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1 Sydney’s Weekend Of World Cups The jumping World Cup qualifier was held indoors at the – Jumping NSW World Cup Qualifier on Sunday 8th Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC), the home May 2011. of the Sydney 2000 Olympic equestrian events. SIEC looking its most picturesque, a carpet of green grass, the Cathy Graham from Queensland will fondly remember trees and gardens perfectly manicured. Mother’s Day 2011 – she jumped the only double clear round to win the Jumping NSW World Cup Qualifier which Sydney 2000 Olympic and 2010 Youth Olympic doubled as an Equitana Grand Final Qualifier riding her course designer John Vallance from Orangeville handsome bay 10 year old gelding Da Vinci’s Pride. The designed the courses assisted by Brad Longhurst from win gave Cathy three career World Cup Qualifier wins Murrumbateman. The course for round one had fifteen having previously won the 1995 Mulwala qualifier and the jumping efforts including a double and treble combination 2010 Adelaide Royal Show qualifier. set as a strong 1.45 – 1.50m track. The 1.45/1.45m at 1.60m wide oxer at 5a on a bending eight strides from Describing Jeep (Da Vinci’s Pride – the stable name the 1.45 x 1.60m oxer at number 4 hit the floor eight because his mother is Cherokee) Cathy said “He is very times from the 27 starters. Twelve horses had rails at the careful, high energy and takes lots of work. I chose him treble - fence number 8 a 1.45m vertical, one stride to a as a 5 year old; he had a super careful jump and the 1.45m x 1.50m oxer, two strides to a 1.50m vertical. The perfect size for me. And if looks count – he has them.” last fence a 1.50m square x 1.70m wide oxer fell eight Asked what keeps her riding? “I just enjoy it, I would like times. Fence number 6, a 1.50m narrow pink vertical set to do as much as possible with Jeep”. Said the petite optically on a turn back placed between fence 3 and 8c Cathy, who weighs in less than 50 kilos, spends her caused little grief in round one. life training horses and looking after her 5 year old son Five horses jumped clear in round one: Cathy Graham Harry. Cathy won her first showjumping competition at 6 and Da Vinci’s Pride, Billy Raymont and Nicalette NZPH, years old and when she was 19 year old jumped 7’ 11” David Dobson and Akon, Ingrid Clarke and PS Monet (242cm) to win the Cairns Show High Jump and create a and Jamie Kermond with Colthaga. 18 year old Olivia new women’s high jump record. Cathy repeated the feat Hamood jumping in her first World Cup qualifier jumped at age 22 and today still holds the world record. a sensational clear and added just one time penalty riding the big grey Nero GHP to finish on 1 and qualify for round 2. Ten horses were taken into round 2, the four fastest with 4 penalties making up the ten. They were Brett Warren and Cheezy Z, Jamie Grant and Cool K, Andrew Inglis and Amira plus Nic Taliana and Ambrose. Class favourite and Australian League leading rider, Julia Hargreaves riding Vedor, had the back rail off number 9 and 11 to finish on 8 penalties plus one time. Vallance set a shorter course of eight obstacles in round two, the treble made into a double 8b and 8c. The narrow fence number 6 was set at 1.55m, the oxer at 9 was now 1.45m/1.50m and 1.70m wide, the vertical at 10 now 1.55m and the last fence (number 2 from round one) a three rail vertical was now 1.60m high. 1) Andrew Inglis and Amira 2nd in World Cup Sydney 2) Cathy Graham at the presentation being made by David Willis from Jumping NSW 3) Jess Farrell and Cecil at the Winter Festival 4) Martin Gostelow at the Winter Festival 2 Photos: Furdograhpy 68


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