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The Sydney Royal Easter Show The Sydney Royal Easter Show, run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), has been an influential force in the direction and development of Australian agriculture through competitions, education and events since 1822.The Sydney Royal is Australia’s largest annual event attracting around 900,000 people each year to the displays of agricultural excellence. The Easter Show is one of the top 10 shows of its kind in the world, with thousands of International visitors attending annually, particularly from China and South East Asia. Sydney Royal Competitions showcase a vast array of products, from farm animals to wines, from craftwork and cakes. These competitions identify and applaud the best woodchoppers, the top showjumpers and outstanding rural achievers. Today, the Sydney Royal conducts around 21 competitions for animals, livestock and lifestyle categories. Under the supervision of highly qualified judges, these competitions distinguish and acknowledge the true champions. For Sydney Royal competitors, a win is a testament to achievement at the highest level. It is a confirmation of dedication, ability, uncompromising diligence and sheer hard work. Winners become part of Australia’s proud agricultural tradition, a story of success that has sustained the nation since its foundation. Beautiful autumn weather opened the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show on Thursday 5 April 2012. Section 2 jumping horses were the first to see the ‘new’ Sydney Showground main arena that included a ‘super’ sized big screen to bring the jumping even closer to the public. The big screen also showed instant scoring – truly International. This year’s courses were designed by Werner Deeg from Germany with David Sheppard from Ballarat as his assistant. Werner, who has designed courses at Spruce Meadows and Aachen, set a 1.35 to 1.40m track for the 17 starter’s in the first Section 2 class - eight horses jumped clear in the first round. Emma Smith was out first in the jump off to post a clear round in 53.18 seconds to win the class riding her lovely big chestnut stallion Casablanca. Second place went to Tom Sutherland riding stallion Nolisco, jumping the only other clear round against the clock, his time 53.43 seconds, just a fraction off Emma’s. Tom McDermott was third riding the very experienced CP Romantic Dream who finished in the super time of 49.13 seconds with one rail down. Sharon Slater was fourth riding CP Ulixes with a rail down in 53.85 seconds and Nick Taliana was fifth riding Ambrose also one rail down in 58.70 seconds. The afternoon had the first Section 1 class, Deeg setting a strong 1.45 to 1.50m track. The 19 starters had rails falling all around the course, the planks at six hitting the floor consistently. Just two horses jumped clear in the first round, Hilary Scott riding Oaks Miss Scarlet and Sheridan Manuel from Gleneagle in Queensland riding Renmarno. Hilary and the ever consistent Miss Scarlet jumped a super clear against the clock to win. Sheridan dropped two rails against the clock to finish second. Chris Chugg and his up and coming mare Diamond B Vigo were third with one time penalty in the first round. Billy Raymont riding Ocean Beach NZPH was fourth also on 1 time penalty from round one and Tom McDermott was the fastest of the 4 faulters to finish fifth riding CP Rolex. 1 2 68


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