Sport / Featured / 21st September 2023
Equestrian elites: Riders attend World Cup Showjumping
Hannah Evans and Kylie Hawkins are two local riders who are a force to be reckoned with in showjumping society. Coming hot off the back of two world championships, the talented duo are already preparing for the next event.
After attending back- to-back weekends at World Cup jumping shows, both Hannah and Kylie have proved their skill and are excited to continue pursuing their passion.
The first event was organised by Edwena Mitchell, with Waratah Showjumping, and was held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.
It was comprised of 13 leagues from across all continents.
The rider placing first was invited to attend the World Cup Jumping final.
The second event was held by the North and Northwest Showjumping Club, which organised the World Cup Qualifier Show in Tamworth.
The Tamworth World Cup Show operates three arenas over four days, making it one of the biggest shows in the state.
Lucy Evans attended both weekends, supporting her daughter, showjumper Hannah Evans.
Mrs Evans said the atmosphere of the elite competitions was thrilling.
“Both shows were amazing to attend, were at beautiful facilities and organised to perfection,” Mrs Evans said.
She said Hannah and Kylie were a dream team, competing with two horses each over both competitions.
Hannah, alongside her horse Duchess, finished third and fifth in the 95cm class.
It was one of the last competitions for the horse and rider combination.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to ride Duchess, she has taught me everything I know about show jumping,” Hannah said.
Hannah will continue to move onto jump bigger tracks while Duchess will head into breeding season.
Lucy Evans noted the prowess of Hannah’s second horse, APH Bubbles.
“APH Bubbles showed her the ropes in the 90cm and 105cm classes at both shows, proving to be a competitive and
classy combination,” Mrs Evans said.
Kylie Hawkins competed with her two horses, Callidor and Whitewash, performing well across the board throughout both competitions.
Both Hannah and Kylie are trained by World Cup rider, Jennifer Wood, from Boree Equine in Cudal.
The girls will continue training for the next competition in Sydney – the Australian Jumping Championships in November.