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1 2 NSW State Titles - 28-31st October The 2010 NSW State Showjumping Championships found Saturday afternoon saw about 10mls of rain – competition a new home this year at Gundagai. Gundagai is a lovely continued and the ground was actually much improved. showground with plenty of room for camping, portable Courses were built for Sunday, competition was fierce in stables and buckets of power – it proved to be a good all the title classes. However the last day was not to be ground for the 400 odd horses, 230 odd competitors and – and the day started at 2am for the OC by a phone call about 150 trucks and floats – that was until it rained – from a marooned Queenslander who had parked in a low and rained and rained on Saturday night. spot, was rapidly succumbing to rising waters – and the truck was immobilised due to mechanical damage. So, Gundagai had nearly flooded in September about a SES was called, Captain Jim was called – and they came month before the championships – 100mls of rain – but to the rescue with the showground tractor to pull the the ensuing weeks saw hot, dry weather, and the surface Queenslander out – all in the pouring rain. By this time could have done with a shower or a water for the first two there had been around 45mls of rain and it was looking days. (The irrigation pump had been lifted – for the first very doubtful that the competition could continue. A few time in 15 years - prior to the drenching and not replaced, made a hasty exit at that time – and the OC and Captain so watering was not possible this time.) Jim retired to their various resting places for an hours The Gundagai Showground Trust had done a wonderful job sleep. in preparing the grounds, mowing, trimming and getting On Sunday morning after consultation with the CD’s and all sorts of bits and pieces stowed away ready for us. riders, the competition was cancelled. And then about The main arena had been locked up for several months 90 trucks had to be pulled by tractor out of the mud. prior – and it looked great. ACT Jump club was approached by the OC – and they There were three rings, two in the main arena and Ring agreed to allow three title classes to be decided within 3 not too far away – Ring 3 does need some work before their scheduled classes the following weekend. Leaving 2011 State Championships. the Amateur to be decided at Summer Classic in Competition started on Thursday with Round 1 of the December at SIEC – and thank you both ESP and ACT D Grade Championship and Young Horse classes – this Jump club for allowing us to do this. proved very successful, with not a huge amount of stress The CD’s for the Titles were John Vallance, and a perfect number of competitors on the day. Brad Longhurst and Michael Tuckwell. Round 2 of the D Grade and the first round of the other Judges – Michael Archer, Anne Sheehan, four Championship classes, Junior, Young Rider, Senior Regina Buchanan and Brigitte Cross. and Amateur, started on Friday and the final of the D Others who put huge effort into an event like this Grade Championship was held on Saturday – the only title are: Kerrie Winning, Cynthia Jarratt, Donny Longhurst, to be decided in Gundagai as it turned out. Maureen Masters, Margot Meredith, Hayley Smith, Cathy On Friday night a simple dinner was provided and the Blay, David Willis and Annette Maunder. wonderful band After Dark (with judge Michael Archer on And thank you to the competitors – who were, nearly all drums) played – it was a fun night – and wonderful to see of them hugely co-operative and good spirited throughout our younger riders and a few oldies dancing. the whole. 1 George Sanna wins State Title/ Doris Porritt of the Gundagai Independent 2 Tom McDermott won just about everything on offer at the State Titles/Furdography 3 George Sanna wins the Australian Jumping Titles/Jenny Sheppard 66


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