Round 3 STOCK HORSE CHALLENGE
Futurity: 1 Darren Brislane 171 2:Bruce Snape 149 3:Joe Burges 148 4:Jodie Harris 127
Rookie: 1 Hugh Main 170 2:Daniel Kelly 153 3: Jason Gizzi 151 4: Gemma Denison
Wingham horseman Darren Brislane has shot to the lead in the 2015 Stock Horse Challenge Futurity with a clear win in the 3rd round of the Challenge held at Gloucester Showground on Sunday 2nd August.
Brislane earned a great score of 88 points in the Working Horse pattern and followed up with the top score of 83 points in the cattle work section aboard the talented 4 year old stallion Burri Park Snip (Brown Vintage X Towita Georgia) owned by Mark Taylor of Marlee.
After 3 rounds of the 4 round competition Brislane has a progressive points total of 484 and holds a 12 point advantage over 2nd placed Bruce Snape (472) riding Tara Vale Nova, closely followed by Joe Burges (465), Amy Bonsor (435), and Brittany Hetherington (423).
Hugh Main from Rookhurst has dominated the first 3 rounds of the Rookie Section of the Challenge and sits 33 points clear of nearest rival Daniel Kelly from Nabiac.
Main was awarded the highest Working Horse score of the day in the 3rd round of the Challenge – a huge 91 points – and consolidated his position with a 79 point run in the cattle work. He is strongly favoured to take out the Rookie title for 2015.
The 4th and final round of the 2015 Challenge will be held Sunday 16th August at Gloucester Showground starting at 10am with Working Horse patterns and then cattle work after lunch.
The Junior Challenge contestants return to actual competition after receiving instruction in Round 3 with Travis Sansom holding 169 points to be well clear of Cameron Turner (150) and Bianca Turner (142).
In the Juvenile section Emma Johnston has 170 points to lead closest rivals Matthew Kelly (168) and Jordyn Snape (155).
All four Challenge titles, (Futurity ,Rookie, Junior, Juvenile) are likely to be decided by scores achieved in the final cattle work phase given the wide variation in possible scores and the unpredictable nature of cattle working. This uncertainty adds to the Challenge event being a great contest for competitors and an exciting spectacle for spectators.