Copabella Classic 2009 – Show jumping event at St Ives and VIP Marquee26 April 2009 Story: MiSociety Photos: Bill Ranken and MiSociety
Cream of Australian show jumping at the Princess Anne Arena, St. Ives, Sydney.
Show jumping – the new black? Show jumping may well be now on an equal social footing (hoofing?) as the glamorous Polo scene.
The Coppabella Classic held at the Princess Anne Arena out in Sydney’s northern ‘bush’ at beautiful St Ives was a brilliantly organised and executed event.
This was an A list occasion for spectators and all show jumping connections. There were more current and upcoming Olympic Champions on one paddock here than you would ever find in one place ‘treading the boards’ elsewhere. Thanks to our wonderful Bill Ranken’s vast knowledge of ‘who’s who in the equine zoo’ MiSociety is able to publish images of the cream of Australia’s past, current and, importantly, upcoming equine champions.
And folks what is it about ‘horsey’ competitors – they are all gorgeous. Take show jumping’s glam couple Julie Hargreaves and her fiancée Christopher Burton who would have to be the Princess and her Prince of show jumping and the type of real role model celebrities that young people should be aspiring to.
The massive yet elegantly presented VIP marquee constructed for the Copabella Classic was where we enjoyed a fabulous three course ‘sit down’ with fine wines.
The ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition was hotly contested and taken out by Cheryl Roberts (and her puppy Rory) and was judged by Victoria Ross along with Wendy Nutt of Philadelphia Philpot Millinery fame. (Jo Bailey was down to judge also but he was riding elsewhere on the day.)
The sheer skill and class of show jumping excelled and was at a superb level with the ‘ponies’ here ringing the till at around a million dollars. As the elimination rounds got tighter the crowd got quieter creating a surreal feel as the packed public stand hushed and breaths were held till the final bell.
MiSociety (and Mr. Ranken) attend many, many events and we have to say a huge thank you to Lesley and Alan Hargreaves who are ‘Copabella’ and the great girls from Map and Page PR for including us at one of the best events we have ever attended.
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