Showjumpers bring world class performance to Gatton
SHOWJUMPING: Clem Smith was just one happy rider at the close of last weekend's World Cup Show after placing fifth in the ultimate championship on Sunday and taking home first in the 1.4m class on Guru.
The four-day event had more than 200 riders turn out and hosted almost 500 horses at the Gatton Showgrounds, all of which made for some tough competition for local riders like Mr Smith.
"We were very happy with the results, especially since the World Cup was one of those Certificate of Capability events for the World Cup series, so it was great to get that,” he said.
Chair of Showjumping Queensland and co-organiser Becky Jenkins said the committee had worked hard to ensure riders, mounts and guests were kept comfortable during the event.
"We learned from last year and brought in a riders' tent, made sure we had good food and traders' tents, new equipment so it looks a bit nicer (and) making sure the stables all had fresh sawdust,” she said.
"We wanted to create a friendly and enjoyable place for people to be on their weekend.”
James Arkins won Sunday's World Cup on Da Vinci's Pride, with Billy Raymont on Anton following in second and Jamie Kermond on Yandoo Oaks Constellation third.
In the Junior Championships, Maleah Lang-McMahon took home both first and second places on horses KS Eric and KS Annassi respectively.
Elkie Lang-McMahon won the Mini Junior Championship on KS Rosie, with Bridget Noble coming in second on Pablo.