Exciting Finals Weekend ahead at Australian Championships
Above: Tom McDermott and Cachassini II
Today saw the mid-way point in the 2022 Pryde’s EasiFeed Australian Jumping Championships and with the weekend looming, it is time to start crowning the winners of the various Championships and Series. The forecast is great and we are looking forward to a couple of the best days on the Australian Jumping Calendar.
Today was a wonderful day of jumping. With many adjustments to the program including changing of arenas, David Sheppard and his wonderful team of course builders have been kept busy making tracks that have kept the Championships motoring along.
Below is a wrap of all today’s action as it unfolded.
The first class today on Flemings Nurseries Arena 2 was Round 2 of the Racing Hearts Australian Young Rider Championship. Thirty-five combinations were on the start list, which saw eight of them go clear, to set up a thrilling jump off. Taking the win in a double clear performance and a time of 45.96 seconds was the 2021 Australian Junior Champions, Clemency Hughes and Diamond B Corvina. They seem to have encountered little difficulty with moving into the Young Rider ranks. Also double clear in second was the Victorian combination of Tilley Fair and Oaks Constantino, stopping the clock in 48.79 seconds. Third place went to the NSW combination, Alexandra Gostelow and Tulara Cristo in a time of 49.48 seconds. With the top five places all going double clear, Sunday’s final is sure to be one of the highlights of the championship.
Above: Clemency Hughes and Diamond B Corvina.
Held in conjunction with the Racing Hearts Australian Young Rider Championship, the Victorian team won the Young Rider teams competition from Queensland, NSW and Western Australia.
Victoria were clear winners, finishing on a total of 5 points, while Queensland and NSW had a close tussle for second with Queensland claiming the spot with 16 points just pipping NSW on 18. Fourth place went to Western Australia who finished on 22 points, however, they did not have the luxury of a discard score today.
The next class we saw was Round 2 of the feature event of the Championship, The Pryde’s EasiFeed Australian Senior Championship. All 24 combinations in today’s start list were looking to finish as high up the results table as possible, to ensure the best starting position in Sunday’s final. There were only four clear rounds, giving rise to an exciting jump off, where three went double clear. The quickest of these was Tom McDermott and Cachassini II who repeated their victory in yesterday’s Round 1. Their time of 38.07 seconds was almost 2.5 seconds faster than second placed Sam Overton and Oaks Cassanova with a time of 40.51 seconds. In third place were Izabella Stone and Tulara Stolzette (42.75 seconds). With the pair of wins, in the qualifying rounds, Tom McDermott and Cachassini II will go into Sunday’s final in the box position on zero penalties.
Above: Tom McDermott and Cachassini II.
In conjunction with the Senior Championship, the Queensland team of riders have won the teams competition over both Victoria and New South Wales. This repeats their victory from the 2021 Championships. Queensland started the competition today, carrying 4 penalties, however, a pair of clear rounds saw them only advance to a total of 8. NSW started the day on zero, however faults from all four combinations saw them advance to a total of 12 to be placed second. Victoria started the day carrying 10 penalties and had a total of 5 rails added to place them in third on 30 points.
The last class today on Flemings Nurseries Arena 2 was the second round of the Horseland Australian Junior Championship. A total of 49 combinations presented for the class and some high-quality jumping saw 14 clear rounds, setting up an enthralling jump-off which had the big crowd on the edge of their seats. After the jump-off, there were still six combinations who had left all the rails intact, meaning that the winners, in a time of 44.95 seconds were Cody Tincknell and James Continue. It was a great performance by this combination finishing over 5 seconds clear of their nearest rivals. Second place went to Claire Zylstra and Harvey B with a time of 49.98 seconds, while a time of 50.67 was enough for Elissa Stephens and Vertigo to claim third. The final of this Championship will be held on Sunday morning.
Above: Cody Tincknell and Barabadeen Sir Lancelot.
Run in conjunction with the qualifying rounds of the Horseland Australian Junior Championship, the team from Queensland has won the State Junior teams competition from Team Victoria and Team NSW
After a great performance yesterday where three of their team members finished in the top four places, Team NSW started the day on zero penalties, however an elimination and five rails today gave them a total of 20 for the competition and third place. Both Queensland and Victoria started the day on a score of 7 and both state teams advanced by two rails today, to finish tied on a score of 15. A countback was done and when total times were taken into account, Queensland were declared the winners, with Victoria as close behind in second as possible.
The first class today on Tulara Warmbloods Arena 3 was the second round of the Amateur Series, with this round sponsored by Icepak. There were 51 combinations on the start list and 24 of these went clear to qualify for a jump-off. After the jump-off, there were 11 double clears, but in the end, it was experience that shone through. With a scintillating jump-off round which took just 37.39 seconds, the win went to Stuart Abrahams and Vainquer. In second place, over 6 seconds slower was Louise Abey and Sail On By (43.65 seconds). Third place went to the winners of yesterday’s first round Jane Powell and Sorento who stopped the clock at 44.64 seconds. The final of this Series is scheduled for Saturday.
The next class on Arena 3 was the second round of the Ruby Series, which was run as a speed class. Despite taking a rail, the win went to Queensland’s Courtney Scott and Quinzella Z with an adjusted time of 65.49 seconds. In second place was Young Rider Sally Simmonds and Chio MS in 66.09 seconds also taking a rail. Carly Overton and Pabello were third, completing the course clear in 68.46 seconds. The top 50% of entrants have qualified for Sunday’s Ruby Series final.
One of the few non championship/series classes on the program, an open 1.10m sponsored by Orangeville Performance Horses, was the third class on Arena 3 today. It was a single round class with 49 combinations on the start list, which produced 18 clears. The win went to Chelsea Hair and Cassie, who had a time of 63.47 seconds. In second were Danni Hampton and Wynara Bronze Medal who stopped the clock at 63.56 seconds, while 64.03 was enough to secure third place for Sarah Weiss and Twins Delux.
The final class of the day on Tulara Warmbloods Arena 3 was the first round of the Racing Victoria Off The Track Championship. This championship is the exclusive domain of thoroughbred horses what were previously involved in the racing industry. It was a single round class, with the win going to Sophie Stott and Allwest, clear in 61.95 seconds. Second place went to the combination that were placed second in the Amateur class earlier today, Louise Abey and Sail On By, who stopped the clock in 64.49 seconds. In third were Alice Lawrence and Mucho Mucho Deniro in 64.50 seconds. There will be a second round of this Championship tomorrow, before a final on Sunday.
There were three classes conducted on Arena 4 to complete today’s program. First up was Round 1 of the Chase Equestrian Ivory Series. Kaya Zielinski and Lady Of Diamonds were successful, prevailing after a 24 way jump-off, going double clear with a finishing time of 32.33 seconds. Susanna Verco, over from South Australia and Ruben filled second place, after a 35.99 second jump-off. Sunday Borrack and gelding Tane Mahuta came in third, stopping the clock in 36.59 seconds, A second round is scheduled for tomorrow morning before a final on Sunday.
The second round of the Yandoo Equestrian Services Pearl Series kept spectators entertained during the middle part of the day on Arena 4. A 33-way jump-off saw 14 double clears, with the fastest going to Kate Pannell and Valhalla Rising, completing the jump-off in 31.05 seconds. Second place went to Eliza Abrahams and Vivarchi RM in 31.42 seconds, while the winners of the previous class, Kaya Zielinski and Lady Of Diamonds topped off a good day for them by finishing third in 31.85 seconds. There is a third round of this Series scheduled for tomorrow, before a final on Sunday.
Today’s action wrapped up with the second round of the JPR Equestrian Opal Series. Like the Peal Series, there is a third round scheduled for tomorrow, with a final on Sunday. Today’s class was won by Zara Adnams and Dingmac Disco King, which followed on from their win in the first round. In this single round class, they finished the course clear in 49.47 seconds. Another Zara, Zara Young along with gelding Aveden Indigo were second in 50.46 seconds. Completing the podium, in third place were Olivia Curtain and the mare Xcella, stopping the clock at 50.75 seconds. Adnams is yet to take a rail in this series and we will be interested to see if her fantastic riding continues through the rest of the series. It was a very interesting day of jumping and all is now in readiness for the first of our finals starting on Saturday.
Congratulations goes to all the winners and placegetters listed below:
FLEMINGS NURSERIES ARENA 2
CLASS 17: RACING HEARTS – AUSTRALIAN YOUNG RIDER CHAMPIONSHIP (ROUND 2) – 1.30-1.40m
|1st||Clemency Hughes||Diamond B Corvina|
|2nd||Tilley Fair||Oaks Constantino|
|3rd||Alexandra Gostelow||Tulara Cristo|
|4th||Ginger Jilly||Diamond B Vancouver|
|5th||Kendall Richards||Bonita Aurelia|
|6th||Conor Reed||Alpha Activity|
|7th||Chase Naylor||Misty Blue Ego Z|
|8th||Anneliese Wansey||Kolora Stud St Patrick|
|=10th||Emily Baldwin||Twins Ava|
CLASS 17.1: AUSTRALIAN YOUNG RIDER TEAMS EVENT (FINAL) – 1.30-1.40m
Misty Blue Ego Z
|3rd||NSW||Bella Du Plessis
|Monte Carlo MVNZ
Diamond B Corvina
CLASS 18: PRYDE’S EASIFEED – AUSTRALIAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (ROUND 2) – 1.50-1.60m
|1st||Tom McDermott||Cachassini II|
|2nd||Sam Overton||Oaks Cassanova|
|3rd||Izabella Stone||Tulara Stolzette|
|4th||Mattea Davidson||Checkamour D|
|5th||Amber Fuller||CP Aretino|
|7th||Frida Lindgren||Big Dream Z|
|8th||Ally Lamb||Eagle Rock|
|9th||Gemma Creighton||Dada Des Brimbelles Z|
|10th||Tom McDermott||Cooley Gangster|
CLASS 18.1: AUSTRALIAN YOUNG SENIOR TEAMS EVENT (FINAL) – 1.50-1.60m
Jane Fonds DVD
Nopal Van Tallaert
Elegance De La Charmille
Diamond B Vivienne
Denison Park Spartava
CLASS 19: HORSELAND – AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (ROUND 2) – 1.25-1.30m
|1st||Cody Tincknell||James Continue|
|2nd||Claire Zylstra||Harvey B|
|4th||Isabella Lloyd||Phantom Vortex|
|5th||Ella Silk||Redgum Conan|
|6th||Molly Lawrence||Carabel P|
|7th||Ella Hayward||Edena DP|
|8th||Olivia Hewitt-Toms||Celerity Park LM Star|
|9th||Tilley Fair||Bella Bonita|
|10th||Gemma Silk||Oscar Boscaiola|
|11th||Chloe Versteegen||Tinkas Bay|
|12th||Olivia Hewitt-Toms||Lushious Lexie|
CLASS 19.1: AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR TEAMS EVENT (FINAL) – 1.25-1.30m
|Celerity Park LM Star
Chironic Dominant Visage
Barabadeen Sir Lancelot
Southern Stars Ferrari
TULARA WARMBLOODS ARENA 2
CLASS 20: ICEPAK – AMATEUR SERIES (ROUND 2) – 1.20m
|2nd||Louise Abey||Sail On By|
|4th||Kelly Lees||Ohio Silver|
|5th||Hannah Hardy||Great Gatsby|
|6th||Taliah Daniels||Lamperds Stella|
|7th||Gaby Herbosa||Kaloona Virago|
|8th||Giorga Gall||Along Came Polly|
CLASS 21: RUBY SERIES (ROUND 2) – MINIMUM 1.25m
|1st||Courtney Scott||Quinzella Z|
|2nd||Sally Simmonds||Chio MS|
|4th||Conor Reed||ES Casello|
|5th||Charlie Eason||Oaks Coolangatta|
|6th||Emma Smith||Oaks Abracadabra|
|7th||Rebecca Jenkins||Festa D|
|8th||George Johnson||Wallaroo Carina|
|9th||Tess McInerney||Yalambis Fair Diamond|
|10th||James Paterson-Robinson||Bolong Park Cervarchi|
CLASS 22: ORANGEVILLE PERFORMANCE HORSES – OPEN – 1.10m
|2nd||Danni Hampton||Wynara Bronze Medal|
|3rd||Sarah Weiss||Twins Delux|
|4th||Ebony Beecroft||Finch Farm Tarantino|
|5th||Grace Overton||Vertical Valley Bella Boop|
|8th||Kristy Haworth||Busy Bee|
CLASS 23: RACING VICTORIA – OFF THE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP (ROUND 1) – 1.10m
|2nd||Louise Abey||Sail On By|
|3rd||Alice Lawrence||Mucho Mucho Deniro|
|4th||Alice Lawrence||Mr Ali|
|5th||Katie Clark||Katelle Grand|
|7th||Charley Beecraft||Wonder Flash|
CLASS 24: CHASE EQUESTRIAN – IVORY SERIES (ROUND 1) – 0.80m
|1st||Kaya Zielinski||Lady Of Diamonds|
|3rd||Sunday Borrack||Tane Mahuta|
|5th||Kirra Nicholls||Calveston Mighty Joe|
|6th||Ella Alexander||Tarcoola Leo|
|7th||Jemima McCormack||Copabella Charm|
|8th||Lisbeth Height||Sommerwaters Petite|
CLASS 25: YANDOO EQUESTRIAN SERVICES – PEARL SERIES (ROUND 2) – 0.90m
|1st||Kate Pannell||Valhalla Rising|
|2nd||Eliza Abrahams||Vivarchi RM|
|3rd||Kaya Zielinski||Lady Of Diamonds|
|4th||Lorna Clifford||Ngahiwi Possum|
|6th||Harrison Wessel||Keltern Flash|
|7th||Charli Hill||Isle Of Jarroe Valley|
|8th||Liz Hoy||Quintana KWL|
CLASS 26: JPR EQUESTRIAN – OPAL SERIES (ROUND 2) – 1.00m
|1st||Zara Adnams||Dingmac Disco King|
|2nd||Zara Young||Aveden Indigo|
|4th||Eliza Abrahams||Vivarchi RM|
|5th||Olivia Curtain||Indi’s Mr Zorba Jones|
|=6th||Rodney Mitchell||Cera Cascaletto|
|=6th||Tayla Anderson||Rimondi D|
|8th||Rebecca Wright||Sparkling Midnight|
Results sourced from online.equip.com