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Chugg and Vivant are the 2008 Australian Jumping Champions

2008 National Champions Chris Chugg and Vivant
Chris Chugg and Vivant at the 2008 National Jumping Championships Canberra
Photograph:Michelle Barrera
Nicola Turner, EFA National Office, Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Chris Chugg and Vivant have won back to back National titles

The Australian Showjumping Championships, 9 – 12 October 2008
Exhibition Park, Canberra

Report with the assistance of Horse Deals - see full gallery of images at www.horsedeal.com.au

The Australian Jumping Championships were held last weekend in Canberra.  The successful four-day show had a massive 2,840 entries, 270 riders and 610 horses.  The rings were running well after dark under the lights at Exhibition Park. A huge thank you to the main organisers Peter Core, Grant Hughes and Peter Dingwall, who did an amazing job.

Chris Chugg won the Senior Championships on Vivant. The combination did not have a rail down all show and won the first two classes allowing them the luxury of being able to ride a little more slowly in the third Championship class (where they were 2nd to Becky Allen and Koyuna Ted).  This makes it back to back Australian Showjumping titles for Chris and Vivant.

“He is great talent and we are really excited about the next few years with him.” said Chris.

Recently returning from his Olympic campaign in Europe, Vivant only came out of quarantine on Tuesday. Chris rode him on Wednesday and went straight to the Championships on Thursday.

"He was kept in work as long as possible and then in quarantine he was lunged everyday, he stayed pretty fit." 

“He really matured from his time in Europe,” said Chris “He went away a young Grand Prix horse and has come back a real Grand Prix horse, I feel I could front up to any 5 star class in the world on him now.”

Chris plans to compete Vivant on the American circuit next year in preparation for the 2010 World Championships in Kentucky.

“Europe was great, and he (Vivant) benefitted from the international arenas and big classes, but is it is too hard to get into the 5 star shows, the US will suit us better.” said Chris.

“This horse will continue to mature and improve for the next 15 months, and with some 4 and 5 star shows under his belt he could be very competitive at the World Games and also at London in 2012.”

The ACT Insulation Services Senior Australian Championship Runner Up award went to Jamie Winning on Yandoo Vangelo.  Jamie was in both the Young Rider and Senior Australian Championship competition. Jamie was equal sixth and eighth in the ISS Young Rider Championships.

Emily Blinkworth dominated the Young Rider competition.  Emily won the title riding her imported German mare CP Romantic Dream and also took the Runner Up award riding CP Rolex.  This is the second time Emily has won the YR Championship the first time was at Sale in 2006 .

Thomas McDermott from Wagga Wagga won the Junior Championship riding Merriwa.  Monique Barrett won the first Canberra Motor Works Junior Championship qualifier riding her sensational Snowy River Ginger Meggs. A fall in the practice ring just prior to the final qualifier saw Monique unable to take part. Even so, the 2007 Champions took sixth place overall, with Monique also in seventh place riding her Deo Juvante (another ex eventer, formerly ridden by Chris Burton). 

Young rider Nakita Misner from the Southern Highlands rode her imported Warmblood mare, Naromine to win the Cosmorex Coffee bareback Challenge. Nakita and Naromine jumped a 1.70m rising oxer. Nakita was more surprised than anyone, claiming that she has never ridden the mare bareback and never jumped that high with her.

The Eventers had a good weekend. Gold Medal Eventer Wendy Schaeffer placed 6th and 7th in the Senior Championship riding Koyuna Sun Magic (a top level Eventer who will be going to Adelaide CCI 4* next month) and Koyuna Sunset.  Wendy and Koyuna Sun Storm to jumped two clear rounds and take second place in the Colliers PRD Mini Prix.  Wendy also won two of the A&B classes, one on Koyuna Sundancer and the other on Koyuna Sun Storm. Wendy rode Lord of the Sun to 2nd in Saturday’s EFA Futurity Championship.

Chris Burton made an impressive debut show riding the Copabella Stud's wonderful imported stallion, Copabella Visage. The successful event rider and Visage had been placed earlier in the show and jumped two super rounds to post the faster of the two jump-off clears of five to win the Colliers PRD Mini Prix. Chris also placed 2nd in the futurity qualifier on Newsprint who will also be going to Adelaide CCI 4Star in November

Shane Rose, a member of the Silver Medal Olympic Eventing team won the Equest World Nowra D Grade riding the ASH bred Ladybrook Remington and also won the Blinks Cement Products B & C grade on Statford Novalis.

Over the course of the weekend Shannon O'Meara had his float containing all his gear stolen from the show grounds. During Friday night someone literally hitched up the float and drove away with it. The jumping fraternity has contributed generously to getting Shannon back on the road. Emily Blinkworth, who won a Pessoa Jumping Saddle, donated by Canberra Saddleworld, as part of her Young Rider Championship prize, generously gave the saddle to Shannon to literally help him get back on his horses. It is to be hoped details of the stolen float and equipment will be posted on the Horse Deals website shortly. 

Many thanks to the sponsors
  • ACT Insulation Services Pty Ltd
  • Equestrian Federation of Australia
  • Colliers International - Commercial Real Estate
  • Colliers PRD - Residential Real Estate
  • ISS Australia - ACT Office
  • Saddleworld
  • Canberra Motor Works
  • ACT Government
  • Horseland
  • Canberra Motor Works

Also thanks to the judges who judged the 2,840 entrants!

(Ring 1) Jan Goulding and Ann Sheehan, (Ring 2) Ann Sheehan and Daisy Pritchard, (Ring 3) Brigitte Cross

The course designers - (Ring 1) Leeson Sirett ,(Ring 2) Brad Longhurst, (Ring 3) Bob Harnas

The ground announcers John Vallance and Tim Dreverman

The Honorary Medical Officers -Dr Linda Mayer and Ms Jo Carrick-Bourne

The Chief Steward -Simon Barrey

The Medication Control Officer -Stella Saberton

The Entries Office Staff Ms Leslie Riley, Mrs Mary-Therese Daniel, Mrs May Vella

The caterer for the volunteers and sponsors -Mrs Edwina Mitchell 

The co-ordinator of volunteers- Mr Gregory Calder

The Ringmasters ;(Ring 1) Greg Vella, (Ring 2) Michael Archer.



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Chris Chugg and Vivant

Chris Chugg and Vivant

2008 National Champions Chris Chugg and Vivant

Emily Blinkworth donating her new saddle to Shannon O'Meara

Hilary Scott

Jamie Winning

Jeff Evans

Julia Hargreaves

Michael Lucas

Tom McDermott and Merriwa Jnr Champions

Emily Blinkworth and CP Romantic Dream - Young Rider Champion

Emily Blinkworth and CP Romantic Dream - Young Rider Champion

Emily Blinkworth and CP Romantic Dream Young Rider Champion - recieving a saddle from Canberra Saddleworld

Chris Chugg and Vivant

Chris Chugg and Vivant

Chris Chugg and Vivant - 2008 National Champions

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