VICTORIANS did exceptionally well at Canberra Royal Show last week.
Dale Plumb's run of success continued when he won the champion hack award with DP Imagine, while Francesca Christie rode her and Stephen Merry's SLM Mind Games to the reserve placing.
Darryl Hayes is another who has enjoyed a great run, with the Galloway Royalwood Concerto. The Equestrian Australia national champion added the Canberra sashes for the novice and open titles to his collection.
South Australian pony Argyle Royal Flush won the Barastoc small pony of the year sash last week and took the same award at Canberra, with the Riemer family's Radford Lodge Candy Cane as reserve.
Candy Cane also won the leading rein pony class, with Tilley Fair in the saddle.
The Riemers, from Lara, also won the small pony show hunter class with Brandy Hollow Candyman and the open pony hack 11.2 hands and under with Kooyong Alexandra.
Bree Petrie and Christine Comley's Rosedale Simone won supreme led riding pony, champion ridden riding pony and the open champion large saddle pony.
Garryowen winner Stephanie Barrington won the lady's hack with LA and was reserve champion senior rider to NSW rider, Angela Rodham.
Jan Langley's home-bred Langtree Opium was champion ridden riding pony hunter, with Francesca Christie and Stephanie Barrington's Barrington Park Broadway as reserve.
Young Brooke Stevenson was thrilled with her home-bred Marbuck Tuqiri being named champion novice large show hunter.
The show hunter hack and Galloway awards went to NSW, with Brianna Orford's WES Merlin winning the show hunter championship and Lucy Hocking's handsome Welsh cob, Nawarrah Park King Arthur, the Galloway championship.
The Victorians also did well in the stud classes. Melanie McGuire-Muller won the Jill Grant Memorial Award for supreme champion led part-Welsh exhibit, with Ascot Elizabeth Arden, while Blackwood Pony Stud's Blackwood Tudor Rose was judged supreme led Shetland pony.
Master showman Vince Corvi, from Queensland, produced the beautiful Ashwood Celeste to win the hackney pony championship.
Young Wagga rider Tom McDermott dominated the showjumping. He was awarded the champion jumping rider sash, winning the grand prix on CP Rolex, while his white mare CP Romantic Dream was champion jumping horse. He also had wins on SL Limerick, and Dal Santo.
Stephanie McKillop won all three junior classes and best junior rider. Her super Welsh cob, Alcheringa Tradition, was best junior horse.
The jumping derby was held on Saturday night in front of a good crowd. Neville Cuzner rode well for first and second places on SS Turbo Rose and SS Turbo Mac, with third going to Vicki Roycroft, on Casino Royale. Fourth was Ben Blay, who rode Welsom over Leeson Sirett's testing course.