What a busy time it is at Boneo Park 18-22 October saw the Australian dressage Championships, this weekend was the2018 Horseware Boneo Cup and starting Wednesday 7 November is the Australian Show Jumping Championships.
Equestrian sport in Australia is blessed to have a facility of the quality Boneo Park is. Surfaces, stabling, camping and amenities are excellent. And now the new administration restaurant and auditorium are nearing completion Boneo Park is taking on a real international feel. Furthermore the McNaught family and the Boneo Park team always work hard to deliver a well run and efficient event.
The Boneo Cup always attracts a large quality field, this year was no exception and many competitors used the event as a lead in to the Australian Show Jumping Championships. Over the course of the three days of the Cup we saw over 1500 rounds of show jumping.
Highlights of the weekend were many. It was fabulous to see Billy Raymont in action recently returned from Austrtalia’s most successful international show jumping campaign at the Tyron World Equestrian Games. Saturday afternoon Billy gave us a lesson in efficiency, line, length and speed in the Speed 120cm – Table C, against a quality field including international representatives Vicki Roycroft, Russell Morrison and Clem Smith. But Billy didn’t get it all his way Airlie Robinson and Yalambis Corlandia the always popular Victorian speed combination gave him a good run for his money coming in second 0.3 of a second behind.
Sunday, pay day, the Mini Prix and the 2018 Horseware Boneo Cup we were all holding out for. The Mini Prix field consisted of over 60 quality starters and after a jump off with over 20 starters it was Alison Rowland and Oaks Visionary who won the day, congratulations Alison! The minor placings went to Brook Dobbin and Leopoldo MVNZ and Jamie Priestly and Courage third.
Horseware Boneo Cup 2018 was what we had all been holding our breath for a field of 29 was listed to start. As if on queue the sun came out making conditions perfect and the competitors including Australia’s best, Billy Raymont, the inform Tom McDermott, Oliva Hamood, Brook Dobbin, Ally Lamb, Brooke Lanbecker, Clem Smith just to name a few came out and walked the David Sheppard designed and built course. Time to jump the Cup! After the first round you could throw a blanket over the field. But the cream rose to the top in the jump off with Olivia Hamood and Carado GHP prevailing to take out the cup with Brooke Langbecker and Quintango 1 second, Billy Raymont and Anton third.