Showjumping stars stormed the Herald Sun arena stage this afternoon in the Group A contest that gave a glimmer of what’s to come in tomorrow’s FEI World Cup event for ardent spectators ts the 2017 Melbourne Royal Show. Eager fans bustled into the grandstands to see familiar accomplished combinations showdown in a testing jumping challenge. However, conservative entrants to tomorrow’s FEI World Cup class withdrew from the Group A event, leaving only eight starting combinations from the registered eighteen to contest the placings.
Seasoned showjumping star, Ally Lamb, showed her competitive fortitude on course with ‘Diamond B Corsica’ in a display that surely whet appetent viewers tastes for a sensational performance ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup battle. The Victorian local clocked in the only much sought after double clear of the day in the Group A class, stopping the jump off clock at 46.19 seconds.
Master horseman and farrier by trade, Clint Beresford, cinched second place in a thrilling jump off display on board ‘Emmaville Jitterbug’. Beresford in partnership with his mount fondly known as ‘Jason’ ticked a rail in their Group A contest pursuit, adding four faults to his time of 48.63.
Andrew Lamb fell third to his victorious wife, Ally, on board ‘CP Argento’, where his unattainable speed spelled two toppled rails, adding eight penalties to his 43.60 second finish. Much-accomplished equestrian, Stuart Jenkins, retired from the jump off contest, however his preceding round in the Group A class proved sufficient to cinch fourth place for the Queenslander and ‘Fairview Aliquidam’. Recently crowned 2017 Speed Champion Scott Barclay rounded out the top five on board ‘Lamaz’ in today’s Group A class.
The presentation for the Group A showjumping contest ran concurrently with the presentation to honour the ‘Best Performed Group A Horse’ of this year’s Melbourne Royal Show. Victorious claimants of the honour, following their sensational Prince of Wales Cup win yesterday, were the internationally acclaimed combination of ‘Yalambi’s Bellini Star’ and Steven Hill.
Missed yesterday’s Prince of Wales Cup? Read our wrap up here. Today’s Group A all-stars will take to the Herald Sun arena stage again tomorrow in the culmination of the 2017 Melbourne Royal Show’s showjumping contests. To view the FEI World Cup event, tune into the ‘Horses in Action’ live stream from 2.30pm Tuesday 26 September. The live stream will be available all week with a full schedule of viewing covering the show’s breed and show classes, following tomorrow’s much-anticipated FEI World Cup event.
Words: Gabi Rivett