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Olympian raises bar at Victorian Showjumping Championship

Jamie Coman proved a class above in claiming the Victorian State Showjumping Championship at Shepparton.

OLIVER CAFFREY March 19, 2014 4:18am

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Sydney 2000 Olympian Jamie Coman took out the Victorian State Championship at WB Hunter Reserve at the weekend.

The Mornington resident, who occasionally coaches at the Northern Victorian Showjumping Club, took out the open senior final on Sunday on his national-listed horse Nic Of Time.

Coman finished ahead of Tim Clarke on Caltango and Ingrid Williamson on I Reckon to win the prestigious $7000 event.

NVSJC president Adam Prime finished 10th in the final on Saddle Up Darn Good.

NVSJC representative Philippa Davison said the club’s first shot at hosting the Victorian Championships proved to be a successful one.

‘‘There was a little bit of rain around on Saturday afternoon that had people running for cover, but we only had to make one slight adjustment to the timetable,’’ Davison said.

The club has been allocated the Victorian Country Championships next year, which will be open to riders from regional areas.

Melissa Froesch claimed the silver champion final on Glenara Bollinger, while former Olympian Russell Johnstone was seventh.

Davison said the event showcased the best senior talent, while also unearthing some up-and-coming juniors who could star in the future.

‘‘It was great to see some junior riders being really competitive, there’s a young crop of riders all doing well,’’ Davison said.

‘‘We’ve got some really strong young riders and you can really see the hard work they’ve had to put in and they’re starting to really push those more experienced riders.’’

In other results, Matilda Alexander on Dreamtime Invader was the young rider champion, James Harvey on Pantangas Oberon claimed the bronze series final, while Kevin Blumson on Hendrickson won the amateur series final.

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