Mon­ica hits jack­pot in the na­tional quar­ter­horse event

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID MIMS

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.

PHOTO: Cour­tesy Mon­ica Moravek

CHAM­PION COLT: Mon­ica Moravek and her horse Jack­pot with the spoils of vic­tory from the South Aus­tralian West­ern Spec­tac­u­lar event near Ade­laide re­cently.

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