COOL but fine weather on Saturday and a delightful day on Sunday provided the perfect conditions for the annual Kiernan Plant Hire Korumburra Show Jumping Championships at the Korumburra Showgrounds last weekend.
Strategically placed between the Australian Titles at Boneo on the Mornington Peninsula the weekend before and the World Cup event at Sale next weekend, the Korumburra event attracted a high calibre of riders with several Australian champions among them.
One of the organisers, Viv Carfrae of Kardella, was delighted with the success of the event.
“We had excellent entries, at least the equal of last year, in this our 10th annual event and we’ve had great support from our sponsors, not just from Kiernan Plant Hire, our major sponsor, but also from the local sponsors as well; the Austral Hotel, T For Tyres, Mine Road Takeaway, Taranto’s Windows and Doors and all the others,” said Viv.
“Conditions are great for horse and rider and everyone is enjoying a high standard of competition in all grades.”
The weekend got underway with the Class 1 Austral Hotel Korumburra 105cm event and it was congratulations to Athena Williamson riding WAT Scandia who took out the event after a three-way jump-off.
The Class 2 Morwell Panel Works Open, over 120cm fences was next and congratulations to Sarah Moody and Cavalier Cudos for taking out the event.
In the Class 3 Handley Welding Open 130cm event Max Height riding Valid completed a speedy jump-off to take the prize.
Class 4, the Open 110cm went to Airlie Robinson for the second year running, riding Yalambis Corlandia.
Class 5, the Kardella Farm Equestrian Junior Championship was a challenging trip for the
juniors with only one clear round in the class by Tanner Robinson, not to be out done by her mum, Airlie, winning the previous class.
Congratulations Tanner riding Shady Creek Blue Fire and backing up with second place riding Bringmoore, a fine effort.
Class 6 was the Herb and Ada Shandley Memorial Ladies Jump with the Shandley family continuing their support this event over a 45-year period. This year the class was run at the highest standard with 22 clear rounds into the jump-off and the places separated by less than 5 seconds in the end.
It seemed as if the result was sealed after the first rider on course, Airlie Robinson, set a blistering pace of 39.19 seconds which proved to be the bench mark time until the last two riders took to the course. Here there was a spectacular 38.61 set down by Cindy Morrison which seemed untouchable until Hayley Clohesy took to the jump-off and had the course in the palm of her hand, setting a winning time of 38.39 seconds.
Congratulations to the following riders: 1st place Hayley Clohesy riding White Dove, 2nd place Cindy Morrison riding Nobelwood Park Lucinda, 3rd place Airlie Robinson riding Yalambis Corlandia, and 4th place Kate Beadel riding Lily Elmare.
The winning rider received a beautiful Skye Park rug, trophy, earrings and the prize money kindly sponsored by the Shandley family.
Class 7 was the Taranto Windows and Doors Open 125cm Championship, which was a tricky class for riders to clear with only three clears for the competition. A massive congratulations to the winner, one of the local event’s organisers, Emily Hill, riding WAT Sword.
Em dedicates a lot of personal time to running the local competition and it was wonderful to see her enjoy success in competition as well.
The Class 8 Kiernan Plant Hire Open Championship over 130cm-135cm obstacles was won by Russell Morrison riding CE Cajun who completed the only double clear round for the class. Russell also placed 4th riding CP Quigly, a great effort.
Organisers passed a huge vote of thanks to Mark and Jess from Kieran Plant Hire for their support as major sponsors of the show.
Perfect for Korumburra show jumping championships