Monica hits jackpot in the national quarterhorse event
TOLMIE r esi dent Monica Moravek and her two year old colt Subtle Tribute scored a rare double on the Australia Day weekend.
Competing at Mallala, 40 minutes west of Adelaide in the South Australia Western Spectacular, Moravek and her horse scooped the pool in two classes.
Like many show and racing horses, Moravek’s horse has two names.
His f ormal name f or shows and events i s Subtle Tribute, bu t h i s ‘ p e t ’ n a me when a t home i n t he paddock or stable i s Jackpot, so named when t he colt was fi r st sighted at birth with i t s distinctive markings.
At the three day event, the pair was entered into the Halter class and was awarded Grand Champion quarterhorse stallion colt.
In simple t erms, t his event involves the horse and rider parading in front of judges, where they assess the balance and lines of the horse when standing and walking, along with the control and disposition of the horse, observed from front and side on.
As a two year colt, Moravek said he showed great composure, while remaining relaxed but attentive when in the ring, a fantastic quality for a young colt.
They were also awarded the prestigious Supreme Exhibit-Paint thanks to his very unusual and distinctive markings.
Moravek and Jackpot competed against five other entrants in the class, including an imported stallion.
Like all good equestrian event combinations, both horse and rider must always combine as one entity, demonstrating a unique, close bond of human and animal, with a heightened sense of confidence and understanding of each other at all times.
Such a bond was clearly in evidence to the judges at the Western Spectacular.
This was the first event of the show season, with two more coming up in Victoria at Tatura and Werribee in February, then two in New South Wales at Tamworth and Sydney in March to May.
Apart from the kudos of such a prestigious victory, the result enhances the colt’s future breeding prospects as a stallion.
Moravek’s short term plans are to compete in the four upcoming events in the Halter class, and longer term to graduate to more ridden events before he begins to stand at stud.
Standing at 15.1 hands tall, with the potential to reach 16 hands, it is easy to see that Moravek has certainly hit ‘The Jackpot’, but more importantly, both have an obvious close bond and love of what they do together.
CHAMPION COLT: Monica Moravek and her horse Jackpot with the spoils of victory from the South Australian Western Spectacular event near Adelaide recently.