State Jumping Equitation Puts Its Best Hoof Forward at Kootingal
Posted: Wed, 26th May 2021
The 2021 Pony Club NSW State Jumping Equitation Championships were held at Kootingal on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of May, was hosted by Zone 5.
As this event has not been held since 2018, it was a well-awaited return with 70 riders competing in three rounds held over two days.
The riders were in for a treat, with Kootingal Pony Club providing a brand new set of jumps after being successful in acquiring a grant from their Local Member of Parliament! The quality of this jumping equipment was the perfect addition to welcome back the State Jumping Equitation Titles.
This year, the event offered two categories, the Championship and Novice Grades. This allowed for riders who wished to experience the atmosphere of a State Event, whilst competing at smaller heights. This Novice Grade was a great success, with many positive comments on these additional classes being heard.
There were incredible results within the Championship classes. Camille Roberts was named the Champion of the Associate class on her horse Hijinx. This is an excellent result considering Camille also won both the Associate State One Day Event and Combined Training Championships at Harden on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of May. Therefore, this duo has a fast-growing rug collection by winning three of our 2021 State events!
What a perfect way to end her final year at Pony Club! Serina Ridge and Lion Justice from Zone 26 was named the Associate Reserve Champion.
The 15 to Under 17 Championship was one of the largest classes throughout the competition. It was won by Forest Hills’ rider, Amelia Dart on General Fluke. The Reserve Champion was Amy Matthews and Belcam Cooperino from Coffs Harbour. Reese Spencer-Ruddy and HH Deluxe representing the host club, Kootingal, were named the 13 to Under 15 Champions. This was followed closely behind by Gravesend rider, Philippa Schoupp on MJK Quicksilver.
In the 11 to under 15 championship, Host zone rider Robin Henry and his horse Radnore Sunrise represented Quirindi to take the title. Zone 2 rider, Emma Clifton riding Dusty Star won the Reserve Champion position. The Under 11 Championship grade was won by Rhani Spencer-Ruddy and Rogue Haven By Moonlight. Meaning that the Spencer-Ruddy household had two champion winners! Their family and friends should be exceptionally proud of this result. Gunnedah rider Jessica Swain and Karanga Dallas, also from Zone 5, took out the Reserve Champion position. An incredible result for the host zone!
Some great competition and sportsmanship were witnessed amongst the Novice competitors. Rachel Temm continued her State Equitation winning streak by gaining the Highest Pointscore Under 27 years 75cm class, this time riding her horse Asham Shogun. The Under 27 years 65cm Class was won by Mangrove Mountain rider Ella Gillies and Mallyon Hills Sisley. The Under 17 Novice classes had 3 height options. Zone 5 rider Hayden Ponto, riding Boree Hitop had the highest point score for the 75cm class. In the 65cm class, Lauren Grocott and Oaks Smart Peppe from Zone 9 were the winning combination. Finally, the Highest Pointscore winner of the 45cm class was Zone 13 rider Ethan Wooldridge and his horse Cool.
The Champion Zone was the host zone, Zone 5. This was an excellent way for the Zone to finish the Championships!
Great job to everyone for braving the cold weather to jump some incredibly designed courses by John Vallance. Thanks again to Zone 5 for running the event and our generous sponsors WINTEC and RANVET for the prizes. It is now time to start preparing for the State Showjumping Titles in Bowral on the 3rd and 4th of July.
Full results for the championships can be found on the Pony Club NSW website. For more information, visit the Pony Club NSW Facebook page or website on www.pcansw.org.au