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2020 WA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
17/18th March - Judge: Sheree Taylor (VIC)
The 14th & 15th March 2020, saw SPPHAWA host its 20th State Championships.
Visiting accredited judge Sheree Taylor accepted our invitation to judge for the weekend. Sheree has a background of breeding both pure and part Arabs, Anglos, Arabian Ponies, Galloway’s and Pintos. She has been involved with judging a large assortment of breeds right down to miniatures.
Our juniors were the first led class of the day, the more mature and well balanced 3yo filly Aspasia came away with Champion Junior, whilst on his first show out, the gelding Dharma Park Wildcard took Reserve Champion Junior shown by Samantha Spurr.
The mare class was up next, The Prodigy shown by Rebecca Phillips were a polished to perfection duo and went on to win the Best Presented mare class. The ground covering strides of AP Burlesque shown by Kristie Morrone won the pair Champion Mare, while the elegant but also powerful mover The Prodigy went Reserve Champion.
The geldings had a great show of numbers, with some new quality horses stepping into the scene. In the best presented class we had black and red combination of Vallentino with Alex Markowski win this class. Vallentino showed of his experience to win Champion Gelding, with the flashy newcomer Ebony Stride, shown on behalf of Morgan Blake gaining Reserve Champion Gelding.
With an accurate and faultless workout, we saw Champion Senior Stallion awarded to MynamesKenny giving the Adina Park team a strong representation in the Supreme line up.
Sheree had a tough job on the Supreme Led class, as each horse was trotted in separately and lined up head to tail. She commented that she was very pleased and impressed with the calibre of horses in front of her. After some looking back and forth, the Supreme Led was awarded to the junior exhibit, Aspasia. They took home a stunning garland made and donated by Adina Park, along with a wool rug & cash prize both sponsored by WASBA.
Our best presented winners came in proving another tough class for the judge. All combinations were well worthy and picture perfect but the classy summer outfit of Kristie Morrone and not a hair out of place on Aspasia won them Champion Best Presented. The more traditional and classic jacket/skirt outfit won Alex Markowski and Vallentino Reserve Champion. LP Designs was the generous sponsor of this class and saw our two winners take home vouchers for showing apparel.
Our Harness classes ran after the led had finished, and from a generous handful of horses entered, our numbers were lower then desired with a few scratchings on the day. This however gave a great opportunity to our junior driver, Clare Abbott to have the ring to herself while driving Juslivinthedream around, allowing both of them to gain confidence as the classes flowed. Clare has been involved in pony trots, so this was a complete change of scene for her but great to see her giving it a go and doing so well.
The Ridden classes on the Sunday were again blessed with clear skies highlighting the immaculately turned out horses and riders. Some competitors had a fresh start with only taking part in the ridden, while others were a little weary eyed after a previous day of competition.
With categories provided for all levels of education, the Elementary horses kicked off the program commencing with Smartest On Parade. The picture perfect Rebecca Phillips and the Prodigy were awarded the win from a line up of immaculately turned out combinations.
The Elementary section always attracts attention for the new talent commencing under saddle. It’s very exciting and pleasing to see these horses and their riders grow in confidence during this stage of their careers.
Today’s stand out was the quality mare The Prodigy produced by owner/rider Rebecca Phillips. Even though being her debut show this mare displayed the qualities of a seasoned horse when winning all her classes and then being sashed Champion Elementary Hack. Exciting times ahead that will have all eyes on her as she graduates through the grades. This win was sponsored by SPPHAWA and they won an embroidered saddle pad.
The Reserve Champion was awarded to a little horse who has certainly given her connections mixed results of late, but it was a pleasing and rewarding result for Starzzz By Mee and Catherine Piper when called forward for Reserve Champion after a consistent and solid performance throughout.
During the lunch break we started to see our more experienced horses making their way out into the rings for the Intermediate and Open classes to commence their warm ups. In the first segment we saw the navy and gold colour scheme on Alex Markowski and her mount Vallentino, win Smartest on Parade.
Up next in our open rider classes, we saw the judge give the riders a workout that showed off their skills but also give soft refined aids. It was Kerryn Davey aboard President Hoylake that was sashed Champion Rider. Portia Allen riding Folly Foot Bellatrix rode the forward moving mare to be sashed Reserve Champion Rider. Both riders rode eye pleasing workouts that deservingly won them these titles.
As the intermediate and open classes tessellated throughout the day, it quickly came time for the Champion classes. With 3 different types all contending for the Intermediate win, the results could have gone any way. It was however, the big gelding Vallentino that rode consistently well all day and was awarded Champion Intermediate Hack. Starting his ridden career in the Walk Trot ring, it has been encouraging to see riders taking advantage of this pathway and being able to build up their confidence to move through the grades. SPPHAWA sponsored this class and they won an embroidered saddle pad.
With Gran Tarino ridden by Naomi Edwardes and Peregrine Lilly ridden by Rosie Atkin both in for Reserve, the judge had a tough decision as both horses gave a clean correct workout. It was however the bold moving gelding Gran Tarino that was awarded Reserve Champion Intermediate Hack. Both of these horses are graduates of the Walk Trot ring and with being the first canter show for Peregrine Lilly, it is a great accomplishment to qualify for the Champion line up on the first go.
The open Champion class saw our more experienced horses, President Hoylake alongside Folly Foot Bellatrix come into the ring. The high striding President Hoylake, showed off his willingness under saddle to produce a correct workout to be awarded Champion Open Hack. They won an embroidered saddle pad sponsored by SPPHAWA.
Reserve Champion was awarded to Folly Foot Bellatrix, who showed some beautiful work throughout the day and during this class, despite being a little tired towards the end of the class. It is nice to see riders encouraging and working with their horses, even when things may not be going so well.
Our last class of the day was our Grand Champion Ridden. The judge gave the riders a free workout and wanted them to show off their horses and what they can do. President Hoylake was ridden through a well thought out workout, starting with a balanced serpentine and showing off his ability in his transitions through the gaits. He had the upper hand against the more inexperienced Vallentino, who had become a little more flat in this class, and for this President Hoylake was awarded Grand Champion Ridden Hack. They took home a stunning garland made and donated by Adina Park, along with a wool rug & cash prize both sponsored by WASBA.
The end of the classes saw a quick tally added up from our Led and Ridden classes for the High Point Award. It was Vallentino that had performed well over both days to be awarded this prize. They took home a cash prize sponsored by WASBA.
SPPHAWA would like to thank our major sponsor Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association - WASBA, along our other sponsors Adina Park (Leonie & Kristie Morrone), Team Bond (Skye Bond), LP Designs Australia, Nicole Zilko Equissage WA and Keysbrook Produce for their support for our State Championship Show.
In addition we would like to also thank our Judge- Sheree Taylor, all our stewards, marshals, helpers and the SPPHAWA committee for making this show possible.
Beautiful photography by Sherri Wightman Photography, we thank all our major winners for supplying us with these photos.
GRAND CHAMPION EXHIBIT: ASPASIA
CHAMPION STALLION: MYNAMESKENNY
CHAMPION MARE: AP BURLESQUE
CHAMPION GELDING: VALLENTINO
CHAMPION ELEMENTARY HACK: THE PRODIGY
CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE HACK: VALLENTINO
GRAND CHAMPION RIDDEN: PRESIDENT HOYLAKE
CHAMPION HARNESS: JUSLIVINTHEDREAM