Age no bar­rier in jumps

Older horses con­tinue to im­press on showjump­ing cir­cuit

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tessa Map­stone Tessa.Map­stone@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

STEPHEN Bowl­ing’s horse Rem­ing­ton is long in the tooth but he is cer­tainly not over the hill and he proved that in the showjump­ing arena on Sun­day.

The re­tired event­ing horse was one of two 18-year-old horses to go around the course at the Eidsvold Show.

“He was given to me by some lo­cal friends Ni­cholas and Joanne Mark­well,” Bowl­ing said.

“They ac­tu­ally owned the horse for three-day event­ing and they gave him to me and I just jumped him the last few years.

“He got re­tired be­cause he was get­ting a bit hot but we’ve got an un­der­stand­ing, we go around and we have fun.”

Rem­ing­ton placed in four rounds of the showjump­ing and Bowl­ing said he was lucky to have been given the bay geld­ing. “He jumped good,” Bowl­ing said. “The grounds were per­fect, nice and soft.”

The pair backed up the Eidsvold per­for­mance with en­tries at Taroom Show on Mon­day but fared poorly in com­par­i­son.

“There was tough com­pe­ti­tion,” Bowl­ing said.

“And he’s an old horse, I think he’s a lit­tle bit tired too and the jockey’s not rid­ing too good, he’s a bit tired too. “We’re not there for the money. “We’ll have a good tune-up to come back for Mun­dub­bera next week­end.”

Win­ning start

For Ash­lee Chris­tensen the shows in the North Bur­nett pro­vide a per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for her to start young horses and get to know horses new to her sta­ble.

The Booyal rider rode 10-year-old geld­ing Just Mickey in the Eidsvold Show less than a week af­ter tak­ing him on.

“I just wanted to have as many out­ings as I could be­fore the coast com­pe­ti­tions,” Chris­tensen said.

“The shows on the coast are pretty com­pet­i­tive and full on so you’ve got to get into the lit­tle shows to get the hang of a horse.

“I was re­ally happy with the day and how he went. “He can re­ally get in the air.” Chris­tensen rode Just Mickey in three classes, fin­ish­ing first in the 1.1m course, sec­ond in the 1.15-1.2m course and third in the top score jump.

Chris­tensen was pleased with the re­sult but re­vealed that af­ter a rest day the pair would be back in train­ing ahead of the Mun­dub­bera show at the week­end.

“I’ll fo­cus on a few things I need to work on with him af­ter the show, mainly just keep­ing him in a nice soft frame,” she said.

“He got a lit­tle bit for­ward and a lit­tle bit strong so I’m go­ing to work on keep­ing him in a nice soft frame be­cause I’m only a lit­tle per­son on quite a big horse.”

Af­ter Mun­dub­bera Chris­tensen will load her truck with horses for a full pro­gram of shows in­clud­ing Gympie, Biggen­den, Fraser Coast, Childers, Bund­aberg, Gin Gin, Rock­hamp­ton and Yep­poon.

Although she trav­els far and wide with her mounts Chris­tensen said Eidsvold Show was the per­fect place for her new horses.

“It was a re­ally nice, laid-back show to start horses at, not over­fly full on, nice and friendly,” she said.

1. Ash­lee Chris­tensen kick­ing up the dirt. 2. Len Rice comes around the 1.1m course. 3. Bobbi Joyce is awarded first place in the 90cm show jump. 4. Ash­lee Chris­tensen comes over the sec­ond gate. 5. Stephen Bowl­ing comes over the sec­ond fence.

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Stephen Bowl­ing guides 18-year-old Rem­ing­ton through the course.

PHO­TOS: TESSA MAP­STONE

JUMP START: Bobbi Joyce and mount clear a jump on the 1.1m course at the Eidsvold Show.

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