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Saddleworld Australian Youth Showjumping Festival ESP (Equestrian Sports Promotions) headed by Jane Frankum and John Vallance presented the 10th Annual Saddleworld Australian Youth Showjumping Festival from Saturday 29 September to Monday 1 October 2012 at Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park. Despite some other major competitions being held on the same weekend around the nation, including the National Interschools Championships in Toowoomba QLD and the Melbourne Royal where super young rider Tom McDermott stole the show, nearly 200 rounds of jumping took place at the Youth Show Jumping Festival over some great tracks designed by John Vallance, Brad Longhurst and John Lucas. The picturesque skyline featuring the lovely old church steeple provided the perfect backdrop for some great jumping action, showing off the solid future for Australia’s show jumping. Saddleworld from Mittagong has been major sponsors of the Youth Festival from the inception of the event in 2002. Their generous sponsorship includes prize money, rugs for the Grand Prix events, vouchers as prizes in a large number of classes and stable plaques for all competitors at the Youth Festival. Steve Spencer from Saddleworld attended the event all weekend, running from his trade stand to congratulate the winners of every class. Steve’s enthusiasm and support for the young riders was evident and he was thrilled to continue his long term involvement with the event. Equestrian NSW are also great supporters of youth in equestrian sport and once again sponsored the Youth Showjumping Festival. Joining these sponsors were Horse Power who supplied countless bags of feed for prizes, Macarthur Credit Union, You Tarzan who provided the graphic design work for the event, Furdography and TopHorse.com.au who will be featuring video from the competition. The show incorporated the FEI International Children’s Jumping Competition Australian qualifiers for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Tours. This series runs in countries all around the world and compares riders on a global scale based on their results in each country. The courses for the qualifiers are the same in every country, designed by one International Course Designer who for 2012 is Australia’s own John Vallance. Riders can compete in the Gold Tour with a maximum height of 1.30m from the start of the year in which they reach 12 until the end of the year in which they reach 14. Riders under 12 can compete in the Silver and Bronze Tours over jumps smaller than those in the Gold Tour. The highest placed Gold Tour riders from around the world will be eligible to compete in the finals in Valle de Bravo, Mexico in January 2013. Jessica Tripp from Duffys Forest NSW and Lovegrove won the FEI Children’s Gold Tour with four clear rounds over the two days of competitions, winning the first competition and placing third in the second. Jess was the only rider of the 21 competitors to remain on zero penalties throughout the competition. Jess repeated the excellent result with her second horse SL Eclipse, not her nominated FEI ride. Riley Mackillop from Terrey Hills NSW was fifth in the first Gold competition with one rail and won the second, earning him runner up in the overall Gold Tour. Riley recently returned from Bogota Colombia where he won the FEI Children’s Jumping Competition (a different event to the tours). Both Jess and Riley are hoping to travel to Mexico to compete in the Gold Tour finals if they qualify in the top places in the world standings. 1) Brook Dobbin and Silvo won the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic Bronze Final 2) Brooke Campbell and Copabella Visage 3) Jamie Kermond and Valhalla won the Winning Appliances Gold Final 4) Jamie Priestly in Junior Grand Prix 5) Stephanie Cook from Qld won the FEI Children’s Silver Tour on Jack is Back 6) Sarah Davies and Mike Manly Images by Furdography 4 5 6 83


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