Sam Williams went to the top against a strong field of riders to win the Melbourne WC Qualifer. Sam - the brother of Olympian Matt Williams - and his 10 yo gelding High Rail Salt Bush were the only combination to jump clear in the first round. They picked up four jumping penalties in the second round but it didn't change their positioning on the leaderboard with second placed Jamie Kermond and Valhalla 3 ending the event on a total of 12 jumping penalties (four from round one and eight from round two).
The David Sheppard designed course proved a challenging one with third placed Brook Dobbin and Advisor the only other combination to produce a clear round, which they achieved in the second session. The 12 jumping penalties they gained in the first round relegated them to third position overall.
Following this event the top 15 positioned riders on the leaderboard of the Australian league of the FEI World Cup automatically qualifiy for this year's Equestrian Grand Final which will be held at EQUITANA in Melbourne. View the standings here.
Full results from the 2012 Royal Melbourne Show World Cup Qualifier can be viewed here.
2012 Royal Melbourne Show World Cup Qualifier Results
1. #744 - Sam Williams on High Rail Salt Bush
2. #763 - Jamie Kermond on Valhalla 3
3. #194 - Brook Dobbin on Advisor
4. #764 - Timothy Clarke on Caltango
5. #458 - Tom McDermott on CP Romantic Dream
6. #526 - Jono Berry on Ocean Beach NZPH
7. #110 - Paul Brent on Animate
8. #112 - Evie Buller on Yalambi's Landor
=9. #197 - David Dobson on Akon
=9. #457 - Tom McDermott on CP Rolex
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