Age no barrier in jumps
Older horses continue to impress on showjumping circuit
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.”
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.
Stephen Bowling guides 18-year-old Remington through the course.
JUMP START: Bobbi Joyce and mount clear a jump on the 1.1m course at the Eidsvold Show.