Words and photography by Glenys Lilley
Lead Photograph: Chelleason Magnums Gold and Cheryl Edwards Australian Champion Arabian Costume and Purebred bridlepath hack
This year’s Australian Arabian Championships was held in a very soggy Sydney Equestrian Centre after weeks of torrential rain. The programme was condensed and all classes moved to the indoor arena. There followed a lot of hard fought classes, supported by enthusiastic spectators.
The judges this year were Shannon Armstrong from the USA and Lorne Roberston from Canada, and our Australian judges – Sheila Jones, Liz Carlile and Jayne Bellchambers from Victoria, and Kylee Chandler from Queensland. With over 300 quality horses competing, they had a very full three days of judging.
Arabians and their Derivatives competed in everything from halter to hack classes, dressage, show hunter, harness, western pleasure, and costume, underling the great versatility of the Arabian horse.
|Venice MI – Australian Champion Yearling Purebred Filly Mulawa Arabians.||Cody Dertell and Enchanting FF Australian Champion Purebred Led by a Youth.|
The most entertaining class of the show was the Musical Variety Ridden Freestyle Performance Jackpot, whose competitors had the crowd hysterical with laughter at some of the antics from the costumed riders. This included the eventual Silver Champions, the Team Fruit Salad Quadrille from Victoria who included four horses, two bunches of grapes and a raunchy banana! The Gold Champion, Myth Buster (Cedarwood Lodge Kumait x Myth Anneie) and Kristin Galea, outshone them all with the appropriate wet weather inspired outfit of bright yellow raincoat , glitter and sequined raindrops. Kristin rode one-handed with an open umbrella while Mythbuster took it all in his stride.
Horses and riders come from all over Australia to attend this event and see some of the best Arabian and derivative horses compete. The champion purebred results are as follows:
- Champion Purebred Stallion – RHR Heir of Marwan (Marwan Al Shaqab x LC Psychesheiress), owned by Southern Chariot Stud
- Champion Purebred Junior Colt – Kavalier MI (Marwan Al Shaqab x Karess), owned by Mulawa Arabians
- Champion Purebred Yearling Colt – Daitan Wanted Crown (Chelleason Crown Jewel x Philadelphia KEI), owned by Daitan Equestrian
- Champion Purebred Mare – MI Klassic Fantasy (Klass x Mustangs Magnum), owned by Mulawa Arabians
- Champion Purebred Junior Filly – Venecia MI (Allegiance MI x Valentine MI), owned by Mulawa Arabians
- Champion Purebred Yearling Filly – Venice MI (Allegiance MI x Valentine MI), owned by Mulawa Arabians
For the full results, please visit http://www.arabianchampionships.com/2017-australian-national-championships-results
Purebreds Australian Arabian Championships 2017
|Allegiant MI owned by Candlewood Arabians Australian Champion Ridden Purebred Gelding and Silver snaffle winner.||Jaytee Serenity – Laura Thompsen-Reserve Australian Champion Purebred Bridlepath Hack NPTR.|
|Dreamfever Australian Champion Purebred Bridlepath Hack NPTR and Western Pleasure.||Georgio KA and Olivia Cleary-silver Champion Purebred Senior Gelding.|
|Mystica Abbas owned by South Serenity Arabians Australian Champion Ridden Purebred Stallion.|
|Georgio KA and Olivia Cleary-silver Champion Purebred Senior Gelding.||Australian Champion Junior Arabian Gelding – Parlance MI owned by Brittany Jessup.|
|Australian Champion Yearling Arabian Gelding – Bogart MI owned by Katherine Hopkins.||Imprezza owned by Tabitha Sagger Ridden by Carol Huxtable Australian Champion Purebred Ridden NPTR.|
|Just My Jullyen Tahlia Perry Australian Champion Youth Costume|
|Australian Champion Junior Arabian Gelding – Parlance MI owned by Brittany Jessup||Marwans Jewel In the Crown MPA with Brittany Hardwick Australian Champion Purebred led NPTH.|
|Silver Champion yearling Purebred Filly Marwans Gold KA -173980||Malleegrove Mandalla in the Arabian Costume class.|
|Meeting and greeting purebred gelding Mekehim Jull’d||Top 10 Aust Champ Purebred Arabian Bridle Path Hack ridden Non Profess Platinum Troy Darian Wise.|
More photographs can be found in The Australian 2017 National Championships Gallery Two