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1 2 3 Sydney’s Weekend Of World Cups The weekend, organised by the proactive Sydney – 8th-9th May 2010 International Eventing committee, sees a jumping world cup qualifier going head to head with an eventing world Jamie Kermond, now based in NSW, won the Jumping cup qualifier creating a full weekend of entertainment for World Cup Qualifier at Sydney’s annual Weekend of World spectators. Cups just two weeks after his win of the 2010 Copabella Classic. The qualifier for the 2011 World Cup Final was Jenny Sheppard held indoors at the Sydney Olympic venue. Kermond rode the grey mare Colthaga, bred by Helen and Chris A Jump in the Park Lugarno Lions Spring Chugg, and jumped the only double clear round to win Festival – 19th September 2010 the prestigious event. A rail down at the vertical fence Held each year on the third Sunday in September, 9 in round one followed by a blistering fast clear second Gannons Park at Peakhurst comes alive with the Lugarno round, saw Atlanta Olympic Eventing gold medallist Lions Club Spring Festival. This event, which commenced Wendy Schaeffer riding Koyuna Sun Set the runner up. as a small Education Week function in 1979, is the Queenslander Billy Raymont was third riding the New second largest festival of its type in southern Sydney Zealand mare Nicalette, 4th went to Grant Hughes from after the Royal Easter Show. Sponsored by Hurstville City Western in Canberra riding Yakity Yak and fifth was Ingrid Council and the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, the Clarke from Mortlake riding PS Monet competing in their event has become a firm date on the local community’s first World Cup Jumping event. calendar of events with a crowd of over 40,000 attending each year. Sydney 2000 Olympic and 2010 Youth Olympic course designer John Vallance designed a straightforward 1.40 The festival promotes community spirit and raises money to 1.45m track with two verticals at 1.50m and the triple for charities such as research into prostate cancer bar 1.80m wide. The course had fifteen jumping efforts and includes a show jumping spectacular supported by including a double and treble combination, the treble at Equestrian NSW and Northside Riding Club. This year the fence number 10 a vertical, oxer, vertical saw penalties Sydney Vaulting Club also came to do a demonstration of from 13 of the 20 starters. Although not so tough in size this World Equestrian Games Sport. Coach Lyn Lynch was the approach to the treble was off a blind corner, the able to postpone heading to WEG in Kentucky, USA for horse’s eye not picking up on the treble until they had a couple of days to bring her junior team to the festival turned the corner around fence 12, the imitation stone to show off some of their acrobatics on horseback, a wall, leaving just two to three strides for them to focus. definite crowd pleaser. Phil Bates of the Lions Club along with David Lawrence of Equestrian NSW and Jane Kermond, a farrier in his spare time, when asked how long Robinson of Northside Riding Club again organised the he has been riding said “I have ridden for as long as I can showcase of showjumping providing spectators and riders remember.” With a racehorse trainer as a mother and a with the ideal competition. jockey as a father it came as no surprise when he decided to take up horse riding professionally 10 years ago. “My A respectable start time of 1pm teamed with fast and parents have always been a great support to me, and furious action kept the audience on the edge of their especially in this (showjumping),” he said. “They taught seats. Crowds were able to line the arena, getting up me how to ride before I could even walk.” close to the action as the horses leapt over fences 1.25m high and up to 1.6m wide. Thirty elite horses and riders His advice to hopeful riders is simply to never give up. competed in a two phase power and speed competition “Just keep training and looking for horses until you find for a share in the $1750 prize money alongside the the right one”. carnival rides, jousting displays, brass bands, emergency In the supporting jumping classes Andrew Inglis won two service displays and the impressive classic motor show. classes and placed in two riding Regal Status owned by Four divisions of riders that included juniors, young rider, Ingrid Williamson. Vicki Roycroft won Sunday’s 1.20m amateurs and professional thrilled the crowds that lined class riding Welsom and Billy Raymont won the World Cup the four sides of the arena. At exactly 1pm Studibaker warm up class and the 1.30m on Saturday. model Coco Miles entered the arena on board Tequila. 60


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