Group C competition came to a head today in the final contest for competitors that culminated in a stirring jump off performance for this morning’s eager crowds in the Herald Sun arena at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show, on this last day of showjumping competition. The testing jump off track willed hungry entrants to make hair splitting decisions to shave millimetres from their chosen route and milliseconds from their time, at great risk of rails toppling, that eventuated in just seconds dividing podium placings.
Showjumping superstar James Harvey continued his enviable show run, adding to his tally of placings gained on the Herald Sun arena in combination with ‘Patangas Casino’, to emerge victorious from the field of twenty keen entrants. Harvey stormed the field, taking hair-raising jump off risks to curtail the length of course and cinch first place, stopping the clock at a remarkable 34.16 seconds. The achievement came as a two-fold success for Harvey, claimant of a C Group double victory today, as he out-performed the field on board ‘Pantagas Casino’ this Royal Melbourne Show to claim ‘Best Performed Group C Horse’.
Holding the lead and seemingly uncatchable, until pipped at the post by Harvey, was recently crowned and three time Australian Champion Jamie Kermond, on board ‘Tulara Colchic’. The pair set the precedent for a thrilling jump off by daringly opting for internal lines in the jump off course that saved the pair considerable time in combination with his point-perfect clear performance, to stop the clock at 35.81.
Paul Brent came to the contest guns blazing, to follow suit with Kermond’s outstanding course cutting precedent, nipping at the Australian Champion’s heels to stop the clock just hundredths of a second behind, at 35.99 to nab third place on board ‘Fontaine Blue VDL’. Andrew Lamb followed in fourth in a sensational display on board ‘Denison Park Discovery’, whilst Brook Dobbin rounded out the top five with the flashy ‘Leopoldo MVNZ’.
Missed yesterday’s jumping action featuring riders of ASJC at this year’s Melbourne Royal Show? Read our wrap ups in our news section. The much-anticipated FEI World Cup event will be held today 26 September at 2.30pm in the Herald Sun arena and over the ‘Horses in Action’ live stream.
Words: Gabi Rivett