RIDERS were blessed with excellent ground conditions and beautiful weather over the weekend of November 19 and 20 for the 2016 Holden Show Jumping Classic.
The annual event, offering two rings on the grass arena at the Korumburra Showgrounds, provided and opportunity for riders of all skill levels to saddle up and put on a show.
One of the organisers of the weekend, Chris Hill, said that the annual show is a great opportunity for riders of all abilities to jump in a competitive event.
“It’s really important to support these kinds of shows,” Chris said.
“We’ve all got to start somewhere; we can’t just go straight to the top. The grounds here this weekend are in excellent condition. Not too hard and not too wet from recent rains. It’s perfect.”
Chris also said that the quality of riders competing over the weekend was excellent.
“All competitors are talented riders and horses. We appreciate them coming this weekend,” Chris said.
“The numbers we’ve had here have been great, and the weather has just been wonderful.”
One of the big winners from the weekend was hard working show jumper, Narelle McFee, originally from Phillip Island, who won the Herb and Ada Shandley Memorial Ladies Jump on her horse Shadyoak Memories.
The 32 year old rode her specially-bred horse for the event, and overcame years of struggle and hard work to win the memorial award.
“Somebody said to me that I deserve to win, just because of all the time and energy that I’ve put into this!
“I have two lessons a week, then there’s the horse chiropractic, all the registration and work that goes into it. I basically spend all my money on my horses,” Narelle said.
“I’ve had horses all my life, been through pony club before getting into show jumping. Specifically I’ve been show jumping and concentrating on that for three to four years.
“The horse I rode on today I actually bred for jumping. That was eight years of work. It’s a long process, and she was difficult as a youngster, I actually had her broken in twice because she was so naughty!
“This weekend was her first big win, and her first rug, so it’s very exciting and worth it to have won,” Narelle said.
Narelle is now focused on several upcoming jumping events over the summer, but said that she always enjoys coming to the Holden Show Jumping Classic at Korumburra.
“I’ve had a great weekend. I love this show, and I love coming back each year. I always look forward to it,” Narelle said.
“Next I’m onto the Victorian Country Championships in a fortnight. It just doesn’t stop! I’ve missed a fair bit because I’ve been injured, so I’m just getting back into it.”
When asked what it is that draws her to the show jumping life, Narelle was quick to answer.
“I love the people the most, and the atmosphere,” Narelle said.
“It’s such a friendly and nice community to be in. Everyone just chips in. If someone comes off, there’s someone to look after you, and if you’re having a bad day they’ll cheer you on.”
Jumping for joy at the Korumburra Classic