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Paul Athanasoff Australian Jumping Champion 2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Australian Champions: Paul Athanasoff & Wirragulla Nicklaus. Photo by Jenny Sheppard.Paul Athanasoff was crowned 2011 Australian Jumping Champion Sunday at the Equestrian Australia National Jumping Championships in Dubbo. 43-year-old Athanasoff rode two sensational clear rounds on Wirragulla Nicklaus on Sunday to take out the Breeders’ Plate National Title ahead of 21 competitors. “He was great all show,” said Athanasoff, “I am thrilled with him and the result.” It was a triumphant return to competition for the 14-year-old stallion Wirragulla Nicklaus (by Falkrich) which had been sidelined from injury since early 2011.

The silver went to Jamie Kermond & ASB Colthaga. Photo by Jenny SheppardThe pair campaigned in Europe in 2010 and gained valuable international experience. Jumping National Performance Director Stephen Lamb commented on the performance. “They won convincingly and looked sensational jumping a double clear in Sunday’s Grand Prix. It is great to have this pair back on the circuit,” he said.

In-form Jamie Kermond – who tops the Australian World Cup league – was second on the championship on ASB Colthaga with a total of nine penalties. Tim Clarke was third on Caltango.

For full results and source go to: Equestrian Australia

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