SHAMBALA Park recently took a smaller team than usual to the APSB National Stud Show held at Sydney International Equeatrian Centre, with only five ponies, three children and Ferris the Labrador venturing off for two days of competition in led, saddle and harness.
For the second year in a row, SP Matrix proved his dominant force within the breed and claimed the coveted supreme led exhibit under interstate judge Mrs Jan Young of Dunthomas Stud in Queensland.
Matrix continued to impress all who watch him compete, Shetland enthusiasts as well as those committed to other breeds.
With one colt foal already this season to Thorpeville Taffeta in Victoria, excitement surrounds the other foal due late this year to show mare Isabel.
Broodmare SP Isabel sashayed her way to a blue ribbon, while younger mare SP Meg competed in a strong class to place third.
Thorpeville Geena competed in the older led mare class to place a sound second, later in the day successfully competing in the ridden classes.
With young rider Callum in the lead rein placing second, she went on with her usual rider Ebony to claim wins in the turnout and ridden mare classes and onto the overall champion ridden, an award she has been successful in a number of times.
Geena and Ebony went on to compete in the supreme ridden of show. Although they missed out, many comments were made by spectators and competitors of the brilliant performance that was made by such a committed team.
A golden SP Midas showed his true professional spirit and discipline while competing in the harness classes, not only with experienced driver Ebony but later in the day with her younger brother Ben, driving at his first show.
He has only recently started learning this new discipline, so was very excited to win the blue ribbon in the junior driver under 12 years.
Midas and Ebony went on to win their turnout class and reserve champion turnout, and second in gelding in harness.
Ebony finished the day winning the junior driver 12 to 17 years.
MIDAS TOUCH: Ebony Johnson drives Shambala Park Midas. Photo: CHRISTINE STEVENSON.
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