The highs and lows of showjump­ing

Chinchilla News - - CHINCHILLA SHOW -

ON A JUMPS course built by for­mer showjump­ing Olympian him­self Guy Creighton, a le­gion of showjump­ing riders and their horses con­verged for the Chin­chilla Show on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Riders took to the course in U13, U18 and Open classes across 14 dif­fer­ent heats and vied for in­cred­i­bly hard-fought prize­money.

Chin­chilla Show showjump­ing stew­ard Mar­garet Whip said while nom­i­na­tions were slightly down from the year be­fore, it was still a thor­oughly im­pres­sive event that brought out more than a cou­ple of showjump­ing cham­pi­ons.

“I thought the ground was lovely. It was the first time we’ve had such green ground cover,” Ms Whip said.

“It was a re­ally good course by Guy Creighton and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the spon­sors who sup­ported us.”

By the fi­nal heat of the main event of the com­pe­ti­tion, the Grand Prix, the num­ber of semi-pro­fes­sional riders had been elim­i­nated down to just four, in­clud­ing five-times Aus­tralian Eques­trian Coach of the Year, David Finch.

With his grey stal­lion, Charle­magne Ego Z, David Finch won the Grand Prix and bested fel­low Finch Farm team-mate Matt Kid­ston, with Goondi­windi’s Alana Wil­son com­ing in third.

The showjump­ing com­pe­ti­tion did re­ceive a blow to the day’s pro­ceed­ings with an ac­ci­dent just be­fore the Grand Prix event, with ac­com­plished rider and reg­u­lar Chin­chilla Show com­peti­tor Gemma Creighton – the daugh­ter of Guy Creighton – sus­tain­ing a bro­ken col­lar-bone dur­ing her event.

“Her head con­nected with the horse’s head dur­ing the jump,” showjump­ing vol­un­teer Rosie Zerbst said.

“Her head hit his and she lost con­scious­ness and fell to ground.

“She had horses she took through the six-bar the night be­fore so was go­ing to go into the Grand Prix.

“She comes ev­ery year and nor­mally wins a fair bit of money.”

For­tu­nately, af­ter a six-hour hospi­tal stay, Gemma was re­leased from hospi­tal, showjump­ing stew­ard Mar­garet Whip was pleased to re­port.

It was a re­ally good course by Guy Creighton. — Showjump­ing stew­ard Mar­garet Whip

PHOTO: ALANA CALVERT

LOFTY HEIGHTS: Matt Kid­ston clears a jump in the 1.15m heat at Chin­chilla Show on Satur­day.

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