Showcase of Showjumping 2012
Sunshine, marquees and pristine, manicured polo fields set the scene for the 2012 Showcase of Showjumping. The concept behind the show, run by the Winning family, is to provide a showjumping show in a format that is attractive to spectators and competitors alike.
For this particular event the show organisers approached and drew upon support from sponsors with in the sport. The future plan for the event is however to grow the show/s to a level whereby we as riders will no longer be approached to support the show financially and that the funding will come from backers, private and corporate alike, from outside the equestrian community. The aim was to conceive a format which portrayed showjumping as an attractive, spectator sport, which I believe was achieved. The Winning’s did a brilliant job in running the show and the Higgins family must also be commended for allowing the show to be run at their magnificent facility.
An Impressive marquee was used to separate the “white” and “black” arenas, which made for an ideal vantage point for both arenas. Day one saw the young horse, young rider and junior classes run in the white ring while the bronze, silver and gold classes were held in the black ring. The show was incredibly well run and organized with all classes running to time making it easy for spectators to follow and maintain interest.
The format was as follows: horses in the bronze, silver and gold divisions were required to compete the first day to earn their places in the finals, which were to be held in the white ring on Sunday. Saturdays jumping was a fantastic display through out the divisions, the speed classes made for good entertainment with all riders having to have a cut in order to end up in the money. The bronze division was taken out by Chris Chugg riding his fantastic homered mare Verona, this mare has been extremely consistent over the last few shows which really showed this weekend. Jamie Kermond and the lovely black gelding Tulara Balouch were 2nd in this class followed by Andrew Barnett (Yalambi Ultima V) and Vicki Roycroft (Noblewood Park Casino Royal).
The silver qualifier was taken out by James Arkins riding the talented and very clever Dreamtime invader; this is a horse that is a real competitor and trier who is rarely out of the placings. Amanda Madigan and Oaks Altes were 2nd in front of Kate McVean (Dustun Zimerena), George Johnson (Wondaree Sprite) and David Dobson (Oaks Zena).
The gold division saw 15 horses start, all of which were taken through to the final on Sunday. This division was won by Jamie Kermond riding Yandoo Laughton’s legacy. Jamie has recently acquired the ride on this horse from girl-friend Jamie Winning and they are starting to form a formidable partnership after a convincing win Saturday was followed by more success on Sunday.
The young horse classes were run in an AM5 format and were held on Saturday. The 5yo class was won by Monique Barrett with CP Fleur De Lyse. The 6yo division was taken out by Daniel Engbers riding Millpark Tuesday (x Pico Bello) in front of Nick Sheehan and one of my personal favourites “Cortez”, a delightful big gelding by Conquistador. The 7yo class was taken out by Brooke Campbell riding the gorgeous looking and aptly names Yandoo Lady Gold (x Warlord), this horse has been in the winners circle on numerous occasions, particularly in the young horse classes which are becoming more and more popular around the country. They seem to give young horses an opportunity to shine at an appropriate level which can only be a positive thing for the sport.
The Junior and Young Rider qualifiers were won by Nicole Bruggerman (Master Darnley) and Monique Barrett (Hollywood Attraction) respectively. The amateur qualifier was won by Jade Middleton and Evenescence with Angela Dobbin taking 2nd and 3rd respectively on GP Shine and GP Premier Dollars. Rebecca Tucker and Oaks India finished in 4th.
Bronze, Silver and Gold finals were run in the white ring on Sunday. A new arena, new fences and testing tracks made for great competition amongst divisions. First out were the Bronze finalists and Chris Chugg won the class making it a convincing double with the talented Diamond B Verona.
The Silver Final Course Builder John Vallance built a very scopey, technical track that could have quite easily been mistaken for the Gold Final. Seven of the 25 starters jumped clear into the first round to go through to the jump off. It was a fast jump off, which was eventually won by Katie McVean riding her European breed mare Dustan Zimerena. Sharon Slater ran 2nd rider her beautiful CP Ulixes while show visionary, Jamie Winning was placed 3rd riding argueably the cutest looking horse on the show gounds and another favourite, Yandoo Zenzel HBC. George Johnson was 4th on 4 faults riding the wonderful little mare Wondaree Sprite, followed by David Dobson in 5th on 8 faults riding the very consistent Oaks Zena.
And so, we came to the main class for the weekend, the Gold Grand Prix. This was set over a testing track. It was a strong field made up of a predominantly experienced group of horses. Interestingly enough, however, arguably the two most inexperienced horses shone through to take the goods. Seven horses from a field of 15 jumped clear in the first round which ensured for an exciting jump off. Vicki Roycroft and her very scopey Kartoon De Breve jumped two fantastic rounds in the final. These were perhaps the best two rounds I have seen this horse jump, he looked really confident in his jump and looked to idol around this tall, scopey track. Vicki finished on a time 61.17. David Dobson and Akon jumped a super double clear in this class to finish in a time of 57.98. Jamie Kermond and Yandoo Laughton’s Legacy were the final combination out in the jump off and finished in a time of 57.17 to take the class!
Final Results from the Gold Final:
1st Jamie Kermond – Yandoo Laughtons Legacy
2nd David Dobson – Akon
3rd Vicki Roycroft – Kartoon De Breve
4th Jamie Grant – Cool K
5th Sheridan Manual – Renmarno
The Junior and Young Rider finals were hotly contested. Natalie McNeill took out the Young Rider Final with Glen Ida Vasandra. Monique Barrett was placed 2nd in the class, with Alice Cooney 3rd riding Belcam Alida. The Junior Final was won by Samantha Tripp with Flowervale Diamond. In 2nd place was Maddy Smouha-Ho riding the lovely thoroughbred gelding Hedge. Jessica Know finished 3rd riding Night Wish.
The final class for the weekend, the Amateur of the Year Series, was taken out by the only double clear of the class, Angela Dobbin riding her extremely good looking homebred gelding, GP Premier Dollars. Angela also finished in 4th on GP Shine to finish off a very good weekend for the Dobbin Family, despite Brook not having the greatest of rounds in the Gold Final. Amanda Leyshan and Emmaville Spice were 2nd in the final followed by Martin Gostelow and Classico 46 in 3rd.