Sixteen year old Kaitlin Labahn has formed a very good partnership with her mother, Michelle Labahn's beautiful, 'Rolex II'. In a strong field they outperformed some experienced opposition to claim the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show Pope Cup. And that's not all. They claimed the Child's Hack Championship and as second to the Champion, they made the most of their opportunity and claimed the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show Reserve Hack title. After all that they claimed the Gorst Family Award for Best Performed Hack of the show.
Ali Berwick rode her own and Emma Barkla's 2018 Adelaide Royal Reserve Champion Hack, 'Royal Oak Foreign Affairs' by Royalwood Boy Soprano to win the class for Open Hack 15-15.2hh.
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Phoebe Kouros rode India Mitchell's, 'Royalwood Centre Stage' by Royalwood Boy Soprano to win the class for Hack Gelding 15-16hh.
Jess Stones rode Tia Rose McKenzie's, 'Mirinda Jackpot' to win the class for Show Hunter Galloway 14-14.2hh and go on to claim the Show Hunter Galloway Championship.
Izabella McIntyre rode Amanda McIntyre's well performed , 'Meteor Showers' to take second place in the class for Open Show Hunter Galloway 14-14.2hh.
Adelaide Jacobs', 'Beauparc Dreams' won the class for Show Hunter Galloway Mare.
Matt Snell rode Jess Campbell's, 'Millawarrah Martini' to win the class for Gent's Show Hunter Galloway.
Tiffany Greenhill rode her, 'Tiffin's Encore' to win the class for Lady's Show Hunter Galloway and go on to claim the Show Hunter Galloway Reserve Championship.
Rachel Wessel is pictured abaord her impressive Novice Over 16.2hh winner and Best Novice Hack, 'Santino' by Sandreo.
Chanele Hunter -Cooke rode Trudi Jones', 'Royal Command of Sefton' to win the class for Show Hunter Galloway Gelding 14-14.2hh.
Adam Oliver rode Emma Ashton's, 'Cruze' to win the class for Show Hunter Galloway Gelding 14.2-15hh.
Brynie Lee rode the Romsey Park, Di McDonald and Tony Bayley nomination, 'Dunelm Icon' to win the class for Show Hunter Galloway 14.2-15hh.
Interior designer and regular Melbourne Royal competitor from the Mornington Peninsula, Penny Greenhill rode her lovely , 'Kolbeach Party' to win the class for Lady's Hack.
Briony Randle is pictured aboard Martine Duncan's beautiful and super moving, 'Santa Fe' by the imported German stallion, San Jose. They took second place in the class for Open Hack 15-15.2hh and first in the Mare class.
Greg Mickan rode Alyssa Giustozzi's, 'Harlow' to take fifth place in the class for Open Hack 15-15.2hh. A little later the owner stepped aboard to take second place in the class for Hack Gelding 15-16hh.
Ty Zoontjens from South Australia rode Tonia Scaife's beautiful Warmblood, 'DS Tulara Fursandro' by Furstenball out of a Sandro Hit mare to win the class for Gent's Hack and take third place in the class for Open Hack 15-15.2hh.
Courtney Bird rode her lovely, 'Marquise' to win the class for Open Hack 15.2-16hh.
Elia Lom rode the Kristinvale Stables nomination, 'Shintilla' to make Pope Cup Top Ten.
Syenna Vasilopoulos made Pope Cup Top Ten with her former Sydney Royal Champion Hack, 'High Fashion'.
Catherine Neill made Top Ten in the prestigious Pope Cup class riding her impressive Zabeel gelding, 'SLM Mercedes'.
Jess Stones rode the very well performed, 'Taittinger' to win the class for Open Hack Over 16.2hh and claim the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show Hack Championship, the second Championship for this combination. They also took out the Pope Cup Runner Up Award. Taittinger is a former winner of this special class for Horses Showing Thoroughbred Qualities.
Not long back from her third trip riding in the UK, Brynie Lee has stamped her claim on the Providence Cup with her super working Walton gelding, 'SLM Valentino'. This combination won the Cup in 2016 and were Runners Up last year and claimed the award again today. The Providence Cup is probably the toughest showing competition at the Royal Melbourne with so many outstanding Show Hunters all vying for the coverted award.
Rebecca Crane rode her impressive Falsterbo gelding, 'Federer' to claim the Providence Cup Runner Up award.
Jess Stones rode Matilda Longbottom's, 'Powerplay' to take third place in the very strong Providence Cup competition for Show Hunters Over 14hh.
Michelle Paynter rode her very well performed, 'DP Amazing' to win the class for Gelding Over 16hh.
Stephanie Barrington rode the Barrington and McCormack nomination, 'Dior' by Zabeel to win both the Novice and Open 16-16.2hh hack classes.
Courtney Christie rode her mother, Francesca Christie's, 'SLM Empire' to take third place in the class for Open Hack Over 16.2hh.
Lisa Apps rode her own and the Star Equestrian nomination, 'STR Movie Star' to win the class for Novice Hack 15-15.2hh.
Mikayla Scott rode , 'Puccini' to win the class for Novice Hack 15.2-16hh.
Josh Clarke rode Francesca Christie's, 'Manwell' to second place in the class for Novice Hack 15.2-16hh.