Madeline Sinderberry and JT Valentina – 2018 Australian Junior Jumping Champion
The first championship decided on Ring 1 today was the Horizon Show Jumps Australian Junior Championship.
After two preliminary rounds earlier in the week, all combinations were ranked, with the top 30 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||JT Valentina||62||63||125||0||0|
|Sophie Hatch||Rosthwaite Belvedere||56||65||121||4||2|
|Maleah Lang-McMahon||KS Capulet Ego Z||61||59||120||5||2|
|Maleah Lang-McMahon||KS Sovereigns Cadel||65||54||119||6||3|
|Lucia Aldridge||Ollie Olae||54||61||115||10||5|
|Jessie Rice-Ward||Dusky Farm Cavalier||50||60||110||15||7|
|Amelia Douglass||Upper Class Z||53||53||106||19||9|
|Clancy Grant||I Reckon||52||51||103||22||11|
|Sophie Hatch||Glenara Mudslide||58||43||101||24||12|
Today’s competition, to determine the championship, was held over two rounds. In the first round, all combinations hit the course in an attempt to improve their rankings as much as possible and to qualify for the final round, where only the top 15 ranked combinations would compete. Most of the top combinations did not incur any penalties in this first round, meaning that the rankings for the championship changed very little.
The following 16 (due to 4 being equal in 13th place) combinations qualified for the final round and came out in reverse order where practical.
|1||Madeline Sinderberry||JT Valentina||0||0||0|
|2||Sophie Hatch||Rosthwaite Belvedere||2||0||2|
|3||Maleah Lang-McMahon||KS Sovereigns Cadel||3||0||3|
|5||Lucie Aldridge||Ollie Olae||5||0||5|
|6||Maleah Lang-McMahon||KS Capulet Ego Z||2||4||6|
|7||Jessie Rice-Ward||Dusky Farm Cavalier||7||0||7|
|11||Cameron Moffatt||HPS Minou||14||0||14|
|12||Madeline Sinderberry||VL Déjà vu||14||0||14|
|13||Victoria Cureton||Double the Bank||16||0||16|
|14||Sophie Hatch||Glenara Mudslide||12||4||16|
|15||Clancy Grant||I Reckon||11||5||16|
|16||Georgia Price||Fairbanks Lulu||16||0||16|
During the first half of this final round, a number of the combinations incurred penalties which pushed them even further behind the leaders.
Sixth last out was NSW rider Jessie Rice-Ward and Dusky Farm Cavalier who took a rail to move to 11 penalties. Next was Lucie Aldridge and Ollie Olae, who went clear to remain on 5 penalties and provisionally into the lead. Clemency Hughes and Nicolette took a rail to move to 8 total penalties, followed by Children’s Champion Maleah Lang-McMahon and KS Sovereigns Cadel, who also took a rail to move to 7 penalties.
With Aldridge and Ollie Olae still in the lead, it came down to the final two combinations with a chance to ride clear and take the title. Sophie Hatch and Rosthwaite Belvedere had a lovely clear round to remain on 2 penalties and take the lead. Now it was all up to the final pair of Madeline Sinderberry and her mare, JT Valentina. If they could complete the course without incurring more than 1 penalty, they would be declared the winners.
If she was feeling the pressure, it certainly did not show. As Sinderberry and JT Valentina advanced around the course, the crowd’s excitement grew. All clear and racing towards the finish, only one rail stood defiantly between them and glory. As they launched themselves over the jump, the crowd held their collective breath. Could they clear the rail and win the title, or would four penalties drop them to second place?
It was not the cleanest of jumps. The top rail was knocked. For a short while it rattled back and forward within the cup. Suddenly, the crowd let out wild cheers, the rail had stayed up and she raced to the finish to claim the Horizon Show Jumps Australian Junior Jumping Championship.
Just back from representing Australia at the World Youth Games in Argentina, Sinderberry, who is in her last year in this age group, and JT Valentina were deserved winners of the title. In five rides over the course of three rounds, they did not incur a single penalty. Special recognition should also go to Sophie Hatch and Rosthwaite Belvedere, who also had a fault free championship and put the pressure on Sinderberry right up until the very last ride of the championship.
Australian Jumping extends its congratulations to all the placegetters in what has been an exhilarating Championship.
The Horizon Show Jumps Australian Junior Championship Final, top twelve placings were:
|1st||Madeline Sinderberry||JT Valentina||0||$750|
|2nd||Sophie Hatch||Rosthwaite Belvedere||2||$600|
|3rd||Lucie Aldridge||Ollie Olae||5||$450|
|4th||Maleah Lang-McMahon||KS Sovereigns Cadel||7||$300|
|7th||Maleah Lang-McMahon||KP Capulet Ego Z||10||$150|
|8th||Jessie Rice-Ward||Dusky Farm Cavalier||11||$120|
|9th||Cameron Moffatt||HPS Minou||14||$60|
|11th||Madeline Sinderberry||VL Déjà vu||18||$60|
|12th||Sophie Hatch||Glenara Mudslide||20||$60|