Horse-classic-had-Korumburra-jumpingIt’s up and over for Russell Morrison on board Hello Silver in the Open 120cm show jumping event on Saturday at the Korumburra Showgrounds. M604714

THE Korumburra A&P Society’s Holden Show Jumping Classic last weekend really had the town hopping with every single event on the two-day program booked out and many more horse owners left on the waiting list.
And with the weather fine and warm it could not have been better for horse and rider, and of course, for the organisers.
“It was fantastic,” said the main organiser, A&P Society Vice President, Sandy Carfrae.
“We received over 150 entries through Global Entries online and we had to get through 800 rounds of jumping across the weekend, not including the jump-offs.”
And there were plenty of jump-offs with competition fierce in all sections.
Locals had plenty of success over the weekend, including in some of the main open competitions with Wes Joyce of Jumbunna winning the feature event, the ‘Holden Colorado and Colin Watson Holden, Open 130cm jump on Volereo Delavie.
Charlie Beecroft of Nyora was delighted to take out the time-honoured Herb and Ada Shandley Memorial Ladies Jump on Sunday, an event brought over to Korumburra, with the co-operation of the sponsors and the Leongatha A&P Society, following the discontinuation of the Leongatha Show some years ago.
And Emily Hill of Nyora won Saturday’s open 120cm event on ‘Comet’.
“We thought it was important to keep that event going and it now forms a keenly contested part of our program,” said Mrs Carfrae.
As well as the cream of Gippsland’s show jumping talent, the weekend boasted more than a few celebrities, including 2000 Sydney Olympian, Gavin Chester who competed at Korumburra with his son and daughter.
But it wasn’t all serious competition.
The novelty event at the end of a long afternoon on Saturday, the ‘Bundy Bareback Challenge’ over a course of 12 jumps in the 85cm format, definitely attracted the most interest.
Sandy’s daughter Stephanie Carfrae was one of the best performed locals in the event, hanging on for dear life to post a clear round but it was Max Height of Bunyip who won the event.
“They go around with only a bridle, although they can have a strap around the horse for stability and there were a number of falls. It’s interesting to see the different riding styles people employ,” said Sandy.
The event provides a fun, social finish to the day but with competition running through from 8am to 5pm, most people are simply looking to get their horses happily squared away before hitting the hay themselves for the night.
“It was a major success for us financially as well, with the money needed to manage and improve the showgrounds but we also try to get some of the local groups to share in it as well with the Korumburra Pony Club doing the catering, the Wonthaggi Pony Club getting a donation to help with the rails, the Lions and several others also involved.
“It’s a big weekend but rewarding when it goes off like that.”
The next event for the A&P Society is the Korumburra Show on Saturday, February 14, also featuring dozens of horse sections but without the show jumping which has now become a successful annual event in its own right.