Jumping for joy
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.