After a brilliant performance in the third leg of the Australian Jumping Teams League in Sale, VIC, Team Emcee Apparel have held onto the lead in the overall standings. Going into the competition, Team Emcee were leading by 3 points, with Team Equine International AirFreight close behind.
Flying the flag at Sale were team members Jen Wood, Jess Tripp and Jessie Rice-Ward, all travelling down from NSW for the teams competition. The first round saw only two teams finish on a score of 0, once again the ladies of team Emcee Apparel showed their incredible consistency, all finishing with clear rounds. Equine International AirFreight, running second on the leaderboard, were also all clear in the first round, with a slightly faster time and went into the second round in the premier position. Chatham Park, Martin Collins and Willinga Park were close behind on 1 penalty, meaning there was no room for error if the team was to maintain their first round position.
Round two saw a shake up on the leaderboard, with a mistake from Chris Chugg from Equine International AirFreight dropping them out of contention for the lead, meaning that Team Emcee had to keep their score as low as possible to achieve a podium finish. And that they DID! With two more clears from Jen Wood and Jessie Rice-Ward and just 4 penalties from Jess Tripp, Team Emcee finished in 3rd position after team Chatham Park and Team Willinga Park.
This result means team Emcee has pulled ahead in the leaderboard, now 5 points clear of Willinga Park who sit in second and Chatham park in third.
We look forward to the final leg, to be held at the Chatham Park Summer Classic at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre this weekend.
We are lost for words!
Our amazing all girl Emcee Apparel team stormed to victory in the first leg of the inaugural Australian Jumping Teams League event at Willinga Park on the weekend.
In each competition, the teams nominate 3 of the 4 riders to compete in each league event, our team comprised of Amanda Madigan, a very experienced grand prix rider along with the two rookies of the team, Jess Trip and Jessie Rice-Ward and fourth member Jen Wood as on ground support.
Amanda showed her experience as the first rider of the competition to post a clear round on her fabulous and consistent Diamond B Vivienne. The track held no prisoners, with even many of those who jumped clear rounds picking up some time faults for their efforts. Second rider for team Emcee was Jess Trip on her Diamond B Verona, they too posted a clear which was backed up by final rider Jessie Rice-Ward’s clear round on her experienced CP Southern Cross.
Round two invited the top 8 of the original 10 teams with Team Emcee as one of only 3 teams to pick up no faults in the first round of competition. Once again, Amanda and Vivienne posted a clear round, followed by Jess and Verona who did the same. By the time it was our final rider’s turn to go, Jessie, who has been in form for the past few shows, had to keep it together and and ride clear so the Emcee Apparel team could finish as the only team on a best possible score of 0 over the two rounds of competition. And they did it to secure the win for Team Emcee Apparel!
We are so lucky to have these wonderful ladies on our team and they certainly did us proud at Willinga Park. We look forward to the next leg, to be held on October 1 at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre indoor arena.
We are very excited to have an Emcee Apparel team in the inaugural Australian Jumping Teams League. A brainchild of Michelle Lang-McMahon, the first competitions of this kind were held at the Aquis Champions tour shows in 2018 and 2019.
The 2019 full season will consist of 4 competitions, the first being held at Willinga Park on the NSW south coast in September, followed by and event at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre in October, Sale World Cup Show in November and the conclusion at the Summer Classic, again at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre in December.
Team Emcee Apparel is the only team in the league consisting of all women, and we are so proud to be supporting the ladies in our sport! The team is made up of Amanda Madigan, Jennifer Wood, Jess Tripp and Jessie Rice-Ward, all of whom have had great success in recent months and are coming in to the Australian Jumping Teams League in great form!
We are looking forward to following Team Emcee’s journey in this first year of the AJTL league.