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Equestrian VIC Newsletter

July 20, 2015

General News

Show Horse Young Rider of the Year Announcement at the 2014 EV Awards Night Picture Credit to John Lynch

EV Awards Night

The EV Annual Awards Night tickets are to close today, 20th of July. If you would like to attend please click here. All bookings will be accepted until noon tomorrow, 21st July unless sold out prior.


Thank you to all the members who have renewed their memberships for the 2015/16 financial period.
The online membership has been a resounding success with about a 75% participation rate, this has been a colossal saving on resources and staff sanity. Memberships are due by the 30th of June and we give a 30 day grace to have all memberships in by the 31st July.  This is a gentle reminder for those who have not completed their memberships for the 2015/16 period, after July 31st there will be $25 re-joining fee.
A big thank once again to all members for their efforts in this year membership renewals, well done guys.


Show Horse

The Equestrian Victoria Show Horse committee hosted a judging seminar at the namely Oaklands Junction "Inglis sales complex".
We had 70+ people in attendance, training and reaccrediting with our show horse judges scheme.

We had some exceptional presentations given by:
Dr Rowan Luxemore
Mr David Ross
Mr Peter Heagney
Mr Greg Geary
Mrs Helen Heagney

We also had a lunch time "Inglis Tour" hosted by Mr Heagney who was exceptional! Giving everyone a great inside view of how the complex operates, we were also very lucky to hear Peter give a short taste of how an auctioneer markets a horse in the sale ring.

All speakers did a sensational job and were very well received by all in attendance. We would like to thank our presenters, Inglis for allowing us their venue and everyone who attended.

The show horse committee have just held our July meeting please check our Facebook page for our meeting debriefed to be posted shortly.


Yesterday we had 43 eager participants attending a course for potential and current Technical Delegates and course designers at Werribee.
Geoff Sinclair and Ewan Kellett did a fantastic job of instructing the day and everyone got so much out of it. We are so lucky to have Geoff and Ewan willing to share their extensive knowledge for the benefit of others.
Michelle Debenham gave a talk about her Global Education Program experience at Houghton Hall which gave people ideas of what they can achieve by becoming an official.
Thanks to the experienced officials and riders who also contributed to this event. Happy to share their experiences with everyone which gave a lot of different perspectives.
The eventing committee are so excited to see that so many people are interested in the development of the sport. We are looking forward to new people being involved in eventing.
Thanks to Viv Stephens who was very busy in the kitchen making sure everyone was well fed during the day.
We are looking forward to the next seminar and hope to hold a course building course in the near future.


Saddleworld Young Rider Dressage Squads & Development Program 2015

Equestrian Victoria has launched the Saddleworld Young Rider Dressage Squads & Development Program for 2015.  This is an exciting initiative for young riders who are interested in Dressage, and who would like to take advantage of all that the Squads and Development Program will offer over the next twelve months.

For the first time the Development Program has been endorsed as an activity by HRCAV which means it will be open to HRCAV riders who are in the age group of 10 – 25 years.

Established young riders who are competing successfully at major events will be catered for as will those riders who are just starting to be interested in what correct training can do for their horse and for themselves.  Leading young riders who have been part of the Committee who have developed the model include Morgan Duell & Stuart Archibald, both members of the Equestrian Australia National Youth Squad.

“I really value the opportunity and experience that belonging to a recognised Squad has brought to my career as a dressage rider and trainer and would like to help the upcoming crop of young dressage riders have a similar chance to learn from top coaches” Stuart said.

“When I first began attending Squad weekends I was a bit in awe of the older young riders, but found that they were very happy to help people such as myself discover the benefits of correct training and athlete development.”

Coach coordinator for the Squads & Program, Jan Smith, also echoed Stuart’s views.  “I believe that this is a great chance for riders to come together and form bonds with other riders, networks that will last a lifetime, and really benefit from working with leading coaches and trainers” Jan said. 

All riders are welcome to apply to attend the four training weekends planned for the year.

An information pack is now available at  Click Here for the Young Rider Dressage Squad & Development Program Application Pack  July 2015

Enquiries can be directed to Iole Brzozek at or 03 9908 3702 during business hours or Jan Smith on 0417 527 412.

Prydes Victorian State Dressage Squad Announced

Please Click Here for more information.


Course Building Seminar
Thanks to the 28 dedicated course builders that attended the CD Seminar held last Sunday.  The course was facilitated by Gavin Chester and Brian Lavery and I am sure all would like to thank them for their efforts.  This was a great turnout and I am sure the participants appreciated the booklet prepared by Brian as  a resource for their future course building.

Hygain YR Squad
The Hygain YR Squad held its third training weekend and the good run with weather continued….not.  Well done to our poor coaches who had a horrendous Sunday and put in above and beyond!  We also hosted Rod Brown and loved hearing Rod speak at the popular Saturday night dinner.  I am always looking for topics to follow up at squad so if you have a pet subject, an area of expertise or a business that you would like to expose to the squads- I am setting the next years plan and would love to hear your ideas.  The squad riders again excelled in their attitude and endeavours regardless of  the trying weather conditions and are to be commended.

EV Awards Night
Congratulations to the award nominees from Jumping that are going to figure in the EA Awards night.  We wish you all the best- Reg Cleland, John C Smith, Linda and Cogsy Sproull & Paul Williams  (Service to the sport), Adelyn Fallon Anne-Marie Greenway (Volunteer of the Year), Geelong SJ Club & Sale SJ Club (Club of the Year), Boneo Classic 2015 and DJWTS 2015 (Event of the Year),  Jasmine Dennison (Young Athlete of the Year), Robbie Allen
Gavin Chester, Steven Hill & Adam Wootten (Coach of the Year)  and to our three finalists in the Young Rider of the Year award- Teagan Chester, Jess Hurley and Sam Robertson.  This great night out is being held at the Crown on August 1st so get around these fine jumping people in support of their input into the sport over many years.

Judges Clinic
Those asking about the Judges clinics – the next one scheduled is December 12th 2015. For more information please Click Here

VEIS Interschool Grand Final
Good luck to those riding in the VEIS Interschool Grand Final on August 1st.  Many schools are really behind their equestrian team members and it will be a tightly contested title to win in both the teams and individual. 

Talent Identification Event
If any show is interested in running the 8year Talent Identification Event (can be in conjunction with an appropriate height class) for 2015 could they please contact Annie ASAP.  The first round of the 6 and 7 year olds were conducted at NVSJC earlier in the year but we need to run the 8 year old to conclude round 1 as this was not able to be run as planned.  Round 2 will be run at the Euroa Show coming up 28-30th August.  The best placed horses over the two rounds will be eligible to compete in the TIE Final to be conducted at the ASJC.

Australian Show Jumping Championships
ASJC is coming up fast.  Schedule should be posted to the website late next week with entries opening 3rd August.  This is always busy at opening time, so do yourself a favour and ensure your riders and horses are already registered with Main Events.  This will streamline the process of entry  with much less frustration!  The website address is and if you have any difficulty, you will find Anne Vallance from Main Events very easy to work with to get you up to speed.  The arenas are all now sponsored and we thank Werribee Jeep, Barton Equine, Pakair and Prydes for becoming our naming right sponsors of the four arenas.  There is an opportunity for a company to figure as the sponsor of the 90minute television package to be aired on Foxsport.  This is at a cost of $5000 and your company will get acknowledgement into each ad break.  If you are interested please contact Annie ASAP.  Thanks to those that have volunteered to help from around the country.  Many hands…. so contact Caroline Price if you are interested in joining this vital group of stalwarts! We are looking to source labourers (with a remuneration given!) to help ensure the volunteers are not overworked so if you know of anyone capable of manual labour pre post or during the event- contact Annie 0432 077 028 or

Upcoming Events
With the main jumping season set to start, competitors need to be mindful of entering as many shows are now opening well in advance of their dates.  The calendar for August is
Boneo 1-2nd; Geelong SJ Show 8/9th; Hygain YR squad at Boneo Park 15/16th; BDSJC 15/16th; Tatura 22/23rd; Euroa 28/30th; Sale 4/6th Sept; Boneo Cup 10/13th;  then Australian SJ Champs 17/20th!!  Busy time!

Ready Set Trot

Coaches and participants give new look Ready Set Trot the thumbs up

Changes to the Ready Set Trot program are offering greater flexibility for coaches and more options for participants.

Since launching to the public two years ago, Ready Set Trot has exposed 3,000 more young people to equestrian sport and improvements to the Stable Skills program mark the beginning of a new era in the program.

Coaches will welcome a more flexible delivery method which will allow them to set their own lesson prices. And rather than provide set lesson plans, the program now centres on participants achieving specific skill outcomes, giving coaches the freedom to run the program to suit their business, or even integrate it into their existing beginner programs. The changes also enable greater integration into Pony Club and EA Club activities, providing the introductions into ongoing involvement in equestrian sport. 

So whether it is one-on-one lessons, a school holiday group program, club introduction program, or regular weekend sessions, Ready Set Trot Stable Skills now gives coaches the flexibility to run the program how they like. 

For participants, the expansion of the program offers more opportunities for young people to progress their riding skills and horse knowledge. Replacing the 16 hour program is a new four level program, graded by colour, which participants can work through at their own pace. Participants must graduate from a level before progressing to the next, with each level containing a series of skills that participants must achieve.

“The past two years have been an important period for Ready Set Trot and we’ve been guided by those accredited centres and coaches as well as participants who have been involved in the program since its inception,” said Equestrian Australia CEO, Grant Baldock.

“Coaches and delivery providers are at the core of this program and their feedback has been crucial in the redevelopment. They have played a key role in shaping the future Stable Skills program and we look forward to working with our existing centres as well as new providers on the new program moving forward.

The first participants to start in the program since changes came into effect on 1 July have given it the thumbs up at a school holidays clinic in Melbourne. 

Under the supervision of EA coach Murray Lamperd, participants took their first step on their Ready Set Trot journey.

Speaking from the Werribee National Equestrian Centre, Lamperd welcomed the changes and encouraged coaches to take a look at what Ready Set Trot now offers.

“I’m really pleased to see the evolution of the Ready Set Trot Stable Skills program,” said Lamperd.

“I’ve been a strong supporter of this program from the beginning, but with the changes to the delivery processes I’m really excited to get involved and offer the program at my riding school.

“I particularly like the flexibility to set my own prices and being able to integrate the program into my existing programs as this will make it much easier for me and other accredited coaches to target beginner riders,” he said.

To find out more about the changes to the Ready Set Trot stable skills program, visit the website   

Ready Set Trot is a joint initiative of Equestrian Australia, Pony Club Australia and the Australian Sports Commission.

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