At the Sydney Olympics, world-renowned course designer, Mike Etherington-Smith paid tribute to the original Darug people with his now iconic, Snake Jump (Darug Bulada). The original fence was jump number three on the cross country course in Sydney 2000. As images of this jump were beamed around the world, so too were the traditions of aboriginal art and culture.

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The Original Snake Jump (Darug Bulada) from the Sydney Olympics.

Unfortunately, the original Snake jump has not survived and the Sydney International Horse Trials is proud to announce the next chapter in the story of this fence.

Recently, three generations of aboriginal artists from the Warmuli/Cannemegal Clan travelled to The Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC) to give this jump a new lease of life. The group from the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation painted the new jump with a traditional story as a way of honouring their ancestors and preserving cultural heritage.

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Aboriginal artists from the Warmuli/Cannemegal Clan and members of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation painting the new Dreaming Jump at SIEC

There are approximately 30 clan groups in and around the Sydney (Darug) area and the SIEC sits on the clan group of the Warmuli/Cannemegal.

These local artists view projects, like this one as a vital link to their culture. As Lexodious Dadd explains, “it’s very important for these projects to continue, so we are still here, we haven’t gone, we are still continuing our culture and with our ancestors guidance we are painting this jump with a beautiful story”.

Artist, Julie (Jones) Webb was responsible for the design of the new jump. In looking for a theme to best represent the countryside at SIEC, Julie chose a creation story. Julie explains, the “rainbow serpent will be travelling from top to tail at either end. He can be seen from either side of the jump, just so people will know who created this amazing piece of country we are on”.

The creation story for the new Gunyalungalung Wumarabara (Dreaming Jump), previously known as the ‘Snake Jump’ (Darug Bulada), shows the Warmuli/Cannemegal’s direct connection to Ngurra, (Country), Mother Earth (Wiyangabembul) and Father Sky (Biiameeburra).   This story is an integral part of the Darug storyline.  Furthermore, within the dreaming, the artwork includes their relationship with the land, significant waterholes, animals, particular family totems, food sources and ways of living for this particular place (nunanglanung). Most importantly, the artwork reflects the importance of sharing and looking after one another.

LISTEN to Lexodious Dadd,  Julie (Jones) Webb, and Rosemary Norman-Hill discuss the significance of art projects like the Dreaming Jump in this VIDEO.


We would like to thank Rosemary Norman-Hill, Julie (Jones) Webb, Shanaya Donovan, Jumikah Donovan, Lexodious Dadd, Corina Norman-Dadd & Malakai Norman-Dadd for creating this beautiful artwork on behalf of the Sydney International Horse Trials.

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Entry is FREE – so come and see the next chapter in the story, (courtesy of the Darug people) on the new Dreaming Jump at SIEC.

When:                 29 April to 1 May

Where:                The Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Saxony Rd Horsley Park

VIP Tickets:        Buy tickets online at Eventbrite

Information:      Please see  for the full schedule of events

Contact:               Please contact Nicky Lyle at or ph 0404 496 182

Or VISIT the Darug Research & Information Centre  – 71 Seven Hills Rd South, Seven Hills, NSW, Ph | Fax 02 9622 4081


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