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News from Vicki

19 April 2010

Been no rest for the wicked after Sydney Show.  We barely had time to catch our collective breaths before the Showcase of Showjumping Show at the Sydney Polo Club.  This show came from the agile mind of Jamie Winning's mum Kerrie, who is just an amazing lady doing a huge amount of 'behind the scenes' stuff for our sport nowadays.  It was originally slotted into a much needed date prior to Sydney Royal, but even Kerrie's enormous energy and enthusiasm couldn't quite make it happen at that time, and she settled on the weekend directly after Sydney Royal, which was probably pretty good for some of the interstaters who stayed, but was maybe a bit tough on some of the horses to do Sydney, this one, then Copabella the following weekend.

But it was a fabulous first show in an absolutely stunning setting, and if Kerrie and her small committee decide to keep going with it, I am sure it will develop into a very well supported show, both competitor and spectator wise.  Amanda Madigan won the main class and Championship on Michelle Barrera's Alondra, while David Dobson won the first Section 1 class on Pico Bello.  Jamie Grant, fresh from a great Royal won the Section 2 Ch'ship on The Player, while Hilary Scott and Oaks Miss Scarlett and David Cooper on Margaret River won the Section 3 classes.  Tom McDermott won the Young Rider Ch'ship on Rolex, and Natalie McNeil the Junior Ch'ship on her imported mare Vassandra.  Willy again was my star, with a 5th in the Section 3.  As Sophie is now grounded because of Year 12 studies I took Levi in Section 3, and after a lovely clear in the first class, threw a back shoe just prior to the second class, standing on a toe clip, which resulted in an abcess later that week,so didn't start on 2nd day at Copabella.  Jane also not 100%, with her having a form of sweet itch on her neck, which was very painful for her.  Unfortunately the best treatment for that is a product called Prednoderm, but it is swabbable, so we were unable to use that, so I just had to try and not do crest releases when jumping!  Cougar also not jumping as well as prior to Sydney, so he will probably get a break now.  Ben on Ryles rode great, just the odd rail here and there when Ryles wasn't quite switched on.

Copabella this last weekend demonstrates what can happen when a show becomes established at a venue, and on the calender.  Andrew and Ally Lamb made the trip up from Victoria  worthwhile with several good placings, and the Grand Prix also went south when Jamie Kermond jumped 2 super rounds on the stallion Valhalla 3.  An unlucky pole in the first round saw him breathing down David Robertson's neck, who had accomplished the only first round clear on his long time th'bred partner, Sharpe Seal.  Jamie then jumped a silky smooth second round clear and fast to apply pressure to Robbo, who was going fine til the last, the Copabella liverpool oxer, and just added one too many strides to have it down, and slip down the placings.  Tommy McDermott and Rolex beat my little Willy in the Mini Prix, with Willy excelling himself again, and turning himself B Grade with a win the previous day in the Shooting Stars class, when he was the (only) clear and fast in the 4 horse jump off.  Jamie Winning was 2nd on Congo, Coco Miles 3rd on Candle, and Johnny Cooper 4th on Masquerade.  Aaron Hadlow won the first Amateur Qualifier, and Les Symons the Final, and I think Tommy McD won all the Juniors and Young Riders!  Ben again good with Ryles, but is benefitting from the practice over John Vallances' technical tracks, where one can't lose concentration at any stage!  We were all so proud of Sara Ryan, who jumped a great round on Chucky, aka Pacific Wave, at her first serious Junior competition. Sara had several generations of family there to support and cheer her on!

Willy Wesom at Copabella

Willy Welsom being a star at Copabella

But the best news this week was Chris Chugg's great result at the World Cup Final, where he ended up 7th overall on his super stallion Vivant.  At last the best ever Australian result has been bettered, which was when Apache and I were 11th in the 1987 Final in Paris.  Even better in that Chuggie had effectively done all his preparation in Australia, including religously attending the George Morris Clinics here in January with several horses including Vivant.  And as I said in my speech after winning the Shooting Stars class at Copabella, it is shows like Copabella, and the Sydney Polo Club, National Ch'ships in Canberra, and the many other high class predominantly jumping  shows that are starting to happen more in Australia that is making it possible for riders to prepare better for a competitive assault on Europe.  Well done Team Chugg, not forgetting his very effective manager, Helen!

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