Dave Cameron: July/14
China World Cup Jumping League
At Sydney Royal this year I was lucky enough to be invited to go and ride at a World Cup Show in Beijing where they invite 5 international riders to compete, I was the first to be invited from Australia. It was a great experience and gave us a good insight to how Equestrian works in this part of the world. The people were very friendly, the show had great footing, the arena dressing made it look like we were in Europe. There was good prize money on every class and plenty of starters. The courses were not overly technical or very big but it was still hard enough to jump clear rounds. I was impressed with how the Chinese rode, they had good positions but just seemed to lack show experience particularly in jump offs as they just don't have many shows.
The horse I was given for the World Cup was a 10 year old gelding that had been imported from Europe as a 7 year old, he was a real trier but lacked a little fitness. He was 5th the first day in the 1.35 warm up class and jumped superbly in the world cup but ran out of puff towards the end of the course having a couple of late rails. I also rode in the Beijing international Teams competition and rode an 11 year old stallion called Lordama, our team won with Lordama being the 2nd highest in our team score. They have brought some amazing horses from Europe that would stand out in Australia and not just a few of them. It does depend at these competitions what horse you’re given but that is all part of the experience and part of being an Australian rider! Looking forward to going back again soon, hopefully in October for the next world cup and I look forward to riding and coaching at home in Australia.
Yours in show jumping, Dave
June - July to Date
It seems there is a show and or an event to go to every week if one wants. We’ll start back in June at the all important Melbourne 3de, what an amazing event; as far as weather goes I don’t think there could have been much better conditions, especially in Werribee of all places. The sun shone the new outdoors arena was beautifully presented and the going for XC couldn’t have been more perfect. Copabella Verdi completed his first CCI2** 3DE and we are excited to be on track for the Australian International 3 day Event in Adelaide later in the year. The weekend following Melbourne we jet setted up to Cairns (a slight change in climate) to teach at the Edmonton Pony Club this was a great weekend teaching and we worked out we have been teaching up in Cairns since we first did the QLD showjumping run starting in Toowoomba and finishing in Cairns in 2008. Once at home it was all back into the swing and off to Gunnedah Showjumping Festival for a 3 day show. We had a great weekend with Dave and Nicolette running 3rd in the 1.15 and Dave and Wanda 3rd with Tallara and Airhill Myka 4th in the 1.25. The final day saw Yalambi’s Cavalier run a very close 2nd and My Sweet Revenge and Tallara run 4th in the 1.25 Championship.
With no rest for the wicked Dave had to regroup finding himself driving back up the freeway to Tamworth Indoor show the following weekend. Tamworth turned out to be a cracker with Dave running 2nd in the Grand Prix with RR Dyranta and 1st and 2nd in the Futurity with Belmont Backstage and A suitable Boy. Sydney Winter Championships came quickly upon us the following weekend with a record number of staters and 25 horses coming on the 3 trucks and a float coming from home. The show preparation payed off with Dave taking out the Grand Prix on Dyranta and the 1.20 Championship on Nicolette with A suitable Boy running 3rd in the Mini Prix. Tallara and Copabella Verdi won the 7yo Talent Identification class, which was run in conjunction the Mini Prix. During the next week T & D ventured out to the NSW Junior Development Clinic run through Eventing NSW for a fun filled 2 days teaching Dressage, Showjumping and XC.
The Riders Series filled the next weekend of the calendar and was another cracker show. With good ground, great gear, an enthusiastic organising committee and a drill Sargent marshal it had all the makings of a great show. This weekend was a quieter weekend for the team with only 23 horses coming from Redleaf. The highlight of the show was Dave and Tallara running 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the 1.30 on Sunday and Tallara running 3rd in the 1.30 on the Saturday also.
The end of July will see Dave and Tallara heading North with 2 trucks and 17 horses for the Glen Haven Grand Prix show in Kilcoy followed by Gatton World Cup the following week.
Dave Cameron and his winning team at the China World Cup – Dave far right.
Dave warming up in the World Cup practice area with Mount Exillio.
Dave with Dyantra after winning the Grand Prix at the Sydney Winter Championships.