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Riders and steeds line up for Victorian Championships

Shepparton's WB Hunter Reserve will come alive this weekend with a feast of showjumping at the Victorian State Championship.

HANNAH DRISCOLL March 14, 2014 4:10am

Tocumwal’s Anthony March will be one to watch in the main event at the Victorian State Championship, which begins today.


Northern Victorian Showjumping Club is hosting the Victorian State Championship at WB Hunter Reserve in Shepparton from today.

The feature event is the Open Senior Victorian Champion 2014 with the jumps 1.5m high.

All finals will be on Sunday, including juniors 18-and-under, young rider 16-21-year-olds and amateur riders over-21 state titles.

Across all the divisions there have been about 300 horses entered.

There is a total of more than $20000 prizemoney offered across the three-day event, which NVSJC president Adam Prime said was the most ever offered at the state championships.

‘‘It’s been run for long time, but it’s the first time we’ve had it in Shepparton so it’s a great win for the whole area really,’’ Prime said.

‘‘We’ll have people coming from all over the state and interstate as well — South Australia and some from NSW coming in as well.’’

There are 16 combinations entered into the open senior event, with the biggest local hope being Tocumwal’s Anthony March.

He will be pitted against former Olympian Russell Johnstone and Jamie Coman.

There is also a lot on the line for horses entered in the age group divisions.

‘‘Six, seven, eight-year-old horses will qualify for a final later in the year which will put them onto an Australian team list, which is pretty significant,’’ Prime said.

‘‘It’s for young horses that are going to be developed by the national federation for either world equestrian games or future Olympics, Rio and beyond.’’

Prime said they had worked closely with Greater Shepparton City Council to organise the event, and also Shepparton Cycling Club as part of the event will be in the centre of the velodrome.

‘‘The cycling club is working with us, the council is working with us, to make sure the ground’s watered, we’ve put sand through it, it’s been fantastic what they have been doing,’’ Prime said.

Entry is free.

Competition starts at 8am each day with the main events scheduled from 11am onwards.

The Open Senior Victorian Champion will begin at about 11am on Sunday.

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