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Another day of beautiful sunshine, wonderful arena footing and helpful officials was the order of the day for Friday 6 April. The jumping started with the Section three horses at 10am – their first class of the show which was an Accumulator – a one rounder with a choice of a joker as the last fence. Werner set a 1.35m track that was quite straight forward, possibly the joker needed to be a little bigger as every rider headed to it and most jumped clear. There were 23 starters with 10 horses jumping the best possible score of 65 points so the places were decided on time. Chris Chugg continued his great show form by winning the class with his lovely mare Diamond B Verona, careful clean and fast – another one of the Diamond B young horses showing their sire’s scope and ability. Second and third went to young gun Tom McDermott riding Dal Santo and LH Annie Elka. Fourth was Queenslander Robert Moffatt riding Finch Farm Viduka and fifth to Vicki Roycroft riding the lovely stallion Noblewood Park Casino Royale. The class to create the most excitement was next – the inaugural Sydney Royal Jumping NSW Amateur Championship. 21 riders started and their supporters, family, coaches and friends filled the stand adding to the excitement for the very nervous riders, most of whom had never competed at the Sydney Royal before. Werner built an inviting 1.15m for the first of the two round competition – Martin Gostelow jumped the first clear round to the roars of the crowd and Martin punched the air with excitement from aboard his lovely imported star Somersby Park Carassino. Siobhan Walker riding New Sensation and Rebecca Seckold riding Cool Decision also jumped clear to head into the second round along with the seven riders on 4 penalties – Niki Dingwall riding Good Golly Miss Molly, Natae Jankowski riding With Pleasure M’Lord, Rod McQueen aboard ASB Vienna, Jade Middleton riding Evenescence, Jennifer Mitchell riding Sweetshot, Nicole Poetsch riding Skyblitz and Melissa Turner riding Beachchick. The seeded second round draw was a more technical track and the ‘oohs and ahhhs’ from the crowd added to the enormous pressure for the first time Royal’s. The current Amateur National Champion Martin Gostelow jumped the two round competition with just one rail down and took home the first Sydney Royal Amateur Blue Ribbon. Second, third, fourth and fifth all finished with one rail down in the second round for a total of 8 penalties and were divided by time. Jade Middleton second, Rod McQueen third, Rebecca Seckold fourth, Jennifer Mitchell fifth and Nicole Poetsch took sixth on 12 penalties. A great result to an extremely successful inaugural Sydney Royal Amateur Championship. Special thanks must go to Graham Davey, John Bennett and Carla Leaver from the RAS who have been prepared to do what no other Royal Show has ever done – support the amateurs in our sport – thank you. And last but by no means least – thank you Jumping NSW for firstly instigating the amateur series and sponsoring this event enabling amateur riders to join the ‘Royal’ ranks. 20 horses started in the Section 1 class. Chris Chugg was out early on the experienced grey mare Alondra who cruised around clear to make the track look deceptively rideable. The 1.45 to 1.50m track set by Deeg saw rails fall all around the course, the late afternoon glaring sunlight seeming to affect many. Chris was the only clear in the first round winning the class without the jump off. In second place with a slick four fault round was the young New Zealander Bridget Hansen riding Nicalette NZPH, Vicki Roycroft slotted into third riding Kartoon de Breve, Jamie Grant was fourth riding Cool K and fifth Tom McDermott riding SL Limerick. The Section 3 horses opened the jumping programme on Day Three – 23 horses starting in the Accumulator set at 1.35m by a trio of designers – Werner Deeg, David Sheppard and Mark Atkins joining on the main arena turf today. Just four horses jumped clear in the first round and another five had just one rail down. Chris Chugg had been reading the new Easter Show logo “I’ll Show You“ and that he did as he entered the area last to go in the jump off riding Diamond B Verona (sired by Vivant and the dam Long Tall Sally) who is bred to jump. Clear in 37.21 seconds Chris made it two wins from two starts for this relatively inexperienced horse finishing just over 4 seconds faster than the slick round posted by Vicki Roycroft riding Cache in 41.34 seconds – great riding to say the least. 1) Grand Parade 2) Katie McVean and Dunstand Daffodil 3) Shane Rose Express Eventing Images by Furdography 3 69


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