The Horse’s Mouth, Official Magazine of Equestrian SA
MAGAZINE Winter Issue 2014
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Contents In this issue NEWS 4 Top equestrian news stories from around South Australia
Hear from Gareth Heron, Chair of Equestrian South Australia
Exciting times with high performance, masterclasses, juniors and promoting for the future.
DRESSAGE 7 2014 South Australian Dressage Championships.
EVENTING 9 A wrap up of all the action from around South Australia and Victoria.
All articles and photos are supplied by Equestrian SA unless otherwise stated.
Cover photo: Jaimie Stichel & Image Blue Ice 10th in CCI 2* and 2nd YR Championship
In this issue an update for all NCAS coaches.
YEAR OF THE HORSE This year is the Chinese Year of the Horse; do you posses the qualities of your favourite equine friend?
Glorious weather bestowed proceedings for the South Australian Horse of the Year 2013.
Produced by Flying Pig Marketing, Norwood. South Australia For Equestrian South Australia. July 2014
A successful event was held at Adelaide Show Grounds in April 2014.
INTERVIEW WITH GILL ROLTON
Read our chat with Australia’s first ever Head of the Ground Jury for the World Equestrian Games.
INTERSCHOOL 28 A fundraising dinner full of fun and emotion
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News No points for participants
Upcoming events Annual Equestrian South Australia horse registration As per EA General Rules, all applications for Equestrian Australia (EA) Horse Registration must have 5 possible horse names submitted, the only exception to this is, if a copy of the horse(s) Breed Registration for the same name can be provided as proof when lodging your application.
Junior membership EA Members who turn age 18 in the competition year, will remain as a Competitive Junior Member until the 30th June the following year, they will then become a Competitive Senior member. E.g. if you are 17 now and in December 2014 turn 18, you will remain as Competitive Junior until 30/06/2015.
SA CE Equestrian South Australia + SACE Equestrian South Australia is now offering students the opportunity to undertake formal training in the Equine Industry, whilst still at school. This exciting development allows students to undertake up to eight modules of Equestrian Australia’s Nationally recognised NCAS courses, and on completion be awarded SACE credits. All courses are self paced with assessment by qualified NCAS Assessors.
Participant Members be aware under EA Rules, you cannot purchase a Competition License and accrue points if you are riding that horse. Where a competition license is required to accrue points for a Horse, the Rider must be a Competitive Senior/Junior Member.
Horse records If your horse has passed away or been sold, please advise the ESA office, so we can update our records. This can be done via phone, email or in person.
Competition licences needed for renewal Competition Licences are required to be validated each year at renewal time, so if you register on line, don’t forget to send your Licence back to the ESA office for validation of points.
These modules provide an important stepping stone into many career paths within the Australian Equine Industry as well as consolidating knowledge that will aid students in pursuing tertiary qualifications in Equine studies. For competition and recreational riders, these courses cover the basic and more advanced principles of horse management and riding. Each module provides students with ten credits or one unit towards the completion requirements of SACE under Community Learning programs. This means that young equestrians can use their personal riding experiences and capabilities to further their education achievements under the area of Sports Skills and Management. Programs include Introductory to Level 2 for Riding and Horse Management and for 18 yr old’s. Contact Suzanne Skibinski
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Welcome Welcome to the online version of the old Horses’ Mouth. While we have an improved website and Facebook it is important to give each Discipline and our members the opportunity to communicate pictures and stories about our lovely horses in a newsletter format. This online Horses’ Mouth will be compiled four times a year and we look forward to the contributions from our Disciplines and all of our members. In the next month or so we will be calling for nominations for our Board and Discipline committees. I would like to take this opportunity to ask all of our members to consider giving their time to contribute to and improve their sport. The Board and Committee elected representatives are critical for the basic management and further improvement of equestrian sport in SA. At this point in time we do not have full representation on a few of these bodies so keep checking the website as in late August information and nomination forms will be available to download. As an ESA competitor, official and administrator I have been disappointed that equestrian sport has very little infrastructure to convene the many fantastic equestrian events and activities. If I were a skateboarder there are numerous free public parks available within suburban Adelaide. Soccer, football, tennis and swimming for example all have numerous facilities to call home. South Australia is the only State in Australia without a State Regional Equestrian Centre. In addition during the last twenty years many great equestrian facilities have been bulldozed or closed to make way for the urban sprawl. To address this the Board has made significant progress in the development of a Regional Equestrian Centre to service all horse lovers in SA. Our belief is that if we don’t act now we will risk the future and development of our horse sports and activities. The completion of the centre at whatever site that is suitable will provide ESA with the facilities other sports take for granted and that we urgently require to move our sport to the next level.
When we look at the funding of such a project I would I would expect the same support that is provided to other sports where any facility created doesn’t rely on member finances. Simply put if you want to go swimming you don’t have to buy the pool! At a meeting with the Office of Recreation and Sport it was agreed that equestrian sport had attracted no capital works funding in the last twenty years. This did not compare well to other sports. To address this the ESA Board have prepared a Concept Plan and will work with Regional Development Australia and other key bodies to further develop and implement the plan with an interested council. I look forward to your support and contribution in this critical ESA venture. On another matter it was an honour to be present at the EA National Awards Night when Dr Dennis Goulding and the late Jim Dunn OAM were inducted into the EA Hall of Fame. Congratulations must also go to Lorraine Wohling for winning the Volunteer of the Year award. We welcome Felicity Green as the newest member of the ESA team, being the successful applicant for the vacated Registrar position. I am very pleased with the new office staff structure. It is critical that our ESA staffs are the best we can get as they represent ESA when anyone contacts the office. Congratulations to Sharon and the office staff for their work associated with our Awards Night. The very positive feedback from a wide variety of members has endorsed my feeling that the night was a great success. Obviously there are a number of aspects we will revisit and we will be responsive to comments from members in order to improve. However the event was a fantastic celebration of our sport, our competitors, supporters and our horses. Gareth Heron Chair, Equestrian South Australia
Kangra PhotoGRAPHIC Action
PHOTO: Andrew Graham
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Kim Norris at the 2014 Goyder Plains Carriage Driving Annual CDE
Driving Into The Future Carriage Driving Equestrian South Australia (CDESA) is very pleased to be part of the Horses Mouth once again. We found in the past that it was a great way to promote our sport to the wider Equestrian Community and also to obtain information on what the other disciplines were doing.
We have promoted the NCAS and recently held a coaching clinic that included a masterclass. This was officiated by Max Pearce from NSW. This resulted in two Level Two Coaches being accredited- Jackie Boyd and Anne Lindh and one Level One Coach Shirley Crossley.
Carriage Driving has had a very exciting year. We have continued with our High Performance / State Squad and now have a squad of drivers able to represent SA interstate and even overseas. Some of these are already members of the National HP Squad. We have had different coaches including Gavin Robson who will be competing in the four in hand driving at the WEG.
CDESA now has two EA affiliated clubs. These clubs have held various CDE and Driven Dressage competitions in the last few months. Goyder Plains Club at Peterborough is hoping to hold FEI one and two star events this year and in 2015.
We have a junior component to the HP with three very promising drivers- Victoria Fricker, Haydon Browne and Rhys Vaudin who all compete in both CDE and Show Driving.
CDESA looks to promote our sport at events local and interstate, Agricultural Shows and Combined Driving Events, and are always keen to promote and assist new drivers and participants.
We have a junior component to the HP with three very promising drivers- Victoria Fricker, Haydon Browne and Rhys Vaudin
Some of our drivers are going to the WEG this August but a contingent will be competing again at this years Adelaide Royal.
PHOTO: Sandy Morphett
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Heather Currie on Donner King
2014 South Australian Dressage Championships Well done to all competitors at the 2014 SA Dressage Championships and we hope everyone was able to fulfil their personal goals at the event. Congratulations to all winners and place-getters.
Although a new venue and program structure, the event worked well with positive feedback from riders. A huge thank you to the team of hard working supporters who helped make this event happen: Judges, Stewards, Pencillers, Scorers, Runners, Ground Crew, Stable Manager, Day Secretaries, Program Coordinator, Announcers, RAHS Staff, ESA Staff, Dressage Clubs, SJ Committee and Dressage Committee Members.
A huge thank you to the team of hard working supporters who helped make this event happen:
For the second time the Dressage Championship event was held in conjunction with the SA Show Jumping Championships, giving a fantastic synergy and an opportunity to share competition experience, facilities and administration for 150 competitors based at the RAHS Showgrounds.
A Championship Event such as this is not possible without the support of sponsors and we are extremely grateful for the assistance given by the following groups: • Office Of Recreation & Sport • Hygain • Adelaide Hills Equine Clinic • Dressage Club of South Australia • The Horse Magazine • Wow Saddles
• Be Active • Chaballo • Harcourts • Australian Warmblood Horse Association • Horse Deals • Just Ribbons.
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Champions and Award Winners Award
Der Von Wendel & Heather Currie
Don Dunchovny & Heather Currie
PS Royal Dancer & Ruth Schneeberger
PS Royal Dancer & Ruth Schneeberger
Bellaire Cannavaro & Georgina Foot
Pony Aggregate Champion
Tullaroi All I Want & Tara Lloyd
EA Freestyle Winner
Fairbanks Picasso & Cooper Oborn
Adelaide Hills Equine Clinic
Small Tour Champion
Gainsborough Donner Capo & Linda O’Leary
Big Tour Champion
Gershwin E & Samantha Bartlett
Award for EA Champion Warmblood Bellaire Cannavaro
Award for FEI Champion Warmblood CJP Winchester
Award for Highest Percentage
E J & Co
Award for Rider/Helper at the Event
E J & Co
Results for all classes can be found
Linda O’Leary on GB Donner Capo at DWTS 2014
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Lara Pizimolas & Latitude over narrow brush in Hollows XC, CCI2*.
A Big Year For Eventing Firstly it is with deep regret that we record the passing of Jim Dunn on 29th November 2013. Jim had been a long serving member on many Equestrian Committees, in particular of Eventing SA and was a past Chairman of both ESA and the National Eventing Committee. He was Chairman of Selectors for our National Teams and most memorably was the Chef d’Equipe of successive Gold Medal 3DE Olympic Teams, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. Jim was also a qualified FEI judge in both Eventing and Showjumping. His contribution to our sport was enormous and will be missed. Eventing SA committee discussed the important role of volunteers in our sport and decided that it would be appropriate to award some form of recognition to those volunteers with a long service history. An Eventing SA Volunteer Pin has been made and a number given to each Organising Committee so that they may choose to award these as mementos for long service to deserving helpers at each event. We have also up-graded our Eventing Box for hire to Event Organisers and bought more radios so that there now are 32 radios available, charged & maintained at ESA Office.
The new EA dressage tests 2014 will be used at all events in the 2014 season and are available on the web. It has been noted that many Event Organising Committees are struggling with a lack of manpower either at their event on the day or in the lead-up preparation time. We are asking riders or their representatives to provide 4 hours help during the year to one specific event – the most local one or the one most ‘in need’. The 4 hours could be arranged with the committee to be served before (setting up), after (clearing up) or during the event. This year it will operate on an honour system for 2014, as per the back cover of the eventing handbook – but remember that interstate, a helper is compulsory. Please contact the event of your choice to see how you can best help out.
High Performance Criteria for selection onto National Elite Squads (now the WEG 2014 Squad) and Developmental Squads (the Rio 2016 Squad) have changed markedly and now require achievement of defined criteria and finish scores at 3DE. A minimum performance criteria is a finish score of no more than 50 in a CCI4*, or no more than 48 in a 3* = required for WEG 2014 –
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which is what is required to be competitive in major championships, but has only been achieved by 3 combinations as yet. Criteria for younger horses on the way up through 2* and 3* for Rio 2016 are 50 at CCI2*, 55 at CCI3* and 60 at CCI4*. These scores are clear cut guidelines for all combinations to strive to achieve. In line with new National selection criteria, the State Squads now require performance at 3DE at one star level and above. Junior / Young Rider squads will be selected from riders performing at least at Pre Novice / EA 105 level. Preliminary is not sufficient for inclusion. There were a record number of entries for the Young Rider Development Scholarship weekend in December - 28 entries making for strong competition for the 10 places. Places are also awarded on a performance basis, in that competitions at 1* level will be ranked above placings at Preliminary or Pony Club. SA was successful in gaining High Performance funding for our State Squad which enabled us to hold several excellent Jumping Clinics with past National Coach, Jamie Coman in the lead up to Ai3DE. We also had 2 dressage clinics with overseas instructors, Sophie Leube from Germany in June and Gareth Hughes from UK in October. Brett and Gareth share the dressage teaching in UK for Aussie squads, so it was most helpful to have that session with Gareth who is still competing at a high international level and proved an excellent coach. Prue Barrett, our High Performance Director, also attended the Gareth clinic, which was a good opportunity for her to see our riders and for the riders to meet Prue in a quiet learning situation, particularly helpful to our promising Young Rider contingent. Local coaches have been used, with support from ESA, to help our Junior squad – with Gill Rolton, Tracey Leigh, Megan Jones and Anthony Thomas contributing to their learning and we are seeing the benefits, with some pleasing competition results. A successful show jumping clinic was given by Gill to the J/YR Squad the weekend prior to Camperdown, Lakes & Craters 3DE. On the topic of Clinics we had a special treat – a Lucinda Green Cross Country Clinic was held at Reynella in February. A six times Badminton winner on 6 different horses, Lucinda has a wealth of experience to offer and her clinic was overbooked with a wait list.
2014 / 15 season Looking at our 2014 Season (before reminiscing over last year’s results) we are delighted that Naracoorte has return to FEI ranks. The new and energetic Committee has embarked on further Course upgrades and returned to the CIC*/** / *** format which is a most important step in allowing SA combinations at least one qualifying event in this State before Melbourne 3DE. Another new FEI Rider Qualification system that came into force in 2013, but took until AI3DE for most riders to understand its significance, it means that only CIC’s and CCI’s are allowable by FEI as qualifications for FEI events (CIC’s and CCI’s). National events are not qualifications for FEI. The FEI events are expensive for Organising Committees to run and require significantly more work, which is even more difficult for so few competitors. It is a credit to those Committees who have taken up the challenge.
Lockington Lockington opened up our SA Event season on March 15 & 16 at the Whellam’s stunning property with Tracey Leigh becoming an accredited Course Designer after attending the FEI Seminar at AI3DE. We look forward to some new innovations after a mentoring visit from Mike Etherington-Smith. Unfortunately the planned addition of a 2 star course above last year’s One Star has had to wait another year, but in only 3 years Lockington has come a long way to be our established lead-off event.
Two Wells Similarly we welcomed Two Wells (April 26/27) in it’s second year catering from Intro to Pre Novice (EVA 105). Both these events have the advantage of sandy going and young enthusiastic committees to get it all started from scratch. Despite any teething difficulties they both have achieved smoothly run, enjoyable events that are welcome additions to an Eventing calendar in SA that had been losing, rather than gaining events. Between these two we have both Reynella on March 29/30 and Kirkcaldy on May 5/6.
Grand Cru Grand Cru was conducted on May 3/4, with it’s unbeatable setting amongst the vines (and more importantly for some of us beside the wine cellar door). We need to remember that a functioning winery takes the landlord much time and more willing helpers for the Grand Cru event on set up & management on the day would be much appreciated. Thank you riders !
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Eventing SA committee discussed the important role of volunteers in our sport and decided that it would be appropriate to award some form of recognition to those volunteers with a long service history. Anthony eats up the jumping phases at the Australian Three Day Event, to move up to 19th & biggest overall score.
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Naracoorte Naracoorte followed on May 17/18 with its first CIC for a few years thanks to an enterprising committee locally bolstered by the Richardson Family en masse from Adelaide and all systems were go for returning Naracoorte to its former glory days. With a re-vamped course, it is now worth travelling for from both sides of the border, with the added incentive of a qualifying result to count towards the Three Day Event at Werribee.
Spring eventing season results 2013 Mt Gambier August 17/18, is the first SA event and has excellent going (even if pouring sleeting rain!) to be a suitable get back in the swing event. It always attracts riders from both SA & Victoria, increasing interstate rivalry. There were a number of withdrawals due to weather. Cooper Oborn was 4th on He’s Patrick and 8th on Kirby Park Irish Tom with Izzy O’Loughlin 7th on Matariki in CNC2*. The CNC1* saw Victorians finishing 1 to 12th. Pre Novice/EVA 105 Div 1, Megan Jones & Kirby Park Impress 2nd & Caitlin Keith & Domino Effect 6th. EVA Div 2. Sarah Clark & Kirby Park Irish Consort finished 3rd, Kerrie Bowman & Fourwinds Millicent 4th and Fiona Guthrie & Belle Amour 5th. In Preliminary. Cooper Oborn & Acacia Ridge Renaissance were 1st and 5th on Bellhaven Clover with Megan Jones & Kirby Park Invader 3rd. In Intro none of the 8 riders placed. Over all classes there were over 45 riders making the journey to Mt Gambier for the season pipe opener – a popular event. Friends of Werribee (Vic) in early September also attracted high entries from SA, at least 15 riders competing there, but not many higher placings. Megan Jones had consistently high placings though with Kirby Park Impress winning EVA 105 div 1, Kirby Park Invader 5th in Preliminary 1 and KP Irish Stout 4th in Prelim 3. Mia Allen & Allurum Destrier was 6th in EVA 105 div 1.
PHOTOS: Emma Kalderovskis
Camden Equestriad (NSW) September and the only SA rider to make the long trip was Lara Pizimolas & Latitude seeking a qualification for AI3DE , CCI2*, which they achieved in a very creditable 8th place in CIC2* A. Avenel at Oaklands (Vic) on September 28/29 also saw a similar 9 riders travelling, including Wendy Schaeffer back from UK on Thursday, to ride that weekend. This course was a CIC equivalent for qualifying purposes and built by Ewan Kellett it was more than up to standard with two of the most daunting looking roll tops, a stride apart providing a steep long drop to the water for 3*. Wendy had the distinction of leading
the dressage on all three of her horses. Sun Showers did not go fast enough, finishing 4th. Sun Lover caught Wendy ‘sleeping’, ducking out at a narrow, but Smokin Sun completed on his dressage score to win CIC1*. The hard luck story was Fiona Guthrie scheduled to show jump Belle Amour to finish 2nd , but she had to ride Crockadoo in his first ever CIC3*( and hers) first. Fiona was so excited getting through the huge water complex that she crashed the next, 3rd last, fence and never got to ride Belle into 2nd. Cooper Oborn was 3rd in Prelim B on Acacia Ridge Renaissance and 6th on Bellhaven Clover in Prelim A.
Reynella horse trials October 19 / 20. The Logan Floats CIC3* was won by Mrs Logan Floats Deacon alias Megan Jones & Kirby Park Allofasudden from Sun Showers & Wendy Schaeffer by some 10 points, the only 2 horses entered in the class. Horseland Mt Barker CIC2* was won by Dominic Jones & Paint the Sky making a comeback from injury from Jaimie Stichel & Image Blue Ice with Jade Kluske & mighty Delargo in 3rd. All these 5 horses put in good pre Adelaide runs but only two were to make it to the event -such is horse fragility! CIC1*. Fiona Guthrie & Belle Amour turned the tables on her employer, Wendy Schaeffer & Sun Lover 2nd and Smokin Sun 3rd. The Toop & Toop EVA 105 was won by Caitlin Keith & Domino Effect from Sarah Clark & KP Irish Consort with Anthony Thomas riding Prim Cromwell’s Tamarisk Park Regent into 3rd. EVA 95 was won by Alyssa Penley & ESB Irish Autumn (which made them the outright winners of the Barastoc SA Eventing Horse Leaderboard), from Kelly Roberts & Charlatan with Amarah Henderson-Wilson making a return to eventing on Dale Flynn’s ESB Irish Eclipse. Unfortunately for Dale & Amarah Eclipse had to be euthanized on Christmas Day. Our commiserations. EVA 80 div 1. Was won by Kaitlin Collins on Gill Rolton’s Clarendon Park Arctic Monkey, with Sara Warren & Donner Divine 2nd and Emily Nettle & Cash Cab 3rd. Division 2 was won by Louise Chapman & Kirby Park Exquisite from Prim Cromwell & Tamarisk Park Impression and Jessica Hill & Double D Kings Diamond in 3rd. Newcomers was won by Dale Flynn & Aurum Revoir from Alicia Lever & Footlight Statement with Katelyn Tomas & Parkiarrup Puzzle in 3rd.
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Megan Jones & KP Allofasudden 1st CCI 3*
Fiona Guthrie & Belle Amour 1st CCI 1*
Dominic Jones & Paint the Sky 1st CCI 2*
Alyssa Penley & ESB Irish Autumn 1st EVA 95 & winner of Barastoc SA Eventing Horse Leaderboard.
The Barastoc SA Eventing Horse Leaderboard win was consolidated by Alyssa Penley & ESB Irish Autumn, winning her class, as did second place getter Kaitlin Collins on Clarendon Park Arctic Monkey with Caitlin Keith & Domino Effect and Fiona Guthrie & Belle Amour equal third – both also winning their classes!
going up to CNC1* which was duly won by Fiona Guthrie & Wendy Schaeffer’s Sun Showers, desperately trying to qualify for Adelaide 2*
Interstate ventures in October saw Caitlin Keith & Domino Effect win the Young Rider Pre Novice at Candlebark Oct 12/ 13 and Megan Jones win the Pre Novice A on KP Impress and 4th in Pre Nov B on KP Invader at Tooradin Oct 26/27.
Monarto Horse Trials, usually held in September, were cancelled and then revived by Karin Edwards & a small committee and eventually fitted in on November 2/3,
Pre Novice/EVA 105 was won by Mia Allen & Allurum Destrier from Fiona Guthrie & Sunhill Surprise and Allyssa Penley & ESB Irish Autumn in 3rd. Cooper Oborn won the Prelim/EVA 95 on Bellhaven Clover from Yvette Lethbridge & See Boris Jump and Amber Hewit & Omni Power. Cooper also won the Intro/ EVA 80 on Robyn Stokes’s dressage horse, Chiron Macchiato from Lauren Crocker & Bristol Bay and Bec Fidge & new horse Archie. Newcomers /EVA 60 was won by Alicia Lever & Footlight Statement from Emily Compton & Amici d’Amore with Ruth Fischer-Bent & Belcam Comet in 3rd.
PHOTO: Emma Kalderovskis
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Lara looking super in show jumping - before a small error & dismount.
Australian International Three Day Event CCI4*, November 14 / 17. Adelaide’s premier event was nearly sabotaged by a series of untoward circumstances. First 4* rider, Wendy Schaeffer, broke her ankle at a dressage training clinic! Then AI3DE Course Designer, Wayne Copping, had a heart attack and was rushed to hospital. His finishing touches were taken over by visiting Course Designers at the FEI course design seminar, with Wayne later supervising from a gopher. Another disaster, as Megan Jones has to withdraw her Olympic listed 4* horse, KP Allofasudden, with a recurrence of a foot issue that kept him out of the London Team. Now there are no SA riders in the 4* for the first time.
Although there were the usual thrills & spills on cross country day, and quite a bit of drama at both water jumps, no-one was seriously injured, with only the gentler show jumping to come. Wrong! More drama as Lara Pizimolas had what looked like a simple tumble half way round the show jumps off Latitude, only to break not one but two ankles (even though it took a week to find the second one was actually broken too & needed another operation). That said the Event itself was an outstanding success, running more smoothly than ever before. The separation of the stable & horse working areas from the Trade stand area was also much better, allowing far more room for each, and horses were further from the general public with better risk control. Management all over seemed to be easier and we ticked more FEI boxes as a plus.
A huge thank you to the team of hard working supporters who helped make this event happen:
To compound SA woes, Cooper Oborn has to withdraw both of his 2* entries with minor injuries and Jade Kluske & Mighty Delargo also withdraw from the 2*. Now there are only 5 SA riders left in the CCI2*. Then competing on the final weekend another 4* rider, Will Enzinger, also fell breaking his ankle! He passed on the ‘catch ride’ on his horse to Olympian Chris Burton, out to give the eventing ‘masterclass” in the demonstration entertainment. He duly WON despite only sitting on the horse 3 days before competing it.
In a nail biting finish to the CCI 4* Chris Burton & TS Jamaimo show jumped clear lying in 6th place, but all above him faulted leaving him in the lead. Sonja also jumped clear on Belfast Mojito to rise above her Illicit Liasons into 2nd as 2 rails dropped the other to 8th. Two rails dropped both Stuart & Pluto Mio and Shane & Taurus from the lead to 5th & 4th while 1 rail put
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Dominic Jones & Paint the Sky 9th & highest SA rider in CCI 2*
Anthony Thomas & Southern Warlock survive the dressage in 55th place
Sarah Ashcroft & Hillbro Aramac in CCI 2* XC
Jaimie Stichel & Image Blue Ice 10th in CCI 2* and 2nd YR Championship
Jaimie Stichel in Dressage phase
Jaimie Stichel Cross Country through the hollows
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Sarah & Hillbro Aramac in CCI 2* SJ
Craig Barrett & Sandhills Brillaire (last year’s winner) into 3rd. Double clear show jumping had Seumas Marwood & Wild Oats up into 6th. SA riders competing in the CCI2* were Dominic Jones & Paint the Sky finishing 9th, Jaimie Stichel & Image Blue Ice finishing 10th and also second best placed Young Rider behind Iasabel Houghton of Victoria. As Jaimie had won the Best YR Award last year with no expectations, she may have felt disappointed in second – but last year’s win was always a hard act to follow. Anthony Thomas & Southern Warlock finished 19th a long way up from 55th in dressage! Sarah Ashcroft placed 28th also clear cross country, as were the others, but slower.
Woady Yaloak (Vic) November 23/24 Another interstate trek for those seeking experience pre Lakes & Craters 3DE or qualifications. Fiona Guthrie ran Sun Showers clear & fast XC and show jumped clear for 4th, in the hope of riding 2* at Camperdown - to no avail. Megan was giving her youngsters a final hit out for the 3DE with KP Irish Stout taking 3rd in CNC1* from Fiona Guthrie & Belle Amour in 5th. Other SA riders found the Ewan Kellett built course somewhat more difficult than expected.
Lakes & Craters 3 DE, (Vic) December 5 – 8. A brilliant result for Jaimie Stichel & Image Blue Ice as they win their first CCI3* Event – any disappointment at AI3DE gone – this is a great result and a qualification for Ai3DE 4* next year. No SA riders in 2* nor the YR CCI 1*. Fiona Guthrie & Sun Showers finish 4th and Belle Amour 7th in CCI 1* with Sarah Clark & KP Irish Consort in 6th. Pre Novice div 1. Cooper Oborn is 3rd on Acacia Ridge Renaissance and Kerrie Bowman 4th on Fourwinds Millicent. PN div 2. Megan Jones is 2nd on KP Invader and Cooper 6th on Bellhaven Clover. In Prelim C, Kerrie Bowman is 2nd on Shadow Fax and Fiona Guthrie 6th on Sun Bright in Prelim B. Lakes & Craters is a brilliant venue and pleasant, rider friendly event to finish the season on, confidence building for the next year, after a holiday break is had for all.
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Coaches Corner NCAS coach update – November 2014 Dr Andrew Mclean is coming to SA to host the SA Coaches Compulsory Update. This will be at Tilling Hill on November 1st. There will be theory and practical demonstrations so it will be a very exciting day for participants. All Coaches must attend an update at least once every two years. Attendance for the full day is required to qualify for the Update status. Registrations will open in August so make sure you are on the list before you send in your National Coach Registration at the end of September. The clinic is open to all riders and officials as well, so make sure you register early to get your seat. Watch the ESA web site for more details soon.
Keep your records safe Safety comes first – NCAS coaches should always be aware that accidents do happen around horses. If one of your students has a tumble make sure you keep proper records of the incident to make sure that your responsibilities under the EA Insurance system are covered. Remember also that all NCAS coaches are required to keep their First Aid qualification up to date at all times. It’s just not good enough to wait until it’s nearly re Registration time and then get it done. Your Insurance cover will be void if your First Aid is not valid when an incident happens.
Do your skills match up? Coaches, start to think about upgrading your qualifications now – Opportunities are available all the time to upgrade your NCAS Coaching. All you need to do is to enrol with National Office and start the Programs. Coaches who are, or have been, competing at high levels can fast track through the system for their Personal Skills accreditation. The SA Coaching Committee is always willing to look at ways to support NCAS coaches to upgrade by holding clinics with local and interstate Educators. Think about it now and move on up to get an Accreditation that matches your skills.
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2014, Year Of The Horse
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This Chinese New Year more than a billion Chinese people waved goodbye to the Year of the Snake and welcomed the Year of the Horse.
They are independent, down-to-earth and very appealing to others. Adventurers at heart who love to travel; they are free spirits, graceful and happy people.
The Chinese animal zodiac runs on a 12-year cycle which interacts with the five elements: wood, metal, fire, water and earth. January 31 marked the first day of Chinese New Year in 2014, the day on which the year of the wood horse took over from the water snake.
This year is specifically the year of the wooden horse, which represents fire energy. It is believed to be a time of unexpected adventure, surprising romance and fast victories – perfect for anyone in the thoroughbred racing industry!
Those born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014 are said to possess certain qualities reminiscent of the majestic, four-legged creature. Their energy is free-spirited, wild, wilful and independent.
On a global scale, the year of the horse will bring strength to some world economies while others experience economic chaos and collapse. Under the Horse’s strong influence there is no middle ground.
Quick-witted and gifted, movement is everything for them. Freedom and independence are essential and they tend to act on impulse. This of course means there is an element of unpredictability about Horse people, much like the outcome of a big race. Chinese people believe horses are born to race or travel, which is why Horse people tend to leave home young. The horse is a highly intuitive animal, so people born in the Horse year follow their hunches, with keen judgment and a natural intuition that helps them make the right decisions throughout their life.
The Horse year is about freedom, enjoying life and life’s adventures. It’s set to be a wild ride as the world changes, and changes fast. Rather than cantering through life, turn things up a notch, and gallop full force into the future. If it’s right then there’s nothing to think about. Just follow your instincts. The Horse year is the time to act fast, buy that home, launch that business, travel the world, make a big purchase, get a promotion at work, have a breakthrough – take a leap and fly.
People born in the Year of the Horse are cheerful, perceptive and talented and love to be in the centre of a crowd.
Lucky colour Green
Famous people born in the Year Lucky numbers of the Horse 2, 3, 7 Emma Watson, Denzel Washington, Best friend / Ashton Kutcher, Harrison Ford and love match Oprah Winfrey Tiger, dog
Worst friend / love match
Article reproduced thanks to Thoroughbred Racing South Australia
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SA Brings Home Three Championship Titles The South Australia Horse of the Year, commenced with the delightful Farleigh Athina – Brianna DuncanCoward setting the pace by winning the Newcomer Showhunter Pony. The Newcomer Showhunter Galloway was the brilliant Yindarla Park Twilight owned by Angela Forster. The Newcomer Showhack was Kerry Micke’s Boongala Flashman. Another little standout was the Leading Rein winner, a huge class of top quality ponies and riders, with handlers who would not seem out of place at Fashion of Field on raceday. The winner was Bianca Evans on the ripper little pony Armanii Park Peter Pan. The open showhunter with some top class exhibits presented to judges Peter Gardiner (Vic), Edwina Cullen (NSW) and Christie Hall (NSW) it has been said the showhunters in Australia have really come of age and in a few sections really showed this as being true. Absolutely adorable was the little Armanii Park Peter Pan, foot perfect with his jockey Bianca Evans on board, the tiny duo cut a very professional figure to win the Showhunter Small Pony of the Year, runner up was
Chelsea Nelson’s Rivington Banknote. The Medium Showhunter Pony of the Year was a super class of ponies, with standout Fairview Firebird ridden by Darci Walsh as the winner, Courtalia Park Sarnau as runner-up. Showhunter Large Pony was Kelli Probert’s Elmdale Park Oliver with runner up Louisa Smith’s Dunelm Sequin. The next excellent class of showhunters was the galloways and hacks, the Small Showhunter Galloway of the Year was a tough class, Ridgeview Park French worked a treat for Margot Haynes to win the title. Brianna Duncan-Coward Corndale Kiss and Tell was runner up. The Large Showhunter Galloway was won by Shauna Chaplin’s Lancefield Park Rajah, a great workout sealed the deal for this one, runner up was Abby Clark’s Donlea Valentino who also produced a lovely flowing workout. The Small Showhunter Hack was won by Lesley Burrows Dark Secrets and runner up was Sadie Michell’s History. The Large Showhunter Hack was another standout class, after the announcement of placings up to second place the two horses left … well serious it could have gone either way as both are
super types and produced such even solid workouts but can only be one winner Melissa Karutz’s MP Royalty with runner up Rachel Lawrie’s Diamond Edition The Junior Rider classes, the winner of the rider under 10years was Dallas Merry and runner up was Isabella Johnson. The rider 12years and under was won by Caitlin Fricker, runner up was Madeline Pagon. The 13-15years age group was won by Breanna Forster runner up was Kirilee Jordan.
The cream of Australia’s show equines were at WPNEC for the Nationals. Entries from all states in Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand crossed the oceans, mainland horses and riders came by road from all states.
Open Newcomers, there were a few that you wouldn’t mind seeing in your own stables at home. Rider and producer of show stars Margot Haynes grabbed two Newcomer Titles, with Kolbeach Starlight winning the Large pony and then the Newcomer Galloway Kolbeach Supernova. The Small Newcomer pony was Jamiee Bruggemann’s Yindarla Park All Talk and the Newcomer Hack was Kate Halliday’s lovely horse York. The Horse of the Year; The Small Pony of the Year and it was the sweet little mare Silkwood Nutkin ridden so professionally by Victoria Fricker, hot on her heels was another young talented rider Madeline Pagon winning the runner up with her pony Radford Lodge Socialite. The Medium Pony of the Year was Argyl Royal Flush, forward and covered the ground with such ease, ridden by Jessica Marnie runner up was Kolbeach Holly’s Crystal ridden by Margot Haynes. Margot Haynes was the winning rider for the Large Pony 13-14hh of the year with Kolbeach Starlight, runner up was Argyl Star Attraction ridden by Jessica Marney. The Small Galloway of the Year won with Holly’s Shine, runner up was a super win for young Denim Moloney who rode her own Weswoods Supa Caste.
Kennedy on Realism. Small Hack of the Year and the stunning Worldly who gave Margot a super rider to take this win, runner up was Angela Forster’s Champers.
Large Hack of the Year. Samantha Kennedy’s Exotic gave Sam the sweetest ride ….just beautiful, soft, flowing and foot perfect, the stunning hack has really matured into such a top class horse. Margot Haynes had Radiant forward and going, Trudy Borgas turned up the heat with her hack TD Blush – three lovely horses that just stood out as been a little more polished than the rest of the field, three judges and the point systems so it was a matter of waiting for the tally up. Winner was Margot on Radiant, runner up TD Blush, with Sam’s hack in as third.
The Nationals - December 2013 The cream of Australia’s show equines were at WPNEC for the Nationals. Entries from all states in Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand crossed the oceans, mainland horses and riders came by road from all states. The 2013 competition saw some of Australia and New Zealand’s best show horses and riders represent their state in Leading Rein, Rider, Show Hunter and Open Horse classes. With 2013 being the first year that the New Zealand team has competed openly with the Australians under the new rules of the Australasian Championship “The Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships recognises Australia and New Zealand’s best show horses and riders from the current season. South Australia took home three Champion titles and four Runner up Titles:
Then the Large Galloway Margot was back on Alpine Park Oceans to secure the win, runner up was Sam
Nominate for Horse of the Year 2014
Champions and Award Winners Award
Champion Leading Rein Pony
Champion Small Show Hunter Hack
Champion Small Hack
Vicki Lawrie & Mary Bawden
Runner Up Champion Medium Pony
Argyl Royal Flush
Charlie & Dr Andrew Hunt
Runner Up Champion Large Pony
Argyl Star Attraction
Charlie & Dr Andrew Hunt
Runner Up Champion Small Show Hunter Galloway
Ridgeview Park French Lace
Runner Up Large Galloway
Alpine Park Oceans
Jill & Richard Best
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PHOTO: Stephen Mowbray
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Nicole Bruggemann at the 2013 SA Show Jumping State Champsionships
Successful State Championships The Equestrian South Australia State Championships for Dressage, Interschool and Showjumping were held at Wayville April 10 to 13 April 2014. The event was very successful due to considerable cooperation between the disciplines, office and wider equestrian community. The planning and organising of such an event is significant the work and cooperation between committees is vital. The Showjumping committee wishes to acknowledge the cooperation and work of Liz Duncan, Sally Engelhardt, Peter Oborn and Grace Bowman in particular.
owners, officials, spectators and sponsors indicating despite being exhausted at the completion of the event, which unfortunately is not Sunday night, this was several days later the event was extremely well received. The significant work of the small Showjumping committee should be acknowledged. The commitment, dedication and enthusiasm in which Jono Farrington worked with Peter Oborn to ensure all infrastructure for the event was arranged, ensuring the stabling and power for competitors was all appropriate and finished by ensuring all equipment was returned was exceptional. The efforts of Kate Schlitchling to ensure the trade stand area was a success for all disciplines, Kate managed this area for the event while ensuring the Cocktail party was decorated and promoted to ensure it was a success. The work of Les Limpus to arrange and then manage all officials was
Showjumping received wonderful feedback from rides, owners, officials, spectators and sponsors
An event of this size could not be successful without significant assistance from dozens of volunteers, officials and sponsors. Showjumping received extremely strong support from sponsors all were listed in the Official Program produced by Lorraine Wohling and details included on all rosettes presented to successful competitors.
Showjumping received wonderful feedback from rides,
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The Showjumping committee also receives really good ongoing support from Clive Reed and Richard Bruggeman State Selectors, Sue Ryan Officials Accreditation & Training Panel and Kym Mosey National Jumping Committee.
Committee representation, Program approval, show calendar management and the State Championships. Andrew Paech has advised the committee he will not seek re appointment to the position of chair, Jono, Kate and Michael for personal reasons have resigned or will not seek re appointment. Interested persons are encouraged to apply for the vacancies, any enquires can be made with Andrew Paech or Jono Farrington.
Congratulations Amy Graham has been selected to represent Australia at the World Equestrian Games, Scott Keach is still in contention for the final position. This is a credit to both riders who commenced their careers in SA. Good luck to all riders as the new season commences with the State Indoor Championships at the John Brice Indoor area 26 & 27 July 2014
Annual General Meeting Our sport needs to have a good strong state committee to manage the State Awards, State Squads, Officials Training and Accreditation, National Jumping
There were many very exciting classes but the event is the State Showjumping Championships the following combinations were awarded State Championships.
Champions and Award Winners Award
Winner and horse
Senior Showjumping Championship
Anthony Tomas riding Levitation NZPH
Johnsons Natural Formula
Anthony was presented the Presidents Cup by Robbie Johnson from Johnsons Natural Formula and David Lindh presented the David Lindh trophy to the owner of the State Champion.
Young Rider Showjumping Championship
Brianna Devine riding King Tutankamun
Junior Showjumping Championship
Victorian Jasmine Dennison riding Bubble & Squeak
Jasmine was awarded the Belcrackna Trophy by Equestrian South Australia Chairperson Gareth Heron.
Senior Speed Championship
Anthony Thomas riding Levitation NZPH
Junior Speed Championship
Heath Ahmat riding Sweet As
NZPH Be Active
Senior John Bruggeman Grand Prix
Jeff Bloomfield riding Pilot
Junior Monalita Grand Prix
Jasmin Dennison riding Bubble & Squeak
Tekna Young Rider series round 1
Anthony Taranto riding Lamour Du Pas.
Most Successful Senior Rider
EJ&Co Equestrian Jeweller
Most Successful Junior Rider
EJ&Co Equestrian Jeweller
no small role, because the event was conducted over four days and three nights. Les was also responsible for ensuring all presentations were appropriately announced and conducted, while undertaking an additional role of managing the information to commentators. Carla Cerchi while providing great assistance to Kate and Jono also ensured all our many volunteers were looked after with food and refreshments. Michael Haese performed exceptionally as the course designer, every course was different, every jump off was exciting and he worked tirelessly for the four days. Prior to the event Michael arranged some assistance and painted equipment for the event.
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Interview With Gill Rolton Gill Rolton is the first Australian to head the Ground Jury for the World Equestrian Games (WEG); the first to be appointed to this role at either a WEG or an Olympics. What does your appointment as head of the ground jury for the World Equestrian Games mean to you? Being appointed as President of the Ground Jury at the WEG is an enormous honour but is also a huge responsibility. Can you walk us through the process of how you believe the appointment was made? Like any professional engagement, one needs to demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and competence in the areas necessary to perform the role. This appointment is the culmination of the years I have put into the sport and the knowledge and experience I have gained from a diverse range of areas within the sport. It’s interesting, that while I was fortunate to have competed at the highest level in the sport and I realise many associate me with that, I was also coaching and officiating as a judge way back in the late ‘70’s something I guess a lot of people either don’t know or possibly don’t remember. I always felt that as a competitor so much could be learned by sitting ‘on the other side of the fence’, by both pencilling for the judges and then judging myself. It helped improve my coaching as well as influencing my training and riding. So while competing I studied the theory; took the opportunities of working with and watching great coaches, judges, mentors and worked my way up the judging and coaching levels
As a qualified National Dressage Judge I was asked to go to an FEI Eventing Judges seminar … and from there my international Judging career started as an FEI Candidate Judge (now known as an FEI 1*& 2* judge) Do you have a low point as an international judge? At every event there are issues to manage and challenges to cope with – coming up with solutions is what makes this role normally so enjoyable. Sadly recently at Luhmuhlen CCI4* there was a tragedy which none of us could have foreseen and in retrospect we still cannot think of anything we could have done differently to have changed the outcome. With all the experiences you have had as a competitor, coach and judge - even the most challenging that have contributed to building your skill set, what do you feel you bring to the task before you? I don’t feel that there is any one thing that is more important than anything else in my skill set for my position at WEG. It is the combination of all my experiences over the years that will help me to a part of a good team. I am sure the team I lead will make decisions and judgments that are fair, unbiased and impartial throughout the competition. As a judge I will undertake the role to the best of my ability.
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Gill has been involved in the Sport of Eventing for over 40 years in many roles as a rider, coach, administrator and judge. Over the years, she has competed and judged at Olympic Games as well as events all over the world. Gill is currently a Member of the FEI Eventing Committee, a Board Member of the IEOC, Board Member of Equestrian Australia and the Director of Adelaide CCI 4*. She has a passion for this wonderful sport of ours and enjoys being on the ‘other side of the fence’, putting back into the sport which has been so good to her over the years. www.i-eoc.org Can you explain to the readers of HM Magazine what your role entails? I think the best way to describe it is that the Ground Jury is more than a ‘bunch of dressage judges.’ By definition, according to the FEI Eventing rules: “The Ground Jury is ultimately responsible for the judging of the Competition and for settling all problems that may arise during its jurisdiction. The period of jurisdiction of the Ground Jury commences one hour before the beginning of the first Horse Inspection or one hour prior to the start of the Dressage Test, whichever is earlier, and terminates half an hour after the announcement of the final results. However, the Ground Jury has full jurisdiction also from when they inspect and approve the cross-country course.”
What are your responsibilities and what will you do in a practical sense? Responsibilities are many and varied, but it is best described as per the rules. “Inspection and Approval of Courses The Ground Jury inspects and approves the Cross Country and Jumping courses with the Technical Delegate and the Course Designer. If, after consultation with the Technical Delegate, the Ground Jury is not satisfied with the courses, it is authorised to modify them. Horse Inspection The Ground Jury will conduct the first and second Horse Inspections with the Veterinary Delegate. Dressage Test The Ground Jury will judge the Dressage Test. Cross Country Test The Ground Jury will be responsible for determining objections against decisions by technical personnel, including Fence Judges and Timekeepers, on the Cross Country Test and may substitute their judgement for that of any Judge or Official, whether in favour of the Athlete or not. During Cross Country either the President of the Ground Jury must be in Cross Country Control or, if the President of the Ground Jury does not speak or understand the language, which is being used for communication purposes, one of the members of the Ground Jury who does speak and understand the language must be there instead. The President, in consultation with the Technical Delegate, shall make this decision and will decide about the role and positioning of the other Ground Jury members during the Cross Country Test. The President and the members of the Ground Jury shall retain the same task throughout the Cross Country Test. Jumping Test The Ground Jury will be responsible for the judging of the Jumping Test. At all Games and Championships the Ground Jury must be assisted by a Jumping Judge from the FEI list. At all other Events such assistance is optional. Should any member of the Ground Jury be also a qualified Jumping Judge, no additional member is required. It is essential that the President of the Ground Jury or appointed Jumping Judge be in control of the bell.”
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Gill Rolton and Maggie Dawkins at the Gill Rolton tribute dinner
As well as the above, the president of the Ground Jury needs to conduct any investigations on behalf of the FEI and set up the arbitration and investigation committee in case of any serious incidents. How does the World Equestrian Games competition differ from the Olympics? The WEG is similar to the Olympics in that it is the pinnacle competition for the Sport. In earlier times the Olympics was the biggest and toughest competition in the sport every four years but since 2000, the Sport of Eventing at the Olympics has become more inclusive to many new countries in the sport but this has made the cross country test at the Olympics in particular a little ‘softer’. The WEG will showcase a true 4* competition. A Tribute dinner was held in your honour on 5 July, were you surprised? The Tribute Dinner on the 5th of July was a huge surprise to me! As it was to be a fund raiser for the Interschool, I was very happy to come along, support the kids and say a few words about the WEG. I had no idea it was to be what it turned out to be. All the speakers John Dicker from Sport SA, Megan Jones, Grace Bowman, Alice Dawkins and David Lindh were very kind in their remarks and it was lovely to catch up with some really special people who have
been a very big part of my life over the years in many ways. In particular Jane Bush, Mary Hovers, Brian and Heather Slack, Lindy Young, and even Greg Baily who I first remember putting a shoe on my TB Galloway mare at Melbourne Royal Show some time in the early ‘70’s! The tribute and the warmth from so many people in the room was wonderful and it was great to share with my ever supportive and wonderful hubby Greg who supported the Interschool Silent Auction by winning the bid on a beautiful Raw Pearl necklace- which with the lovely horseshoe presented to me on the night will go with me to WEG as a good luck charm! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maggie Dawkins for putting this evening together, and wish all those going to Werribee for the Interschool Championships to ‘kick on, have fun and chase your dreams! The best wishes of the equestrian community of South Australia go with you to France. Thank you
PHOTO: Randy Larcombe The Australian Women’s Weekly
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The future of equestrian in South Australia
Interschool Fundraising Dinner Family and friends surrounded Gillian Rolton as the equestrian community celebrated her recent appointment as the first Australian to head the ground jury for the World Equestrian Games and paid tribute to her achievements and contributions to equestrian sport. Megan Jones spoke eloquently of being inspired and motivated by Gill from the age of eleven or twelve. She adopted Gill’s attention to detail as she strove to emulate Gill’s success. Megan expressed her gratitude to Gill as director of the Australian International in Adelaide, which made it so much more accessible for Megan to qualify for Olympic selection, in Australia. It was a generous and heartfelt speech that set the tone for the evening.
Paralympian Grace Bowman spoke of Gill’s kindness and motivation after her tragic accident. Few in the room knew that Gill had visited Grace during her recovery and handed over an Olympic jacket to Grace – with the words, “you can give it back when you have one of your own.” Well, as many are aware, Grace has successfully acquired two Olympic jackets of her own and a WEG one to boot! On Saturday night surrounded by the equestrian community Grace returned Gill’s jacket to her. Many of the onlookers shed a tear in recognition of Gill’s generosity and Grace’s appreciation. Each guest at the dinner received a sterling silver horseshoe charm complete with zircons valued at over $40. These were made and donated by Dyann Smith owner of Raw Pearls. Dyann had made a special
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one for Gill in white gold and diamonds, which was presented to Gill by Alice Dawkins the captain of the Interschool Team of 2010 – the Interschool team Gill coached at Sydney. Alice spoke of Gill’s support and encouragement for the entire team. Alice paid tribute to Gill saying that she inspired the team, the smallest in number, at the National Championships to work towards the coveted State Team Work trophy. They put everything in to working to support each other and came home with the prize for the first time. John Dicker President of SportSA congratulated Gill and told the audience that Gill had been recognised in the State organisation’s Hall of Fame. Long time friend and member of the 3DE committee David Lindh read out Minister for Sport Leon Bignall’s citation and proposed the toast to Gill. The gala dinner was held on Saturday July 5 in the Tapestry Pavilion at Morphettville racecourse where representatives from the Pony Club Association, HorseSA, SportSA and long time sponsors of both Gill and Interschool Bonnetts joined 120 guests for an evening of good food and wine.
be present due to ill health brought absolute silence to the room, then as the last note faded away the room resounded with applause! All functions such as this have a raffle and Karen Rose went to an enormous amount of effort to put together a truly monster raffle. The lucky ticket holders went away with a vast array of goodies and vouchers. Fresh fruit and veggies, gourmet treats, chocolates and wine, lessons and so a whole lot more. The silent auction had a range of quality items, which attracted spirited bidding. Some of the items were two pairs of the popular free jump stirrups valued at $450 a set donated by Bonnetts saddlery, a wool presentation rug valued at $150 donated by Sue Bloomfield of Bloomfield Equestrian Rugs, Shield Insurance donated a Eurohunter leather halter with brass buckles and sturdy lead rope purchased at Bonnetts, 5 pearl jewelry items from Raw Pearls, a good selection of wines from St Halletts, two round bales of hay from Underdale drillers and even a trailer load of firewood.
Megan Jones spoke eloquently of being inspired and motivated by Gill from the age of eleven or twelve. She adopted Gill’s attention to detail as she strove to emulate Gill’s success.
Young event rider Charlie Germein entertained the gathering throughout the evening. He received many compliments for his beautiful voice and choice of songs. All present will forever remember his funny cats on the overhead screens! Charlie’s impromptu tribute to one of eventing’s finest – Jo Edwards who was unable to
Over twenty young riders were present and all were well mannered and beautifully turned out. It was a treat for them to gain insight from the elite of the sport. Gill had kindly agreed that all proceeds which, amounted to almost $6000 from the evening, go to Interschool. Friendship and equestrian community spirit was on display throughout the evening.
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