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Chris Chugg and Vivant National Jumping Champions

Chris Chugg and Vivant
Chris Chugg and Vivant at the 2007 ISS EFA Australian Jumping Championships (April 2008)
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
EFA National Office, Nicola Turner, Monday, 21 April 2008

In a nail-biting finish, Chris Chugg and Vivant became the stars of the 2007 ISS EFA Australian Jumping Championships, held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre in April 2008 after the original dates had to be cancelled following the outbreak of Equine Influenza.

In Sunday's Grand Prix Chris Chugg and Vivant were challenged to a jump-off against 22-year-old Julia Hargreaves and Copabella Haymen .  Chugg jumped faultlessly in wet sloppy conditions to win the Grand Prix and also the Australian Senior Showjumping Championship.  Julia was unlucky to have the last fence down in only her first year of senior competition.
Chugg was leading the Senior Championship point-score going into Sunday's competition and was determined not to let "Eventer" Wendy Schaeffer win the title.  Wendy finished second in Senior Championship on Koyuna Sun Set.  It was a quick change of horse for Wendy as she rode out of the prize giving for the CCI 3* Three-Day Event - where she placed third, fourth and fifth - moments before cantering into the Grand Prix arena.

Vicki Roycroft and Noblewood Park Blatini finshed third in the Australian Senior Championship.

Chugg said "Vivant felt great, much better than at Sydney," where he thought the horse had been under-worked. 
"It has been flowers, flowers, flowers since Sydney," smiled Chris referring to Vivant's spookiness at the flowers in the World Cup class last month. "I am really looking forward to going to Europe."

The combination will leave for Germany in early May to take part in the two Olympic nomination events held there.

The Young Rider Championship was won by Belinda Prestwidge riding Mister Chips.  Second place went to Danielle Butcher and HP Landsong ahead of Hilary Scott and Oaks Miss Scarlett who finished third.

The Junior Australian Showjumping Champion for 2007 is Monique Barrett and Snowy River Ginger Megs.  Tom McDermott finished second on Merriwar and third place in the juniors was Jack Maunder riding Susie's Fancy.

For complete results of the 2007 ISS EFA Australian Jumping Championships, go to the NSW Show Jumping Council web.

Chris Chugg and Vivant

Before the rain

Hayley Coman and Just Lately

Some don't mind the wet

Rain rain go away

Amy Graham and Transatlantic

Rebecca Allen and Koyuna Ted

Wendy Schaeffer and Koyuna Sun Set

The High Performance Panel

Vicki Roycroft and Noblewood Park Blatini

Chris Chugg and Vivant

Jamie Winning and Yandoo Vangello

Chris Chugg and Vivant

Chris Chugg and Vivant

Julia Hargreaves and Copaballa Haymen

Julia Hargreaves and Copaballa Haymen

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