Hilary Scott won her first career World Cup event, triumphing in the Tonimbuk jumping qualifier on Saturday in Australia. Twenty-eight horses started in the 1.40-1.50m indoor classes at the event, held at the Tonimbuk Equestrian Centre. Scott, 23, riding her imported chestnut mare Oaks Miss Scarlet, jumped clear in the first round and added just one time penalty in the second round to finish on 52.09 seconds.
Veteran Chris Chugg was runner-up, riding the big grey mare Alondra. They jumped the only other fault-free first round and added one time penalty with a slightly slower time of 53.05 seconds. Third was the up-and-coming mare Bickley Brook Bella, ridden by Alison Rowland. They finished on four penalties in a fast 44.13 seconds after having a rail down in the first round and jumping clear in the second.
Scott, a third-year bachelor of commerce student, has had a busy year, being crowned Miss Camden Showgirl in March, and winning the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl competition, the first jumping rider to do so. Scott, renowned for her strong sense of community and love of all things rural, in between her busy competition schedule, has been travelling NSW, speaking at agricultural functions, judging showgirl competitions and opening shows. She helps out on the family's warmblood horse stud, managing the young horses' program.
Jamie Kermond is still on top of the Australian league with 118 points, with Billy Raymont and Chris Chugg behind him on 97 and 94 points respectively.
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Source: equestrian.org.au/text by Jenny Sheppard.
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