The Shipwreck Coast Showjumping Championships is a wonderful event run by the Warrnambool Racing Club. The event is held annually and is run in conjuction with the Koroit Cup meeting on Sunday. The showjumping is held on the public lawn which is 100-plus year old Kikuyu, making it a brilliant surface to jump on. Course Designer Doug Bruce did a good job to build friendly inviting courses throughout the weekend which got horses jumping very confidently.
The organizers of the show plan the A & B Grade Championship to take place while the racing program is underway. This results in about 3-4 horses jumping in between each race. It is a good way of getting more numbers at the event to support the showjumping as it is a great source of entertainment in between races.
Most years the Restricted D grade class is run on Friday afternoon following freshman’s rounds; however this year due to the extreme weather on Friday the organisers chose to start a little earlier and hold this class Saturday morning. Local rider Jock Goold took out 1st and 2nd place in this event with his two Junior horses Blue Diamond King and Connie.
The next event on the program was the D grade which was won by former Local rider Jess Barton riding her 4yo gelding my Conquistador, Celso. Second place went to Russell Johnstone with his Isle of Africa and third place went to Rachael Gane with M.P. Amaya.
Greg Smith took out the 1.20m AM5 riding his chestnut TB Higgs Can Fly, with 2nd place once again going to Russell Johnstone with Carlo (x TEP Cloverflush). Jess Barton finished in 3rd place on Lamaz. The 1.30m AM5 was won by Jess Barton riding Lamaz (x Landcapitol) followed by Russell Johnstone with his talented gelding by Collins, Borealis Centurion. Tim Clarke was 3rd with his dual 2012 World Cup Qualifier winner Caltango (x Contango II).
The final event on Saturday’s program was the 21yrs and under Championship which was one by talented local rider Kristy Haworth riding former Jumping with the Stars 6yo champion Jingella Delta (x Jubilee Bay). Melissa Julius and Another Sportsman were 2nd followed by cousin Rachael McGrath with Stavoosky.
Sunday morning started with the D grade Championship which was won by Jess Barton riding Carisma (x Conquistador) followed in 2nd place by Kristy Haworth with the lovely Wondaree Rupert (by a son of AEA Inspiration). Tim Clarke placed 3rd with Oaks Kosmo, who is also sired by Conquistador. The C & D Grade Championship was taken out by Melissa Julius with her athletic grey gelding Another Sportsman with Sam Richardson and her delightful little coloured gelding Play with Paint in 2nd. Jess Barton was third with Volador (x Vivant).
Russell Johnstone cracked a win in the A & B Grade after a weekend full of second placings! Russ won the class riding his lovely Chestnut gelding Carlo (also a former Jumping with the Stars winner) and was also second with Borealis Centurion. Jess Barton took 3rd and 4th place with Lamaz and Alondra respectively and Tim Clarke was 5th with the feisty little machine Caltango.
The final class for the weekend was a novelty class, the Rescue Relay. Melissa Julius and Rachael Gane teamed up to win the class. In second place were sisters Maureen and Rachel McGrath followed by Jock Goold and Russell Johnstone in 3rd. Rachael Gane capped off a successful weekend with her Simple Dreams also being crowned Most Successful Thoroughbred of the Championships.
Our Team Results in Summary:
Had a very pleasing weekend at Shipwreck Coast Showjumping Championships.
4th Maiden D Grade – Celso
1st D Grade AM5 – Celso
4th D Grade AM5 – Volador
5th D Grade AM5 – Carisma
3rd 1.20m AM5 – Lamaz
1st 1.30m AM5 – Lamaz
4th 1.30m AM5 – Alondra
1st D Grade Championship – Carisma
3rd C & D Grade Championship – Volador
3rd A & B Grade Championship – Lamaz
4th A & B Grade Championship – Alondra
Thanks to the show organisers and sponsors who made the show possible and thank you to my sponsors Kentaur and Bombers Australia for their continued support. Must not forget Mum, Dad, Sarah and Steve for getting me into the competition arena around 25 times over the 2 days.