Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The first show in August was the Queensland State Showjumping Championships in Toowoomba. We had a fantastic show. Hue and Cry was 2nd in the 1.30m and 6th in the 1.40m the first day, 2nd in the 1.40m the second day and was crowned the 2010 Queensland Speed Champion. Aladino was a superstar getting 5th in the 1.20m the first day and was the overall Queensland 1.30m State Champion the final day winning a beautiful kersey rug, sash and trophy. His owners John and Maryanne Kidston were thrilled as was their Daughter Hayley who travelled from Mackay to watch. The younger girls I teach Emily Patterson and Taitum McConnell did well in the junior championships on their horses Walkaline and WP Cool As, who we own but Emily campaigns him with clear rounds in their competitions. Tenielle and Jasmine Lathouras our friend/groom rode their new horses Ordacious and Starbucks in the smaller ring with good results also.
The next weekend we drove back to Toowoomba for the Toowoomba World Cup Show, where we competed for the following three days. First up was the D Grade where my student Emily did us proud by winning her D Grade group, having the quickest time out of both groups (82 people).The next day Emily and WP Cool As were 2nd in the D Grade Championship also. Hue and Cry was 4th in the 1.40m. Finally Aladino was a star again winning the David Overton Memorial Cup with three clear rounds and a super fast third round. His owners were there this time and it was a very exciting day.
Next on the agenda was Brisbane Royal. Aladino was 3rd one day, 5th another and 2nd in the Grand Prix in the Part 3. This left him 1 point shy of Champion Part 3 Horse, he was however Champion Young Horse of Brisbane Royal Show. Hue and Cry placed in the Part 1 competitions, had two down in the World Cup and won the Puissance for the third year clearing 1.95m. Dover Street placed in the Part 1's and was 6th in the World Cup, having 2 down in the first round but jumping a spectacular clear round in the second round.
From Brisbane we headed to Caboolture for the World Cup Show. The first day started well with Aladino (who had just gone B Grade) winning the A & B Grade in his first A & B Grade start and finishing the day with winning the Caboolture World Cup Mini Prix. Out of the three shows Aladino had won four rugs.
We attended Canungra Show with a couple of young horses next and they went well, it was then off to Gold Coast Show where Hue and Cry won the 1.30m and the A&B Grade, Dustman won the D Grade Championship and was 2nd in the Foxhunter, The Eliminator was 3rd in the 1.30m and placed in the A&B, Aladino placed in the 1.30m and Dover Street was 2nd in 1.30m and 2nd in the A&B. So I ended up being Champion Rider of Gold Coast Show.