A. Shepparton (CSI1*-W) 18 March 2023; (won by Sarah McMillan and Tyrone VDL)
B. Werribee (CSI1*-W) 25 March 2023; (won by Tom McDermott and Cooley Gangster)
C. Larapinta (CSI1*-W) 29 April 2023; (won by Amber Fuller and CP Aretino)
D. Australian Show Jumping Championships (GP) 5 November 2023;
E. Sale (CSI1*-W) 26 November 2023;
F. Sydney Summer Classic (CSI1*-W) 9 December 2023;
G. Shepparton (CSI1*-W) 16 March 2024;
H. Werribee (CSI1*-W) 23 March 2024; and…
Well, that’s great. At least there is a bit of structure which we onlookers can follow, but God help us trying to evaluate the worth of Australian riders who win these competitions. The whole thing is so subjective and as the criteria says, the Australian Show Jumping Selectors have “sole and absolute discretion.”
iii. performances and results achieved by the Combination at CSI5* level prior to 2023 may be considered to demonstrate the experience of the Combination,
So what’s this? A rider can go really badly in a big competition like a CSI5* and it can just be written off and “be considered to demonstrate the experience of the Combination”? Okay. This is why I am not game to put a list up because this is way beyond anything I have ever thought of.
For the avoidance of doubt, performances and results achieved at CSI5* competitions and European and North American competitions may, in the absolute discretion of the Jumping Selection Panel, have more significant weight attached to them.
I am so glad the Australian Show Jumping criteria added this final paragraph. It clears everything up and satisfies any doubts I was having!
Holy smoke! Who wrote this? It really does my head in.
Please understand that this is just an excerpt from the Australian show jumping nomination criteria and you can find the whole document on the Equestrian Australia (EA) website under Selection Policies.
The next show in Australia on the selection list above for show jumping which counts for Paris selection is the Australian Show Jumping Championships from 31 October to 5 November 2023 at Sydney International Equestrian Centre. If Equestrian Life does not report on this show elsewhere in the magazine next month, I will try and include some results and commentary.
Okay, now on to the…
TOP 10 EVENTING LEADERBOARD
1. Shane Rose and Virgil have a magnificent 28.5 penalties from Adelaide CCI5*L on 20 April 2023. This combination at the moment is the only Australian eventing combination that gives off threatening vibes in terms of a potentially outstanding result at the Paris Olympics next year.
2. Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend have 32.2 penalties from Kilguilkey House International Horse Trials CCI4*S in Ireland on 29 July 2023. Kevin is based in England and is an Olympic silver medallist from Tokyo in 2021 riding Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam. There is no question Kevin is a top rider. Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend did do a 29.7 score back in 2021 at a CCI4*S and a 30.2-penalties also in 2021 in a CCI5*L. Getting Kevin under 30 penalties on this horse is possible but will represent nearly a personal best performance. All of the stars will have to align. I don’t think Kevin is about to win an individual medal at Paris on Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend but he may be a serious option as a backstop for an Australian team medal. We still have time as in eight months; however, we would certainly like to have an Australian team capable of what Kevin can produce as in 32.2 penalties or better. We really need to get under the 30-penalty mark.
3. Andrew Cooper and Hey Arnold have 32.9 penalties from Tamborine CCI4*S in Australia on 19 February 2023. Andrew is such a consistent top-of-the-range 4* rider. We so need Andrew to get his dressage scores under 30 penalties. In dressage language, 30 penalties is 70% or better. Andrew is a superstar when it comes to cross country and is a super professional in the show jumping arena.
4. Sophia Hill and Humble Glory have 33.5 penalties from Werribee CCI4*S on 2 February 2023. Again, another Australian rider who needs to get the dressage score under 30 penalties. Humble Glory and Sophia are definitely capable of brilliance in the cross country and show jumping. It’s all about dressage scores for these top riders to move into a position where they can seriously contribute to an Australian team medal at the Paris Olympics.