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10 May 2010

Great weekend at SIEC, despite the fact that it is the most unfriendly place for day tripping competitors!  One more parking area is certainly now required nearer the top arenas for these sorts of shows.  One more has been added in the last 18 months at the top of the main arena, but was unable to be used on Saturday due to Cross Country requirements.  We were able to park at the back of the stables on that day, still an horrendous walk, but not as bad as for those who had to go way down to the North Parking, which is just outrageous for those who are already paying premium entries to be there.  There is so much space there, surely it can be done, and it seems there is a very capable administration there now.  Mark Fulcher (? the SIEC Manager?) was great at trying to make things happen, and was even on the gate at whatever unGodly hour of the morning we arrived on Sunday for the 8 a.m. start to classes.

Weather fabulous, competitions great, John Vallance, Brad Longhurst and Mark Atkins did terrific jobs on courses, footing was as good as it can get, the heavy sand still being a problem, but it was watered and rolled a lot.  Our guys jumped well, Willy keeping up his good form by winning the 1.20 on Sunday, and 3rd in the indoor 1.30 to Andrew on Regal Status and George Johnson on Wondaree Sprite.  Nikki des Hayettes was double clear in 5 year old class to be 2nd, and ben piloted a very green Pamelet around for just the last fence down.  He also had good classes on Ryles and Ash, Ash just being out of the placings.  New student James Arkins convincingly won both Juniors on Dreamtime Invader, pipping Tom McDermott both times on Eclipse, no mean effort.  Great to see Steph McKillop step up her super pony Alcheringa Tradition, just 14.2 hands, into their first 1.20 class to jump double clear and run 5th.

Levi at SIEC

Photo of Levi (aka King's Style), taken at SIEC by Kerri Parker, who is now standing Levi's sire King Tristram

Jamie Kermond rode super to claim the World Cup on the mare Colthaga, imported by Chris and Helen Chugg, with the only double clear round, from Wendy Schaeffer on Sunset, 4 and a speedy 0, then Billy Raymont on Kiwi horse Nicalette.  Good spectator friendly class that saw a popular result.

Europe tomorrow, so Benny will be holding the fort here til I'm back on the 27th May... 

 

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