The recent 2015 Standardbred State Championships were recently held at the Claremont Showgrounds.
For the 2nd year in a row the purebred classes began with the Race Condition horses. These horses must have raced or trialled within the previous 6 weeks. Of the 4 entrants in this class it was the two geldings that were awarded top honours. Gran Tarino (Art Major/Like A Dane) was awarded Champion and Reserve went to Swagga (Live or Die/Art On The Beach). Both horses raced a week prior to the show and were in top condition. They showcased the ‘Race Conditioned’ horse superbly. Gran Tarino is a well bred horse, being a half brother to the top class pacer David Hercules.
The mares were spilt into 2 age groups with the younger unraced pinto mare Design To NV (Out Of Nowhere/Elegant Lilly) taking first placing and the lightly raced Cyclone Dilinger (DM Dilinger/ Cyclone Rosita) winning the senior mares class. Both mares entered the ring for Champion Mare Exhibit with Cyclone Dilinger displaying her amazing trot and taking home Champion over Designed To NV.
The gelding classes were the biggest of the day and split into 3 age groups. Winners of the 3 classes were the sparingly raced Sexy Beast (Armbro Operative/Regal Castle), the unraced Caught On Camera (Parsons Den/Trial By Video) and unraced Royal Pride (/Joe Mazzini). All three wonderful horses stepped back into the ring for Champion Gelding. The exquisite Royal Pride was awarded the Champion Exhibit with powerful Sexy Beast taking Reserve.
All Champions re-entered the ring for the Grand Champion Exhibit judging. All of the entrants were displayed amazingly and a credit to their owners and handlers. The stunning Royal Pride and Tracey Cosham were awarded the prize of all prizes.
The program also consisted of the Off the Track WA Bred and Handler Classes. Sexy Beast and Kristie Morrone took out Champion Off the Track. Royal Pride and Tracey Cosham were awarded Champion WA Bred Off the Track. Britney De La Pair was awarded Junior Handler Off the Track and Sarah Underwood taking Senior Hander Off the Track.
As well as Ridden and Smartest on Parade classes, further ridden classes were segregated into various classes of gender, height, weight, Hunter and Hack classes. All winners entered the ring for the Grand Champion work out and all work exceptionally well, but the judge could not look past the magnificent, big moving gelding Caught on Camera and his rider Elissa Kettlewell. They were awarded Grand Champion Exhibit.
The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association do an absolutely brilliant job with putting the State Championships together each year and Off the Track and Racing and Wagering WA are very proud to be a major sponsor. We look forward to showcasing more of this amazing breed.