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2 1 A Classic Weekend The 2011 Copabella Classic was held on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May in the picturesque St Ives Showgrounds on Sydney’s northshore. Rain caused the delay of the Classic for two weeks, but it was worth the wait with beautiful weather dawning for the weekend. The best riders from around the country remained in Sydney after the Sydney Royal and Weekend of World Cups, all keen to attend the prestigious event and claim their share of the nearly $30 000 prize pool. Despite an unavoidable calendar clash due to the new date with Hawkesbury Show the classes were filled to capacity, the bigger classes especially well represented with nearly 40 riders in the 1.40m Winnings Appliances Welcome Stakes on Saturday and the same in the Emcee Equestrian Mini Prix on Sunday. course, a big step up for the young horse who gave it a In its fifth year hosted by Northside Riding Club on the courageous try. Ella Avery had not performed well in the Princess Anne Arena, the Copabella Classic has become Qualifier and was seeded to enter the ring 3rd in the draw one of the most prestigious events on the Australian with Yalambi Ultima V. She looked back in form for the Show Jumping calendar. This year the prize money for the final and was clear and into the second round. Four other feature class, the Copabella Grand Prix, was increased riders joined her, Yukie Omori on It’ll Happen, Milli Woods to $12,000, including the biggest cheque available in on Valiant Charisma, Jade Middleton on Evanescence Australia for a Grand Prix winner. The overall prize pool and Martin Gostelow on Carassino. Ella was again clear for the weekend climbed to almost $30,000. The record in round two in a great time of 43.89 seconds that was number of entries was evidence of the high regard the unbeatable giving her victory and the lovely Edinburgh Classic is held in around Australia. rug. Martin Gostelow on Carassino was 2nd, Yuki Omori on It’ll Happen was 3rd, Milli Woods on Valiant Charisma Alan Hargreaves from Copabella Sporthorses was was 4th and Jade Middleton on Evanescence was 5th. encouraged by the number of entries and the quality of horse and rider at the event, “The Classic team’s aim is Local Show Jumping family, the Tripps, sponsored the to produce an event of international standard, and while Junior Qualifier on Saturday. 24 up and coming riders we still pale in comparison with the Global Champions competed over a track designed by ACT Jump Club’s Tour rider earnings, we like to think we are heading in the Brad Longhurst to build confidence in both horse and right direction.” jockey. Rachael Spresser was first out on course with Digger and held first place from start to finish, clear The first rider into the arena to begin the weekend’s in a time of 41.49 seconds. Half the field moved onto action was Milli Woods from the Central Coast of NSW the second phase of the course but none could get in the Style and Substance Amateur Qualifier. Milli, close to Rachael’s time and keep the rails up. Second keen to compete at the elite event, borrowed her son’s place went to Thomas Sutherland on Nolisco in 45.30 horse Valiant Charisma when her horse developed a seconds and Caitlin Howard on PL Sherwood were the foot abscess during the recent heavy rains in NSW. Milli only other double clear in a time of 45.31 for a close completed round one with a single rail in a good time third. 2010 Australian Junior and Young Rider Champion of 59.05 seconds, making them the fastest of the four Tom McDermott from Wagga in NSW went out fast, but faulters and qualifying them for the Equestrian Australia the second last fence came down to deny him victory Amateur Final the following day. The amateurs returned to the ring early Sunday morning for the Equestrian Australia Amateur Final. This time 1) Chris Chugg was thrilled at how well Diamond B Vigo performed at Andy Moss and Space Cowboy Amazing were first out on the Royal 2) Jake Hunter, Copabella Photos: Furdography 65


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