queued for the opening day of Equitana at the Melbourne Showgrounds and there was top competition across the disciplines.
World Champs representative Chris Chugg was rock solid aboard his nine-year-old Selle Francais mare KG Queenie, taking out the 48-strong Horseware Australia 1.4m Jumping Prelude.
Eleven combinations came back for the jump-off, with seven of those finishing with clean slates.
Katie Laurie aboard Esteban MVNZ and James Arkins on Eurostar gave it a good nudge, coming home in 43.45 sec and 43.32 sec respectively, but both had the fourth fence down.
Last to go, Tom McDermott and Alpha Activity also gave it their all but fell just short with their 45.49 sec round to settle for runner-up, with Clay Simmonds and Oaks Castanza third in 46.03 sec.