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November 24, 2015

Chairman's Chat

The last month has seen both elections and AGM's for the State and National Boards take place. The Equestrian Victoria AGM was held on October 28 and the results of the Board election were announced.. Suzie Battan will join the Board and brings with her expertise in Communications, Marketing and grant writing so will be able to help EV in those areas that urgently need assistance. Thankyou very much for the support from our members who have entrusted their faith in me for another term.

Finances still have to be foremost in our minds as EV has posted very few profitable P and L's. As a result there is still an enormous amount of hard work to be done just to get to a positive balance.There are robust discussions taking place at board level over the balance between investing in the discipline development and repairing the negative financial situation. I would welcome all ideas in this complex conundrum.

Thanks to the enormous amount of hard work by Justin Hocking the 2015 WPNEC financials have been completed and sent to both the auditors and Parks. This was the next step in the lease discussions with Parks Victoria.Justin is a former highly respected eventer and he has now joined his wife in the dressage arena . We are extremely grateful for his many hours of voluntary work in sorting out the past few years of WPNEC finances and guiding us in the right direction.

On the EA front there has been considerable activity - EA Board elections saw the return of Eliza Carver and Mark Hopkinson and the two new people joining the National Board are Daniel Stoneman and Christopher Strying. EA have been also going through the long process of searching for a new CEO and the successful candidate will be announced shortly. The 6 member States held joint discussions and elected an independent person to be an integral part of the CEO selection process. Grant Baldock bid his farewell at the EA AGM in Sydney and we wish him well in his new venture and thank him for his work and effort. The EA Chair, Judy Fasher has just returned from the FEI forum in San Juan, Porto Rico where Boyd Excell was awarded the prestigious title of FEI Best Athlete. Boyd currently holds both indoor and outdoor World Driving Titles and has been World Champion an amazing 6 times. In winning this title Boyd edged out Charlotte Dujardin, Ingrid Klimke, William Fox-Pitt and Jerom Dubbeldam.

Adelaide 4 star Horse Trials have just finished and Victoria was very capably represented. The extreme weather conditions and a stomach bug that went through the riders camps would have added many degrees of difficulty to this already very tough event. Congratulations to our riders and teams who did so well and comiserations to those where
reality deviated from the plan. A new addition to the event was the Eventing, Showjumping and Dressage Grand Finals where our riders had great results.The Dressage saw our Young Riders take the lead and we congratulate Morgan Duell for winning the individual title and being a member of the winning team. It does not seem to be very long ago that Florinz and Morgan were having their first outings at Inter school and Young Rider Competitions.  A member of the winning team was Stuart Archibald who was also the very worthy  Dressage Ambassador for the event. It is fantastic to watch the development and journey these younger riders have taken and I wish them all the best in the next stage.

Continuing with the Young Rider news - The Jumpers headed off to New Zealand recently for the Trans Tasman Challenge and riding borrowed horses jumped amazing rounds and came home victors. These riders have long been a part of our successful Victorian Squads which provide not only support and training but amazing opportunities for young athletes to have a taste of competing on a larger stage.

Preparation is in the final stages for the Australasian Show Horse Titles and the Dressage Festival. These amazing events can only take place through the hard work of our our dedicated volunteers. If you would like to help at these events there are some some small volunteering roles that are yet to be filled. We thank all the volunteers who contribute and provide such amazing competitions and spectacles for everyone to enjoy. Without you this could not happen.

I would like to conclude by saying how much we welcome, encourage and need communication and feed back from our members. If you have any queries, suggestions, ideas and solutions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Show Horse

2015 Ego Sunsense Australasian Show Horse & Rider Championships

The committee have been working very hard with the EV EMG (Events Management Group) to ensure a spectacular Nationals 2015. This is a year of celebration for the event as it is the 30 year anniversary. We are now in the final stages, fine tuning every detail and aspect of the event. We have been blown away with support from volunteers, all roles are important and we are very appreciative of all who donate their time to the event, without volunteers we don’t have shows. 
The 2015 event has undergone an impressive facelift, this will accommodate both spectators and competitors.
We are all very excited and were only twelve days away from competition!

We have a very strong team Victoria this year and we are sure the whole team will put their best hoofs forward and put on a show! It has been wonderful to see the team pull together and fundraise an amazing amount of money for their uniforms, accessories and team tent. Thank you to all who have supported team Vic through volunteering, donating or bidding on the online auction. 

Tickets - Come along and support team Vic at Nationals, enjoy the event in style, get up close and personal to the action. We have a small number of ‘Champions Lawn’ tickets left - Friday 4th & Saturday 5th December - $ 68 per day The Champions Lawn is adjacent to the competition arena. The grassed area with picnic style tables and chairs. Included in the daily ticket is morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Please Click Here to book.


Where: WPNEC
When: Thursday 3rd December
Time: 2pm-5pm
Open to: All EV Horses/Members

Barastoc Show entries close 30th November (8 Days).

To enter and find out more please Click Here

The Barastoc organising committee are working hard to get everything in order for the 2016 event. We will see breeds, open and rider classes featured as well as the addition of children’s National qualifying classes.

Sponsorship opportunities for individuals, businesses and companies for Barastoc 2016 are exceptional! Please Click Here to find a package that best suits you  

This is a very busy time for the committee, we would like to wish all competitors the best of luck for our upcoming events, remember were here to help, don’t be afraid to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

The victorian shetland enthusiest group are hosting the shetland classes for us this year. Their programme will hopefully be posted shortly.



RIDERS MAY NOW APPLY FOR INCLUSION IN THE PRYDES VICTORIAN DRESSAGE SQUAD FOR THE NEXT 6 MONTHS.  Please complete the application form on the EV website and forward to Rae Ansell at 
If you have trouble finding the form, please email Rae and she will forward a form to you.
This forms the basis for rules and requirements for acceptance into the Victorian Dressage Squad valid from January 1st – June 30th 2016 when performances will be reviewed.

Horse and rider combinations will be accepted if they fulfil the following criteria:

• Horses with scores from Elementary upwards
• Current members of E.V.
• Scores for Freestyles are not permitted
• Members must be prepared to sign an Athletes Agreement which will be supplied to each rider who qualifies with scores
• REQUIRED SCORES AS FOLLOWS -3 scores from Official Competitions in Australia or overseas
• Elementary to Advanced – 3 scores of 70% or above
• FEI – SMALL TOUR/MEDIUM TOUR – 3 scores of 65% or above
• FEI –LARGE TOUR – 3 scores of 63% or above
• Valid scores are - from July 1st – December 15th 2015


Pictured Above: Jacqueline O'Riley & Waterford Tilly 1* winners at the Spring Horse Trials 

The Spring Horse Trials was a great success. Thanks goes to the committee, officials, volunteers & BSP Scoring who came on board at short notice. Also to WPNEC for providing such a great venue. We managed to wrap it up before the Teddy Bears Picnic traffic was an issue so that was a bonus.

It is good to hear that Tooradin Estate has has its tick to start operating again after what must have been a very trying few months of quarantine. 

Pictured Below: Amanda Ross & Dicavelli Diesal winners of the Adelaide 2*

Pictured Above: Katja Weimann & BP Flamboyant 6th in the Adelaide 4*

We have just completed a great week at Adelaide Horse Trials. For those of you who have not made the journey to Adelaide it is well worth the effort. For the riders it is the opportunity to experience our sport at its highest level at a unique venue and as a spectator there is so much to Well done to all the competitors who made the journey over. Thank you to our coaches and support team. Special mention to Amanda Ross who has taken out the 2* on her lovely Dicavelli Diesal. Go the Victorian Team of Amanda, Andrew Cooper & Fairbanks Cappuccino, Nat Davies & Chatswood Design, Bek McDougall & ESB Irish Patience who narrowly missed taking out the State Team Award in the 2* placing second by a mere 4.1 points.
In the 4* Katja Weimann placed 6th with BP Flamboyant and congratulations to all the others who took on the 4* and conquered it...the full results can be found Here

As the year draws to an the end we thank all the organising committees through out the year for their hard work in supporting our sport. We wish competitors at The final event for the year Lakes & Craters good luck!
Eventing Squad Applications for 2016 will be on the website & emailed out by the end of this week.
(Thanks to Jenelle Christopher for the Adelaide photos)

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