Above: Tom McDermott and Cachassini II

Day 2 at our Australian Jumping Championships was a busy day which saw not only Round 1 action in the Senior, Young Rider and Junior Championships, but a total of almost 600 rounds scheduled across three arenas. Although cool conditions prevailed, the sun shone for most of the day and with the weather forecast improving as we approach the weekend, conditions may well be perfect by the time the Finals roll around.

Here is a summary of all the action from the classes conducted today.


Horseland are the proud sponsors of the Australian Junior Championship which held its first round this morning to open proceedings on the Flemings Nurseries Arena 2. A total of 50 of the best Junior rider combinations in the country assembled to battle it out in a speed class.

First onto the arena were Western Australians Chloe Versteegen and Cera Quantero, who set the standard, with a clear round in 66.50 seconds. It wasn’t long before inform Queensland rider Cody Tincknell and James Continue took over at the top of the leaderboard. They were super quick and despite having four seconds added for taking a rail, they ended up with a time of 65.36 seconds. They sat at the top of the leaderboard for quite some time, until the NSW combination of Ella Hayward and Edena DP hit the arena. They cut more than a second off the time recorded by all who went before them to finish in 64.16 seconds.

However, the three final placegetters for the class came later in the draw to remove all of those mentioned above off the podium. The winners of the class were Jett Newman and Wanda from NSW, who completed the course, clear, in a very rapid 62.26 seconds. Second place also went to a NSW combination, Charlie Magnier and Quinn Z finishing in just 62.30 seconds. In third place were Chloe Versteegen and Pico Bellini in 62.69 seconds. With less than half a second separating the top three, it looks like this is going to be an exciting championship, which concludes with a final on Sunday morning. The top 12 placings in this class were as follows:

1st Jett Newman Wanda
2nd Charlie Magnier Quinn Z
3rd Chloe Versteegen Pico Bellini
4th Ella Hayward Edena DP
5th Cody Tincknell James Continue
6th Simone Sorensen Yalambi’s Karajini
7th Olivia Hewitt-Toms Cererity Park LM Star
8th Chloe Versteegen Cera Quantero
9th Jack Barker Tulara Colchic
10th Zara Smith Catena
11th Tilley Fair Bella Bonita
12th Claire Zylstra Harvey B


The feature competition of the show commenced this morning with the first round of the Australian Senior Championship on Fleming Nurseries Arena 2. There were 24 combinations entered, including five of the top nine placegetters from the 2021 Championship, all looking to finish as high up the leaderboard as possible, to ensure they start with the minimum number of penalties in Sunday’s Final. Conducted as a speed class, the winning rider of the 2019 Australian Senior Championship took the opportunity to remind his rivals what a formidable force he can be.

Tom McDermott showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels by filling the top three placings in the class. He won with his stallion Cachassini II going clear in a time of 67.91 seconds. Second place was secured with the gelding, Cooley Gangster, stopping the clock at 68.08 seconds. In third place, it was Tom again, riding his 2019 Senior Championship winning mare, Elegance De La Charmille, in a time of 70.42 seconds, despite having four seconds added for a rail down.

It was a magnificent performance from McDermott and sets him up with a very realistic chance of winning the Australian Senior Title for the third time. The Senior Championship will resume on Friday with Round 2, before Sunday’s Final.

Congratulations to the winner and all the placegetters:

1st Tom McDermott Cachassini II
2nd Tom McDermott Cooley Gangster
3rd Tom McDermott Elegance De La Charmille
4th Robert Palm Jaybee Vibrant
5th Amber Fuller Nopal Van Tallaert
6th Clem Smith Oaks Conjurer
7th Amanda Madigan Diamond B Vivienne
8th Olivia Hamood Jane Fonda DVD
9th Izabella Stone Oaks Ventriloquist
10th Sam Overton Oaks Cassanova

Above: Tom McDermott and Cooley Gangster


The next class on the main sand arena was the first round of the Racing Hearts Australian Young Rider Championship. Thirty-six of the best Young Rider combinations in the country were on display, competing in a speed class, that provided plenty of entertainment for the large crowd watching on.

In the end, it was a New Zealand visitor who showed the Australians how to do it. Georgia Bouzaid and Vitess took the win by the bearest of margins, finishing clear in 66.40 seconds. In second place, with a time of 66.46, despite incurring 4 seconds added for a rail down, was Queensland rider, Cody Tincknell and the gelding Screwdriver. Third place went to Chris Holland and Elsa, who stopped the clock at 66.75 seconds. With the top 10 combinations all less than six seconds from the winner, it looks like this Championship is going to be very hard fought. Round 2 will be held on Friday, before a final on Sunday. Placegetters today were as follows:

1st Georgia Bouzaid Vitess
2nd Cody Tincknell Screwdriver
3rd Chris Holland Elsa
4th Conor Reed Alpha Activity
5th Anneliese Wansey Kolora Stud St Patrick
6th Hayden Parker Tulara Spangenberg
7th Clemency Hughes Diamond B Corvina
8th Chase Naylor Check Book
9th Conor Reed Leopoldo MVNZ
10th Ginger Jilly Diamond B Vancouver



The final class for today on Flemings Nurseries Arena 2 was the second round of the 4cyte Australian Children’s Championship. Forty-two combinations produced 21 clear rounds which meant that the large crowd watching were treated to an exciting jump-off.

Repeating their win in round 1 yesterday, the winners, in a time almost two seconds faster than their nearest rivals were Charlie Magnier and Master Stevie G. This combination will go into Saturday’s final on zero penalties and will have every other combination in the final chasing them. South Australian star Imogen Lindh and Blackall Park Koraleighfinished second with a jump-off time of 35.48 seconds, an improvement of two places on their fourth place finish yesterday. Imogen and Licaviv finished third (36.17 seconds) in a repeat of their performance in Round 1.

The scene is set for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic final to the 4cyte Australian Children’s Championship, scheduled for first thing on Saturday morning. Today’s placing were as follows:

1st Charlie Magnier Master Stevie G
2nd Imogen Lindh Blackall Park Koraleigh
3rd Imogen Lindh Licaviv
4th Zara Adnams Tally-Ho Primrose
5th Lucy Borrack Mighty Tosca
6th Tanner Robinson Cracker
7th Joel Lamb JB Little Gun
8th Tanner Robinson Charlie
9th Kirra Nicholls Finch Farm Class Act
10th Sienna Holdsworth-Rose Coolart Farm Short Torque



The first round of the Ruby Series opened the day on Tulara Warmblood Arena 3. The Ruby Series is open for horses with 40 points or less at the close of entries who are not entered in any other Series. Today’s class, sponsored by Advika Park saw the rails set at 1.25m and was contested by a total of 42 combinations.

Some great jumping saw 23 of them go clear with the fastest time recorded by Taylor Robertson and Halona. A highly competitive jump-off followed which saw a massive 16 double clear rounds. However, the win, with a jump-off time of 32.31 seconds went to NSW’s Jennifer Wood and I Pod. In the runner-up position were Rebecca Jenkins and Festa D, who were just a touch slower, finishing in 32.70 seconds. Victorian rider Tori Glass and Bonnie Valley Nobuck Boriswere awarded third place after stopping the clock in 33.21 seconds.

The second round of the Ruby Series will be held on Friday, before a Final on Sunday.

Placing in this class were as follows:

1st Jennifer Wood I Pod
2nd Rebecca Jenkins Festa D
3rd Tori Glass Bonnie Valley Nobuck Boris
4th Taylor Robertson Halona
5th Emma Smith Oaks Abracadabra
6th Carly Overton Pabello
7th George Johnson Wallaroo Carina
8th Charlie Eason Oaks Coolangatta
9th Emily Hovell Yalambi’s Geronimo
10th Jessie Rice-Ward Denisen Park Style



The second round of the Emerald Series was held this afternoon on Tulara Warmbloods Arena 3 and was sponsored by Freedman Racing. Conducted as a speed class, the win today went to Queensland rider Fuschia Criss and Amazena. They were the only combination to break the 52 second mark, stopping the clock in 51.82 seconds. Second place went to the winners of yesterday’s first round, Cody Tincknell and Lady Quincella Gold, who finished in a time of 52.58 seconds. In another clean sweep to the Queenslanders, third place today saw the round 1 fourth placegetters Robert Goodwin and Caveton Park Legacy go one better, with a finishing time of 52.97 seconds. The top 50% of the riders on the leaderboard will contest the Emerald Series final to be conducted on Saturday. Placings in this class were as follows:

1st Fuschia Criss Amazena
2nd Cody Tincknell Lady Quincella Gold
3rd Robert Goodwin Caveton Park Legacy
4th James Harvey Yirrkala Celeste
5th Amie McMaugh Pure Diamond
6th James Harvey GC Cornate
7th Vicki Roycroft Copabella Ventura
8th James Paterson-Robinson Diamond B Baton Rouge
9th Jennifer Wood Charizard
10th Charlee Dobbin Sweet Dreams



The third class today on this arena was the second round of the Verband Holsteiner Germany Future Stars Series. Run as a speed class, the results showed just how open this competition is, with only four of yesterday’s round 1 top 10 combinations able to back up their performance today. In fact, only one of yesterday’s top 4 appears in the round 2 top 10.

The winners of this class were Western Australia’s Tessa Lill and Yalambi’s Key Largo who were very impressive winning by almost five seconds, finishing in a time of 51.00 seconds. Last year Tess won the Australian Speed Championship and with the sort of round we saw today, another impressive showing in the Speed Championship would not surprise. Second place today went to Olivia Hamood and Diamond B Bedazzled, in 55.85 seconds, while in third, were the NSW combination of Savanna Hopkinson and Bittern Park Karmen, with a time of 56.03 seconds.

The top 50% of entrants will now be invited to compete in the Future Stars Final, scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon. Full placings in this class were as follows:

1st Tessa Lill Yalambi’s Key Largo
2nd Olivia Hamood Diamond B Bedazzled
3rd Savanna Hopkinson Bittern Park Karmen
4th Phillip Lever Bonita
5th Tess McInerney Quintation
6th Jamie Priestley Team Priestley Leda Ego Z
7th Tyrone Latham Yirrkala Harriett
=8th Josh Collins Oaks Kenya
=8th Clara Palm Tulara Lady Zirocca
10th Andrew Lamb Oaks Ever Red



Wrapping up the action on Tulara Warmbloods Arena 3 today was the second round of the Kiernan Plant Hire Mini Prix. Just as was the second round of the Future Stars, this was a speed class and the action was certainly fast and furious. There were 44 combinations entered, all keen to ensure they were one of the top 50% of entrants who would go through to Saturday’s final.

The winners of this class were Amelia Douglass and Upper Class Z, who completed the course, clear, in a time of 52.64 seconds. In what turned out to be a complete NSW podium, second place went to Emma Smith and DF Balour Bird, who stopped the clock at 53.96 seconds. Third place today went to the combination that won the 2021 Australian Young Rider Championship, Madeline Sinderberry and Camie Z in a time of 54.59 seconds.

The top 50% of entrants will now be invited to compete in the Mini Prix Final, scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon. Full placings in this class were as follows:

1st Amelia Douglass Upper Class Z
2nd Emma Smith DF Balou Bird
3rd Madeline Sinderberry Camie Z
4th James Paterson-Robinson Dublin
5th Robert Goodwin Warrego Simone
6th Tessa Lill Yalambi’s Hugo Boss
7th Emily Hovell Yalambi’s Finnegan
8th Tess McInerney Alpha Centauri
9th Madeline Sinderberry Gredstedgaards Number One
=10th Clem Smith Quantico 12
=10th Tom McDermott Warraleigh Park Cortez




The first round of the Australian Amateur Series was the first class held today on Arena 4. Emco Equine were the sponsors of this first round of this series, where riders that meet the criteria to be Amateurs, will compete over two rounds, striving to position themselves in the top 50% of entrants and thereby qualify for Saturday’s final.

A total of 53 combinations lined up for today’s round, which was conducted as a speed class. Completing the course clear and in a very swift time to take the win were the Victorian combination of Jane Powell and Sorento, finishing in 56.06 seconds. Second place, despite taking a rail and having 4 seconds added were another Victorian combination, Cindy Morrison and CP Richard, finishing with 56.74 seconds. Katie Clark and Katelle Grand were awarded third place after finishing clear in 58.71 seconds.

With the top 20 combinations on the results list all finishing within 10 seconds of the winners, the race for the Australian Amateur Title looks set to be a compelling tussle. Placings from today’s class were as follows:

1st Jane Powell Sorento
2nd Cindy Morrison CP Richard
3rd Katie Clark Katelle Grand
4th Giorga Gall Along Came Polly
5th Sarah Weiss Twins Delux
6th Jennifer Smith Country Platinum
7th Katrina Silk Dunrostan
8th Paige Cartwright Kitara Boizel



The opening round of the Yandoo Equestrian Services Pearl Series was the second class conducted on Arena 4 today. The Pearl Series runs over three qualifying rounds, with the top 50% of entrants on the leaderboard qualifying for the final to be held on the last day of the Championships.

A total of 66 combinations lined up for round 1, which was a single round competition, producing 28 clear rounds. The fastest of these rounds and therefore the win went to the Queensland combination of Lorna Clifford and Ngahiwi Possum, finishing in 47.28 seconds. Proving her ability, Clifford also went on to claim second place, this time with Kahean Trooper Nelson with a time of 47.53 seconds. Completing a Queensland clean sweep of the podium were Kaya Zielinski and Lady Of Diamonds, the winning combination from the 2021 Ivory Series, with a time of 48.08 seconds.

1st Lorna Clifford Ngahiwi Possum
2nd Lorna Clifford Kahean Trooper Nelson
3rd Kaya Zielinski Lady Of Diamonds
4th Kelly Fyfe Materialism
5th Eliza Abrahams Cody
6th Macey Rams Chloe
7th Simone Tanis Peter Rabbit
8th Charli Hill Isle Of Jarroe Valley



The opening round of the JPR Equestrian Opal Series was the final class conducted on Arena 4 today. Like the Pearl Series, the Opal Series runs over three qualifying rounds, with the top 50% of entrants on the leaderboard qualifying for the final to be held on the last day of the Championships.

A total of 90 combinations lined up for round 1, which saw 44 clear rounds and in a high-quality jump-off, 22 double clears. The fastest of these was young Victorian star, Zara Adnams and Dingmac Disco King, who stopped the clock at 26.89 seconds to take the win. Charly Robinson-Smith from NSW and Carisma II were second in a time of 28.25 seconds. A time of 29.70 was enough to secure Queensland’s Lorna Clifford and Ngahiwi Possum third place. The second round of this Series will be run on Friday afternoon. Placings today were as follows:

1st Zara Adnams Dingmac Disco King
2nd Charly Robinson-Smith Carisma II
3rd Lorna Clifford Ngahiwi Possum
4th Chloe Lockwood Mingara Panda
5th Lachlan Harvey Patangas Hiccup
6th Stuart Abrahams Blue Print
7th Abby Coates Wafalu Nulla
8th Kristy Haworth Wondaree Spice

It was a great day of jumping and as the action heats up as we approach a weekend full of Finals, it is sure to only get better.