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May 11, 2015


Saddleworld Melbourne International 3 Day Event

We are pleased to welcome Saddleworld as our naming sponsor. Saddleworld, who are renowned for stocking world leading and exclusive brands, will have their knowledgeable team on-site, available to take care of all the horse’s needs including saddles, horse rugs, riding equipment and much more.
The event is shaping up to be an important one for Australian riders looking to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016. We have had great support from sponsors and volunteers. The entries are rolling in and this year sees the inaugural ESB Young Horse Challenge on the Thursday night before dressage. Cara Witham is joining us from Canada to be a part of the 2* & 3* ground jury as well as helping to judge the Grand Prix & Freestyle dressage on the Saturday and Sunday nights. The Trade Village sold out in 3 days. Course designer Ewan Kellett has changed the route this year to take in much more of the beautiful grounds in front of the iconic mansion.
We are working hard to bring you a top class event this year so please join us to support & encourage the best riders in Australia. Visit our website to find out more at Tickets are available at

Naracoorte Young Rider Teams

We are wishing lots of luck to the two teams of riders heading to Naracoorte this weekend to contest the CIC 1* Young Rider event. The teams will Kirilee Hosier x 2, Sheridan Wilson, Sophie Fox, Jaqueline O'Riley, Emily Hunt, Bec McCrae and Katelyn Thompson. Thanks to the support of Equissage & their sponsorship of our Young Rider Eventing teams they will be sporting Team vests and Equissage saddle blankets. Nina Clarke and Yona Lloyd will be there to help the teams with their course walks and  Sharon Wilson is the Team Manager.

Ballarat Horse Trials

This hard working committee ran a hugely successful CIC over the weekend with 423 competitors braving the cold and wet conditions. Despite the rain the event ran smoothly. It was great to see the effort made  to separate the spectators from the horses and the extension of the car park. Congratulations to all the successful combinations with a special mention to Andrew Cooper who managed to win the CIC 3* with Martin Clarke's Black Crest and win the 1* with Sarah Tipping's Fairbanks Cappuccino. The full results can be found here at BSP Scoring


2014 Nan McArthur Perpetual Trophy Winners
Claudia Lowles and Abbey Martin

Entries are now open for the 2015 Peter Horobin Interschool State Championships, you can enter online at entries close 22nd May 2015.

Camping and stable booking form needs to be sent direct to Werribee Park.  If you want block bookings for your school you need to lodge one form, it is simply not possible to manage 500 individual stabling requests.

Our fabulous merchandise for the event will be unique and a collector’s item for the riders, the logo on the back of the merchandise will feature the name of every rider competing at the event, there are several colours and style you can choose from, you need to order online by 24th May!interschool-merchandise/cdo1

Please share this information with your school friend’s, there is already huge excitement and we are expecting this event to be even bigger than last year. There are no qualifications required to enter this event, everyone is welcome.

The Nan McArthur Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to the Champion Individual Rider Primary and  Secondary Riders.

Key dates this month:

  • Saturday 16 May - ISD INTERSCHOOL DRESSAGE at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre, Clyde North
  • Friday 22nd May – Balcombe Grammar Equathon
  • 22nd May 2015 Peter Horobin Interschool State Championships – Entry Close
  • Sunday 31 May - BALLARAT GRAMMAR - DRESSAGE at Elcho Park
  • Saturday 06 June - ASSUMPTION COLLEGE - SHOW JUMPING at Lancefield Equestrian Reserve


The Reaccreditation Process

The reaccreditation process will happen over 3 years, you will need to:

  • Attend a seminar at your level every 2 years
  • Attend a workshop in the alternate year
  • Keep a record of all the judging you do
  • Look at the points table to see where you can earn points and keep a note of these points on the attached table
  • Keep any paper works pertaining to the points in your file
  • Keep your seminar certificates- scan them into your file if possible
  • Keep a file and an online file of all judging commitments, Venue, date and test
  • I have attached a file that can be filled in online every time you do something so the process at the end of the 3 years should be relatively simple.
  • Keep a copy of the results- these can be scanned into the computer for future use
  • The Open Rule book test will be posted online in March 2018. It can be done online or as a hard copy
  • EA forms to be completed will be emailed to everyone
  • Fill in all relevant details, keep a copy and send to the address indicated on the form (National office)

For more information please follow the link.

DJEP H Level Seminar Report

On Sunday 26th April, the DJEP held an H level seminar at Juravon Equestrian Centre, Melton.
17 judges attended, some just beginning their journey to becoming a judge, others well on the way to upgrading to F and a few already accredited higher level judges. The morning was taken up with theory and at lunch time Stephen Clarke’s video “Through the eyes of a Judge” played in the background. After lunch it was downstairs to the indoor to watch four horses demonstrate paces and movements from Preliminary and Novice tests. After the demonstrations it was time to get into some actual judging and we judged 2 Prelim and 2 Novice tests. There was discussion of the marks given and the remarks made.
Felicity Yuncken was the main judge educator, ably assisted by Sue Chandler, both of whom provided valuable theory and practical information in a manner accessible to all. During the theory session there was lively discussion as participants, educators and representatives of the DJEP shared anecdotes and information in an open and friendly manner. Lee Howells provided valuable technical assistance and Jennifer Holmes was on hand to answer individual queries and make sure that everyone was linked in with a mentor. Belinda Dawkins organised the team of riders and horses.
We are most grateful to our team of riders and thank them for bringing their horses along for us: Tanya, Sarah and Heide, without you our seminar could not have gone ahead so successfully.
Finally thank you to Renee Pedretti and the staff at Juravon for making the venue available to us. Thank you too to all participants who gave up their day and took part so willingly in all of the activities. We wish you well in all your judging endeavours. Feel free to contact any member of the DJEP we are always happy to help with queries.

Judy Quinn

Judging by This

The toughest job in Dressage is becoming a little tenderer.
Last weekend DJEP, the hard working group who look after judging in Victoria, conducted an inspiring seminar for E & F level judges at JurAvon Park.
DJEP flew Wendy Barker over from WA to encourage these early career judges to think positively about the task before them. Wendy’s stated aim from the outset was to pass on the inspiration she gets from judges like Stephen Clark. She identified positive language as a key element in creating a fair and encouraging approach to judging Dressage. Helping the riders improve is the point of the whole exercise.
Wendy brings a wealth of professional teaching experience to the task and the judges certainly appreciated her efforts to make the presentation light and purposeful. Well done DJEP.


A 2 Day Introductory Course was run on the 5th & 6th of May at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, Equestrian Victoria would like to thank Anne Hall, the coach educator and all the attendees for being so fantastic over the 2 Days. If you are interested in attending an upcoming workshop or fast tracking course, please keep an eye out on Equestrian Victoria’s website.

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