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The Showcase of Show Jumping The Showcase of Show Jumping (SOS) was held 5 and 6 May at the stunning Sydney Polo Club in Richmond. After the original date was postponed due to severe wet weather and flooding, those that stayed in Sydney after the Royal Easter Show and the World Cup show were treated to the most magnificent autumn weekend that Sydney has to offer. Some of the finest show jumping talent in the junior, young rider, senior and amateur divisions from around Australia converged on Peter and Rebecca Higgins’ beautiful property ‘Highfield’ to stake their claim on the $16,000 prize pool up for grabs. Action began in the Black Arena with the Young Horse classes for 5, 6 and 7 year olds on Saturday morning. These classes form part of the Oaks Sport Horses Young Horse Series and have grown in popularity with breeders of elite horses in Australia over the past few years. The 5 year old class had 20 entries, seven of these jumped clear over a course of jumps designed by John Vallance with a maximum height of 1.15m. A few riders were unseated by their exuberant young horses in the carnival atmosphere but all walked from the course uninjured. Monique Barrett won the class in a second round time of 31.50 seconds on the lovely CP Fleur De Lyse, a mare by Falkrich. James Mooney was second with his young stallion JB Evolution and Daniel Engbers was third on Climate Change by Camelot Ego Z. The 6 and 7 year old classes ran over similar tracks with the heights increased for each age group. Daniel Engbers returned on Millpark Tuesday to win with a second round time of 29.60 seconds. Nick Sheehan on the Conquistador progeny Cortez was second and Alyssa Mathers on Moon Print was third. Brooke Campbell riding the very pretty Yandoo Lady Gold belonging to Jennifer Vassallo won the 7 year old class in a second round time of 32.64 seconds. Second place went to Ingrid Williamson on Wat Kaiser and Kel Preistly riding TP Class Act sired by Camelot Ego Z was third. Other contests run throughout the day on Saturday were qualifying rounds for the finals on Sunday. The top twenty juniors, young riders and senior riders were selected from the qualifiers and jumped in reverse order in the two round Grand Prix finals based on Saturday’s places. Action began at 8:30am Sunday morning in the Black Arena with the 1.35m Bronze Division. The 1.30m qualifier was won by Chris Chugg in a time of 65.69 seconds on Diamond B Verona, one of the progeny from his stallion Vivant that was sold to the Ukraine after a successful tour of Europe in 2011. Chris, out fourth in the Bronze Final on Sunday morning with Diamond B Vegas, was the first rider to leave the rails up on the John Vallance track but recorded one time penalty. Vegas, who knocked just one rail the day before, was accepted into the second round along with just four clears and the two fastest four-faulters from the first round. Jamie Winning riding Yandoo Congo Z jumped both rounds clean with a second round time of 56.94 seconds to place third. Jamie Kermond on Tulara Ballouch took second with a time of 52.48 seconds leaving first place again for Chris Chugg and Diamond B Verona. The gathering crowds moved down to the White Arena for the Junior Grand Prix, with a maximum height of 1.20m over a track built by Brad Longhurst. Saturday’s qualifier was won by Nicole Bruggerman on Master Darnley in a time of 61.90 seconds. Jake Hunter began Sunday’s class with what could be described as a blonde moment, jumping the wrong second fence resulting in elimination. He returned with a second horse and went clear along with 11 other junior combinations moving in to the second round. Stephanie Mackillop’s time of 44.14 seconds was the fastest, but two rails left her with 8 penalties in fifth place. Jamie-Rose Torzillo was fourth with Flash As, Maddy Smouha-ho on Hedge and Jessica Knox on Night Wish tied for second place just 0.93 seconds behind the winner Samantha Tripp on Flowervale Diamond. Then it was back to the Black Arena for the Silver Division with a maximum height of 1.45m. James Arkins recovered from a fall in the Greater Sydney World Cup the weekend earlier to win Saturday’s Silver Qualifier on Dreamtime Invader in a time of 59.68 seconds. 1 2 74


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