One thing about the South Australian group, they really work having at the social side of the event right. Friday night is their annual BQ night, after the hectic first day of showing all members and families are invited to a free BQ, a chance to sit down, have a drink and eat with fellow competitors. The committee for this event do a super job, apart from the free BQ for members, the next day they turn on the most amazing spread of eats and wines for sponsors and judges, really a relaxing, social day.
So the second day of the SA Horse of the Year with great weather and once again SA’s finest on display. The Junior Rider classes were judged today, the winner of the rider under 10years was Dallas Merry and runner up was Isabella Johnson. The rider 12years and under was won by Caitlin Fricker, runner up was Madeline Pagon. The 13-15years age group was won by Breanna Forster runner up was Kirilee Jordan.
Open Newcomers, there were a few that you wouldn’t mind seeing in your own stables at home. Rider and producer of show stars Margot Haynes grabbed two Newcomer Titles, with Kolbeach Starlight winning the Large pony and then the Newcomer Galloway Kolbeach Supernova, this was just the start of what was to come for the busy rider today. The Small Newcomer pony was Jamiee Bruggemann’s Yindarla Park All Talk and the Newcomer Hack was Kate Halliday’s lovely horse York.
The Horse of the Year, did we happen to mention that Margot Haynes had a exceptional show! perhaps we start with the only two events she was not the winning rider for; The Small Pony of the Year and it was the sweet little mare Silkwood Nutkin ridden so professionally by Victoria Fricker, hot on her heels was another young talented rider Madeline Pagon winning the runner up with her pony Radford Lodge Socialite. The Medium Pony of the Year was Argyl Royal Flush, forward and covered the ground with such ease, ridden by Jessica Marnie runner up was Kolbeach Holly’s Crystal ridden by Margot Haynes.
I am not sure if this is some sort of record but how many riders can say they came away from a Horse of the Year with eight titles…. not many I bet, today Margot Haynes was the winning rider for the Large Pony 13-14hh of the year with Kolbeach Starlight, runner up was Argyl Star Attraction ridden by Jessica Marney. Next up the Small Galloway of the Year won with Holly’s Shine, runner up was a super win for young Denim Moloney who rode her own Weswoods Supa Caste.
Then the Large Galloway Margot was back on Alpine Park Oceans to secure the win and entry into the Nationals, runner up was Sam Kennedy on Realism. Small Hack of the Year and the stunning Worldly who gave Margot a super rider to take this win, runner up was Angela Forster’s Champers.
Finally the Large Hack of the Year. I thought this class could have gone a few ways to would be the winner. Samantha Kennedy’s Exotic gave Sam the sweetest ride ….just beautiful, soft, flowing and foot perfect, the stunning hack has really matured into such a top class horse. Margot Haynes had Radiant forward and going, Trudy Borgas turned up the heat with her hack TD Blush – three lovely horses that just stood out as been a little more polished than the rest of the field, three judges and the point systems so it was a matter of waiting for the tally up. Winner was Margot on Radiant, runner up TD Blush, with Sam’s hack in as third, did not get a chance to look at the scores but Im presuming it was a close class this one.
So that is it, another show over and done with a very strong SA team heading down to Victoria for the Nationals. Of course this show would not be without the work behind the scene from the likes of Alyson Emery who never stopped over the two days, backed by committee members Andrew Hunt, Sally Lawrie, Shayne Faehrmann, Chris Lawrie, Jill Best, Jo Gale, Louisa Smith, Annabelle Kerslake, Sadie Michell, David Quale and chairman Frank Bawden.