Superstar senior riders assumed the ranks in the sensational Group C competition today in the Herald Sun arena at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show. Seasoned showjumping masters met with current and past Australian Senior Title claimants that saw the accomplished entrants take to a testing showjumping battle to crown the eventual victor of the Group C class.
Sensational performer and horseman, Paul Brent, bolstered his Royal Show run record and broke his “fourth place affliction” in a daring display of unbeatable speed and accuracy to claim the pole position and take home a thoroughly well earned win. Leaving all fences erect was no mean feat in the trying contest that yielded just five clear rounds of the twenty four entrants, with Brent emerging victorious, clocking in an uncatchable time of 68.31 seconds on board ‘Kablesse Kavita’.
Recently crowned Australian Champion Jamie Kermond made his Royal Show podium-placing debut on board ‘Tulara Colmine’, snaring second place in the amongst the competitive senior field. The dexterous Kermond employed tact to outmatch the field attune to his trademark clear round style, stopping the clock at 70.43.
Brook Dobbin rounded out the podium placings giving a sensational performance in partnership with his flashy ‘Leopoldo MVNZ’, just ticking a rail for four penalties in a thrilling display of expert horsemanship to sidle into third place, just ten hundreds of a second behind Kermond on 70.53. This morning’s Group B title claimant, James Harvey, continued his leader board dominance in a spectacular speed display on board ‘Pantangas Casino’, that saw his two tipped rails for eight penalties tally just 71.56 on the board for fourth place. Crowd-favourite Rebecca Jenkins rounded out the top five on board ‘Blackall Park Penny Lane’ taking four penalties to total 72.46.
Did you miss this morning’s action? Read about the thrilling Group B class here. Showjumping action is set to continue today and tomorrow at the Royal Melbourne Show, culminating in the FEI World Cup class tomorrow at 2.30pm in the Herald Sun arena and on the ‘Horses in Action’ live stream. The ‘Horses in Action’ live stream will run all week with an exciting schedule of show and breed classes to come.
Words: Gabi Rivett