Show jumpers chase big money
CHIEF ring steward John Warren was a happy man yesterday as he watched some of the nation's best show jumpers ply their trade at the 2012 Gympie Show.
Warren said the show society was worried showjumping numbers might have dropped because the Gympie, Ipswich and Brookfield shows clashed this weekend.
He said 70 riders lined up for the first class yesterday morning, quelling fears of a lack of riders.
"I am really happy with the support shown by the show jumpers considering there are other shows," Warren said.
"I am happy with the whole ring. Those shows could have hurt us but obviously we are hurting them," he said.
Warren said Gympie attracted the cream of the show-jumping talent chasing the big money on offer.
All up $23,000 is up for grabs.
Warren said there would be some excellent jumping in the centre ring today.
The C and D-grade championships will be run this morning with the A and B-grade Grand Prix getting underway after this afternoon's grand parade.
"It's the main event of the show," Warren said.
Warren rates Clem Smith, Paula Harmood, Tim Amitrano, Billy Raymont and Brett Warren as the riders to watch in the grand prix.
"Clem Smith will be hard to beat," he said.
On Saturday morning the richest junior show jumping event in Queensland will be held.
The Nicole Frampton Memorial, sponsored by parents Ian and Debbie Frampton, has a $400 first prize.
Nicole Frampton would have turned 28 on May 7 but passed away with cystic fibrosis aged 12.
Ian Frampton said he was proud to sponsor the event.
"We have some great junior riders, they are all great kids," he said.
Warren said it was big money on offer for junior riders.