by Joy Ringrose
LOCAL champion jumper Billy Raymont and his mount Anton have taken out the major event of the Sunshine Coast Showjumping Club July Show.
The final round saw jumps that exceeded the Olympic starting height of 1.6m.
Some jumps were 1.65m and the wall was a whopping 1.7m, reaching the heights of second round Olympic competitions.
With a field of 21 starters, there were 12 horses eligible for the final jump-off against the clock. Although some horses crashed through the wave vertical jump, all managed to jump the huge wall, showing the terrific quality of the horses in this class.
Billy and Anton did a cool tight round over this huge, long, European-styled course, in 82.07 seconds.
This was more than six seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Katie Laurie, on Dustan Casebook Lomond, who did a clean, careful 88.82 seconds.
Anton is so confident of Billy's riding that they are able to take lines that are much closer to the jumps, to shave off those extra seconds. Billy also scored third place and sixth place, taking home a total of $5000 for this class.
Competitors came here from WA, NSW and Victoria.
Queenslanders, Kiwis and Americans also came on the weekend to enjoy brilliant sunshine on one of the best showjumping grounds in the nation - the Nambour Showgrounds.
This show is the warm-up for the Queensland rounds of the Pacific League World Cup showjumping, so the best in the nation were here to participate.
The $30,000 in prize- money, including the $10,000 Grand Prix class saw some spectacular jumping during this four-day show.
More than 350 horses competed in three different rings, with some of the smaller classes attracting above 120 entrants.