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Best show jumpers in town for state championships

SHOW TIME: Chief steward John Warren predicts this year's state show jumping championships will see world-class performances.
SHOW TIME: Chief steward John Warren predicts this year's state show jumping championships will see world-class performances. Renee Albrecht

SHOW JUMPING: According to chief ring steward John Warren, this year's Gympie Show will provide the platform for some of the

best show jumpers in the country to peddle their wares.

With a state title up for grabs, the Southside venue will have many of the country's elite horseman and women go head-to- head in one of the most hotly contested competitions for some time.

It has been five years since Gympie has hosted the state event, and Warren is adamant spectators will have the opportunity to see world-class performances.

Some of the best show jumpers in Australia arrived at the grounds yesterday, ahead of the formal competition starting today.

"We have a very high standard of show jumping here every year,” Warren told The Gympie Times.

"The classes are good and we have very good sponsors that provide nice prize money so we can attract the very best show jumpers,” he said.

The Topsy Bath Memorial will act as the feature event tomorrow.

Warren said the nature of the competition brings out the best in both human and equine athletes.

"It will be of a world-class standard,” Warren said.

"The jumps will be 1.5m and you will see as good a jumpers as anywhere in Australia.

"Guys that have taken out major prizes at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney will all be here this weekend.

"It is going to be very solid,” Warren said.

Local gun Billy Raymont will be flying the flag for Gympie.

Raymont will look to cement his spot as one of the best young riders around

as he takes on the quality field.

All the show jumping action starts today.

Topics:  equestrian queensland gympie show 2017 olympics queensland show jumping

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