Central Highlands show jumper Aaron Williamson clears the fence rail in Emerald.
Central Highlands show jumper Aaron Williamson clears the fence rail in Emerald.

Aaron pins hopes on representation

IT IS not the blue ribbon that first-place Central Highlands show jumper Aaron Williamson was searching for but that’s no problem. This rider has bigger fences to jump.

The born and bred local horseman placed second in the C-grade championships, one of his final rides on the Central Highlands show circuit at Emerald late last month.

“Yeah, we went clear. The horse jumped really well,” Williamson said post-jump at Emerald.

“I thought we were going quickly enough in jump-off to take out the pass but we probably left a bit in the tank. We ended up running second.

“I’ve got some other horses in some other classes, which went pretty well.

“This one, the grey one, won the main class at 1.45m. He was the only one to jump clean.

“As long as you keep it consistent and confident you’ve got to be happy with that.”

Already he has his eyes fixed on bigger and bolder prospects overseas, with plans to develop his stable on an international footing.

“We want to lead up and have a good show in Brisbane and some of the other World Cup qualifiers that are on around there,” he said.

“We’ve got a stud here (Emerald) with three stallions standing. I’ve nominated two stallions for the Brisbane Ekka this year.

“We’ll just keep trying to breed them well with the goal of maybe getting something good enough to represent Australia overseas again someday.”

What Williamson can be sure of is there will certainly be no shortage of experience to back him up with the show jumper well versed in foreign competition.

“I used to travel a lot, jumping horses full time years ago, and campaigned a good horse overseas which won the World Cup league in 1998-99, represented Australia at the World Cup final in Gothenburg, Sweden, and had horses which have gone to New Zealand and competed in competitions over there,” he said.

While an Emerald victory remained elusive for Williamson this show season, there was always next year, he said.

“That was a good one to win. We were just a bit off the pace,” he said.

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