Erin Buswell and Quero Quero – 2018 Australian Young Rider Champion
The second championship decided on Ring 1 today was the IRT Australian Young Rider Championship.
After two preliminary rounds earlier in the week, all combinations were ranked, with the top 25 invited to compete in today’s final. Remaining combinations were invited to participate in a consolation final, also scheduled for today.
Combinations in today’s final carried forward penalties (CFP) based on their performance in the preliminary rounds. Click HERE for an explanation of how these CFPs were calculated.
Below is a reminder of these starting positions for the best placed combinations going into today’s final:
|RIDER||HORSE||RD 1||RD 2||TOT.||DIFF.||CFP|
|Madeline Sinderberry||Oaks Kosmo||32||34||66||0||0|
|Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||26||31||57||9||4|
|Clay Simmonds||Oaks Calypso||29||25||54||12||6|
|Jessie Rice-Ward||CP Southern Cross||34||17||51||15||7|
|Brooke Langbecker||Beijing LS La Silla||21||30||51||15||7|
|Jessie O’Connell||Cassis Z Ten Halven||30||20||50||16||8|
|Caitlin Clarke||Wyuna Park Stella||22||27||49||17||8|
|Jessica Tripp||Diamond B Verona||28||19||47||19||9|
|Isobel Guinness||Oaks Donatello||24||21||45||21||10|
|Jacob Wells||Cobra De Capello||20||24||44||22||11|
|Kate Hinschen||Kaluna Salute||27||16||43||23||11|
|Emma Isbister||Lafayette MVNZ||14||29||43||23||11|
|Jamie Priestley||KS Optimus||31||12||43||23||11|
|Jessica Trip||Finn MVNZ||19||23||42||24||12|
Madeline Sinderberry, crowned earlier today as the Australian Junior Champion, went into this final as the clear leader, with a rail in hand over second placed Erin Buswell and Quero Quero.
As with the earlier Junior Championship, the Young Rider final today was held over two rounds. In the first round, all combinations were entitled to ride in an attempt to improve their rankings and to qualify for the second round, where only the top 15 ranked combinations would compete.
With most of the leading combinations riding clear rounds, there was little change to the leaderboard. However, with Sinderberry and Oaks Kosmo taking a rail, their lead evaporated and they entered the second round as equal leaders with fellow Queenslander Buswell and Quero Quero.
The following 15 combinations qualified for the final round and came out in reverse order where practical.
|1||Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||4||0||4|
|2||Madeline Sinderberry||Oaks Kosmo||0||4||4|
|3||Jessie Rice-Ward||CP Southern Cross||7||0||7|
|4||Brooke Langbecker||Beijing LS La Silla||7||0||7|
|5||Jessie O’Connell||Cassis Z Ten Halven||8||0||8|
|6||Jessica Tripp||Diamond B Verona||9||0||9|
|7||Isobel Guinness||Oaks Donatello||10||0||10|
|8||Jamie Priestley||KS Optimus||11||0||11|
|9||Jessica Trip||Finn MVNZ||12||0||12|
|10||Caitlin Clarke||Wyuna Park Stella||8||4||12|
|11||Jacob Wells||Cobra De Capello||11||4||15|
|12||Emma Isbister||Lafayette MVNZ||11||5||16|
|13||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit||17||0||17|
|14||Samuel Robertson||Al Nemo||17||0||17|
|15||Kate Hinschen||Kaluna Salute||11||8||19|
As Gavin Chester and his team reset the course the clouds broke and Boneo Park was bathed in brilliant spring sunshine.
During the early stages of this final round, many riders went clear, however, with no way to really make up ground, all they could do was wait to see if the leaders faltered to give them a chance at the championship.
Soon we were down to the business end of the championship, with a number of combinations all within two rails of the lead.
Jamie Priestley and KS Optimus went clear to consolidate their place on 11 penalties, as did Jessica Tripp and Diamond B Verona who remained on 9 penalties. Unfortunately, Jessie O’Connell and Cassis Z Ten Halven took a rail to slip out of contention, moving to 12 penalties.
Finally, we were down to the top four combinations to battle it out. Of these, the two combinations on 7 penalties Brook Langbecker and Beijing LS La Silla and Jessie Rice-Ward and CP Southern Cross both went clear to each remain on 7 penalties. Second last out was the equal leader Erin Buswell and Quero Quero and by going clear, they remained on 7 penalties. Just as this morning in the Junior Final, Madeline Sinderberry was the last rider out in what would be another extreme test of her nerve and skill. If she and Oaks Kosmo could record another clear round, we would require a 2 way jump off, however, if she incurred just a single penalty, the title would go to Buswell.
As with this morning, by now, an even larger crowd had gathered and the atmosphere was intense as Sinderberry rode into the arena. However, this morning’s fairy tale did not repeat itself. This time when her mount hit a rail, it fell and with it went her chances of double glory. She finished on 8 penalties, securing fourth place, leaving Buswell and Quero Quero alone in first place.
It was a sweet victory for Buswell, who had finished 6th in this title last year behind Sindeberry, who was not able to defend her title.
Australian Jumping extends its congratulations to all the placegetters in what has been an exhilarating Championship
The IRT Australian Young Rider Championship, Final, top twelve placings were:
|1st||Erin Buswell||Quero Quero||4||$1,500|
|2nd||Brooke Langbecker||Beijing LS La Silla||7||$1,200|
|3rd||Jessie Rice-Ward||CP Southern Cross||7||$900|
|4th||Madeline Sinderberry||Oaks Kosmo||8||$600|
|5th||Jessica Tripp||Diamond B Verona||9||$420|
|6th||Jamie Priestley||KS Optimus||11||$360|
|7th||Jessie O’Connell||Cassis Z Ten Halven||12||$300|
|8th||Jessica Tripp||Finn MVNZ||12||$240|
|9th||Isobel Guinness||Oaks Donatello||14||$120|
|10th||Caitlin Clarke||Wyuna Park Stella||16||$120|
|11th||Samuel Robertson||Al Nemo||17||$120|
|12th||Amelia Douglass||Sirius Du Granit||17||$120|