David Cameron: Sep/15
We finished our Queensland trip for 2015, Gatton and Caboolture were good shows, and they get better each year making the long trip worthwhile. The highlight of Caboolture was Tallara making her World Cup debut with her and Lesley's Copabella Verdi looking very much the part, finishing just outside the places with 8 and 4 faults over two rounds. It's a credit and great job Tal's done producing this special horse.
Tony Norman's Nicolette was in form not having a rail all show. Placing 4th and 5th in the two futurity qualifiers and a second place in the Mini Prix. Invincible continued to impress winning a ribbon in the futurity qualifier and jumping some great rounds. Wednesday and Quiz qualified again for the under 16pt championship, with Wednesday placing 6th. Oaks Kosmo is soon becoming the team favourite and gaining the good bloke title. He jumped super with a fourth in the futurity.
After Qld Tallara and I did a short 2 week trip, to check out a few shows in Europe. We attended Valkenswaard GCT, the European Championships in Aachen and the Glock 5 star show in Austria. We were also part of the Aussie support team for the regional qualifier where the Australian showjumpers secured their position for a team at the Rio Olympics.
It was great to get an up close and inside view of the international jumping scene, not only were they some of the most prestigious shows in the world, with the top riders but also for our own professional development. To compare the standards, pressures and expectations to ours at home and to discuss the logistics of a European campaign next year, which could have us following the road to Rio.
Tallara and Copabella Verdi at the Caboolture World Cup Show in August. Photo: Geo Snapshots