NIC CARRARO pulled out a great performance to win Saturday’s Peel River Produce Showjumping Grand Prix at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) in Tamworth to reclaim the title from Olympian Ron Easey.
Carraro and his horse Colombo won the 2012 title before Easey won it last year on Made You Look.
Easey brought Made You Look back this year, although unfortunately came off during a run.
He did manage to come back and place sixth on Simplistic, but it was Cararro’s day.
Nine riders out of the starting list of 19 made clear runs in the opening round and went though to the final round.
The final round saw more brilliant rides, with the girls showing the boys how it is done.
“There was some really fast times being set early while I waited to go,” Carraro said.
Of the nine final riders, only three managed another clear run.
In one of the most exciting finals all weekend, those three finished within 0.70 seconds of each other.
Cararro managed 52.99, just edging out Jess Brown’s time of 53.26 on Equus Echo.
In third place was the current Australian junior champion Jake Hunter on Kelstar.
“The early ones went fast and I was lucky to get it in the end,” Carraro said.
“It was a decent-sized but very testing track and a great jump off.”
The rider rates this win as one of his best.
“I am not too serious about it and only have one horse.
“To win it twice and against that field is amazing.”
Carraro and Brown are both from Kulnura on the Central Coast.
Brown would have been getting some good advice in her corner from her father Rod, the Australian coach.
Brown was one of only two girls in the event, with the other just missing out on a place.
Katie Clark got one penalty to finish fourth on Magic
The four riders did very well to beat a star-studded field that included two Olympians and the president of the NNW Showjumping Association.
Local rider James Hetherington finished in eighth place on PP Master Class.
The three-day championships finished up on Sunday with a record 180 riders and 19 events completed.
All riders had nothing but praise once again for the facilities and the courses.
NNWSA life member Greg Backmore was the chief course designer this year.