Riders praise facility upgrade

By Country News on December 03, 2015

Perfect jumping conditions made for smiles all round at the Shepparton Showjumping Festival on November 14 and 15.

Event organiser Philippa Davison said about 200 people attended with 260 horses jumping at the WB Hunter Reserve in Brauman St, Shepparton.

Riders from across Victoria and NSW competed for a Grand Prix with $3000 up for grabs.

Ms Davison said the festival’s gold prize was won by 1996 Atlanta Olympics competitor Russell Johnston from Whittlesea.

She said numbers were down on previous years because of a clash of dates with this year’s World Cup Jumping Series qualifying round held at Hawkesbury, NSW.

‘‘It was one of our quieter shows — but that was fine. It gave the committee a chance to sit back and enjoy the jumping.’’

She said winter improvements made to the WB Hunter Reserve drew praise from entrants.

‘‘There was a lot of positive feedback — some riders said it was the best jumping they had experienced all year.’’

Ms Davison said next year’s FEI World Cup qualifying round would return to Shepparton.

—John Lewis

By Country News on December 03, 2015

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