Boneo Show Jumping Carnival

Boneo Park owned and operated by the McNaught family, with operations headed by youngest daughter Fiona supported by a capable team including business and operations manager Alissa (Lizzy) Schirmer.  The facility is situated on over 800 acres bordering the environmentally important Tootgarook Swamp on the southern end of Victoria’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula.

The McNaught family’s awareness of the sensitive nature of the area, they are committed to the eradication of many noxious pests, weeds and restoration of swamp areas, their hard work evidenced by an abundance of native flora and fauna including healthy stands of Moonah Melaleuca’s, black swans and pelicans.

To the average local or tourist driving past Boneo Park, it’s just horse paddocks and a big set of gates, an unassuming horse property.  Enter the property, the long drive bordered by black post and rail fences and young Oriental Pears, you start to get a sense of something special.


Photos & Article by  Geoff McLean – Gone Riding Media

You arrive, opening up before you is a state of the art equestrian facility, an architect designed eco-friendly international standard indoor arena, professionally prepared sand, fibre and grass competition surfaces, stable and yards complex, round yards, powered camp sites and my personal favourite the café and riders retreat. How good is it to have good coffee, meet with friends and at the end of the day a steaming hot shower in clean facilities.

The weekend of 20-22 November was the Boneo Show Jumping Carnival, three days of first class show jumping culminating in Boneo Grand Prix on Sunday.  It is a very strong field and the cracks have gathered for the fray; Froesch, Johnstone, Lamb, Lang, Lever, Coman, Dennison.  Jamie Coman, could only compete Friday due to coaching commitments at the Adelaide International 3 Day Event.

Whilst not the first time the new purpose built grass arena was used.  It proved a good dress rehearsal and test for the forthcoming Boneo Classic world Cup in January 20-24 2016.

Bring it on!!

And bring it on they did, we were treated to great three days of great show jumping!

The grass arena impressed, several of the senior riders commented “You could be in Europe” and from others “Can’t wait for the January Boneo Classic”.  At closer inspection riders found the surface to be well grassed with a mix of rye, fescue and kikuyu, even, firm, sure under foot, yet forgiving and kind to the horse.

Highlights of the weekend were:

Friday the ever popular Olympian Russell Johnstone a clear winner in the Open 135cm.

Saturday afternoon the rider and crowd favourite six bar competition, as expected by the final round we were all cheering loudly to see Adam Metcalfe from SA riding the very talented Pax Bravo setting a new venue record height of 150CM to win the event close behind him, equal second was Sarah Moody and Adam Johnstone.

Sunday, the Boneo Grand Prix won by back to back Junior Australian Show Jumping Champion Jasmine Dennison riding Nicolossi.  Jasmine, 16 from the Mornington Peninsula and coached by Laurie Lever, showed the “guns” a clean pair of heels.  Jasmine is a genuine world class emerging rider. Not only is she two time Australian Junior Champion, she has taken on the “guns” and chalked up multiple Grand Prix wins in the last twelve months.  Jasmine also represented Australia at the FEI Children’s International Jumping Challenge in Mexico in January of this Year.  We are going to see and hear a lot more about this young champion.

Friday Ring 1:
Open 115cm Ally Lamb Dennison Park Cassisi
Open 125cm Melissa Backman Blackall Park Choloe
Open 135cm Russell Johnstone Borealis Centurion
Open 95cm Mirran McKay Black Opal
Open 104cm Jessica Grant Blackall Park Roxy
Open 110cm Paul Brent Kablesse Kavita
Speed Championship120cm Joel Pearce GP Shine
Open 60cm Abbey Mammers Mangrove Park Georgia
Open 75cm Abbey Mammers Mangrove Park Georgia
Open 90cm Alysa Blachos Opie
Open 120cm Russell Johnstone Daprice
120cm – horses under 40 points Briony Temby Classic Scenario
Junior 120cm Kate Crauford SL Itza Worry
Open 130cm Andrew Lamb Dennison Park Discovery
Young Rider 130cm Melissa Backman Blackall Park Choloe
Open 140cm Jasmine Dennision Bubble and Squeak
Open Six Bar Adam Metcalfe Pax Bravo
Junior Six Bar Darcy Wade Wesley Maximillian
Open 120cm Briony Temby Classic Scenario
120cm – horses under 40 points Paul Brent Cavalli Park Aliyah
Junior 120cm Kate Crauford Master Darnley
Boneo Grand Prix Jasmine Dennision Nicolossi
Mini Prix Sarah-Louise McMillan Queen of Diamonds
Young Rider Matilda Alexander Dreamtime Invader
Open 95cm Eliza Llloyd Bamboo Harvester
Open 104cm Simone Tanis Somerwaters Petitie
Junior 104cm Greta Hinchen Ipod
Open 110cm Alice Hirst Berragoon Sizzle
110cm horses under 16points Ken Weir Bp Striking for Iys
Open 60cm Hudson Craig Nerreman Toby
Open 75cm Hudson Craig Nerreman Toby
Pony Club Rider 75cm Cohen Wade Lakevale Tarwyn
Open 90cm Bronte Huthcison Radnor Tangerine


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