Douglass dominates Stal Tops Young Rider Series
The fourth and final round of the 2019 Stal Tops Young Rider Series was held yesterday as part of the Chatham Park Summer Showjumping Classic CSI2*-W at Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC).
The Stal Tops Young Rider Series was instigated by Edwina Tops-Alexander, who is an outstanding ambassador for our sport. Edwina has been our leading rider for many years and has represented Australia with great success at innumerable international competitions including Olympic and World Equestrian Games.
Last year, along with husband Jan Tops, Edwina established the Stal Tops Australian Young Rider Series to give back to the sport in Australia and encourage and challenge Young Riders. This event was a highlight of the 2018 jumping calendar and thanks to their generosity, was run again this year.
In 2019, the Stal Tops Australian Young Rider Series comprised of four rounds. The first round was held at the Aquis Champions Tour in May and won by Amelia Douglass and Cassis Z Ten Halven.
The second event in the series was held at Willinga Park in September, won by Erin Buswell and Quero Quero.
The third round was held at the Boneo Cup show in November and was taken out by Amelia Douglass and Sirius Du Granit which took them to the top of the leaderboard. In fact, this combination were placed just one point clear of three other combinations tied in second place, including Douglass and one of her other horses Cassis Z Ten Halven.
Amelia Douglass and Sirius Du Granit
Amelia Douglass and Cassis Z Ten Halven
Going into the final round where 11 points were on offer for the winner, there were six combinations within striking distance of the lead. They were:
|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|
Lucy Evans and Jamie Priestley did not start in yesterday’s Young Rider Final meaning they were not in contention. Two of the other combinations in contention, Erin Buswell and Quero Quero and Jamie Priestley and Kolora Stud Optimus each took a rail, meaning that they did not make it through to a class-filled four-way jump off. With clear rounds on both her horses, Amelia Douglass had the Stal Tops Young Rider title in the bag, the only question was which horse would she win it on.
In the jump-off, Isobel Guinness and Copabella Verdi took a rail to finish in fourth place. Madeline Sinderberry and Ciel went double clear but with a time of 45.82 seconds could only split Douglass’ podium positions. Winning the final, with double clear in a jump off time of 42.99 was Douglass and Cassis Z Ten Halven and filling third was that girl again with Sirius Du Granit.
Madeline Sinderberry and Ciel
The first six placegetters in this class were:
|1st||Amelia Douglass||Cassis Z Ten Halven|
|3rd||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit|
|4th||Isobel Guinness||Copabella Verdi|
|5th||Charlie Eason||Oaks Coolangatta|
|6th||Nicolette Evans||Crispi 4|
With the points for the final round allocated, the unofficial final standings for the series are as follows:
|1st||Amelia Douglass||Cassis Z Ten Halven||11||8||11||30|
|2nd||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit||9||11||8||28|
|4th||Jamie Priestley||Kolora Stud Optimus||9||4||6||19|
|5th||Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||11||3||4||18|
|=6th||Nicolette Evans||Crispi 4||5||5||10|
|=8th||Georgia Price||Batman Xtreme||7||2||9|
|10th||Sophie Smith||Bellhaven Jazz||8||8|
|=11th||Jess Rice-Ward||CP Southern Cross||7||7|
|=11th||Isobel Guinness||Copabella Verdi||7||7|
|=13th||Tess McInerney||Alpha Centauri||6||6|
|=13th||Isabella Evans||Joker XIX||6||6|
|=13th||Charlie Eason||Oaks Coolangatta||6||6|
|=16th||Samantha Dernee||TP All Class||5||5|
|=16th||Mitchell Peulic||Black Currency||5||5|
|18th||Sally Simmonds||Oaks Charliville||4||4|
|=19th||Jessie Rice-Ward||Dusky Farm Cavalier||3||3|
|=21st||Olivia Dalton||Cil Dara Bonsparte||2||2|
|=21st||Sally Simmonds||Oaks Castanza||2||2|
|25th||Cade Hunter||Vasari NZPH||1||1|
By taking the win in two of the four rounds, Amelia Douglass and Cassis Z Ten Halven were deserved winners of the Stal Tops Young Rider Series. Douglass and Sirius Du Granit took one win in the series and it is fitting that this horse fill a place in this Series as he was imported from Stal Tops and was once competed in CSI5* classes by Tops-Alexander herself. Third place went to Will Dight and Thea who consistently picked up points in each round.
Australian Jumping would like to thank all the riders and horses who took part in the Series and especially congratulate Amelia Douglass on her fine performance over the Series. We look forward to watching another chapter in the Stal Tops Young Rider Series unfold in 2020.