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Equestrian VIC Newsletter

July 6, 2015

Equestrian Victoria Annual Awards Night

The 2015 EV Annual Awards Night will be held on the 1st of August at Crown Casino. A fabulous night of celebration and recognition is planned. We will be acknowledging the top performing athletes and horses of the past year; Equestrian Victoria's Sport Achievement Awards also recognise the sport's most outstanding administrator, coach, official, volunteer and event of the past 12 months. Tickets are available but selling fast so please Click Here to view more information and to book.


Emily Bell and Moxoon the best performed Handy Mount and Games Thoroughbreds Off The Track

The Equestrian Victoria State Interschool Championships 29th -3rd of July. A great time was had by all and the Organising Committee would like to thank all involved on every level. A big thank-you to all Officials, Judges and Volunteers. 

Congratulations to the Nan McArthur award joint primary winners Indi Officer and Cohen Wade and secondary Edwina Lumsden

Congratulations to Bec Hughes, you have won a $5,000 shopping spree with Peter Horobin Saddlery

Our champion school was Braemar College, followed by Geelong Grammar and Haileybury

Off the Track Thoroughbred Awards

Madelaine Tabak – Saluto – raced as Going to Puka

Show Horse
Laura Shaw – Daly Downs Trend – raced as Commonage Close

Handy Mount and Games
Emily Bell – Moxoon – raced as Moxoon

Combined Training
Sophie Bennett – In Your Dreams – raced as Vescovo

Show Jumping
Sophia Landy – Bell Point Prince Edward – raced as Prince Edward

Eliza Harvey – Sea Student – raced as Touched Up

Results can be found Here

News and stories from the event Here

Show Horse

Show Horse Clinic

Please send in your entries ASAP to ensure a position in our clinic this Saturday the 11th of July all EV members are welcome. We will have two highly accredited coaches Judy Kaponica and Jodie Barnes. Click Here to book

Measuring Day

We will be hosting our measuring day this Saturday 11th of July from 10am to 2pm, $10 fee per horse is applicable, bookings are not required.

Show Horse Judges Seminar

We are hosting our judges seminar on the 18th of July at Inglis Sales Complex Oaklands Junction. We have some excellent speakers covering a number of very relevant & interesting
topics. We invite not only our current judges but also members who would like to become a judge to attend. RSVP is a must due to a catered lunch so please Click Here.

Team Victoria Online Auction

Team Victoria have been working very hard to put together some very exciting auction items. Auction items are listed on the Show Horse Victoria Team Facebook Page please go on the FB site and bid up!
All money raised goes 100% directly to supporting Team Vic so please get on board and support our National riders.


Our July squad is being held on what would normally be the 'Fundraiser' weekend. We decided that we would move the event to September where there is a long gap between FOW at the end of August & Avenal at the end of September. I have been in protracted negotiations  but have not been able to secure WPNEC for the middle weekend in September 2015. We can however get the 5th & 6th which is the week following FOW.

The reason we are aiming for Werribee is that there are not many venues that can run a cross country at that time of the year.

I have discussed the possibility with the committee of FOW and for 2015 they are happy for us to run the week after them. (For 2016 I have secured the middle week of September & we will aim for a CIC).

The Eventing Committee has just put in an enormous effort pulling off the Melbourne International 3 Day Event...this proposed event is only 3 months away.

We propose to run a CNC event ...probably up to 2*. We don't just need help on the day...a few hours of marshalling or jump judging...we need people to help organise sponsorship, dressage judges, cross country volunteers, Showjumping, catering for volunteers & jump judges.

I would love if every Squad family could do their best to contribute to the event. (NSW has Camden which is very much driven/organised by their riders).

In 2016 we aim for a big CIC two weeks after FOW and 2 weeks before Avenal...maybe it becomes our State Championships!
The Eventing Victoria Horse Trials will be online through Nominate in ten days time.

Great to see our Squad Sponsors supporting is the Prydes fence!


Saddleworld Young Rider Dressage Squad launched

On a cool Monday night in the indoor arena at WPNEC the hearts of hundreds of young riders was warmed by the spectacular display of FEI Dressage performed by two of the more senior members of the 2015/16 Saddleworld Young Rider Dressage Squad.
Stuart Archibald and Morgan Duell demonstrated their Inter. I Freestyle tests to highlight the incredible progress they and many other young Dressage riders have made through the assistance of Young Rider Dressage Squad. The audience of enthusiastic young competitors were taking part in the huge Peter Horobin Saddlery Victorian Interschools Championships.
At the conclusion of their performances both Stuart and Morgan recounted their equestrian journey through the ranks of the Young Rider Dressage Squad. They encouraged the many young Dressage riders present to join the Saddleworld Young Rider Dressage Squad & Development Program for the coming year. Young riders from 12 years of age (10 for Pony riders) to 25 are eligible for the program that has much more than just riding.
Information about joining the program can be obtained from Iole Brzozek at Equestrian Victoria.  ph. 99083702

AOR Leaderboard Sponsor Announced

Equestrian Victoria is excited to announce that the naming rights sponsor of the Victorian AOR Leaderboard is Mitavite.  The year-long competition will be known as the Mitavite Amateur Owner Rider Leaderboard.  As advised in the EV Newsletter all AOR results after 1 July, 2015 will go towards the Leaderboard results.  The winners of each level will be recognised at the EV awards night in July/August 2016 and the overall AOR winner across all levels, will be signed up by Mitavite for 12 months sponsorship. This will be a significant reward for the deserving winner. This is a wonderful incentive to get out there and reach your potential.  Mitavite acknowledge the untapped potential of the amateur riders and look forward to following the Leaderboard over the next 12 months and then meeting their new partner rider.  Don't forget to tick AOR if you are eligible as it's going to be a great year for Dressage in Victoria.
Many thanks to Dolly Joyce for helping to take the AOR concept to the next level.


Course Designer Clinic

The Course designers clinic will be held 12th July.  Please contact Annie if you wish to attend on 0432077028 or alternatively send in the form from the website.  It is to be run by Gavin Chester and Brian Lavery.  Brian has developed a new syllabus so it will be of benefit to all levels of course designers.  If you are interested in becoming a CD, you are also welcome to attend.

Hygain YR Squad

The next Hygain YR Squad will be held 11th/12th of July.  National Coach Rod Brown will be coaching the state squad riders and any interested coaches, spectators etc are welcome to observe these lessons. 

Senior Squad

It is proposed that a Senior squad open to all senior riders be held on July 25/26th.  This will be conducted by state coach Jamie Coman.  If I could have an indication of interest via email as to how many are interested please?  Obviously if there is not enough numbers this wont go ahead- make the most of this opportunity – let me know ASAP to ensure we can sustain this.  Other weekends will be planned if the riders are keen.

State Championships 2016

Expressions of interest for Clubs wishing to host the State Championships 2016 are due tomorrow July 7th as are your clubs riders rep if you haven’t already done so.

Australian Showjumping Championships - Event of the Year

The Australian Showjumping Championships received the highest accolade at the recent Equestrian Australia Awards being named the Event of the Year.  Event Director Annie White said “This accolade is shared with all those working to produce such a high calibre event.  The committee members work tirelessly for the whole year to ensure all stakeholders are catered for and are to be commended for such a fine job.  It could not happen without our principal partners in the Victorian State Government, Werribee Jeep, Barton Equine, Cseti Trust  and all our sponsors so a big thank you is sent their way.  The televising of the event aired on FoxSport  and live streaming has now given us access to non-equestrian spectators that is very attractive to our sponsors in return for their investment.   The officials and volunteers that provide the backbone of the competition to ensure the jumping presented is of a truly high standard worthy of a National Championships must also must be acknowledged. ” 

The fourth running of this prestigious event is set for Sept 17-20th and we look forward to another successful year.  Any companies interested in sponsorship are welcome to contact Annie White on 0432077028 or email  If you are interested in volunteering, you can click here to be taken to the online form to register  and our Volunteer Co-ordinator Caroline Price to contact you and discuss.  Trade Village enquiries can be sent to Ang Dobbin on  We look forward to seeing you there!

Chairmans Chat

Having just returned home from being a part of my 13th EV State Interschool Championships, it was occurred to me that the riders attending their final State Championships would have been in Prep 13 years ago. I have loved watching the transition from cute happy smiles with little plaits and bows to mature and very capable riders who now amaze me with their ability.
Last week saw over 650 riders and their families camping at WPNEC and the weather was on our side for all but a couple of hours. Next year we will move it back to the Easter holidays and will also include a horse trials at the end of the week, making it a massive week of competition for young riders of all ages and disciplines. Thank you to Lisa Hocking for running yet another fantastic event. Lisa very capably over saw the 2014 State and National Interschool Events which were so successful that other states wondered if she could cross the borders for theirs.

This year has seen the running of many wonderful EV hosted events and the Board and I would like to thank the very dedicated event directors and their hard working teams for the huge amount of time and effort which has gone into these events. We salute the amazing volunteers who are the backbone of not only Equestrian Victoria but also all sport in Australia. Without you all we could not run our events .

We have arrived at the end of the financial year, and it seems like yesterday but in fact it was January that the new Board spent a day developing a strategic plan for Equestrian Victoria. The number one priority was Financial Security, an area which I am sure needs no introduction. Mark Reid spent many long hours over many weeks starting the overhaul of the finances and procedures; unfortunately for us his amazing talent was recognised at his day job and he received an offer he couldn't refuse by way of promotion. Mark had to step down from the EV Board due to his new job commitments. His role has been recently taken up by Mark Griffiths who is in the final stages of preparation of the budgets in consultation with the discipline chairs, CEO Greg Pratt and Sarah our new bookkeeper. We are currently seeking people with experience to help us on a financial Sub-Committee. This Committee would work with Mark to ensure our financial goals are achieved from which every member will benefit .

Janet Houghton has overseen the resurrection of the EV newsletter albeit with the twist of it now being on line. Janet needs no introduction to the eventing Community as besides being the mover and shaker behind the highly successful Eventing squads she has just overseen the Melbourne International 3 Day Event, now back under EV's direct control after a year in private enterprise.

The winter also sees the resumption of Young Rider Jumping Squads under the experienced guidance of Paul Williams and Annie White.  Mitch Fox and his Show Committee have introduced the Amateur Show and Show Horse Clinics .Young Rider Dressage Squad had their launch last week. The recent training day of the top ten Young Riders from each discipline was a tribute to the past winners who ran the day.

Entry level participation and youth development across all disciplines is something which is dear to my heart and we are working towards progressing this.  The change to the horse registration for eventing and jumping horses is an example of this. Michael Bragge the Chair of Dressage has explored many options and Dressage will promote the Amateur Owner Rider for which EV provide the ribbons and Dolly Joyce has organised the sponsorship and will also run the leader board. Don't forget to tick the AOR box on your dressage entry forms.

David Shavin has spent many hours away from his 'day job' steering us down the correct legal path and along with Derek Oleary has been a great sounding board. Both David and Derek contribute enormous hours to the many varied areas behind the scenes and we have benefitted greatly from their sage advice. We have also significantly advanced the communication between the other States and also the Equestrian Australia Board.
The Lease negotiations for WPNEC has been steady however there has been some changes recently at Parks and as a result we are having more frequent beneficial meetings.
I would like to thank all the members of the Board for their enormous dedication and commitment to the successful operation of Equestrian Victoria. 

We are asking members to think about the people in their discipline that have contributed to our wonderful sport - be they administrators, volunteers, Officials, athletes or pioneers and nominate them for an award. These people make our sport happen and deserve all accolades and recognition. To nominate click here
The winners will be announced at the Awards Night on August 1. You can purchase tickets Here

I look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers from Ingrid


Photo Credit to Andrea Fuchshumer.

The team for the 2015 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors has been announced including 2 representing Victoria!

“National Vaulting Selectors have announced the athletes that will represent Australia at the upcoming FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors from 5-9 August, in Ermelo (NED).

This is the first time the FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors has been staged and Equestrian Australia looks forward to watching the progress of our young athletes.

With the team bosting representatives from each of the mainland states, the support for the junior vaulters will be far reaching come August.

Congratulations to those selected in the team, listed in alphabetical order:

McKeira Cumming (Qld)
Ellen Vincent (VIC)
Squad: Team Zelos
McKeira Cumming (Qld) 
Kieran Halliday (WA)
Kelsea Haste (NSW)
Emily Jones (NSW)
Ginger Kennett-McLaughlin (NSW)
Isabella Napthali (NSW)
Alexandra Playfoot (VIC)
Rebecca Vanderpeear (SA)
The team will be accompanied by Becky Chambers (nee Hillman) in the role of Chef d’Equipe.” Equestrian Australia

Both Victorian vaulters Ellen Vincent and Alex Playfoot are from the Melbourne Equestrian Vaulting Team.
Ellen’s theme is The Big Bang - where the stars collide in the universe. Ellen’s International Coach is Stefan Csandl and she will be based in Vienna for training prior to the competition.

Team Zelos

L-R Bella Napthali NSW, Mackeira Cumming Qld, Kelsea Haste NSW, Rebecca Vandapeer SA, Emily Jones NSW and Alexandra Playfoot VIC make up the team.

Team Zelos’ theme is Tribal and their coach is Alicen Divita (USA)

Good luck girls from all your friends and fellow vaulters in Victoria!

Karen Bilham
Peninsula All Abilities Vaulting

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