The 2012 PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars has wrapped up in Victoria, with Victoria’s showcase event, with the five-year-old Warmblood mare Sugarloaf Sirhara being named Champion of Champions.
Saturday was the final day of the event, and started with the second half of the Intermediate 1 Freestyle which saw David Shoobridge & 00 Seven take out first place in the Mayfield Farm Prix St Georges Cup.
Shanon McKimmie showed the benefits of correct training, having placed in the 6yo class at the 2011 PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars with the impressive Ambassi, and stepped up to win first place in the CDI-Y Freestyle.
The quality in the young horse classes continues to grow, a sign that Australia’s breeding programmes are on the right track.
The 4yo winner SS Dante, who is out of former PSI Dressage with the Stars Champion of Champions Donna Carina, impressed guest rider Emile Faurie who gave the horse an 8.2 with his ‘big gearbox, great mechanics, trainable and adjustable body’.
Awarding a score of 9.0, Faurie did not want to get off the 5yo winner and eventual Champion of Champions, Sugarloaf Sirhara, who he found to be an honest and willing ride. He commented on her great mechanics and natural uphill way of going. Sugarloaf Sirhara is by the Sandro Hit stallion Sir Donnerhall, and out of Belcam Cynara (Capone x Razzmatazz). Sirhara is a registered Arabian Warmblood and descends from the purebred Polish arabian stallion Amurath I.
The 6yo winner SS Sonnata Hit backed up a successful 2011 with a score of 8.5. Fauriecommented that the horse was a beautiful, elegant type with great ability to adjust and an excellent canter.
The Esther Bellis Perpetual Trophy, awarded by The Horse Magazine for the all round young horse competing in both the Dressage and Show Jumping championships, was again won by the adaptable and talented Linbil White Russian who was a previous winner of this award.
Following a rousing rendition of the National Anthem by Kassie Southwell, Sugarloaf Sirhara was named Champion of Champions and winner of the PSI trophy rug and Pessoa dressage saddle supplied by Saddleworld in the PSI Australian Young Dressage Horse 2012.
Rosewater Driving Miss Daisy, Australian Young Dressage Pony 2012, was a proud recipient of the Perpetual Trophy and $2000 donated by Jill Cobroft, and a saddle from Kentaur.
The competition concluded with a wonderful display of dressage in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle with a win to Maree Tomkinson riding the lovely Diamantina in only her second Grand Prix, making it two from two for this talented mare. “I’m just an ordinary rider with an extraordinary horse,” she said.
The festivities concluded with the the ‘Party with the Stars’, with everyone thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to let their hair down after three wonderful days of competition, Dancing the night away to The Rock Dogs.
Both Emile Faurie and Greg Best have expressed their wish to return and Performance Sales International will again be on board to support the event in 2013.
Australian Young Dressage Pony Material Championship for 4yo ponies – Rosewater Driving Miss Daisy ridden by Ben Terry, owned by Andrea Taylor and bred by Rosewater Stud.
Australian Young Dressage Pony Championship for 5yo ponies – Bellvale City Lights ridden by Robbie Soster, owned by Alexis Buckley and bred by Bellvale Riding Ponies.
PSI Australian Young Dressage Pony Champion of Champions – Rosewater Driving Miss Daisy
Australian Young Dressage Horse Material Championship for 4yo horses – SS Dante, ridden by Rodney Martin
Australian Young Dressage Horse Championship for 5yo horses – Sugarloaf Sirhara ridden by Daniella Dierks, owned by G & J Farrell and bred by L & H Gilbert
Australian Young Dressage Horse Championship for 6yo horses – SS Sonata Hit ridden by Rodney Martin, owned and bred by Andrea Beatty
PSI Australian Young Dressage Horse Champion of Champions – Sugarloaf Sirhara
4yo Young Jump Horse Championship – Forever owned, ridden and bred by Caroline Price
5yo Young Jump Horse Championship – Diamond B Corsica ridden and owned by Ally Lamb, bred by Diamond B Stud
6yo Young Jump Horse Championship – Equus Echo ridden by Jessica Brown, owned and bred by Equus Australia
ACE Group Future Stars Championship – CP Argento ridden by Andrew Lamb, owned by Ally Lamb and bred by CP Sporthorses
Kentaur Current Stars Championship –Belcam Alida, ridden by Brook Dobbin and owned by Alice Coony
PSI Young Jump Horse Champion of Champion – Echo
Several special awards were presented throughout the weekend. These included a tribute to the much loved Binnie Barclay, chief scorer for Jumping with the Stars since its inception.
Binnie Barclay Memorial best presented 4 year old – Australian Maid, Eliza Baldwin
Kardella Farm Best Presented 5 year old – West Side Invader – Megan Joyce
Finch Farm Best Presented 6 year old – Marine Park Ringo, Laura Santry
Best Performed Mare Current and Future Stars – Glenara Bollinger, Melissa Froesch
Best Performed Stallion Current and Future Stars – Animate, Paul Brent
ACE Award for best performed Australian Bred and registered young jump horse – Contessa VI (Meridian Contessa), Toni Scattergood breeder Meridian Warmbloods
Esther Bells Award for best perfromed horse in dressage and showjumping – Linbil White Russian, Bill Chrisanthis