslander Hayley Morris and Miss Money Penny rocketed around the course in 68.36 seconds. With none of the following combinations doing well enough to challenge, this was enough to secure the win for Morris. Tom McDermott and Elegance De La Charmille finished in sixth, just 1.5 seconds behind the leader, but including 4 extra seconds for a rail down.
With less than four seconds separating the top twelve placegetters, the Senior Championship is sure to provide plenty of entertainment before the title is determined on Sunday afternoon.
The Horseland Australian Senior Championship, Round 1, top twelve placings were:
|1st||Hayley Morris||Miss Money Penny||$1,000|
|3rd||Emily Riley||Rhapsody in Blue||$600|
|4th||Chris Chugg||PSS Levilensky||$400|
|5th||Katie Laurie||Esteban MVNZ||$280|
|6th||Tom McDermott||Elegance De La Charmille||$240|
|7th||Katie Laurie||Casebrook Lomond||$200|
|8th||Amber Fuller||CP Aretino||$160|
|9th||David Cameron||RR Dyranta||$80|
|10th||Tallara Cameron||Copabella Verdi||$80|
|11th||Elliot Reeves||Aveden Indigo||$80|
IRT AUSTRALIAN YOUNG RIDER CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 1 (1.30m)
The third class on Ring 1 was the first round of the Young Rider Championship. A class field of 35 combinations attempted what proved to be an extremely challenging course, with representatives from all mainland states competing. The field also included the first six placed riders from last year’s Young Rider Championship.
After the first two combinations were eliminated, third combination out, Jessica Tripp and Diamond B Verona completed the course clear in 72.41 seconds. She was immediately overtaken by the very next combination out, Jessie O’Connell and Cassis Z Ten Halven, who despite taking a rail, recorded an adjusted time of 69.53 seconds. O’Connell held the lead for a while, until the eighth combination out, the reigning title holder Madeline Sinderberry, and Oaks Cosmo went clear in 66.99 seconds. It was starting to look like Sinderberry might take out the class, until Jessie Rice-Ward and CP Southern Cross rode clear in a scintillating 65.63 seconds to snatch the lead. With a further twelve combinations to come, it was a nervous time for Rice-Ward, however, none of the remaining challengers were able to eclipse her time and she was declared the winner. This meant that the first seven placings were filled by riders from NSW.
What an exciting group of young riders we have in Australia and it is going to be enthralling to see how the rest of this championship division pans out over the next few days.
The IRT Australian Young Rider Championship, Round 1, top twelve placings were:
|1st||Jessie Rice-Ward||CP Southern Cross||$500|
|2nd||Madeleine Sinderberry||Oaks Cosmo||$400|
|3rd||Jamie Priestley||KS Optimus||$300|
|4th||Jessie O’Connell||Cassis Z Ten Halven||$200|
|5th||Clay Simmonds||Oaks Calypso||$140|
|6th||Jessica Tripp||Diamond B Verona||$120|
|7th||Kate Hinschen||Kaluna Salute||$100|
|8th||Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||$80|
|9th||Kate Hinschen||Blackall Park Romeo||$40|
|10th||Isobel Guinness||Oaks Donatello||$40|
|11th||Samuel Robertson||Al Nemo||$40|
|12th||Caitlin Clarke||Wyuna Park Stella||$40|
CHAMPAGNE POMMERY AUSTRALIAN FUTURE STARS CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 2 (1.30m)
The final class up for decision in Ring 1 today was Round 2 of the Future Stars Championship. Once again this was conducted as a speed class. With every position in the finishing order having an impact on each combination’s penalty standing going into the final, the action made for a wonderful display of jumping.
First out was the Western Australian combination of Maddison Stephen and Benson’s Femme Fatale, taking one rail on the way to an amended time of 76.59 seconds. She held the lead briefly until the third out combination of local rider, Brook Dobbin and Gabrielle MVNZ went clear in 74.23 seconds. Dobbin must have thought he was home as it took until the combination 51 in the order, Maddison Stephen and NP November Rain II before he was ousted from first place. They went clear with a time of 73.53 seconds with Sam Williams and Commander NZPH taking third. Dobbin showed his class by also finishing fourth and fifth on Leopoldo MVNZ and Gina MVNZ respectively.
It will be interesting to see how Dobbin’s form in Round 2 translates to the final to be held on Saturday.
The Champagne Pommery Australian Future Stars Championship, Round 2, top twelve placings were:
|1st||Maddison Stephen||NP November Rain II||$350|
|2nd||Brook Dobbin||Gabrielle MVNZ||$280|
|3rd||Sam Williams||Commander NZPH||$210|
|4th||Brook Dobbin||Leopoldo MVNZ||$140|
|5th||Brook Dobbin||Gina MVNZ||$98|
|6th||Maddison Stephen||Benson’s Femme Fatale||$84|
|7th||Jennifer Wood||Harvey B||$70|
|8th||Elliot Reeves||KS Saint Patrick||$56|
|9th||Maddison Stephen||Yalambi’s Grazi||$28|
|10th||Melissa Blair||Gigant Z||$28|
MARTIN COLLINS AUSTRALIA RUBY SERIES – ROUND 1 (1.25m)
Round 1 of the Ruby Series was the first class today on Ring 2. The Ruby series is open to horses with 40 points or less. The series will be determined over 2 rounds and a final. After the two preliminary rounds, the top half of the combinations will be invited to compete in a final, scheduled on the final day of the championship. The lower ranked half will be invited to enter a consolation final.
A quality field of 50 combinations attempted the course and of these exactly half recorded clear rounds with the fastest being South Australian rider Nicole Bruggemann and Diamond B Centurian.
The jump off proved to be an exciting affair with 14 of the 25 combinations again going clear. As with the preliminary round, South Australia again excelled taking first and third placings. First went to Geoff Bloomfield and Warnie in 37.13 seconds. They took the win by just 0.01 seconds over Jamie Priestley and Oaks Diamantina. Bloomfield, this time riding Tenacious Red, was placed third.
Round 2 of the Ruby Series will be held tomorrow on Ring 2.
The Martin Collins Australia Ruby Series, Round 1, top twelve placings were:
|2nd||Jamie Priestley||Oaks Diamantina||$360|
|3rd||Geoff Bloomfield||Tenacious Red||$270|
|4th||Mitchell Peulic||WP Elegance||$180|
|5th||Sophie Cook||Nasam Artimore||$126|
|6th||Ally Lamb||Denison Park Discovery||$108|
|8th||Clara Palm||Dutch Man Rhetto||$72|
|9th||Ally Lamb||Denison Park Style||$36|
|10th||Russell Morrison||Chatham Park Quigley||$36|
|11th||Kelvin Blumson||Springen Jack||$36|
|12th||Michelle Clinton-Brent||El Nino Vivace||$36|
SAM WILLIAMS EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIAN MINI PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 2 (1.40m)
Next class on Ring 2 was Round 2 of the Mini Prix Championship. With Jennifer Wood and Cocaine Ego Z taking out Round 1 yesterday, the rest of the field would be looking today to rank as highly as possible in the results, to ensure carrying as few penalties into the final as possible.
A total of 56 combinations entered the class, 22 of which recorded a clear round to qualify for a jump off, the fastest of which was Chris Chugg and KG Queenie, just ahead of James Arkins and Da Vincis Pride.
Chugg and KG Queenie went on to prove their class once again, by taking out the jump off some 2 seconds faster than second placed Katie Laurie and Cera Caruso. Third place went to the Clem Smith and Guru who, after coming second in Round 1, will be well placed going into Saturday’s final
The Sam Williams Equestrian Australian Mini Prix Championship, Round 2, top twelve placings were:
|1st||Chris Chugg||KG Queenie||$500|
|2nd||Katie Laurie||Cera Caruso||$400|
|5th||Jennifer Wood||Cocaine Ego Z||$140|
|6th||Sam Overton||Point Break||$120|
|7th||Russell Morrison||Ce Cajun||$100|
|9th||Gabrielle Kuna||PSS Chantilly||$40|
|10th||Laura Sloey||Copabella Cashmir||$40|
|11th||Bridget Berry||Turn It Blue NZPH||$40|
|12th||Nicole Bruggemann||White Wash||$40|
ELGEE PARK OPEN (1.25m)
The final class in Ring 2 today was the Elgee Park Open over 1.25m
The Elgee Park Open top eight placings were:
|1st||Sam Overton||Oaks Cassanova||$175|
|2nd||Jamie W Kermond||Who Knew||$150|
|3rd||Kaden Weaver||KPH Carousel||$125|
|4th||Amanda Ross||Dicavalli Diesel||$100|
|5th||Katie Clarke||Oaks Gunn||$75|
|6th||Russell Morrison||Chatham Park Richard||$50|
|7th||Murray Lamperd||Paihia Wilhelm||$35|
BAILLIEU VINEYARD AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 1 (1.15m)
The first class decided on Ring 3 today was Round 1 of the Australian Amateur Championship. Conducted as a speed class, 37 combinations faced the starter in what turned out to be a very competitive event.
Victory went to the sole Queenslander rider in the field, Morgan Daniel and Aladino, with a clear round of 60.13. Victorians filled the next four placings with Tammy Goff and Southern Alabama taking second place over 1.5 seconds slower. Third placegetter, Adelyn Fallon and Winnermaker, who despite recording the fastest raw time, took a rail, to register an adjusted time of 62.80 seconds.
With only a handful of seconds separating the first twelve placegetters, this looks like it will be a highly competitive championship, with the second round to be held tomorrow and the final on Saturday.
The Baillieu Vineyard Australian Amateur Championship, Round 1, top eight placings were:
|2nd||Tammy Goff||Southern Alabama||$150|
|4th||Kelly Lees||Ohio Silver||$100|
|5th||Tony Erickson||Isle of Remire||$75|
|6th||Stephanie Davies||Checkin Charlie||$50|
|7th||Abby West||Copabella Vermont||$35|
|8th||Stacey Betar||Diamond B Britannia||$35|
EQUESTRIAN VICTORIA EMERALD SERIES – ROUND 2 (1.10m)
Round 2 of the Equestrian Victoria Emerald Series was the next class on Ring 3. This highly competitive class, which saw 43 out of 106 combinations go double clear in Round 1, was the last chance for riders to rank themselves in to top half of the field to qualify for Saturday’s final.
With a couple of combinations not competing in round 2, which was conducted as a speed round, only 102 combinations were left in the competition. The Victorians came to the fore, by filling six of the first seven placings.
Clear winner, with a time of 60.15 seconds was Tyrone Latham and Contino. Demonstrating his class, Tyrone Latham also took out second place, this time riding Ellesmere Amici. Amy Cleland and RSB Morse Code came in third. Winner of yesterday’s Round 1, David Boulton and Little Arrow finished in seventh place today, so will be well positioned going into Saturday’s final
The Equestrian Victoria Australian Championship Emerald Series Round 2, top twelve placings were:
|2nd||Tyrone Latham||Ellesmere Amici||$180|
|3rd||Amy Cleland||RSB Morse Code||$135|
|4th||Billy Raymont||YPH Picasso||$90|
|7th||David Boulton||Little Arrow||$45|
|8th||Geoff Bloomfield||Black N White||$36|
|9th||Clem Smith||Quantico 12||$18|
|11th||Tesse Cook||Rimfire Park Vogue||$18|
|12th||Kristy Bruhn||James’ Bentley||$18|
ICEPAK OPEN (1.10m)
The final class in Ring 3 today was the Icepak open class over 1.10m
The Icepak Open top eight placings were:
|2nd||Mikaela MacNamara||Boston MVNZ||$100|
|3rd||Hayley Cox||He’s Ours||$85|
|4th||Lara Christoffelsz||Yandoo Aphrodite||$65|
|5th||Amelia Ramsey||Classic Catch||$55|
|6th||Emily Stirling||Tulara Diarakato||$45|
|7th||Madison Bright||Victorious Hit||$35|
|8th||Claire Freeman||Totally Blue NZPH||$30|
On Ring 4 today, Round 1 action took place in the Ivory Series, the Pearl Series and the Opal Series. Both the Ivory Series and the Pearl Series have a Pony and an Open division. All placegetters are listed below.
FLEMINGS NURSERY IVORY PONY SERIES – ROUND 1 (0.80m)
Top six placings were:
|1st||Alexandra Inglis||His Royal Emblem||$40|
|2nd||Cohen Wade||Lakevale Tarwyn||$35|
|3rd||Alexandra Inglis||Hallelujah Monty Carlo Gold||$30|
|4th||Charly Robinson-Smith||BD Billy||$20|
|5th||Amelia Tsilfidis||Pride of Gold||$20|
|6th||Sophie Baldwin||Mirrabel Patterson||$10|
MPC EXCAVATIONS IVORY OPEN SERIES – ROUND 1 (0.80m)
Top eight placings were:
|2nd||Georgia Christoffelsz||Pacific Wave||$35|
|4th||William Tucker||Yes Indeedy||$20|
|5th||Emma Wall||Hello Darling||$20|
|6th||Noah Johnson||Secret Cash||$10|
PEARL PONY SERIES – ROUND 1 (0.90m)
Top six placings were:
|1st||Cohen Wade||Lakevale Tarwyn||$50|
|2nd||Sophie Baldwin||Mirrabel Patterson||$40|
|3rd||Alyssa Greening||Dunelm Night Show||$30|
|5th||Alexandra Inglis||His Royal Emblem||$20|
|6th=||Alexandra Inglis||Hallelujah Monty Carlo Gold||$10|
|6th=||Harley McNaughton||Mai Tai||$10|
WELLINGTON LIVESTOCK PEARL OPEN SERIES – ROUND 1 (0.90m)
Top eight placings were:
|1st||Neve Bailey||Mr Flash||$50|
|4th||Georgia Christoffelsz||Pacific Wave||$25|
|5th||Maureen McGrath||Patencia Inzane||$20|
|6th||Neve Bailey||Wyuna Georgie Boy||$20|
|7th||Keren Bennett||River Song||$10|
|8th||Mick Pritchard||Retro Rolly||$10|
CLOROY PARK OPAL SERIES – OPEN – ROUND 1 (0.90m)
Top eight placings were:
|2nd||Olivia Batten||Phoenician Oakley||$50|
|3rd||Tori Glass||BP Converte||$40|
|4th||Claire Watkinson||Lots Of Love||$30|
|6th||Billy Raymont||Tulara Comet||$25|
|7th||Lara Christoffelsz||Yandoo Aphrodite||$20|