TOP PRIZE: The junior showjumpers at the Roma Show will be vying to win this specially hand-stitched blanket.
TOP PRIZE: The junior showjumpers at the Roma Show will be vying to win this specially hand-stitched blanket. Tom Gillespie

Riders can enter showjumping for first time at Roma Show

IT’S not everyday you get to ride with Olympic shortlisters at a showjumping competition, but participants in the showjumping section may just get the chance to do that at this weekend’s Roma Show.

In it’s first year running, the competition already has up to 174 horses registered to ride, with a slew of junior riders also set to make their mark.

Head of the showjumping section Clancey Smith said the competition would encourage local junior riders to have a go in this year’s events.

“Pony Club kids will move towards the bigger competitions, but the idea is to encourage the junior riders to have a go,” she said.

“We’ve got some riders who have been shortlisted in the previous Olympics riding alongside our juniors, and their quality is second-to-none.”

With a series of events planned for juniors, the showjumping will build towards a junior championship for kids on the Saturday afternoon at Bassett Park. Ms Smith said she couldn’t thank the sponsors enough for their prizes and donations.

“The sponsorship has been amazing; rugs for the winners of events 11–16 have been made by Newrybar Rugs and have been kindly donated by Midwest Rural Traders & Mitavite,” she said.

“The entire aim is to get many of the junior riders to have a go in the competition; we just want them to have a great time.”


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