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April 27, 2015


The EV Masters competition concluded on Sunday the 26th of April and as can be seen by the photo collage there was a fantastic response from the vast range of competitors who were so happy. Many of the competitors rode their first dressage test or competed for the first time in a various range of disciplines that were available at the competition. Equally it was fantastic to see the comraderies between the HRCAV and EV members at the event, and it was pleasing to see the thank you message we have received from the competitors who attended the event. Keep an eye out for the details for next year’s competition which we will release shortly. But thank you to all those who attended and made the event a success!!


May is a busy competition month and also will see the opening and closing of entries on the 22nd May for the 2015 Peter Horobin Saddlery Victorian Interschool Championships, which will run at Werribee Park from 29th June to 3rd July 2015.  This event welcomes primary and secondary school riders of all levels and includes competitions for dressage, show jumping, combined training, show horse, handymount and games.  Come along, camp and join in the fun, compete as part of a school team or an individual if you do not have other riders in your school.  This event provides the opportunity for riders to qualify to compete at the Interschool Australian Championships to be held in Sydney in September.

Interschool Eventing riders have already completed a number of events which will earn them points to qualifying for selection for the Australian Championships, there are 2 remaining events, Ballarat International Horse Trials 9-10 May running all classes (entries closed) and  EvA80 only qualifier will be run at Woady Yaloak Horse Trials on May 25th 2015 entries close 9th May just remember to list your school name.

Generous supporters of Interschool Equestrian have provide two wonderful raffles that will support the development of Interschool riders in Victoria, you can buy your tickets online, through the EV office or at State Championships.

The following events will be run as part of the VEIS series and are also a qualification pathway to Interschool Australian Championships:

  • Saturday 16 May - ISD INTERSCHOOL DRESSAGE at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre, Clyde North
  • Sunday 31 May - BALLARAT GRAMMAR - DRESSAGE at Elcho Park
  • Saturday 06 June - ASSUMPTION COLLEGE - SHOW JUMPING at Lancefield Equestrian Reserve

More information and entry forms can be found at

Keep up to date with Interschool news or


Photo Courtesy of Jenelle Christopher
Eventing News

Wandin recently hosted the Australian Eventing Championships and with over 600 entries for classes that went up to 3* the committee pulled off an amazing weekend. Well done to Murray Lamperd and Don Scipcello for their win in the 3*.

Oceania Challenge (formerly Trans Tasman)

Congratulations to Katja Weimman and BP Cosmopolitan who have been selected to represent Australia on the Senior Team for the Oceania Challenge in Taupo next month. Congratulations also to Teegan Ashby and Waitangi Password who have been selected on the Young Rider Team for Taupo.

Melbourne International 3 Day Event

Entries are open for MI3DE which takes place on the Queen's Birthday weekend in June. Ewan Kellet course designer has some new and very picturesque directions planned for the 2015 cross country. He met with Mike Etherington-Smith at Werribee today to discuss the new course. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster so we are looking forward to seeing lots of enthusiastic supporters cheer on our Olympic & future Olympic hopefuls.


Grand Prix returns to Melbourne

Due to popular demand the CDI-W will return to this year’s Melbourne 3 Day Event. The improving results of our elite riders has warranted another opportunity for them to improve their international rankings with another CDI-W on the Australian calendar.
Generous philanthropy and fundraising among the Grand Prix riders themselves has made it possible to bring the necessary three overseas judges to Melbourne for the event.
Working closely with the Melbourne 3 Day Event team has made it possible to present the top 14 Dressage riders in the land to the huge M3DE crowd just after the action on Saturday & Sunday afternoons in Indoor 1.

Dressage Young Rider Program Forum

Last Tuesday night at WPNEC a gathering of 30 interested members discussed ways to enhance Victoria’s Dressage Young Rider Program.
There was no shortage of observations of the current program nor ideas for the future. A number of ambitious goals were set for the new structured program which will include a “squad” element.
Importantly, a working party of dedicated members was formed to plan and deliver the new enhanced program.
A launch of the new program is planned for May, so watch this space.
Michael Bragge
Chairman, Dressage Victoria

NCIS Australian Young Rider Championships

The NCIS Australian Young Rider Championships event has been & gone for another year.
Congratulations to all the competitors the judges reported that it was a pleasure to be invited to attend such a great event with a lovely atmosphere & a super standard of competition.
The event ran to plan with some great competition from all states.
The weather was very kind to us lovely sunny days with no wind.
The atmosphere was very inviting with some fantastic horses & riders displaying their talent for Dressage.
I feel that this event has now reached a nice feel with good riders & horses & the improvement in the standard is back up to where it was a few years ago.
As the Director I must say it was very pleasing to see the standard & professionalism displayed by the riders.
The presentation was impeccable & I must congratulate the Riders on a job well done.
The event ran smoothly the numbers were a little disappointing but the quality was very good.
I would like to thank my hard working committee for a fantastic job well done, it is a job not for the faint hearted and at times can be very testing.
The Dinner was a great success a lovely moment of mixing with all the Parents & Riders from all over Australia a sit down dinner with a lovely meal & wine whilst listening to Joann Formosa a Para Olympian talk about her experience winning a Gold Medal at London in 2012.
In closing I do feel that the Young Riders have now a good grounding of the standards & attitude it takes to make a future successful dressage competition rider. Congratulations to All.
Marion Barnes
Event Director

Show Jumping

Victorians have great results at South Australian State Championships

The South Australian State Championships have been concluded and the large contingent of Victorian riders had some fabulous results. The organisers wished me to thank these riders and their families for their fantastic sportsmanship, pitching in and helping and also the attitude to organisers and officials. It was remarked on the very high standard that the Vics displayed throughout the event so well done to all involved. I am sure the Victorian riders would like me to take this opportunity to thank the organisers on a very well received event.
The annual teams challenge saw South Australia victorious across the three divisions. Our Juniors, consisting of Jacob Wells (taking out the SA Junior title again for 2015!), Joel Pearce, Max Height and Sam Robertson were pipped by one rail. The Young Riders of Melissa Backman, Binni Greig & Teagan Chester had no discard score with the withdrawal of Jake Wells so although even after round 1, round 2 got away from them and SA scored an easy win. The Senior team consisted of Paul Brent, Jess Barton, Robbie Agnew and Jasmine Dennison (who is the current SA Senior Champion with Kristy Bruhn after an incredible tie for first in the Championship!!) and they were beaten again behind SA and in front of WA for second place.
Obviously the big one is Jasmine Dennison who is taking all before her with another stellar performance that saw a jumpoff in the exact same time as Kristy Bruhn to be equal 1st in the SA Senior TItle for 2015, a result all the more impressive when you take into account Jasmine is too young for Young Riders so rode in the Senior division instead.  Jacob Wells on Valhalla came in 6th.   Jake Wells also took away a state title after winning the Junior Championship with PB Poets Corner, a horse that has given Jake a very impressive list of results over the past few years including two other state titles.  In fact we did have four riders out of the final 6 placings with Emily van Sonsbeek, Chloe Dennison and Max Height.  The Young Rider Championships saw Dominque Stevens dominate placing 2nd and 6th!  Melissa Backman on the very consistent Blackall Park Choloe came in 3rd with Nicole Bruggeman taking out number 1 spot. 
Other stand out results were the Futurity with Paul Brent and Cavalli Park Annibell winning from Jess Barton, David Lever and Brett Hickey taking the four top placings; Angus Wright-Smith reserve in the Speed Championship on Yarra Valley Jelly Bean, and Jasmine winning the John Bruggeman Grand Prix.  The full list of the other successes can be found at
Jumping Victoria thank all these riders for their representation of the state in the teams competitions, the Chef Robbie Agnew, and congratulate the long list of very successful riders coming away from the event with significant placings.

Jumping Victoria Committee National Representative

There was no meeting held in April with the next meeting due 5th May.  This meeting will determine the Victorian representative to the National Jumping Committee so all interested persons are to contact the Club delegates to ensure that they are considered or alternatively email Annie White on with their expression of interest. As the position is for you to represent the state of Victoria, you would need to be available to attend the monthly Jumping Victoria meetings  to be fully informed of the states position on issues raised together with attending the National Jumping Committee meetings 2-3 times per year in Sydney to present this state perspective. 

Port Phillip Showjumping Club

Training Day dates for PPSJC have been set as May 3rd and 30th, June 23rd and July 27th.  Put these in your calendar and the full JV Calendar can be downloaded from the JV Website on

State Titles

Is your show organisation interested in hosting the 2016 Victorian State or Country Championships?  Be sure to register your expression of interest with the Jumping Victoria committee emailing Annie at

Riders Reps

Show committees please be prepared to list your riders representatives for your club at the next JV meeting.  The state rep is then selected from this group of nominated reps.

Course Builders

Attention all course builders- there is to be an update seminar for course builders on July 12th at Werribee conducted by Gavin Chester and Brian Lavery.  All those interested whether existing or prospective course builders,  interested persons, riders or officials- everyone is welcome to attend.  This will meet the criteria for attending an update for the 2016 reaccreditation of existing course builders.  Forms available from Annie or from the website.

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There are still a lot of judges who have not yet re-accredited and therefore they are not eligible to judge Official comps until such time as they do.

To help speed up the process could all judges who haven’t yet sent in their paperwork please do so urgently.

Paper work must be made quite clear and on the certificate if is a seminar or a workshop for each judge attending e.g. if it is a D/C seminar that is being held then it is a seminar for all C & D level judges. If an F level judge attends the seminar then it is a workshop for the F level judge.

If a judge is and E level judge upgrading to D level then they are required to attend a D/C seminar. If they attend this as an E level judge it is a workshop. However, once they have upgraded to D level then the workshop should be converted to a seminar.

Judges need to remember that they need to attend something every year. As soon as the rules changes moving us to a 3 year cycle is approved we will be able to detail how this affects the seminar and workshop requirement.

Here are some stats of the re-accreditation process as at today.

There are still some judges outstanding in all states but mainly in NSW, SA, VIC & WA – see your latest list sent earlier.

State Total Judges as at 30/12/14 Total Number who have been actioned % of judges  Extended to 31/3/18 Extended to 30/9/15 Extended to 31/12/15 LOA Resigned Number not yet reaccredited due to queries

View Table above.


Judges are reminded effective from 1/1/2015 judges of eventing dressage CAN use half marks

Upcoming Seminars

F & E, May 2nd 2015 with Wendy Baker from Western Australia to be held at JurAvon Park
Para Equestrian Seminar May 3rd 2015 with Wendy Barker from Western Australia to be held at Balmoral Equestrian centre.
C & D 4th July 2015 with V. Creed and S. Chandler, venue TBA
Theory Exam 20th July
Freestyle Seminar September 2015, details TBA
For further information or to enrolee for seminar contact Sue Smith at

Show Horse

Committee Meeting Over View

The show horse committee met last week, we had a very productive meeting. This has been our first meeting in months in which we've had time to stop, breathe and reflect on our events.

The show horse committee is proud to announce our newly co-opted member Megan Somerville, Megan was already a member of our Barastoc Sub-Committee and we are delighted that Megan accepted our offer to become a member of our show horse committee.

Barastoc Wrap Up - after running a viable and overall successful event we went through our schedule and looked for areas that have room for improvement.

Barastoc planning for 2016 we are looking at expanding our programme as well as some other possibilities for expansion within the show.
We met this week with our long standing partner Barastoc and they are very keen to continue our partnership looking at ways in which we can work together to provide more for our competitors and offering an opportunity to educate members with feeding regimes.

Amateur Show - this was our first year hosting an amateur show and wow what a success ! We were blessed with beautiful weather, the show ran very smoothly and all competitors, judges and officials had an enjoyable show. We had just short of 100 horses in attendance which was very pleasing considering this was our maiden attempt. The prizes were phenomenal from feed to vouchers to cash the sponsorship support was amazing.
This is a show we want to see develop and grow, we look to continue to supporting our non professional competitors and ensuring this remains a competitor friendly event for all.

Show horse clinics - The dates and instructors are set and the application forms are now online, we would like to see as many riders as possible participate in these clinics the more support we get the more clinics we can host. We have two highly qualified Instructors for each of the dates -Sunday 14th June and Saturday 11th July

Multi qualifying show - as many of you know we have lost horse events at some of our agricultural shows this is saddening to our show horse community, we have been looking at ways in which we could resurrect these shows back onto the calendar. As a new initiative we have decided that we would like to try and get two agricultural showsocieties on board and run a multi qualifying show with the intention of running one show in the morning and one in the afternoon, as well as an EV ring.  This gives competitors the potential to earn three performances/qualifications in one day. We would love this to get off the ground but it will require the support of two societies to lend their name etc to the show.

Judges Seminar - the committee have been looking at fresh ideas for our judges seminar, we have some very exciting presenters as well as a new venue. An expression of interest and information form will be released shortly.

Measurer Recruitment - the committee have been on the hunt for potential measurers that can be trained in order to expand our list accredited measurers. We have had great success recruiting and training will be taking part over the next few months.

Social Media - this is becoming a huge part of society and unfortunately is a double edged sword. Publicity and networking is sensational but as you areall well aware the equestrian world has been subject to cyber bullying as well as public attacks aimed towards individuals as well as societies. EV want our members and officials to feel safe,protected and supported, and able to be a part of this community without the fear of being publicly victimised on social media. As a result our social media policy Çode of Conduct is beingassessed and revised in order to ensure we can provide a safe environment for all of our members in our current social media climate.

The show horse committee would like to thank all our members for their ongoing support, we are very proud of what we have achieved in such a short period. We are looking very forward to what the future holds for Equestrian Victoria Show Horse.


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