The stage is set for the inaugural AJTL competition at Willinga Park
After two months of great anticipation, the wait is almost over. Tomorrow will see the Australian Jumping Teams League (AJTL) spring into life with the first of four events to be held at Willinga Park, a magnificent purpose built equine property located at Bawley Point on the NSW South Coast.
Today, the teams assembled at Willinga Park with a few preliminary activities on the agenda. Firstly, there was a publicity photo shoot. This was held in conjunction with Showmakers Equestrian, the television production company bringing the competition to television screens around the country, doing some behind the scenes filming. The television series, titled “All Clear” will be an eight part program which will cover all four events in the AJTL series.
With only three riders from each team of four being eligible to ride at each event, Team Managers were required to nominate their riders for the Willinga Park event today. Each team of three, including the required under 25-year-old rider, is listed below.
Team Chatham Park: Amelia Douglass (U25), Amber Fuller, and Tom McDermott.
Team Emcee Apparel: Amanda Madigan, Jessie Rice-Ward (U25) and Jess Tripp (U25).
Team Equine International Airfreight: James Arkins, Chris Chugg and Elliott Reeves (U25).
Team Horsepower: Jess Brown, Erin Buswell (U25) and Bridget Berry.
Team Kiernan Haulage: Brooke Campbell, Jasmine Dennison (U25) and Russell Johnstone.
Team Martin Collins Australia: Brook Dobbin, Jamie Priestley (U25) and Rhys Stones.
Team Oaks Sport Horses: Stephen Dingwall, Aaron Hadlow, and Izabella Stone (U25).
Team Takapoto Estate Showjumping: Clint Beresford, Olivia Hamood and Will Dight (U25).
Team Willinga Park: Brooke Langbecker (U25), Katie Laurie and Billy Raymont.
Team Yandoo: Melissa Blair, Jamie Kermond and Briar Burnett-Grant (U25).
This evening a draw was held to determine the order in which the teams would ride in tomorrow’s event. With teams definitely showing their preference for start positions, it was a electric evening with much team spirit and rivalry on display,
The team order for the AJTL Round One will be as follows:
|1st||Team Willinga Park|
|2nd||Team Oaks Sport Horses|
|3rd||Team Emcee Apparel|
|4th||Team Equine International Airfreight|
|5th||Team Takapoto Estate Showjumping|
|6th||Team Kiernan Haulage|
|7th||Team Martin Collins Australia|
|10th||Team Chatham Park|
With $100,000 prize money, as well as valuable points in the overall AJTL competition on offer, the competion is sure to be hot right from the start. The pressure will be on all riders, as every rail will count towards their teams’ performance and overall standing in the race for Series prize money of $500,000.
The action is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm tomorrow. If you live close enough to get to Willinga Park, tickets can be purchased HERE. We extend our best wishes to all competitors and teams for tomorrow’s competition!