2013 National Horse & Rider Championships

The cream of Australia’s show equines were at WPNEC for the Nationals. Entries from all states in Australia, including our mates in Tasmania and New Zealand crossed the oceans, mainland horses and riders came by road from all states. This year the organizers promised a  bigger and brighter affair,  with the event  finishing with the  legendary Saturday night party. More than 200 horses entered this year and it was two full days of showing bliss.

The Victorian Show Horse team has swept the pool at the 2013 Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships, winning 10 of the 19 Championship classes on offer over the two day event, held at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre (WPNEC) and hosted by Equestrian Victoria (EV).

This year’s competition saw some of Australia and New Zealand’s best show horses and riders represent their state in Leading Rein, Rider, Show Hunter and Open Horse classes.

Event Director, Fiona Mardling congratulated all riders and horses on their success throughout the two days of competition, recognising the extensive travel distances competitors and their support teams made to compete at the event.

“The Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships recognises Australia and New Zealand’s best show horses and riders from the current season. Beyond the competition arena, we are proud that our event has become a celebration of showing excellence but has also become a serious ‘event’ in the true sense of the word and a great way to end the season,” Ms Mardling said.

Neighbouring state South Australia will take home three Champion titles across the border;Leading Rein (for riders 5 and under 8 years), Boutique Stables Small Show Hunter Hack and the Small Hack Championship, sponsored by Dreamtime Park. Queensland (Physiohealth Junior Rider 12 years and under) Western Australia (Debanlay & Lyntan Park Training Stables Medium Show Hunter Pony 12hh & ne 13hh) had one Championship winner each while New South Wales had three, Dreamtime Park Large Show Hunter, Horse Deals Large Show Hunter Hack & Manuel Equine Transport Senior Rider.

With 2013 being the first year that the New Zealand team has competed openly with the Australians under the new rules of the Australasian Championships, it was wonderful to see the Medium Pony title, sponsored by Sunliner Motorhomes go to Eastdale Diva, exhibited by the Cadwallader family from New Zealand.

The coveted Large Hack Championship, sponsored by Carona Park, was won by Victoria’s Alex Berwick and Victoria Gorst’s Xlerate, making it back to back titles for the bay thoroughbred gelding by Zabeel. Chicago, owned and ridden by Paul Austin, of Queensland clinched the Runner Up title for 2013.

The success continued for Victoria as Sarah McCormick’s Leanda Hanky Panky won the Small Show Hunter Pony title and Sarah Berry’s Langtree Masterpiece, ridden by Greg Mickan, secured a hat trick to take home its third Carona Park Show Hunter Galloway (14 — 14.2hh) title in as many years which is a wonderful achievement now being rewarded by retirement in the paddock.

Zoe Griffett’s Buckwell Park Delusion, ridden by Darryl Hayes, took home the Small Galloway Championship while Holly’s Galaxy, exhibited by Graham Elliott, ridden by Katrina Kearns, was the winner of the Romsey Park Large Galloway Championship.

Hibrie Xclusive, exhibited by Kaylene McCarthy, ridden by Daniel McNamara, was declared Champion ND Australia Show Hunter Galloway (14.2 —15hh) and Sally Shaw took home the Mal Byrne Saddlery Intermediate Rider class (13 to 15 years). Lillian McEvoy was sashed The Pageant Champion Intermediate Rider 16 to 17 years, following her win in the event in 2012.

Additionally, Victorian riders and their horses cemented the Championship and Runner Up title for the Argyl Stud Small Pony Championship, with Radford Lodge Sweet Dreams owned by Phoebe Sutton-Kouros, ridden by Zoe Murray and Radford Lodge Candy Cane owned by Danyel Riemer, ridden by Daizi Plumb respectively. The Riding Pony Stud Book Society’s Large Pony Championship was won by Vicki Pisciotta’s Kolbeach Aristocrat, ridden by Lynda Hayes.

This year’s competition, beyond the 19 Championships classes taking place in the ring, offered a Breakfast of Champions, Boutique Market Night and Welcome Dinner event as well as the popular ‘Afters Party’ after the final sash had been awarded.

Friday:

How the judges  scored them [download PDF]

Saturday

How the judges scored them [click here] 

Friday winners & runner-ups

Leading Rein Pony      
Rivington Banknote SA Zhoe Willison Naomi  Karutz
Bamborough Prunella NSW Bridey Gibson David Hall
Large SH Pony Championship    
Melody Park Heavenly Pearl NSW Jess Stalling Sascha Parker-Eade
Beauparc Exquisite VIC Zoe Murray Elizabeth Greshner
Small Pony Championship       
Radfordlodge  Sweet Dreams VIC Zoe Murray Phoebe Sutton-Kouros
Radford Lodge Candy Cane VIC Daizi  Plumb Danyel Riemer
Junior Rider 12 Years & under      
Mikayla VanKampen
Brynie Lee
Medium Pony Championship      
Eastdale Diva NZ Isabella Du Plessis Cadwallader Family
Argyl Royal Flush SA Jessica Marnie C & A Hunt
Medium SH Pony  Championship       
Gem Park Rembrandt WA Courtney Vale Courtney & Robyn Vale
Owendale Mr Perkins VIC K Labahn-Meyland Michelle Labahn
Large Pony Championship       
Kolbeach Aristocrat VIC Lynda Hayes Vicki Pisciotta
Argyl Star Attraction SA Charlie Hunt A & C Hunt & S Castely
Small Showhunter Pony  Championship       
Leanda Hanky Panky VIC Vienna  Smith Sarah Mc Cormick
Bamborough Prunella NSW Eliza Douglas Bridey Gibson
Intermediate Rider 16-17 years      
Lillian McEvoy
Kirsty Harper-Purcell
Small Galloway Championship       
Buckwell Park Delusion VIC Darryl Hayes Zoe Griffett
Kolbeach Contata NSW Maia Murray J Bailey & M Christie

Saturday winners & runner-ups

Intermediate Rider 13-15 yrs      
Sally Shaw
Annie Simmons
Small Showhunter Galloway       
Langtree Masterpiece VIC Greg Mickan Sarah Berry
Ridgeview Park French Lace SA Margot Haynes Alyson Emery
Large Galloway        
Hollys Galaxy VIC Katrina Kearns Holly Broadwith
Alpine Park Oceans SA Margot Haynes Jill & Richard Best
Large Showhunter Galloway      
Hibri Exclusive VIC Daniel  Mc Namara Kaylene McCarthy
Redline Classic Edition WA Fiona  Graetz Orleans Graetz
Senior Rider      
Robbie Soster
Adam Oliver
Small Showhunter Hack       
History SA Sadie Michell Sadie Michell
Broadway Duntroon VIC Sally Shaw Sally Shaw
Small Hack       
Worldly SA Margot Haynes V Lawrie & M  Bawden
Crewe VIC Chanele Hunter Chanele Hunter
Large showhunter Hack       
Juliett NSW Emma Adams Emma Adams
Dicavalli Donsebastian VIC Elizabeth Krog Elizabeth Krog
Large Hack       
Xlerate VIC Alex Berwick A Berwick & V Gorst
Chicago QLD Paul Austin Paul Austin

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