Bega showjumpers Brett Clarke, Clint Beresford and Craig Matthews are looking to dominate the ACT Centennial Showjumping Cup from today until Sunday at Equestrian Park in Canberra.
The Centennial Showjumping Cup is the first leg of the Triple Crown Series, which is run in conjunction with the Bega Cup and the Snowy Mountains Showjumping Festival.
A win in Canberra would consolidate the rider’s positions coming into the Bega Cup in December.
The Centenary Cup is the showcase event of the competition, with obstacles approximately 1.4m in height and up to 2m wide.
It will be a testing effort for the horse and rider partnerships.
Clint Beresford is hoping that his run of excellent form with his horse Emmaville Jittabug will continue over the weekend.
He recently returned from a successful tour in Victoria where he was part of the winning Australian Young Rider team in the Oceanic Championships, competing against the Kiwis.
“My horse has been jumping really well,” Beresford said.
“I’m really looking forward to the Centenary Cup on Sunday.
“It should be a very competitive class with several strong combinations in action.”
Bega local Clarke will be offering up tough competition to Beresford.
Clarke, a former NSW state champion, is one of the most experienced riders in the class.
He has a very consistent partnership with his horse GH Tiger Lilly, and will get two shots at the crown through his second ride GH Blossums Little Brother.
Craig Matthews and Fifa La Vida were recently crowned Australian Amateur Champions in Melbourne.
The amateur classes are extremely competitive and Matthews is in hot form to win in Canberra this weekend.
Alongside the elite competitors, three rings of competition will accommodate riders aged from seven to 70, with events for juniors, young riders, amateurs and seniors.
The Centennial Showjumping Cup is welcoming 200 riders and 400 horses to Canberra for an exciting three days of competition.
The public is welcome visit Equestrian Park to watch the events.
For more information visit http://actsjc.snappages.com/.