The iconic showjumping festival returned to the Gunnedah Showgrounds at the weekend, the first time the event has run since the start of the pandemic.

Even the deluge of rain on Friday September 2 and Saturday 3 could not put a dampener on the event.

The calibre of jumping was exceptional, with some of the best riders including ex Olympian Ron Easey, Ashley Cutler and Brock Everingham making the trip to Gunnedah to compete. 

Brock Everingham had a weekend to remember, dominating in the placings, including winning the Bridget (Bud) Hyem memorial 1.25+ Grand Prix riding Kannai and the 1.35+ Grand Prix riding Renovator.

Gunnedah Showjumping Festival convenor Rob Witts said it was a brilliant weekend with great showjumping all the way through.

“From 55cm to 135cm there was opportunity for every level of rider and horse to be involved and have a go,” Mr Witts said.

“Competitors could not believe how well the ground jumped, with the course builder in ring one even suggesting we could host a world cup qualifier at the ground.

“We were really pleased with how the weekend went, despite the rain and we had a great turn out of competitors. 

“For those who have supported us and everyone who sponsored, thank you.”

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