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February 27, 2015

Show Jumping

Australian Showjumping Championships

Werribee Jeep -the naming right sponsor of the Australian Showjumping Championships for 2015.  We are very pleased to announce that Werribee Jeep have extended their support of the Australian Showjumping Championship for another year by coming on board as the naming right sponsor of the event.  We welcome David Strapp and his team at Werribee Jeep and thank them very sincerely for this sponsorship.  If you haven’t already checked out the massive showroom located at 165 Old Geelong Road, do yourself a favour and do so.

ASJC is to be held 17th – 20th of September at WPNEC.  The event website is now operational and gearing up to be a useful resource for those intending to ride as competitors, volunteers, traders, sponsors and spectators.  It is located at  As the forms, schedules and information become available you can keep up to date through this website, or becoming a “friend” of the ASJC facebook page “ASJC Aust Jumping Championships” 
If you wish to be involved with this premier date in the national jumping calendar as a sponsor, volunteer or trader you are welcome to contact Annie at so that the relevant information can be forwarded to you as it becomes available.  We take this opportunity to thank Fiona Brennan, Amanda Day and Trish and Wes Joyce for all their efforts in the previous events.

Horse Registration Changes for Jumping riders

The Equestrian Victoria Board passed a motion to again allow unregistered horses compete at levels below 1.05m.  This will be very well received by the jumping fraternity as it was felt by the Jumping Victoria committee that this keeps a very encouraging pathway open to entry into EA competitions and allows breeders and competitors some leeway in deciding if a horse has a jumping future without incurring huge expense.  Congratulations to the Board on this common sense decision which brings Victoria back in line with the other states. 

Attention Grand Prix riders:

The National HPP are hosting an Oliver Lazarus clinic to be held in Sydney for the National Squads.  If all spots are not taken up, there may be an opportunity for Grand Prix level competitors to be offered a position.  If you wish further information you can contact Annie at
Expressions of Interest for Coaches of Young Rider Squad and the YR squad nominations are due so be sure to get yours in.


Young Dressage Horse Seminar

On Sunday the 29th March the DJEP will be holding a Young Dressage Horse Seminar at WPNEC. This Seminar is open to Judges, Riders, Trainers and Breeders. It will be presented by Wim Ernes and Susie Hoevenaars in conjunction with Ulf Moller.


Please follow the link for more information and for the application form, please follow the link;

For any questions and concerns, please email Sue via email;


Holly Hornsey riding her dressage test at Geelong Horse Trials The arenas were well prepared.
Photo courtesy of Jenelle Christopher.

Eventing Officials Forum

On Monday March 30th Eventing Victoria will be hosting a forum for Technical Delegates, Dressage Judges & Stewards. It will take place at WPNEC in the Admin Building commencing at 7pm. This is an open invitation to not only current officials but anyone who is seeking to find out more about one of these pathways.
The Eventing season is well underway with the Ballarat Hickstead and Geelong Horse Trials done and dusted. A great job was done by both these hard working committees and we congratulate them on their efforts.

Eventing Cont.

The Victorian Eventing Squads would like to thank Prydes Easifeed & Equissage for their continued support of riders. Our first squad takes place at Boneo Park this weekend. We have some very talented riders in Victoria and we are looking forward to helping them progress on the National and International stage. Congratulations to Will Enzinger, (senior) , Teegan Ashby  & Meryl Dekker (Young Riders) for making it onto the long list for the Oceania Eventing Championships. The event takes place in New Zealand in May.


Para Equestrians getting organized

Last week many of Victoria’s active Para Equestrians and their supporters met at Balmoral E.C. to discuss ways to grow their sport. Several positive ideas were discussed. Cooperation between RDA and EA Para riders was seen as the best way to ensure growth of P.E. Gaining representation from this P.E. group at Dressage Victoria meetings was seen as another step forward. To gain complete integration of P.E. and E.A. competition the meeting felt that P.E. riders could take a more active role in their local Dressage Clubs. The funding of ramps at some venues is also an important aim of this group.

Dressage Victoria Meet

At the recent D.V. meeting concern was raised about the misuse of our intellectual property, the EA Dressage Tests. Within our organisation a $1.00 levy is charged for every EA test that is ridden. It appears that some unaffiliated groups are using our IP (tests) without permission, without adherence to the accompanying rules and without paying the levy. D.V. will continue to monitor this issue.
D.V. discussed the number of judges used at competitions. Understandably most riders would like two experienced judges for every EA test. The National rules show that 2 judges are mandatory at some levels, strongly recommended at others and only one judge at others. The D.V. committee working with the DJEP have requested two judges should be used whenever possible even in the classes requiring only one. We have suggested to ADC that these conditions be re-examined to include the better use of our “H” level judges.
Para Equestrian judges will need accreditation. As DJEP has not been able to conduct a Para Equestrian clinic yet Victoria has a dispensation until this clinic is conducted.
Late entries to weekly dressage competitions has become more common recently. Some OC have found the trend challenging. We agreed that it did make finalising draws and judges etc. more difficult than it ought to be. We looked at NSW method of dealing with late entries. A late entry fee and first on the draw is one system. DV committee will consider a uniform late entry policy for the next 2015/16 Handbook.
We older riders remember when long reserve lists for lower levels meant no chance of a late entry. A number of recent club competitions have shown a clear increase in entries and the re-emergence of reserve lists. Perhaps this alone will solve the late entry issue.


Hi All,

The past year has seen some changes to coaching with the resignation of our NEM Ben Harris and the employment of Gina Haddad. Gina is a Level 3 coach and a very experienced rider so I am sure Gina will add a different dimension to the position.
Tim Calkin from the Victorian Coaching committee was also elected onto the National Committee. The committee is now skill based but it is still great for us to have a Victorian representative.
The past year most courses were delivered on a demand basis or to cover compulsory components for coaches. The courses are now targeted for personal development rather than just a compulsory lecture. Speakers came from Gow Gates and other topics suggested. We also ran two LAR( Large Animal Rescue ) courses.
In January this year we ran our first Level 1 and 2 fast track courses. With critiquing this initiative may be borrowed from us and used by the other states. We plan to run another one in April for Level 1 coaches wishing to work towards their Level 2.
The Coaching committee meets on demand roughly bi-monthly, but communicates frequently on the phone. We would love to hear of any suggestions for courses of personal interest or ways in which we can improve coaching in our state.
I would personally like to thank Karen Amore our Coaching Co-Ordinator and the rest of the coaching committee for their support this year.
To all coaches any suggestions on how we could improve coaching in our state. SPEAK UP!

Happy Coaching.

Sue Leslie ( NCAS Chair).

To find upcoming courses please check the Equestrian Victoria website under NCAS (link below).


The ISJ Summer Show indeed saw interschool show jumping reach greater heights! Over 270 riders completing nearly 1,000 rounds on the day put on a fabulous display of jumping, sportsmanship and team spirit. Paul Williams again did an outstanding job building challenging courses in all four rings, and we thank each of our judges for keeping each ring running on time throughout the day. The ISJ Head Judge Annie White, who is also the Show Jumping Co-ordinator for Equestrian Victoria, was delighted with both the excellent participation and outstanding standard of jumping.

In our feature event of the day, the “Past Stars” proved they were far from being has-beens with a narrow win over the best of the Current Stars riders. Jess Hurley, Jamie Ellis, Dominique Stephens and Jacob Wells finished on 8 penalties, 4 better than the Current Stars team of Matilda Alexander, Jasmine Dennison, Joel Pearce and Max Height. As well as taking home the $1,000 of vouchers provided by the Riders Shoppe, the Past Stars won the right to sign their names on the new, imposing “Wall of Fame” brick wall jump that was unveiled at this show. It was a fantastic beginning to this inaugural Stars Challenge event that we will run annually at the ISJ Summer Show.

In the individual Stars competition, Matilda Alexander and Jasmine Dennison – Toorak College’s duet show jumping leaders – went one-two for the third consecutive show. Matilda’s cracking Grand Prix jump-off round earned her the Champion rosette and relegated Jasmine to Reserve. Nina Griffiths from Frankston High showed her star quality in the very exciting jump off round, finishing runner up in the Grand Prix class. The performances in the Stars class bode very well for a fantastic ISJ 2015 Series.

In the Advanced section, Mia McNaught posted her maiden ISJ victory on Cracker Jack Candy, and in the Intermediate level, Maddison Clarke riding Northern Cornelius took out the Championship honours. Holly Roysmith aboard Wychwood Jamie won the Progressive Champion Rosette and gave Toorak College one of three championship victories on the day.

In the Improvers class, Cohen Wade from Gippsland Grammar prevented Christian College Geelong from taking out a championship on the day, despite having riders that finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in this level. They are no doubt an upcoming show jumping school that will compete for the highest honours for several years to come.

Oliva Batten from Geelong Grammar riding Nala – a horse that is no stranger to success at this level with Olivia’s older sister – took out the Encourage Championship, and Monique Dewsnap representing Toorak College was the deserving winner of the Freshman class.

Overall, Toorak was the dominant school on the day with a score of 39 points – 10 ahead of Hillcrest and Christian College Geelong going into the 2nd VEIS Qualifier to be held at Geelong Grammar on March 1st.

We look forward to seeing you all at Ayr Hill on May 8th for the ISJ Autumn Show – Round 2 of the ISJ 2015 Series.

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