Jump­ing for joy

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The Goul­burn Val­ley Show Jump­ing Club held the annual Pry­des Tatura In­door Clas­sic at Tatura Park re­cently. The event at­tracts rid­ers from across the coun­try with the added unique ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pet­ing in­doors. Heights ranged from 60 cm up to 1.30 mover a huge three days of jump­ing. Lo­cal ju­nior rider Tori Glass is pic­tured giv­ing BP Con­verte a pat after plac­ing third in the ju­nior cham­pi­onships.

The Goul­burn Val­ley Show Jump­ing Club ran its annual Pry­des Tatura In­door Clas­sic fea­tur­ing the Vic­to­rian Coun­try Cham­pi­onship at Tatura Park re­cently.

GV Show Jump­ing Club com­mit­tee mem­ber Bron­wyn Shortt said the weather was great for three days of jump­ing where heights ranged from 60 cm up to 1.30 m and over.

‘‘This show has be­come one that the com­peti­tors from all over the coun­try mark on their cal­en­dars due to its great fa­cil­i­ties, jump­ing sur­face and a com­mit­tee that goes above and be­yond to make sure every­one’s needs are cared for,’’ Ms Shortt said.

Eques­trian Aus­tralia FEI World Cup course builder David Shep­pard pro­duced flow­ing cour­ses for com­peti­tors with mo­ments where horse and rider were pushed, which made for some great jump­ing.

‘‘Pry­des Tatura In­door Clas­sic is cur­rently the only in­door show jump­ing show in Vic­to­ria, with the horses not get­ting a great deal of in­door ex­po­sure, horses and rid­ers take time to set­tle and stay fo­cused,’’ Ms Shortt said.

Spec­ta­tors had the plea­sure of watch­ing rid­ers from all over the coun­try in­clud­ing South Aus­tralia, NSW and Vic­to­ria who com­peted to take home a piece of the $10 000 prize pool.

‘‘Our lo­cal rid­ers were not go­ing to be out­shone by the in­ter­staters, with lo­cal rid­ers Ste­wart and In­grid Abra­hams, An­thony March, Scott Bar­clay and Tori Glass — just to men­tion a few— tak­ing their share of the plac­ings through­out the week­end,’’ Ms Shortt said.

Spec­ta­tors filled the stands for the Satur­day night fea­ture class un­der lights with about 25 rid­ers fight­ing out to be crowned the Vic­to­rian Coun­try Cham­pion.

Steven Hill rid­ing Yal­lam­bis Bellini Star was crowned the cham­pion who was fol­lowed closely be­hind Brook Dob­bin rid­ing Co Pilot by a few sec­onds, then Rus­sell John­stone rid­ing Daprice, James Har­vey rid­ing Ty­rone VDL, Scott Bar­clay rid­ing Kil­lara Park Sen­tano and Clint Beres­ford rid­ing Em­mav­ille Jit­ter­bug.

Cham­pion: Steven Hill, rid­ing Yal­lam­bis Belli­nis Star, was crowned Vic­to­rian Coun­try Cham­pion. He is pic­tured with Katie Clas­son from Pry­des— this year’s ma­jor spon­sor. Trevor O’Dea and Leonie Tan­ish made and do­nated the beau­ti­ful woollen rug and Tina Wells made the gar­land.

Rapt: Ally Melville was pre­sented a woollen rug, do­nated by Desert Sands, for best pre­sented horse rider.

Man of the mo­ment: Damian Churchill had a fab­u­lous show win­ning four of his classes. He is pic­tured with Gary Karin from Eques­trian Sports In­sur­ance who spon­sored the 1.20 m class.

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