The Sale Show Jumping Club was founded in 1980 by a group of volunteers and show jumping competitors, and began because the local people wanted somewhere to take their young horses during the winter to improve them before the start of the season.
From this grew the Gippsland Showjumping championships. The aim was to have a good show on their door step, so locals didn’t have to travel large distances to compete. As this show grew it became part of the Bond Tour, as a satellite show and the club was given money from the Bond Corporation to help support it. Along with a show the week before at run by the Chesters at their Fulham property, this made the locals feel that Sale was like the showjumping capital of Victoria.
Since then, the club has progressed to running 3 shows annually, which are attended by show jumping competitors from across Victoria and interstate at the Sale show grounds.
The biggest of our3 shows is “The Elms” Spring Jumping Classic and World Cup Qualifier. This show is part of the National Qualifier series for the FEI World Cup Final, the biggest international event outside the Olympic Games.
The Sale Showjumping Club has been hosting one leg of the series at the Sale Agricultural Showgrounds since 1980. It is a great privilege for our Club to have held World Cup Status over such a long time. Our grounds and equipment are known as one of the best in Australia and our Show has an excellent reputation among competitors and spectators.
None of this would be possible without the several long term sponsors who have continued to support the showjumping club for many years. These include, but not limited to:
- GBG Contrating
- Guillot Enterprises
- Wellington Livestock
- Australian Quality Pet Foods
- Four’n Twenty
- Calcimo Lime
- Brown Wigg
The club has contributed to the development of a large number of successful jumping riders and judges, including but not limited to:
- 2000 Sydney Olympics
- Winner of the Australian Titles 4 times
- Competed at the World Cup final 3 times
- Still the current holder of the Australian Puissance record of 7 foot 7.5 inches set in 1979
- Highest accredited course designer in Australia
- Highest accredited showjumping judge in Australia
Sale Show Jumping Club aims to provide quality show jumping events and develop young riders from the grass roots level. It was chosen to hold the prestigious Victorian Country Championships in 2011 and the Australian Championships in 1996 and 2006 .
Sale Show Jumping Club holds a winter series of training days and clincs which caters for young up and coming horses and riders in the off season from May to August.