David Cameron: Nov/15
After the Australian Titles we made the short trip down the road to Melbourne Royal. It’s always a nice show with Brett Hickey the Showjumping chief steward, he goes out of his way to Make it hospitable for all riders.
Dyranta only started twice at the show and continued her Werribee form running 2nd in the Part 1 Prince of Wales Cup and 2nd in the World Cup. Nicolette proved she could compete with the big guys placing 4th in the Mini Prix.
Tallara jumped very consistently barely having a fault all show with Verdi placing 4th and 5th in the strong Part 2 section and Oaks Kosmo placing 5th in Part 3.
Below: Dave and Tony Norman's Nicolette in the Mini Prix Presentation
CopRice Sponsors Tamworth WC
We then freshened up and headed to Tamworth for the CopRice sponsored World Cup Show. It was great being part of the CopRice team present at the show with Shane Davidson, Brooke Campbell, Tallara and myself flying the flag. We really have embraced the team mentality that I think it is important part of our sport.
We had a mixed show with Dyranta not loving the warm up and having an uncharacteristic 8 faults in the World Cup. Congratulations to James Arkins for picking up his first World Cup win. Places for the show included a 3rd in the 1.45m, Wednesday wining a 1.15m class and Oaks Kosmos picking up a 3rd in the Bronze.
The highlight of the show for me was being teamed up with World Carriage Driving Champion Boyd Exell in the ride and drive. The competition required me to jump a course and then jump on the back of his carriage and go for the ride of my life. It was a great opportunity, lots of fun, Boyd is not just World Champion and great ambassador for Equestrian Australia but he is also a top bloke.
Below: Dave and Boyd Excel
Above: The horses having a graze with Dave whilst getting iced after the class.
Showcase of Showjumping
Lucky for us we have arguably one of the best showjumping shows in Australia 15 minutes from home. Showcase of Showjumping is organised and run by the Winning family and held at the beautiful Sydney Polo grounds. It is the sort of show that you walk around with a smile on your face all weekend, the grounds are perfect, the prize money is excellent and with the V.I.P and perfect setting the show brings with it a real sense of occasion.
All the horses jumped well with Dyranta only having 1 fence down all weekend, she was 2nd in the 1.50m winning round and 2nd in the World Cup, narrowly missing the win due to having brick off the wall.
Nicolette was jumped double clear and was 4th in the 1.40m winning round and Invincible jumped his best rounds to date jumping double clear for 5th in the 1.30m winning round. Wednesday continued to be consistent with a 3rd in the 6 year old class.
Verdi and Tallara narrowly missed the Silver Final jump off with 4 faults being one of the slower 4 faulters, this was a tough pill to swallow as 4 faults ended up coming 2nd!
Below: Tallara and Copabella Verdi in the Silver
Above: Dave and Nicolette in the Bronze. Photo thanks to Julie Wilson.