Jumping talent set to go on show at Nambour event
THE Sunshine Coast Showjumping Club is again hosting its Grand Weekend of Showjumping at the Nambour Showgrounds, starting today and running over the weekend.
The best horses and riders from Queensland and northern New South Wales are coming to the Sunshine Coast for this event, including 15 World Cup riders.
An outdoor ring, with courses designed by Robert Goodwin, will test riders jumping from 70 - 90cm.
An indoor ring, with courses designed by Paul Raymont, with jumps from 90cm to 1.50m will test the more experienced jumpers.
All competitions are open to all riders.
The most spectacular events of the weekend will be two Grand Prix competitions.
Placegetters in these two A grade events aggregate points.
The person scoring the highest total will win a Stubben jumping saddle, donated by Sandale Saddlery, valued at over $4,000, as well as the prize money for these events.
The Saturday night Grand Prix, indoor and under lights, is preceded at 6.30pm by a Calcutta - the auctioning of teams of riders to audience members, who can then share in the proceeds with the team that is most successful in the Grand Prix.
It is fun to bring a picnic tea to this event, but a canteen will also be run throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, at about noon, the second Grand Prix will sort out this year's big winner.
Past winners Olympian Tim Amitrano, Brett Warren and Bec Allen will all be competing for the honours.
Entry to the Grand Weekend is free, and members of the public are invited to come along and watch these spectacular horses' athletic performances.
Anyone who wishes to enter in the coming week can ring Sue Raymont on 5447 6589
On Sunday, Paul and Sue's son, Billy Raymont of Cooran, won the New Zealand National Championships on his black Australian thoroughbred horse, Stardom.