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2 2011 NSW Jumping Championships, Saturday saw first rounds of the other titles, Sam and Gundagai Showground, Jess Tripp and Jess Knox being place getters in the 1st 29 September – 2 October 2011 round of the Junior Title and Tom McDermott, Harry Owens, Mon Barrett and Evie Buller place getters in After having to call the last (and title deciding day) off the first round of the YR title. There were 20 starters in 2010 due to a serious downpour, it was with a certain in the 1st round of the Senior title and James Mooney amount of “oh oh, here we go again”, that I headed on Invadon was first with Dave Cameron, Jono Berry, down to Gundagai on the Wednesday prior to the start Jamie Winning and Hil Scott filling the other places. The of competition. There had been some rain about, but the Amateur Title Round 1, saw Martin Gostellow in first forecast was fairly dire – 25mls plus in the next two days. place with Ricki Cox, Troy Johnson, Tasha Mitchell and And for once the forecast was accurate. Clare Watkinson the minor place getters. However, the work that the Gundagai Showground Trust In Ring 2 on Saturday the 2nd round of the D Grade had done in the past year to the arena really paid off, as Championship was held and Sarah Jasper on Chiltern’s the jumping surface was really good – the main effect of Coat won the class – which qualified her second to Daniel the rain was to the camping and stabling area. And there Engbers in the final for Sunday. was not much rain actually over the weekend, so in fact the surface improved over the weekend. This year, Brad Longhurst built in Ring 1 and John Vallance in Ring 2 – Mike Tuckwell again built in Ring 3. Our judges were Michael Archer, Anne Sheehan and Brigitte Cross. Margot Meredith provided her dulcet tones over the PA as usual, and Sue Hartog was in the office and scoring – and marvellously efficient as usual. And I, with my new knee, was floating around on a small blue quad bike – which was provided by the Martins – and many thanks to Bonnie and Linda for the use of the bike – it truly saved my new knee from over use. We clashed this year with Melbourne Royal, which took a few of the senior riders away – this clash contributed to about a 10% decline overall in total numbers or riders and horses. So to the competition. The first day saw the Young Horse classes and the 1st round of the D Grade Championship. 65 young horses over three classes in total and just under 80 D Graders – a nice relaxed way to start a four day show. Sarina Jurkiewicz won the 5YO class on CW Conquest; Alex Rooney on Equus Valentina won the 6YO class and Tom McDermott on LH Annie-Elka won the 7YO class. The D Grade class on Friday was won by Tom Little – an eventer in our midst. 3 75


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