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World class showjumping in Gatton

Tom Sedger jumps through the 1.35m class during the Gatton World Cup on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Tom Sedger jumps through the 1.35m class during the Gatton World Cup on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

A weekend of world class showjumping has officially kicked-off in Gatton today with the Showgrounds bursting with all things equine.

More than 350 riders, complete with 400 horses are in town until Sunday for the Prydes Gatton World Cup.

The event will exhibit some of the country's top riders, with entries from across the Tasman also in the mix.

Riders will be competing across three rings set up at the showgrounds, with free entry for the public looking to watch the action.

There will be 26 classes of jumping over the weekend with the feature event, the World Cup qualifier, to be held at 1.30pm on Sunday.

The competition will see more $32,000 worth of prize money up for grabs for winning riders.

Events kicked off today with preliminary events in all three rings and the second day of competition will start from 8am tomorrow, Friday, August 1.

Helidon showjumper Gemma Creighton will feature among a number of locals competing at the event including Clem Smith and Tom Sedger.

Coming off a successful run at the Glen Haven Park Grand Prix in Kilcoy, Creighton said she was hopeful of a solid outing during the Gatton World Cup this week.

"I won the six bar and I got young rider champion," Creighton said.

"All the horses have been jumping well and I'll just go out there and play it by ear.

"It's my local show and I really enjoy it and its one I always look forward to competing at during the year."

The Prydes Gatton World Cup will be run by the Equestrian Queensland Jumping Committee and is the third event on a Queensland Run of five events including the State Titles held as part of Gatton Show, the Glen Haven Park Grand Prix, Gatton World Cup, Caboolture World Cup and Ekka World Cup.

The event will not only be of huge benefit to the local showjumping game but for the town itself, with competitors expected to purchase upwards of $10,000 in fuel and $5000 in feed locally, plus dining and accommodation spending.

The event will also be broadcast live across the internet and TV to a world wide audience of about 3 million viewers.

Topics:  gatton, showjumping


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