Held at the
Adelaide Showgrounds the ESA Horse of the Year took place over 31
October and 1 November. The conditions were very hot and humid on
Friday and then bitterly cold for Saturday morning though the weather
did improve for the afternoon program. This years judges were
Leigh Sears (Qld), Karen Fisher (Vic), Melinda Ralph (Vic), Lee-Ann
Halpin-Bishop (NSW) and Helen Heagney (Vic).
On Friday there were two rings in operation with Ring 1 featuring the
Leading Rein Pony Of the Year won by Rivington Banknote with Z Willison
from Rivington Titmouse and E Manning with third going to Dalpura
Barristar & I Schiller. The Small Show Hunter Pony went to Armani
Park Peter Pan & B Evans from Rivington Banknote & C Nelson with L
Pagon's Ablue Moons Virtuoso third. Medium Show HUnter Pony was
taken out by Sienna Journey and K Kyros from Courtalia Park Sarna & J
Bruggemann with Melbrock Park Just a Dream and C Nelson third.
Farleigh Juliet Brave and T James took out the Large Show Hunter Pony
from Vintage Shiraz and V Fricker and Dunelm Sequin L Smith.
Small Show Hunter Galloway went to Ridgeview Park French Lace & M Haynes
from Wednesbury Royal Assent & N Karutz and Yindarla Park Hallmark & J
Gale while Large Show Hunter Galloway was awarded to Lancefield Park
Rajah & S Chapman from Kolbeach Concerto & E Dennis with Falconhurst
Fame and C Fricker third. D Quayle's Evolution won the Small Show
Hunter Hack from Dark Secrets and L Burrows with Dalmally Park Weltfire
& C White third. Large Show Hunter Hack went to M Karutz and DS
Red Label with Imperil & M Gear second with Diamond Edition & M Kittel
Rider 16-18 years was taken out by B Duncan-Coward from S Neale and D
Walker-Matthews while Rider 18 years and over went to C White from L
Burrows and M Karutz.
On Saturday there was only
one ring in operation where Rider 12 years and under went to C Fricker
from V Fricker with C Nelson third whil e Rider 13-15 years was awarded
to S Bond from S Chaplin with K Jordan third. The SA Small Pony of
the Year award went to Silkwood Nutkin & V Fricker from Cloverash Royal
Etiquette & H Beckel with Renway Monty and H Bolzon third. SA
Medium Pony of the Year was taken out by Falconhurst First Dance & C
Fricker from Kolbeach Holly's Crystal & A Giustozzi with Ayrton
Dreamtime and G Davey third. SA Large Pony of the Year went to
Argyl Star Attraction & J Marnie from Sanlirra Xquiste K Bavistock with
Corumbene Imagine & C Fricker third.
SA Small Galloway of the Year was awarded to D Moloney & Wesswoods
Supercaste ET from Mirinda Nightwatch and K Probert with Kolbeach Miss
Daisy & C Hunt third. SA Large Galloway of the Year was taken out
by Alpine Park Oceans & M Haynes from J Giersch & Realism with with
Willowcroft Safari and S Kempe third.
The SA Small Hack of the
Year went to Worldly & M Haynes from Champers & A Forster and L Smith
and Instrumental. Worldy was sold through the Adelaide Magic
Millions Yearling sale in early 2007. Two years later as a 3yo he
started his race career at Port Lincoln. He showed some ability
but was gelded after a run at Port Augusta. A two year break from
the races followed and he returned with a win in a trial as a 5yo at
Port Augusta before being placed at his next 3 starts. After being
freshened he was unplaced at Port Lincoln and then placed third before
two further unplaced runs in November 2011.
The SA Large Hack of the Year was awarded to Radiant and M Haynes from
Happy Hour and S Kennedy with Academy and L Donoghue third.
Radiant was very talented as a racehorse earning over $110,000 in a
career of 49 starts for 6 wins and 7 placings. Starting his career in
Adelaide racing as Puerto Banus he won his second barrier trial before
debuting in the 2yo stakes race the Queen Adelaide Stakes before being
beaten a nose at his second start. Sent to Melbourne he won 2 races as
a spring 3yo before a short autumn campaign and then he missed a year of
racing. Back as a 5yo he changed trainers to P Seater and was back
based in Adelaide where he collected a number of placings before winning
2 races in a row before a number of placings. He returned to the
winners list nearly a year later winning at Murray Bridge before a
placing at Morphettville and was then transferred to S Casey. After a
win at Morphettville he lost form and went for a long spell before
returning for a short 2 race campaign where he was out of form and was
retired to the showring.
Happy Hour was another sold through the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling
sale and made his race debut as a 3yo known as Blasting. He won at
his second start at Bendigo in December 2010 before a 4th ridden by
Damian Oliver at Sandown and an unplaced effort at Flemington.
After a spell he was unplaced in several starts before seconds at
Bendigo and Seymour in October 2011. Blasting was then
freshened up and returned to the city for an unplaced effort at Moonee
Valley followed by a second at Geelong in December. Two more runs
and a spell and after several more unplaced efforts during the winter he
changed stables to the Adelaide trainer T Snelling. Returning to
the races in early 2013 he couldn't recapture the form of his younger
days and was retired after an unplaced effort at Strathalbyn in March
2013. Four weeks ago he made his showing debut and at the SA HOTY
event won the EA Newcomer Hack of the Year in addition to the runner up
award in the main Hack event.