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Equestrian VIC Newsletter

June 22, 2015

Young Rider of the Year

On Saturday the 20th of June the Young Rider of the Year Training Day was held at Werribee Park. We had a great day planned for all the Young Riders with a busy timetable including lessons, guest speakers and fitness sessions. We hope that the Young Riders took something away from the Training Day and we hope to see them all re-apply next year.

The Top Three Young Riders for each discipline are as follows;

Jumping Top Three
Tegan Chester
Jess Hurley
Sam Robertson

Racing Victoria’s, Off the Track Eventing Top Three
Molly Barry
Stephanie Thornton
Sam Jeffree

Dressage Top Three
Emily O Connell
Alex Sventek
Lily Herzer

Racing Victoria’s, Off the Track Show Horse Top Three
Georgie Kellock
Samantha Mc Master
Mark Hocking

Ready Set Trot

Want to learn how to ride, make friends and have a lot of fun?

Start having fun with horses with Ready Set Trot and Bellarine Horse Riding Centre!

Bellarine Horse Riding Centre will be running school holiday programs at Werribee Equestrian Centre where you can start having fun with Ready Set Trot.

Children can sign up to experience a morning of caring for horses and learning how to ride using fun filled games and activities from the Ready Set Trot Stable Skills program. Participants can work through the Introductory level of the Ready Set Trot program each day by working through the skills during their 9-12pm daily sessions and can additionally register to receive a Ready Set Trot pack with activity sheets, folder, wristband, helmet cover and more. Participants can choose to sign up for one or more sessions throughout the week or continue with further lessons at a Ready Set Trot delivery provider* to complete the Ready Set Trot Introductory level.

Dates: Daily Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July
Daily Times: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $110.00 per child per day; or, + $40 discounted price Ready Set Trot registration  & pack / $150 special package price
Location:  Werribee Equestrian Centre, 170 K Road, Werribee South 3030
To Register: Contact Bellarine Horse Riding Centre Murray Lamperd by phone at 0414 556 461 or by e-mail at

Be quick! Registrations must be made beforehand as class sizes are limited.

About Bellarine Horse Riding Centre: Bellarine Horse Riding and Equine Training Centre is a purpose built horse riding facility on the outskirts of Ocean Grove, that caters to all levels of horse riding experience; aiming to make learning to ride a safe and fun experience for everyone. Bellarine Horse Riding Centre is also a registered Ready Set Trot delivery provider.

For more information on Ready Set Trot, please visit or e-mail at

*Additional lessons to complete the Introductory level of Ready Set Trot are not included in this package price but can be organised directly with Bellarine Horse Riding Centre.

Show Horse

Winter Show Horse Clinics

The Show Horse committee ran a one day clinic on the 14th of June, we had two sensational very experienced instructors Amanda Ross and Judy Kaponica. The clinic was well supported and all attendees had a great day it was lovely to see some new faces. David Nash from Barastoc gave a very good lunchtime presentation on horse nutrition, horse health and how the equine digestive system works.

We will be hosting another Show Horse clinic on the 11th of July with Judy Kaponica and Jodie Barnes, this clinic will be ran in conjunction with our Measuring day.
Please Click Here to enter our July clinic

Show Horse meeting 12th June 2015

Preparation for this year’s Nationals is going well with majority of the Show Horse committee jumping on board and becoming a part of the Nationals organising committee for 2015.
For those of you who would like to sponsor or know someone who might like to sponsor a class or section at Nationals 2015 expressions of interest are welcomed, you will then be placed on our list to receive our prospectus package.
We have lodged our tender to host the event for the next three years and will be eagerly awaiting a response.
Nationals Team Victoria:
Team Victoria are working hard to ensure we have a very competitive well attired team representing us again this year. Team Vic will be hosting an online Facebook auction commencing at the end of June please make sure you get online and help support our Team Vic! More updates and information will be provided closer to the auction start time.

The Barastoc subcommittee are currently working very hard on our schedule and looking at all areas of development for 2016, we are very excited to announce that we have additional breed societies getting on board Barastoc 2016 and believe that these societies have a lot to offer our Barastoc competitors.
For those of you who would like to sponsor or know someone who might like to sponsor a class or section at Barastoc 2016 expressions of interest are welcomed, you will then be placed on our list to receive our prospectus package.

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

Multi qualifying show:
The Show horse committee has been liaising with VAS but unfortunately we haven't been able to come to an agreement that suits all parties. The Show Horse committee has not given up hope and will certainly keep looking at ways of making this initiative possible.
Measuring Day:
We will be hosting an official measuring day on the 11th of July 10am until 2pm a $10 fee per horse is applicable, bookings are not necessary.
This will be run in conjunction with our measurers training day.

Young Rider Of The Year:
The Show Horse committee are very excited to announce our Top Ten Show Horse Young Riders for 2015!

A huge congratulations to the following Young Show Riders (No Particular order)

Mark Hocking
Samantha McMaster
Laura Shaw
Ruby Christoph
Sophie Shaw 
Matilda Longbottom
Brynie Lee
Georgie Kellock
Kayla Atkinson
Sarah McMaster

The Equestrian Victoria Show Horse Committee are very pleased with our finalist list, the selectors certainly had a hard task finalising our Top Ten Show Horse Young Riders. The selectors would like to thank all of our Young Riders who applied, we hope that those who have not been selected this year will get the opportunity to be apart of these great awards in years to come.

Our Top Ten Finalists had a training day at Werribee on the 20th June where they underwent equine health education, personal fitness/well being education as well as ridding lessons and public speaking, from the weekend the selectors appointed the Top Three Young Riders as Georgie Kellock, Samantha McMaster and Mark Hocking.These riders will then go forward to our EV Awards night, this is where the final interview process takes place and only one very deserving winner will be announced.

This is a great opportunity for our young up and coming Show Horse riders!  Once again we are proud and pleased to have these wonderful Show Horse finalist representing our discipline.

Please Like & Share our 'Equestrian Victoria Young Rider of the Year' Facebook Page.

Measuring Stand:
As mentioned in our last meeting debrief, the committee have put forward a proposal to WPNEC for the measuring stand to be relocated to a central location to aid safer and easier measuring of horses. WPNEC meet next week we look forward to their response and outcome.

The committee want to provide EV Show Horse members with the best possible membership but to enable us to do so we need your feedback on areas in which you think we could improve. Please send your feedback to this email address.

Upcoming Events:
Measuring Day - 11th July
Measurers Training Day - 11th July
Show Horse Clinic - 11th July
Judges Seminar - 18th July


Amateur Owner Rider (AOR) Leaderboard

Equestrian Victoria is very excited to announce the launch of the Amateur Owner Rider Leaderboard.  The AOR Leaderboard will collect AOR results for the new membership year commencing 1 July, 2015 and finishing 30 June, 2016.

From 1 July, 2015 all AOR dressage results will be collated to compile a Leaderboard for all dressage levels (Preliminary to Grand Prix).  The Leaderboard will be updated monthly.  The winner and runner up at each level will be notified and acknowledged for their achievements at the EV Awards night in July, 2016.

Equestrian Victoria is also very excited to announce that there will also be a major prize for the AOR with highest points across all dressage levels which will be announced shortly.

For those wanting to know how to earn points for the AOR, here is how it will work.


  • Points will only awarded for scores over 58%
  • AOR placings go to 3rd place (ribbon/sash/rosette) but points will be allocated to 4th placing.
  • The leaderboard will be a point system, with a maximum of 4 points for a win if there are 4 or more AOR competitors, 3 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd, 1 for 4th.  If there are only 3 AOR in the class then 3 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd and so on.  If there is only 1 AOR in the class they will receive 1 point. 
  • Must be the same horse and rider combination.  If you have two horses competing AOR, they will appear separately on the leaderboard.
  • Points for a combination will NOT be carried to a higher level on the leaderboard for the levels.  EG. if someone has 40 points in Prelim and decides to move up to novice, they start at zero points in novice.  PLEASE NOTE - Points will be added for a combination that moves up a grade for the overall AOR winner across all levels.

As this is the first year the EV will be running a leaderboard we request that everyone read the following to help it run as smoothly as possible.

Please read the AOR Criteria to make sure you are eligible, the criteria can be found Here

When you receive the draw for your competition, please check that you are marked as AOR and if not, please let the organizing committee of the event know so they can fix their records.

Could all organizing committees please make sure that the AOR results are sent into the EV Office so we can record them on the Leaderboard.

Equestrian Victoria is excited to promote dressage to all riders and would like to wish everyone good look with your results.

If any rider or organizing committee has questions please feel free to contact Dolly Joyce or Michael Bragge for more information.

Dolly Email –
Mobile 0408679609
Michael Email -  
Mobile 0407681480

Dressage Victoria  Mid-Year Report Card

If I were writing a mid-year report for Dressage Victoria it would not be all that different from the thousands I have written for Secondary School students over the years. The format we teachers use is common. We start with a positive, make mention of strengths but then look at areas for improvement and finish on a positive.

DV has run some outstanding events so far this year. DJWTS, YRDC and the CDI-W @ MI3DE were all a big hit with the fans. Planning for Saddleworld Dressage Festival is well underway with a number of exciting innovations for 2015. DV’s finances are looking healthy again and we are starting to put funds back into development of squads and officials. Again we have a record number of members holding a current performance card for a Dressage Horse or Pony. There are 1926 current Dressage Performance cards in Victoria 283 of which are for Dressage Ponies. With a couple of events to go it looks like 7,000 official EV Dressage tests will have been ridden over the 2014/15 calendar of events. While entry numbers do vary, many clubs received strong numbers for their major events this year.

At the high performance level we have seen possibly the strongest year for Victorian performances. At the grassroots level, however we have some work to do. It has become obvious that while Dressage is very strong in the clubs and venues around outer Melbourne, EA Dressage is struggling in regional Victoria. There are a few strong organising committees in regional Victoria, but many areas do not have access to EA Dressage. DV has started discussions with clubs in these areas with the intention of finding how we can help correct this problem. We need to find an easy way to splice some EA tests into local regional events. HRCAV a doing a marvellous job servicing the regional equestrian market, but some of their advanced riders also need the chance to ride some EA tests.

DV started the Amateur Owner Rider category in 2014. We made ribbons available free to clubs and encouraged riders to nominate as AOR on entry forms. This coming season 2015/16 we have asked all events to acknowledge AOR on draws and especially results. These results will be tallied and a Leader Board maintained. More information will be out soon about this exciting initiative. It is designed to celebrate the majority of our competitors who work all week at a non-equestrian job to be part of our beautiful sport.

In summary a good half year report for DV, with many positives, a clear area for improvement and an initiative with a bright future.

Michael Bragge,
Chairman, Dressage Victoria


Young Riders

Congratulations to the 10 finalists that took part in the training day at Werribee on Saturday. Thank you also to Stuart Archibald and his committee for organising the day. I hope we see you all at the Awards Night in August.

VEA Ball

Whilst it is a quiet time for most Eventers plenty of them kicked up their heels on Saturday night at The Brighton Yacht Club. It was the Annual VEA Ball and there were plenty of people there!


Our next Squad is the weekend of July 18th & 19th at Werribee. This is a great opportunity to bring the horses along and get some tuning up before the VEA Combined Training Day & then Friends Of Werribee at the end of August. This Squad is also for Inclusion members as well as Senior & Young Rider.


Good Luck to all the riders competing in the Peter Horobin Interschools State Championships 2015.
For more information Click Here.

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