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The Horse’s Mouth official magazine of Equestrian SA

Magazine Autumn Issue 2018

2017 Gillian Rolton Youth Development Winners Also in this issue: Ruth Schneeberger – EA Coach of the Month Equestrian SA Awards Night Discipline News


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Contents In this issue Equestrian sa Chair report

4

News

7

2017 Equestrian SA Annual Award Winners

10

Youth Development Program Winners

14

Dressage

18

Eventing

20

Interschool

26

Show horse

28

life membership awards

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ea coach of the month

32

Carriage Driving

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vaulting

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All articles and photos are supplied by Equestrian SA unless otherwise stated.

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Equestrian SA Chair Report

event on the 12th and 13th January at Strathalbyn. This year we trailed a new concept, running a joint Master Class for both Dressage and Show Horse. This evening event on the Friday proved very popular with over 120 spectators enjoying listening to our special guests Maree Tomkinson and Dirk Dijkstra. Maree is one of Australia’s leading Dressage riders commencing her career in Show Horse and later moving into dressage where she represented Australia at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Dirk is an accomplished Grand Prix rider and competitor. Prior to moving to Australia from the Netherlands Dirk competed primarily in Show Jumping events and has competed at the highest level in all Olympic disciplines.

Joe Hooper, Board Chair, Equestrian South Australia

Dear Members, Another busy beginning to the year with lots of events being planned and some new developments we hope you will enjoy. In January we kicked off with the inaugural Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship Programme named in honour of our late SA Equestrian legend. It was great to see so many of our youngest and best riders in the State attend this

We are very thankful to our presenters, discipline committees, coaches and to all members and parents who supported the two days. We will be working hard to bring this important development opportunity to our young riders again next year. Show Horse held the first of the Classic Series at the historical Oakbank Racing Club and our Interschool Gymkhana day was held immediately after the ESA awards night, again both were a big success and particular thanks must go to Lyndal and Felicity from the ESA Office for all their hard work to make sure all entries and spectators had a wonderful time at both events.


We also facilitated a Show Horse Judges Accreditation at the ESA Office in early March presented by Show Horse National Chair Wendy Hunt and State Riders Representative Chris Lawrie with good attendance. There was also an EA Official Forum & Course held at the Oakbank Racecourse in late February, for new and re-accrediting Officials, Stewards and Medication Control Officers with keen interest from new and existing SA Members participating. The first event for the Eventing season commenced in March at Kirkcaldy Park on the 17th – 18th March. This had great entry numbers and was followed by the Reynella Horse Trials 24 – 25th March, again a terrific event which was well supported by members. ESA is about to hit the silly season and no, it’s not Christmas or Mad March…. it is April and in the world of Equestrian SA it is one of the busiest times of the equestrian calendar. This includes: • State Show Jumping Championship 6-8th April • Show Horse Autumn Classic 8th April • Riders of the Future 14th – 15th April • State Dressage Championships 28th – 29th April Good luck to all competitors in these events and others. We are pleased to acknowledge two ESA members who received Australia Day Awards this year, a posthumous award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) to the late Gill Rolton and the Order of Australia (OAM) to Michael Scott for his dedication to the community, particular in the area of emergency services.

Both were also acknowledged at our ESA Awards Night held on February 2nd 2018 at the Stamford Plaza. This special night was very well attended and on behalf of the Board and membership I congratulate all those who received awards on the night. In particular, I want to acknowledge the winners of the youth development disciplines for their achievement. These were; Kaitlin Petney - Dressage, Conor Reed - Jumping, Skye Barrowcliffe - Vaulting and Isabelle Ker – Show Horse. Well done and thank you to our special guest Greg Rolton for presenting the Gillian Rolton Youth Development Program Awards. Not only is the night a great opportunity to see our youngest and best talented riders, it is also a chance to mingle with those outside your own discipline interests. Intra-discipline communications is so critical and develops not only a support network for our younger riders, but also nurtures a culture an appreciation of cross discipline engagement and appreciation and hopefully future mentorship as our young riders progress in the equestrian journey across various disciplines. We wish all winners on the evening and all development squad members the best of success in your journey. On the international stage it is pleasing to see South Australia represented on the Long List for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in Tyron in September. These are: Stella Harbison (Endurance);Rebecca Vandepeear (Vaulting); Jamie Hocking (Vaulting) and Scott Keach (Jumping). All are ESA members and we congratulate them on their achievement and wish them all the best for their preparation. Its great to see South Australia represented at this level.

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Another South Australian who is continuing to achieve at the international level is Megan Jones (Eventing ) who has been named on the National Green Squad. The ‘Green Squad’ is for athletes that have achieved current results in the last six months (i.e. CCI3*, CSI4*, CDI4* and above) demonstrating a capability of medal performances at the upcoming World Equestrian Games and/or Olympic Games’. We certainly wish Megan all the best in her endeavours. Last week we held our High performance ‘off horse’ education session at the Arkaba Hotel. Topics covered sports psychology, injury prevention and management; use of social media and an overview of the High Performance reporting requirements. We thank all guest speakers for their time and contribution which was well received by over 30 squad members from all disciplines who attended. We apologise for the late notice for some which we understand affected attendance. We will be working with the squad members and discipline committees for input into the content of the next education session to be held in April and all invitees will receive ample notice next time! Whilst the membership is keeping busy we at the Board have also been very active continuing to make the necessary changes to best direct our limited resources to serving you the membership as best we can. Having finalized the move to a new accounting system we have commenced providing the Discipline Committees with improved information on their budgets to help committees balance their organizing of events. There is still some fine-tuning but overall it is much improved.

Other work being undertaken is our ongoing review of our internal procedures; delegations; communication processes; policies around complaints management and our membership engagement. We are also exploring some exciting development opportunities for the equestrian community that we hope to be able to tell you about soon. I appreciate such background work is not front of mind for our members, nor should it be. But it goes to the heart of trying to make sure we have as efficient and connected an association as possible. My thanks to all Board members for their hard work, our Executive officer Sharon and the office staff for their tireless support and commitment to make the changes necessary to make ESA a success in the future. Finally, thank you to all of you, our members who participate as Chairs, committee members, officials and volunteers…or competitors who turn up at our events and give your all in competition. Have a great Autumn season and stay safe. Joe Hooper - Board Chair Equestrian SA


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News

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Endurance Riders Long Listed for WEG 2018 Equestrian Australia (EA) is pleased to announce its long list of Endurance riders for the FEI World Equestrian Games to be held in Tryon this September. The list of riders is as follows: • Brook Sample • Christine Stomps • Jodie Salinas • Naomi O’Shaughnessy • Penny Toft • Rebecca Pinder • Stella Harbison • Tahlia Franke Penny Toft and Brook Sample are no strangers to this list and there are some new names that feature on this occasion. Whilst Rebecca Pinder and Jodie Salinas competed at the World Championships last year, they are WEG contenders for the first time. Other WEG long list debutants are Christina Stomps, Naomi O’Shaughnessy, Stella Harbison and Tahlia Franke. We congratulate all riders on their selection and wish them the best of luck with their preparations over the coming months. Discover more about the Tryon 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games on our dedicated website www.equestrian.org.au/weg2018

VALE - Russ Ritter Equestrian South Australian is deeply saddened to advise our members of the passing of Mr Russell Ritter on the 4th February 2018. Russ’s love of horses began at a young age, he commenced riding at the age of four and had a desire to become a jockey when he was older, unfortunately he grew too tall for racing but became involved in showing and show jumping and then helped his daughters develop their love of jumping. In early 1975 Russ was driven to act when two girls died riding their horses on public roads. Russ convinced the airport to lease some of its land in the south west corner, the venue became the home of the Metropolitan Show Jumping Club later renamed the SA Equestrian Centre. For many years Russ worked tirelessly in assisting the club run monthly freshman days, local jumping events and rounds of the World Cup. Russ was all things to the club from mowing grass, painting to serving in the canteen. In 2016 Russell Ritter received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to equestrian sports. Russ had been involved in the sport for over 60 years. A long serving volunteer of the show jumping community Russell served on numerous committees including the board of Equestrian South Australia.


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He was an inaugural member of the Equestrian Australia SA Branch Show Jumping Council and also founder of the SA Metro Show Jumping Club. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal and in 2012 he was also awarded the Sport SA Volunteer of the Year award.

Helmet Regulations Updated The helmet approved standards list has been updated in the Equestrian Australia (EA) General Regulations as from 19 October 2016. Current American standard SNELL E2001 and British standard PAS 015 have been added to the list of approved safety standards to offer a wider range of choice for our members. The new Australian ARB HS 2012 standard has been added to the ongoing and current AS/NZS 3838 Australian standard. This standard has been published by Racing Australia in 2012. EA’s responsibilities include maximising safety in our sport. That is why from now on, except where Sport Rules allows otherwise, riders and drivers competing in an EA competition, must wear an approved helmet with the chin strap fastened at all times. The same is recommended when riding a horse at any time. Judy Fasher, Chair of EA says “Equestrian Australia is pleased to have aligned our rules with international standards for riding helmets. The new rules offer variety, combined with the most advanced technology available in the production and design of riding helmets.”

Following the withdrawal of the safety standard EN1384 in Europe during 20142015 EA had followed the movement in February 2016 by informing members that the EN1384 standard would not be permitted as of 1 January 2017 and that in addition, the new VG1 was a new approved standard on the list. The year notice gave riders time to purchase new helmets if necessary. See the February 2016 statement here. As per the EA General Regulations, Article 122.2: Dress and Salute, the following will apply: Except where Sport Rules allows otherwise, riders and drivers competing in an EA competition, must wear an approved helmet with the chin strap fastened at all times. The same is recommended when riding a horse at any time. Protective headgear must conform with one of the current approved safety standards: • Current Australian standard AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards) provided they are SAI Global marked. • New Australian standard ARB HS 2012 provided they are SAI Global marked. • Current American standard ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) provided they are SEI marked. • Current American standard SNELL E2001. • Current British standard PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) provided they are BSI Kitemarked. • Interim European Standard VG1 (01.040: 2014-12) with or without BSI Kitemark.tgoing European


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BSI Kitemarked: The BSI Kitemarked logo can look different depending on the year of manufacturing of your helmet. This is only given as an example.

Note 09/01/2017: We are receiving many inquiries about Helmet Regulations and would like to reassure members. Your helmet can conform with one or several standards AT THE SAME TIME. If your helmet is approved EN1384 (the old standard no longer approved by EA) BUT ALSO approved under another standard (PAS015, ASTM F1163, VG1, etc.) then it is “good to go” ! See Facebook post here.

SAI Global marked

Jumping Riders Long Listed for WEG 2018 SEI marked Outgoing European Standard EN/1384 during 2016 only – not permitted from 2017.

Equestrian Australia (EA) is pleased to announce its long list of Jumping riders and horses for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 in the USA. The list is as follows: • Scott Keach - Fedor

The accepted safety standards can be found at all times on the EA website here and in the General Regulations here.

• Jamie Kermond - Yandoo Oaks Constellation

Helmet Manufacturers generally recommend replacing your helmet every 5 years or so.

• Edwina Tops-Alexander - California, Lintea Tequila and Inca Boy Van T Vianhof

If you have a hard-blow impact accident while wearing your helmet, it is recommended to immediately replace it for a new model. There may be damage to the helmet that is not visible to the naked eye. Note 09/11/2016: It is the rider’s responsibility to wear the approved standard. The club/organising committee’s role is to take reasonable steps to ensure compliance with the rules by communicating the list of

• Billy Raymont - Oaks Redwood

• Rowan Willis - Blue Movie The next step toward team selection will be the release of the Short List by the 6th of May. We congratulate all riders on their nomination to the Long List and wish them the best of luck with their preparations in the coming months. Discover more about the Tryon 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games on our dedicated website www.equestrian.org.au/weg2018

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approved standards to their members/ competitors when becoming a member or entering a competition.


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2017 Equestrian SA Annual Award Winners Discipline Awards 2017 EA Dressage Horse & Rider of the Year Roxleigh Fidelio Owned & ridden by Ruth Schneeberger

2017 Eventing Young Rider of the Year Tasha Khouzam Memorial Trophy Steph Hann

2017 FEI Dressage Combination of the Year Fairbanks Picasso ridden by Cooper Oborn & owned by Charlotte Rieschbieth

2017 Eventing Rider of the Year Anna Savage Memorial Trophy Megan Jones

2017 Dressage Pony of the Year Tara Lloyd & Tullaroi All I Want owned & ridden by Tara Lloyd

2017 Eventing Horse of the Year Kirby Park Impress ridden by Megan Jones, owned by Megan Jones, Margaret & Peter Jones

2017 Dressage Amateur Owner Rider & Horse of the Year Verity Hayman and Rockingham Da Capo 2017 Dressage Young Rider of the Year Jemma Dodd

2017 Jumping Junior Rider of the Year Conor Reed 2017 Junior Horse of the Year Fosters Cup Clasique Dorien owned by Clive Reed, Laura Reed and ridden by Conor Reed 2017 Platinum League Worlds Apart owned by Mrs Brice & Michelle Clark. Ridden by Michelle Clark 2017 Futures League MEC Gossip owned & ridden by Sharna Coleman 2017 Jumping Horse of the Year Balharry Cup Jack Owned & Ridden by Kristy Bruhn

Presented by Jumping SA Chair Clive Reed - Platinum League winners Mrs Brice and Michelle Clark. Photo credit to Terry Hann

2017 Jumping Rider of the Year Kristy Bruhn


2017 Junior Male Vaulter of the Year Ben Rosiak

2017 Show Horse Young Rider of the Year Kate Kyros

2017 Junior Female Vaulter of the Year Lainie Thomson

2017 Show Horse of the Year Newington Tinkerbell owned by Catherine Gale ridden by Ella Manning

2017 Senior Male Vaulter of the Year Zac Singlehurst 2017 Senior Female Vaulter of the Year Emma Moulds 2017 Individual Vaulting Horse of the Year Next Generation Romulan owned by

2017 Childs Mount of the Year Owendale Beesting owned & ridden by Kate Kyros 2017 Show Hunter of the Year Ownendale Beesting owned & ridden by Kate Kyros

Emma Moulds 2017 Show Horse Rider of the Year Kate Halliday 2017 Junior Carriage Driver of the Year Victoria Fricker 2017 Show Horse & Driver of the Year Beauwood Maxi & Anne Lindh 2017 CDE Horse & Driver of the Year Isle of Columbia & Kim Norris

Carriage Driving Award Winners - Anne Lindh & Kim Norris. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Eventing - Megan Jones with the Anna Savage Memorial Trophy. Photo credit to Terry Hann

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Honorary Life Membership Awarded to:

Jim Dunn OAM Service to Sport Awarded to:

Caroline Jones

Susan Ryan

Judy Whyntie

Jim Dunn OAM Award Winner Susan Ryan presented by Jims Daughter Bridget Jan and ESA Board Chair Joe Hooper. Photo credit to Terry Hann


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Show Horse of the Year presented by Alyson Emery to Ella Manning and Liz Francis on behalf of owner Catherine Gale. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Show Horse Awards Winners presented by Alyson Emery. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Jumping - Futures League Winner Sharna Coleman presented by Jumping SA Chair Clive Reed. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Jumping - Fosters Cup Winners Clive Reed & Laura Reed. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Eventing - Steph Hann receiving the Tasha Khouzam Memorial Trophy from Helen & John Khouzam. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Dressage – Presented by Co-Chair Belinda Lindh to Pony of the Year Winner Tara Lloyd. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Dressage Award Winners presented by Co-Dressage Chair Belindah Lindh. Photo credit to Terry Hann

Dressage Winners Verity Hayman and Ruth Schneeberger. Photo credit to Terry Hann


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Meet our 2017 Gillian Rolton Youth Development Programme Winners Dressage - Kaitlin Petney

Vaulting - Skye Barrowcliffe

Eventing - Steph Hann

Show Horse - Isabelle Ker

Show Jumping - Conor Reed

Conor Reed

I am 16 years of age and have been involved with horses all my life. My parents operate an equestrian centre with my dad Clive Reed a full-time jumping coach and trainer. My major sponsor is Horseland Adelaide. Currently I have a team four competition horses. Last year I was fortunate to win Leading Junior Jumping Rider after both my horses had amazing performances in the Foster’s Cup series finishing first and second respectively. Clasique Dorien, owned by my parents and aunty was also awarded Junior Jumping Horse of the Year. I am a member of the SA Junior/Young Rider State Squad and am proud to represent SA in team events. Through the Squad I have participated in clinics and high-performance activities to assist my development as an elite rider. I am dedicated to my training program and passionate about horses and the sport of Jumping.


• Gaining a Certificate of Capability (COC) qualifying for 2018 Youth Olympic Games selection. • Finishing 6th overall in the Australian Junior Jumping Championships. • Winning my first start in the Australian National Young Rider Selection Series event. • Winning the 2017 Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship • Winning the 2017 SA Leading Junior Jumping Rider of the Year I started the 2018 season with two wins and a second in the first three Junior Championships classes on Nightwish with other placings on a relatively young horse BoLuke. Clasique Dorien won the first Young Rider class of the 2018 Series held at Angaston Show and we also both stepped up to win the Platinum League class against some of SA’s best senior riders. My aim is to one day represent Australia in Jumping at the highest level such as the Olympic Games.

Isabelle Ker Growing up I have always been around horses, it wasn’t until I was eight when I started riding and found my real love and passion for horses. I’m currently studding at Seymour college in year 12. Once completing my final year, I hope to work with horses, showing them, breading and teaching younger children. My first show was maccasfiled ag show, where I fell off and never made it into the ring. However, this didn’t stop me, we were back at a show not long after.

I have been lucky enough to have a great support group and I believe this is a significant factor for the last few successful seasons. Being under the guidance of Vicky and Chris Lawrie is not only a dream of mine but has helped me achieve some of the highest goals I never thought I would be able to achieve. Such as, qualifying in seven classes for the nationals over three years, two royal show championships, a Horse Deals Rider Profile, Sponsorship with county saddles and now the Gillian Rolton youth development scholarship. I highly look forward to the upcoming seasons with my 4-year-old Boy Soprano Galloway (Levi.) with Levi only being four we are teaching each other as we go. I am looking forward to the opportunity to attended the AIS, to further my knowledge.

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My greatest achievements so far include:

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Kaitlin Petney

Kailin Petney I have had an interest in horses and riding since I can remember. My mother was a huge influence, having had horses her whole life. At the age of 4 she bought me my first pony and it all progressed from there. I have been lucky enough to have gained a diverse knowledge of many disciplines, from Western Events, Dressage, Eventing, Pony Club and working at Thoroughbred Studs handling foals & yearlings and as a working pupil at various Competition Stables. Over the last 8 years we have travelled throughout the State, as well as a few interstate events to compete predominantly in the sport of Eventing and also local Dressage competitions. Originally it was myself and my middle sister competing in most of the Pony Club

One Day Events. Next came my younger sister who joined in as well which was pretty difficult with only a double horse float! Eventually my middle sister found other interests, leaving Kendra and myself, making it a bit more manageable. Even though the early years were spent mostly training horses and Eventing, I guess I knew even then that Dressage was what I was most passionate about and where I would end up. I have been privileged to ride and spend time at some of Australia’s leading Dressage Stables including: Danson Dressage, KEA Training Stables (NSW) and Chapplehurst Dressage (NSW) which has given me valuable knowledge and experience. Currently I am a Committee member for the Mount Crawford Dressage Club – learning new skills, and contributing to the Equestrian Community.


My future ambition is to increase my knowledge and improve my riding to progress through the Dressage levels. At present, I enjoy training and competing my two horses: Jazz Fusion R and Nadahka. I intend to ride at the next Australian Youth Championships and other Interstate competitions this year. However, my ultimate long-term goal is to train and ride at Grand Prix level!

Skye Barrowcliffe My name is Skye and I am an equestrian vaulter. I’m 20 years old and have been vaulting for the past 16 years. I am very passionate about vaulting and love the artistry that is incorporated with a love of horses. Vaulting is a bit unique and quite a small sport in Australia. The easiest way I describe it is as a mixture of gymnastics and dance performed on horseback. I mostly compete individually, however, I have competed in teams and am currently competing in a Pas de Deux as well. The level I compete in is Advanced where everything is performed at canter. Not only do I compete but I have also trained a lot of vaulting horses as it is very rare to buy a horse that has already been exposed to such an unusual sport. I am currently training up a new horse in the hopes he will replace my current competition horse when he is ready to retire. In the future I would like to go overseas to train and compete, whilst I only compete at a 2* level now I would like to qualify for 3* in the future. Since I have been involved in vaulting from such a young age I am very interested in the sport’s future and know most of the people who vault in South Australia. I am on the Vaulting South Australia committee to help the sport grow and to give a competitor’s perspective. I would also like to get my

coaching qualifications so I can continue to help others progress in the sport. I am honoured to have received the Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship and am looking forward to what I will learn at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Steph Hann I started Eventing in 2012 on Di and Wendy Schaeffer’s old schoolmaster Aussie and completed 3 Introductory events with him before beginning my journey on my Off the Track Thoroughbred True Celebre at EvA65 in the end of 2014. It was a tough journey over coming the many trials of an Off The Track Thoroughbred and inexperienced young rider, but we had our first eventing success in 2016 in the EvA105 at Hills and Barossa. 2017 saw our first 1* start at Hills and Barossa Horse Trials which we won and going on to win our next 2 starts at Lockington CNC1* and Reynella CIC1*. Our aim for the year was to compete at our first International 3 day event at Melbourne CCI1* where we finished the best placed South Australian. We also fit in our dressage schedule around our busy eventing one and are on the Youth High Performance Dressage Squad for 2018 as well at the 2018 Eventing State Squad. My plans for the future in eventing is to get True Celebre to Adelaide CCI2* in 2018, which a plan for also complete Melbourne International CCI2*. I am also planning to bring my young horse up through the levels over the next couple of years.

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Dressage

Dressage

We hope that everyone has started the 2018 year well and looking forward to the upcoming 2018 Pryde’e Easifeed South Australian Dressage Championships to be held at the Mount Crawford Dressage Club Grounds on 28 & 29 April. The beginning of the year is always busy and already we’ve hosted the Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship Weekend in January, featuring a Masterclass with Maree Tomkinson and Dirk Djikstra who shared their knowledge on the development of the dressage horse through the levels. Congratulations must go to Kaitlin Petney who was awarded the Dressage Scholarship at the ESA Awards night in February. The Pryde’s Easifeed Young Horse & Pony Final was also held in early February, judged by FEI5* Judge, Mary Seefried.

The winners were: 4yo Dressage Horse HV Duke

5yo Dressage Horse Endeavour

6yo Dressage Horse Bluefields Honduras

4yo Dressage Pony Wynara Bronze Medallion

5yo Dressage Pony Gervase Park Rustic Gold

Good luck to all the South Australian connections heading to Victoria for Dressage with the Stars. The 2018 Squads have also been finalized and we welcome Ricky MacMillan back for 2018 with the first Squad Clinic to be held over the Easter weekend. Congratulations to all riders that have made it on to the 2018 Senior and Youth South Australian Dressage Squads:Congratulations to all riders that have made it on to the 2018 Senior and Youth South Australian Dressage Squads:


Senior FEI Squad

Youth – High Performance

Julia Weir

Hiraani

Stephanie Hann

True Celebre

Cheryl Hatswell

Ponderosa Stud Lucious

Samantha Coleshill

Tarrandene Forte

Heather Currie

Istan De Azuel

Nicole Berry

Euroz Jinks

Julia Weir

Rashada

Phoebe Foulkes

Fire and Magic

Senior Advancement Squad

Youth Development - Junior

Julia Weir

Donna Dior 1

Keeley Menadue

Ibn Ky Xquisit

Heather Currie

Delandro

Kendra Petney

Belcam Carra

Heather Currie

Wunder Black 59

Brooke Sparkes

Trussana B

Zara Young

Rivington Nickle

Senior Progression Squad Anne Smith

Favco

Ruth Schneeberger

Cooramin Rialto Hit

Ruth Schneeberger

Roxleigh Fidelio

Heather Currie

Youth Development – Senior Nicole Berry

Danson Debonair

Udon JV

Claire Hodge

Barjar Valentino

Karen Horsell

Guizo de Ferraria

Kaitlin Petney

Jazz Fusion R

Kendal Measroch

New World Winston

Kaitlin Petney

Nadahka

Heather Currie

Bluefields Honduras

Jessie Smith

Northern Storm

Noella Angel (Para)

Mallee Jack

The State Champs are just around the corner. We will welcome three interstate judges this year – Jane Ventura (VIC), Susie Duddy (NSW) and Jackie Reed (QLD) to officiate at the event.

Good luck to everyone competing in the SA Dressage Champs and thank you to all the sponsors who are supporting the 2018 event. Thank you again to our Gold Sponsors – Pryde’s Easifeed and Shield Insurance – your support is greatly appreciated!

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Eventing

Eventing out and about

Firstly Congratulations to the Award Winners for 2017. Steph Hann took out the Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship (for a second year) and also the Tasha Khouzam Memorial Award for best Young Rider competition performances over 2017. Megan Jones took out the Anna Savage Memorial Award for best performed Senior Rider and her top horse, Kirby Park Impress, won the best Senior Horse by a substantial margin with a top performance to be second at Adelaide 4*. Megan & Impress have recently been announced on the National Green Squad in the lead up to WEG at Tryon, USA, in September. Good Luck Megan, we hope to see you on the Green & Gold Eventing Team.

Megan & KP Invader, 5th CCI 3* Wallaby Hill. Photo courtesy Hilary Hann.

Reverting back to December 2017, five SA riders made the long trip to Wallaby Hill for the final Three Day Event of the year at Alex Townsend’s stunning property in the Southern Highlands of NSW, near Robertson. An absolutely beautiful course, designed by Mike Etherington Smith, with an apparently unlimited budget judging by the beautiful dry stone walls setting off banks & steps, landscaped ditches & creeks, two water jumps and super drainage throughout. So beautifully inviting to jump that only 4 riders out of 44 starters in the CCI 1* had any cross country faults – a factor not appreciated by our SA contingent of Wendy Schaeffer & Canterbury Sun Rose, Rachelle Verma & Koyuna Dark Sun and Steph Hann & True Celebre, all 3 with less impressive dressage scores than usual, but double clears XC, still not quite up into the placings. However all 3 riders did achieve qualifying results making the long trip worthwhile. The CCI 3* class, in contrast to CCI 1*, had significant XC faults with no less than 11 Frangible Device penalties and numerous run outs elsewhere. Won by Emma Bishop & CP Issey Miyake from Amanda Ross & Koko Popping Candy and Yona Lloyd & Seargent Crisp, while SA’s Megan Jones & Kirby Park Invader placed 7th at his first CCI 3*. James Deacon also competed in an ODE class, not to be outdone by Megan.


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Steph Hann & True Celebre and Rachelle Verma & Koyuna Dark Sun in dressage (above & XC below). Photos courtesy of Atkins Photography / Hilary Hann.

Wendy Schaeffer & Canterbury Sun Rose in XC and Steph Hann in SJ. Photos - Hilary Hann.


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February 16 & 17th saw an excellent clinic with eventing legend, Lucinda Green, held at Reynella grounds – which is well worth attending, even as a spectator. Several State Squad riders took advantage of her visit to SA.

February 24 & 25 Geelong HT. Eventing in Victoria at Geelong attracted 11 SA riders and 17 horses keen to get an early season start on a pleasant undulating cross country course - encouraging, but mildly challenging, built by Ewen Kellett with its dressage & warm up all in green lucerne fields. Rachelle Verma & Canterbury Sun Rose finished 3rd in CNC 1* with Koyuna Dark Sun in 10th. Danni Hampton & Wynara Bronze Medal came 4th in EVA105A just ahead of Chrissy Grear & Roger That in 5th, with Charlie Germein & Garman GZ and Tarnya Brennan & Ella also completing. EVA105B Danni Hampton & Kalinga Nora was 7th with Enya Crockford & The Griffon and Isabeau Garner & Fiction also completing. EVA95 saw Enya Crockford & Bamboo Textiles Roulette come 9th with Isabeau Garner & Second Glance and Kristy Dodd & KL Columbus completing. EVA80 had variable results with Sophie Gerstlauer & Hugoifigo best placed SA rider.

Charlie Germain & Garman GZ dressage on lucerne ! & Enya Crockford & The Griffon SJ. Photo courtesy of Emma Kalderovskis.


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Danni Hampton & Wynara Bronze Medal (4th) & Chrissy Grear & Roger That (5th) EVA105. Photo courtesy of Emma Kalderovskis.

Isabeau Garner & Fiction making the B & C of the water jump look easy.

Charlie Germain & Garman GZ and Danni Hampton & Kalinga Nora on XC. Photo courtesy of Emma Kalderovskis.


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2018 Eventing Season in SA has a late start with Kirkcaldy scheduled for March 17 & 18, the same dates as Wandin runs a CIC in Victoria and a week later than the CIC at Tonimbuk, both of which may attract many SA riders seeking CIC qualifications interstate.

March 10 & 11th – Tonimbuk, Victoria CIC.

State Squad riders have a clinic with Prue Barrett on March 5 & 6th coming up and an interesting clinic & dressage critique scheduled for March 12 & 13th with Christian Landolt, from Switzerland, the Head of Grand Jury at Aus3DE last November. Later in April and again at end of May there are show jumping clinics with Jamie Coman. All aimed to maximise Squad training in the lead up to Melbourne 3DE in June.

CIC 3* was won by Megan Jones and her recently Nationally listed horse, Kirby Park Impress, with a dressage of 70%, clear SJ & XC with some time faults and a finish score of 51.1 ahead of Robert Palm on 54-2. Great start “on the road to WEG” for Megan!

A brief report of this weekend’s main results for SA riders at Tonimbuk, Victoria, the first CIC events of the season.

CIC 2* and a qualifying score gained by Young Rider, Steph Hann & True Celebre, in their first 2* finishing a respectable 9th. CIC 1* Megan Jones having her first start on newly acquired New Zealand 1* horse, Impeccable, placed 8th on a score of 40.1. EVA105 B – Lara Pizimolas & WHF Labyrinth impressed in dressage to lie second on 25.8, clear jumping but a few time faults dropped him to 7th. While James Deacon & Del Sequoia finished 14th. EVA95 B Abby Dibb & Northern Lights led the dressage on 26.4, but a 20 penalty XC ruined her day to finish 24th and Lara Pizimolas retired JEP Frapant on XC. Liv Beissel & Kirby Park Irish Mink placed 7th in EVA80 C.


Rule Changes for 2018 Eventing Rule changed to make use of approved FEI frangible devices mandatory from Feb 1st 2018, on those fences 1*/2*/3* in Australia where the materials fit the specifications for use of a frangible device. This initiative was implemented with the support from “EA Making Eventing Safer Fund” (supported by Terry Snow) and the “Olivia Inglis Foundation”. Riders still need to realise that frangible devices can’t make up for bad riding decisions and the onus is still on the rider to ride each fence with respect and to the best of their ability at a level they are confident is within their capability. Riders need to be reminded that after 3 stops/ refusals at one fence, or 4 refusals throughout the course, they are Eliminated and must not continue on course. This ruling now applies to all levels, not only official EVA95 and above, but also even EVA80 & below now. Dressage scoring has also been altered for 2018 with the co-efficient being taken out to make scoring more understandable. Now a percentage awarded for a test of say 70% good marks converts directly to a penalty score of 30 (ie the marks below 100% that are missing, eg 65% = 35; 60% = 40 etc).

Qualifications to compete at a higher level for “Uncategorised” riders generally require 3 MER’s at the previous level to advance to a higher level, eg 3 x MER’s at EVA105 to progress to CNC 1*. For these riders to qualify to compete at Melbourne 3DE, CCI 1* in June (or Camperdown CCI 1* in April) they would then require 3 x CNC 1* or CIC 1* as a combination. Riders need to check up on FEI/EA Rules on qualifications – Chapter 5 ; Technical Requirements for Participation, Articles 517; 518 ; 519 ; 520. Particular attention to the tables in 520.3 and 520.4. If unsure of your qualifications ask an official (TD or Coach or ESA Committee member) for help with interpretation.

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Interschool

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Trinity College Interchool Gymkhana

Interschool Competitions Interschool in South Australia is slowly gaining momentum, with over 70 riders registered this year, with many in more than one discipline. More events were included in the calendar for Interschool in 2018, starting in January at the Mount Gambier Junior Show Jumping Championships and concluding at the Mt Crawford Autumn Dressage Festival on May 26/27th. Mitavite are now in their third year of sponsorship for Interschool. The sponsorship from Mitavite helps make the coaching and running of Interschool events possible. The two big events on the Interschool calendar are the Gymkhana run in conjunction with the Eastern Fleurieu School in February, and the Riders of the Future Championships incorporating Interschool State Championships in April.

Also in its third year, the Mitavite ESA and Eastern Fleurieu Gymkhana was a great success with almost 100 riders competing on the day. Thanks to the support of the Eastern Fleurieu School, riders are able to compete as day members and participate in Interschool classes for the first time at the Gymkhana. The Gymkhana held on February 3rd had seven arenas running for dressage, show jumping, combined training and show horse. Classes are for all levels of rider from encourage hacking through to Elementary Dressage and 120cm Show Jumping. Aggregate trophies won on the day were awarded at the rider’s school to raise awareness of Interschool and give the riders more recognition in front of their peers.


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13 Years Tahlia Burdett & Hemsley Park Chain of Hearts Eastern Fleurieu School

7 Years and Under Mia Ozlins & Rivington Isaac St Michaels 14 Years 8 Years

Sophia Gerstlauer & Hugoifigo Eastern Fleurieu School

Harry Manning & Rivington Posy Pembroke School 15 Years 9 Years

Lucy Fielke & Bailey Cornerstone College

Zara Young & Alcheringa Brychan The Hills Montessori School 16 Years 10 Years

Mitchell Dollard & TM Ultimate Frizbee Cornerstone College

Amelia Morelli & Taragon Park Cherish Seymour College 17 Years 11 Years Jessica McCleave & Shanny Pembroke School 12 Years Caitlyn Charles & Oregon Park Perfectionist Eastern Fleurieu School

Victoria Addison & Desert Rain Seymour College

The Overall Winning School on the day was Pembroke School closely followed by Eastern Fleurieu School in second place and Cornerstone College in third place.

Interschool

Winners of the aggregate age trophies were:


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Show Horse

Show Horse has had a busy calendar to date with the introduction of new shows. All events are open to every EA member throughout Australia with the exception of the state HOTY. The first of the Classic events was conducted in January at the historical Oakbank Racing Club, the venue surpassed our expectations. We wish to thank the Oakbank Racing Club for the use of such a beautiful venue, we were privileged to be able to showcase this venue to our participants and spectators.

Our next show is the Autumn Classic on the 8th April at the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus, which will be an additional qualifying event for the 2019 Southern Cross Horse Spectacular, as well as a qualifying event for the ESA High Points awards. The Judge for the event is Mr Mark Kenzig. Entries are now open online. The Show Horse Working Party are well into planning for the 2018 Horse of the Year which will again this year, be held at the Wayville Showgrounds on the 12th – 13th and 14th October 2018. A further edition to this year’s show calendar will be a Winter Classic, date and venue are yet to be confirmed, we will advise as soon as all details are confirmed. This month sees an exciting new event, ‘Southern Cross Show Horse Spectacular’ being conducted on the 16th/17th/18th March 2018 at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. The first major event to hold a National New Comer final for all newcomers throughout Australia and New Zealand, who have been lucky enough to qualify. We were fortunate in being able to hold 2 qualifying events in SA for this event, giving more members an opportunity to qualify. We wish all South Australians attending the very best of luck.

Eloise Giustozzi and Pemberton Applause. Photo credit to Jim Hillman Inmotion Photography

Over the winter months the ESA office will be making alterations to the current ESA Show Horse web page. This will benefit all


Show Horse members. Once the website is updated it will provide more up-to-date information including programs, show information, results, rules, measuring information, this will all be available on the dedicated Show Horse tabs. We wish to thank all members for their ongoing support and we encourage you to offer feedback and ideas to the Show Horse Working Party. Through this feedback and sharing of ideas, we are able to continue to develop and improve Show Horse within South Australia. We wish you all a safe and successful show season.

SA Showhorse Interstate Winners

Isabelle Ker. Photo courtesy of Lisa Gordon.

Equestrian New South Wales staged the inaugural Performa Ride Southern Cross Show Horse Spectacular Final at the Sydney Equestrian Centre on the 16th – 18th March 2018; qualifying classes were conducted through all States of Australia.

South Australia was well represented and posted some outstanding results with numerous wins and placings. Congratulations to all SA members on their successes. The Grand Championship classes were conducted under lights on Saturday night. And what a night for South Australian rider Isabelle Ker and ‘Aria V Allegro’ winning the Equestrian NSW Grand Champion Owner / Rider and receiving a trip to the UK where Belle will have the opportunity to ride and train at one of the leading UK stables and attend some of the most prestigious events!! Congratulations Belle, we hope you have an amazing trip.

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award winners

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Judy Whyntie & Caroline Jones

Life Membership Awards Life Membership is a special form of recognition which may be bestowed upon any member whose services to Equestrian SA is agreed to have been sufficiently meritorious and having contributed to the association. The two members honoured have consistently, and over many years volunteered for the benefited equestrian sport and Equestrian SA.

Caroline Jones Caroline has over many years offered her services to Equestrian SA. A dedicated and hardworking member of the Eventing SA Committee for 9 years throughout this time Caroline was an active member of the:


• SA State Eventing Selection Panel • Member of the SA Junior/Young Rider Selection Panel • Member of the Equestrian Australia Eventing Committee Caroline was also a very active member of the Equestrian SA Board for 3 years. Caroline offers her time and expertise generously and extensively, she contributes this all voluntarily. Caroline mentors Technical Delegates to gain qualifications within the EA Officiating pathways. Caroline initiated and conducted a stewarding/officials clinic within South Australia to encourage further participation as an official within their chosen sport of eventing. Caroline’s committee duties were only a small portion of the services Caroline offered to ESA. Caroline is also: • EA Eventing Steward • EA Medication Control Officer • EA Eventing Technical Delegate • FEI Level Eventing Steward • FEI LevelJumping Steward Caroline’s passion and service to equine sport has been all encompassing and all for the benefit of our members.

Judy Whyntie Judy has for many years been an intricate member of Equestrian SA. A dedicated and hard working committee member of both the Equestrian SA Board and Eventing SA committee.

Judy served on the Eventing committee for and as a Board Member of Equestrian SA for many years. Whilst on the Eventing committee Judy organised the Eventing handbook for the eventing competitors each year. Judy was instrumental in securing top international eventers to give instruction to competitors in South Australia, something that both Caroline and Judy continue to do for Eventing in SA. From the formation of the SA Horse Trials Committee in 1970 to being a member of the inaugural EFA Eventing Committee in November 1978 (and remaining on that committee for 38 years) Judy has seen the evolution of the sport from many different angles. Judy also committed her time to officiating duties as an Eventing Technical Delegate and a Course Designer. Judy has assisted the Adelaide International 3 Day Event as the coordinator for volunteers over many years and when the Dressage co-ordinator resigned Judy took over the mantel of organising the Dressage section. As a Board member of Equestrian SA, Judy’s reliability and readiness to assist made her an asset to the organisation. No duty was ever too menial to Judy and was always available to assist. As a Board member, Judy contributed too many changes that the membership base benefit from as a result. This included constitutional changes in 2012 and as well as the new office in Mt Barker. Congratulations to both Caroline and Judy on your Honorary Life Memberships!

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Coaches corner

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EA Coach of the Month Ruth Schneeberger Coach of the month is a regular Education series. It is a way of highlighting the EA coaches and educators who work with dedication and passion all over Australia. Ruth Schneeberger is an is an EA level 2 General and Dressage Coach based in Mount Torrens, South Australia. She was

born and grew up in Switzerland where she achieved the highest level in her coaching qualifications before moving to Australia, becoming an Instructor, that is the highest International Expert level, as defined by the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ).


Already at an early age, Ruth was very interested in horses. “Nobody else in my family was “horsey” and in Switzerland it is not common at all, to grow up with a pony in the backyard!” So it wasn’t until she turned 14, that she started riding. “I found a farm about a half an hour bicycle ride from home, that had horses. Soon I spent every free afternoon and weekends there, helping with all sorts of chores and as payment being allowed to ride! There was no arena, all the riding was out in the forest and surrounding fields.” shares Ruth. When the dedicated rider turned 18, she started a three-year apprenticeship as a Bereiter mit fahigkeitsausweis (Equivalent of an EA Level 2 General Coach) at a riding school with a qualified Instructor. For the first time, she enjoyed proper riding lessons in Dressage and Jumping. During those three years, she also started teaching people at the riding school. She passed the exams at the end of the apprenticeship and after a further two years working there, she passed her next exam to become a Bereiter mit Berufsprufung (Equivalent to an EA Level 3 General Coach). When she turned 25, she took and passed the exams to become a Dipliméirter Reitlehrer or Instructor (no equivalent in Australia). During all those years she competed in Dressage (up to medium level), Showjumping and Eventing (up to 2-star level), mainly on school horses, or some horses owned by other people. Ruth stayed at the same riding school for another 3 years, teaching full-time and riding. Then she decided to take 6 months off to travel part of the world! On her travels, she came to New Zealand and Australia and got the opportunity to work

in South Australia. “I applied for a working permit and was successful on the basis that my coaching level equalled level 3 here. I was given the level 2 General and Dressage. After 4 years I applied for permanent residency and became an Australian citizen in 2001!” she says. The first 7 years in Australia, Ruth worked for Sylvia McLachlan in Mount Pleasant. She gave me her the opportunity to train and compete several horses, and also as part of her earnings gave Ruth her first horse called Superstar. He was a 4-year-old thoroughbred/stock horse cross, and with him, Ruth learned over the years all the movement up to Grand Prix! Her partner Hennie is a draftsman by trade, and they have they own property, 20 acres, in Mount Torrens. Hennie doesn’t ride but is a little bit involved, helps Ruth where possible and does all the work on the property. When they bought the property, there was only a house and a garage on it. “Hennie has done all the fencing, plumbing, designed and built the stables, shelters etc. and maintains and keeps improving things all the time!” says Ruth proudly. About 16 years ago Ruth started regular lessons with Dianne Jenkyn, who found for Ruth her next horse: Hervey Bay, at the time a 5-year-old warmblood. With Dianne’s help, they got to Grand Prix and competed at that level in SA and also in Werribee and Sydney. Over the last 20 years, Ruth was lucky to work with a lot of different horses! She trained and competed horses up to Prix St. Georges/Intermediate 1, the last one being Ponderosa Stud Royal Dancer. Ruth still train and organise clinics with Dianne Jenkyn about six times a year!

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Coaches corner

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At the moment Ruth has 4 competition horses: Roxleigh Fidelio, a 6-year-old gelding, training at medium level; Miramar Serene, a 6-year-old mare, which she only bought 4 months ago, training novice/ elementary; Cooramin Rialto Hit, a 7-yearold gelding, training at medium/advanced level, owned by Cheryl Hatswell from the Ponderosa Stud and Evie, a 6-year-old mare, training novice/elementary, owned by Jo McEvoy. “Roxleigh Fidelio has been the star these last few months, being reserve novice champion and fourth in the elementary championship at the 2017 Australian Dressage Championships, and also reserve novice and reserve elementary champion at the Dressage Festival in Werribee. He was SA elementary state champion 2017, and ended up EA Dressage Horse of the Year 2017 in South Australia. Exciting times ahead with those four horses, especially as they start moving up the levels!” explains Ruth. Along with all the riding and training, Ruth enjoys teaching as well! “It is very rewarding to see riders improving themselves and their horses. I always try to improve a

horse’s self-carriage, try to teach the rider, how to achieve and maintain it! Another really important thing for me is accuracy! Accuracy in riding a dressage test as much as accuracy in riding movements in training! Riding accurate movements will help improve self-carriage and if a horse is in self-carriage, it is much easier to ride correct movements!” Ruth teaches quite a wide range of riders and horses at different levels. “I think it is important to take the correct steps in teaching a horse or rider, there is no point in taking shortcuts! Sometimes someone wants to start flying changes, but the canter isn’t a good enough quality! Or there are the opposite ones that still haven’t started a basic leg yield with a horse already a few years under saddle. I try to adapt to each rider and horse duo capabilities!” A little over two years ago Ruth joined the South Australian Dressage Committee, as the Riders Representative and award coordinator. “Doing this, I feel I can give something back to the sport, which is my profession, my hobby and my passion!” she says.

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SA Carriage Driving

Angas Harness Driving Club (EA affiliated club) held a Driven Dressage and Cones Competition 18th February at Auldearn Echunga .The Dressage test was one of the new FEI Driven Dressage Tests for Young Horses. It is a test that incorporates the three trots – working, collected and extended and of course halt, rein back and walk. After completing the dressage test drivers went on to the Cones Course. This incorporated the Angas Bridge which has not been used by the club for some time due to the size and time involved setting it up. It has a reputation of horses being reluctant to cross over it mainly due to the noise. However every combination had no difficulty negotiating the “dreaded bridge”. The Cones Course was designed by Jackie Boyd and flowed well. Competitors included Jackie Boyd who had the highest dressage score (horse) with her Hackney Horse Ashwood Quest for Fame and Anna

Vaudin who had the highest pony score with her son Rhys’s pony Nugget. New competitor Belinda Mattner, groom on many occasions did her first dressage test .Kim Norris had a Horse Pair in their first competition as a pair and had the best dressage score of the day. These two horses have a great future ahead of them in Combined Driving. Thanks go to Scott Evans who set the bridge up as well as competing with his horse . The Committee thanks judges Prue Copping and Margaret Fricker. Three ESA Carriage Driving members attended a clinic with Phil Marshall from Victoria 17th February and all felt they benefitted from his expertise. These included Anne Lindh, Kim Norris and Junior Driver Morgan Lindh who fitted in his lesson with show jumping at Mt Pleasant the same weekend.

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vaulting

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New VaultingSA Committee elected With a new VaultingSA Committee elected after the AGM in place, the committee held a forum with participating clubs in SA to develop a calendar of events for the forthcoming year. This calendar of events can be seen on the website. The forum gave each of the clubs the opportunity to discuss with the VSA Committee what direction and activities they felt would be beneficial for the sport. A consensus was reached that Coach development and retainment of Senior Athletes into coaching roles was a major priority for the sport to continue to grow. With the EA Coaching syllabus undergoing a major review the VSA Committee is having discussions with John Eccles as to his availability to conduct a FEI Level 1 Coaching clinic in mid 2019. Club Insurance is another topic that VSA is having dialogue with Equestrian Australia through the EAV Committee. Club Insurance for Vaulting Clubs through the current policy premium matrix is proving expensive for most clubs. A request has been tabled to EA whether there is a better model for calculating insurance premiums for Vaulting Clubs. The Equestrian South Australia Awards Night was a great evening. Congratulations goes to the Award winning Vaulters Zac Singlehurst for receiving Senior Male Vaulter of the Year & Emma Moulds for being awarded Senior Female Vaulter of the Year. The Junior Male Vaulter of the Year was presented to Ben Rosiak and Junior Female Vaulter of the Year was awarded to Lainie Thomson. Official Horse of the Year was awarded to Next Generation Romulan.

The Associate Vaulter Awards will be presented at the first Vaulting Competition in March. Congratulations to Jamie Hocking who currently is training overseas in Denmark with his horse French Kiss. He has been invited to participate in several World Cup Events and done Australian Vaulting proud with his results. He has also been invited to participate in a Youth Forum by the FEI and is preparing for WEG in the United States. The Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship event was conducted at Marlene Hunts Indoor Arena near Nairne. The event was well supported with Robyn Oram-Thomson and Nina Fritzell sharing their Coaching skills and knowledge with the participants. The selectors of the Scholarship recipient were Di Goldsworthy and Emma Moulds. Thank you to all who assisted with the program the feedback from everyone was most positive. Skye Barrowcliffe was the successful candidate for the Scholarship. Congratulations Skye. I would like to thank the Staff of the ESA Branch for their work and dedication that went into both the Gillian Roltan Youth Development Scholarship and the Equestrian South Australia Awards Night. Both events were very enjoyable and well organised. I understand how much work and effort that goes on behind the scenes to conduct such activities, much of it going on unnoticed. Well done to all involved at the office and thank you. I am looking forward to this years round of competitions and everyone participating and enjoying our wonderful sport.


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The Horse's Mouth | Autumn issue 2018  

The Horses' Mouth is the official publication of Equestrian South Australia

The Horse's Mouth | Autumn issue 2018  

The Horses' Mouth is the official publication of Equestrian South Australia