SHOW: Clem Smith and Elite clear a jump in the 2018 Queensland Showjumping Championships.
SHOW: Clem Smith and Elite clear a jump in the 2018 Queensland Showjumping Championships. Molly Hancock

Event brings riders west

Showjumping: The Roma Show not only celebrated 132 years but was also host to the 2018 Queensland Country Showjumping Championships.

Riders from throughout Queensland, NSW, Victoria and New Zealand made the trek out west to take in the prestigious event.

Roma showjumping steward Clancey Smith said numbers were strong in showjumping this year thanks to the country championships.

"It's a real honour to host an event like the Queensland Country Championship and a lot of effort goes into organising event,” Smith said.

"Within the showjumping world in Queensland, we have one of the best surfaces in the state.

"We are improving on our facilities and equipment every year and we need to thank the pony club for the use of their ring.”

This year Cameron Moffatt was crowned junior champion, Damian Kiss the newcomer and rising star champion, Brock Everingham the amateur champion and Jasmine Ritter the young champion.

Showjumping Olympian Ron Easey brilliant in the ring, taking out future star and senior champion.

"He always brings a team of horses and riders and there is never a dull moment when Ron is around,” Smith said.

Not only did Roma provide a pristine ground for competition but also a wealthy pool of money for winners.

"We do have good prizemoney up for grabs as well, which is essential to pull all these riders out west, and this year we had a total of $10,800 in prizemoney, plus rugs and prizes on top,” Smith said.

During the course of the weekend, other showjumping events proved to be also successful.

"We had really good numbers for the Brandon and Associates showjumping competition, with seven horses competing,” she said.

"Our district classes were really well supported too, as well as our stock horse events.

"The junior beginners' ring on Friday was also very successful.”

The showjumping events finished Saturday evening under the lights with the six-bar showjumping finals.

See some of the action below.


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