Sunday, May 8, 2011

World Cup up close!

I travelled down to Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC) at Horsley Park today to help out officiating as a Marshall for the Preliminary and 1 Star show-jumping legs of the world cup eventing competitions.
Then I had the opportunity to see the final of the World Cup Show Jumping Competition.
BIG!! Eleven jumps with 14 jumping efforts (including a double and a treble!) all about Maximum height of 1.5metres! It was a pretty tight track, being indoors, which disadvantaged a few of the bigger, faster horses, but 7 jumped clear and made the jump-off. I wasn't able to stay for the jump-off as I had to drive home (3 hours) to feed up, so will have to look up final results during the week.
Olivia Hamood (who trained Sandro!) was into the jump-off on her grey, Nemo. (Shown above)
Julia Hargraves was riding a beautiful bay who she's taking overseas to campaign later this year. She had won the last two World Cup events on him, but had a rail today.

Not good snaps, but they give a sense of the size of the course and the exertion of the mounts!! Awesome!
(I'll have to edit the horse's names in, when I check the results.)

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