Mustad Saddleworld Geelong VEIS Grand Final in 2018 to be held at Werribee Park Equestrian Centre on July 28th and 29th
Show Jumping will be held on Saturday July 28th and Dressage on Sunday July 29th.
This event is open to all interschool riders, however, individual and team series points only apply to the same rider and mount combination for the season.
Entries are only available online at Event Secretary. www.eventsecretary.com.au
Final entries close on Friday 20th July.
The Saddleworld Grand Final is 1.5x’s points of the individual qualifier events in the VEIS Series Championships, and will decide the overall VEIS Series Champions for 2018 – both for the school and individual awards. Winners of the VEIS individual level championships will be awarded garlands and rugs donated by Saddleworld (excluding the Preparatory Dressage level), with the runners-up receiving embroidered saddle blankets and rosettes to 5th.
If you wish to check the VEIS Series progress scores leading into the Grand Final, please click on the following link:
The Champion Dressage School will win the VEIS Dressage Trophy.
The Champion Show Jumping School will win the perpetual Annie White Trophy.
For the Grand Final event, there will be sashes for the Champion and Reserve Champions and ribbons for 1st to 6th in each class.
The Top 5 riders for the VEIS series in each discipline and division will be offered elite training in Dressage or Showjumping sponsored by the VEIS in the spirit of fostering talent development in interschool riders.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our fifth Grand Final event which promises to be a super weekend.
The VEIS Meeting in May discussed a number of things. Here is a summary of key points.
If anyone would like clarification or further details please email [email protected]
There is an EA policy available in regard to temperature and humidity. Schools and organisers may also have their own requirements relating to school sport.
Feedback from shortened classes at top levels in show jumping has been positive. To be reviewed for 2019 at other levels.
Riders need to hold both personal accident and public liability. Ev insurance indicated on entry online is preferred as numbers can be checked prior to the competition. PCAV and HRCAV need to supply cards. If you indicate you are riding under school insurance this needs to be verified by a letter from your school.
Clarification of feeder schools
At VEIS event schools may have multiple campuses for team and insurance purposes. These campuses must come under the same Governance/Board and same Principal (Head of school). For example a school may have a Senior Campus Year 7-12 and Primary Campuses Prep-Year 6
Behaviour towards judges
Inappropriate contact and comments have been observed. Please refer to guidelines of EA Code of Conduct for Parents and Guardians.
Currently no stallions are permitted at VEIS calendared events. Change to EA rules from July 1st - Stallions ineligible to compete at any interschool events. Definition of stallion confirmed with EA.
Report form Australian Interschools. There will be a training weekend August 10 & 11 for the Victorian team. New Zealand riders have been invited. Pool horses are needed.
Discussion of correct entrants in Preparatory dressage classes.
Eventing feedback received re-entries filling quickly and the points system. Discussion of ways to improve this. Subcommittee working on this for 2019 series
Series scores concern- They are now updated and will use one specific person to this in a timely manner
Grand Final organisation
Volunteer levy $30 in place of assisting on the day at Grand Final dressage
Sponsorship sought from schools. Have Saddleworld Geelong, Riders’ Diary and One Eyed frog also.
Trade stands are very welcome - cost is $100 per day if not sponsoring.
Need to maintain a common entry cost for VEIS qualifiers and connected events of around $30 to $35 per test/class. Total cost may vary with the differences in facility fees depending on venue
VEIS is not for profit and gives back to riders. Approved sponsorship Vic team jackets for Australian Championships, offer training in dressage and show jumping to Top 5 series riders.
Committee Meeting in July -organisation Grand Finals. Help and sponsorship sought.
2019 calendar dates are needed.
Chair of VEIS
Congratulations to Tintern Grammar and their hard working committee for a great 18th Annual Horse Trials over the weekend and a win to the Melbourne Girls' Grammar Team.
The VEIS is working with EV to clarify rules in all disciplines and to improve events for the future. Horse Trials are a complicated event to run and to compete at. Below is a link to some helpful guidelines for riders and families at eventing competitions.
Well done to the secondary riders currently on the Interschool Eventing Leader-board for Nationals.
Reminder Events coming up:
Braemar Show Jumping - VEIS Round 4 2018 - Saturday May 5th
Please note this will follow the usual show jumping format
ISJ Round 2 - Friday May 11th
Please note this will trial the changed format at Stars and Advanced levels.
ISD Interschool Dressage - VEIS Round 5 2018 - Saturday 19th May
The year has started with some great competitions. The
ISJ Show Jumping qualifier hosted by Beaconhills College and Assumption College
Kilmore Dressage qualifier saw big entries, well-run events and a definite
lifting of the bar with many riders competing at higher levels.
With the growth of VEIS we would like to give you a bit more insight on who we are, what we do and how you can keep up to date with information relating to Interschool Equestrian.
The VEIS aims to develop junior riding, assist riding families in having an overall view of interschool events for the year, assist schools in organizing their event and have a central place for interschool competitions which run under consistent guidelines.
The VEIS is a registered body completing Consumer Affair compliance each year. Funds raised are used to promote the sport including dressage and show jumping clinics for the top series riders and sponsorship of the Victorian Interschool Team at Nationals.
Hosts of interschool competitions submit their event to the calendar and pay a $100 ($200 for a VEIS Qualifying event) fee to have it included and communicated to the database. Competitions need to run under VEIS guidelines and EA rules where practicable for interschool. Sometimes EA rules cannot be applied due to the age of riders and nature of interschool competitions.
The VEIS website emails out entry forms to the database and any other relevant communication. All information is also available from the calendar with links to entries on the website. On the website, a useful handbook includes updates to dressage rules, scoring and PSG level, combined training guidelines as well as general rules and explanations. Assistance is always available to schools commencing the running of an event.
Stallions are not to be ridden at VEIS calendared competitions from January 2018 due to risk management guideline requirements by schools, but can compete to qualify for National Interschool at EV State Championships.
In Dressage, PSG has been added to VEIS qualification for Nationals with two places in the Victorian team being awarded from the scores at VEIS 2018 final (the classes on the day, not the Series result).
Entry costs have been kept to a recommended minimum for a number of years. Bear in mind dressage events also have the cost to EV for each test ridden and often two judges, as well as offering 11 sections. Some venues also incur a separate facility fee as well as hire costs to the organisers.
The VEIS Finals will be held at Werribee Park- Show Jumping Saturday, July 28th and Dressage Sunday, July 29th. Any assistance at these events would be much appreciated as the committee is a small group and most have their own children competing.
Thank you for the fantastic 2017 Sponsorship from Mustad Saddleworld Geelong who supplied all the rugs as well as sponsoring the finals.
The Riders Diary will also be supporting the Dressage and Show Jumping qualifiers. Many thank also to the schools that sponsor each class at the final.
The VEIS committee consists of:
Chair - Julia Williams – Toorak College
Vice chair - Marina Oman – Geelong Grammar School
Secretary - Rachel Lovett (paid position)
General Committee –Three from each zone:
Kate Luxmoore - Braemar, Nicole Martin - Braemar, Julia Gibson - Ivanhoe Grammar
South Eastern Zone:
Julia Williams - Toorak College, Karen Lawrence - Toorak College, Brooke White - St Margaret’s School
Marina Oman - Geelong Grammar, Deena Peters - Kardinia International College, Deb MacNicol - Geelong Grammar
Thanks to Deb Lovett who is now the General Manager at Werribee Park NEC. Deb has been a long term driving force in interschool competitions, hosting and running many at Hillcrest College for the past 12 years.
Brent Dennison recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of ISJ and will still be involved in ISJ, the VEIS Show Jumping finals, and scoring.
Due to the distance between committee members and time constraints, a number of meetings each year are undertaken via phone conference.
There are two open meetings each year planned in 2018 for May 22 and November 17 (combined with the AGM). Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to these two meetings. The AGM includes the election of committee and office bearers. The committee welcomes new members.
Changes to communication:
Thanks to Caitlin O’Connell who has been the Secretary, held it all together and also managed the website. Caitie will be managing the website in 2018. Contact: [email protected] .
Rachel Lovett will take over as Secretary. She will handle entry forms, calendar updates, and agenda items for VEIS committee meeting, minutes, communication and general queries. Contact: [email protected]
VEIS Meetings - 2018 dates:
Tuesday 20 March – Phone conference - closed committee meeting
Tuesday 22 May - OPEN Meeting Flemington
Tuesday 10 July – Phone conference Grand Final Planning – closed committee meeting
Tuesday 11 September – Grand Final Debrief – closed committee meeting
Tuesday 27 November (including AGM) – OPEN Meeting – venue TBA
If you have an agenda item please let a representative in your region know or email: [email protected]
If you have questions, suggestions or concerns I am happy to assist or point you in the right direction [email protected]
The prestigious Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre was the venue for the largest equestrian event Assumption College Kilmore has ever hosted on Sunday 4 March - the second qualifying round for VEIS (Victoria Equestrian Interschool Series).
This first VEIS dressage qualifier for the year and first round of the Northern District Interschools Series (NDIS) attracted a huge 221 entries. The weather was fine and the grounds were simply stunning. The number of entries far exceeded expectations which meant the equestrian team’s planning and organisation skills were put to the test.
Mustad Saddleworld Kilmore sponsored each division with an embroidered saddlecloth for Champions and a halter and lead set for Reserve Champions. A huge thanks to Mustad Saddleworld for their ongoing support of the team, it is most appreciated. Champions and Reserve Champions also received sashes, with ribbons to sixth place for all tests.
The day kicked off with the youngest
riders saddling up for the preparatory section. A puddle in the top corner of
one of the arenas caused by a sprinkler reaching a bit too far
during morning watering put many riders to the test, with many ponies and
horses not keen on getting their hoofs wet! However the youngsters all did
their best and deserve a big clap for their efforts. Champion was Alice
Hardwell of Lowther Hall Anglican while Assumption College Kilmore rider
Sophie Manton was Reserve Champion on Kimberley Park Donny B.
Primary riders also competed in the Primary Preliminary and Primary Novice classes. In Primary Preliminary, Champion was Ashleigh Grant of Arthurs Creek Primary School while Reserve Champion was Emma Hercules of Toorak College. The Primary Novice section was extremely close and only awarded on countback to Lamoza Velisha of Kardinia International while Katya Bathurst of Axedale Primary took home the Reserve Champion sash.
There was a huge field for the Intermediate Preliminary class (years 7-9), so this was split into two sections. In section A, Maddi Growcott of Hillcrest Christian College won both tests and took out the championship while Emily Newnham of Assumption College Kilmore on Diamond Dot closely followed and was named Reserve Champion. Section B saw Chanel Radburn of Bacchus Marsh Grammar also first in both tests and named Champion, while Reserve Champion was Jaz Middleton of Marist Sion College on a cute little buckskin.
Senior Preliminary was also a large class and highly competitive. Abby Port of Ave Maria College won the championship while Olivia Venturini of the Toorak College team was Reserve.
Maddi Growcott of Hillcrest Christian College changed horses but not results in the Intermediate Novice section, winning both tests and taking home another championship sash and prize. Fantastic effort Maddi! Reserve Champion was Eliza Bell of Christian College Geelong.
Novice Senior saw a win for the host school, with Chloe Ellis of Assumption College Kilmore on My Bascombe Baci named Champion ahead of Reserve Shanae Jenkinson of Christian College Geelong.
Elementary riders were among those who did at least one test in the facility’s impressive indoor arena. Christian College Geelong added another result to its school tally with Sophie Taylor named Champion. Reserve was Kelsey Josephs of Ballarat Clarendon College.
Natasha Moody of St Margaret’s School Berwick won the Medium section ahead of Hannah Shippen of the ever-consistent Toorak College.
At the Advanced level, Isabelle Luxmoore of Braemar College won both her tests and was Champion ahead of Lindsey Ware of St Catherine’s School.
The most difficult levels in interschool dressage are Prix St Georges and Inter 1. In PSG, Assumption College Kilmore equestrian captain Brooke Pearce led from the front and was Champion ahead of Amy Bachmann of Girton Grammar School Bendigo.
In Inter 1, Amy Bachmann turned the tables and took home the Champion sash ahead of Jazi French of Toorak College.
The school score is calculated by adding the top 4 scores from each school. Assumption College’s top scorers were: Brooke Pearse and Revelwood Aston in Prix St Georges – Champion; Chloe Ellis and My Bascombe Baci in Senior Novice – Champion; Emily Newnham and Diamond Dot in Intermediate Preliminary – Reserve Champion and Sophie Manton and Kimberley Park Donny B in Preparatory – Reserve Champion.
Assumption College brought home the school shield on 38 points; Toorak College 35 points and Braemar College 31 points.
While this was a highlight for the team, an even greater highlight was seeing the team members, staff, parents and supporters all working hard and cooperating effectively to organise, produce and present such a high-quality and well-run event. Thanks to the judges, scorers, WPNEC staff and all the participants for helping make the day so very successful.
Mustad Saddleworld Geelong - VEIS Grand Final 2017 - Werribee Park Equestrian Centre
Photos thanks to OneEyedFrog Photography
Spot checks will be conducted at all VEIS events so check your helmet to make sure it is compliant please.
There are new helmet standards in effect from 1/1/2017.
The EN1384 standard is no longer approved.
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 standards ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) provided they are SEI marked, or 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.
For more information visit http://www.equestrian.org.au/news/helmet-regulations-updated
The ISJ Summer Show again saw interschool show jumping reach greater heights! Riders from 80 schools across Victoria completed an aggregate total of more than 1,000 rounds on a day that showcased fabulous jumping, sportsmanship and team spirit. Course builder Paul Williams challenged the best of riders with his technical courses in all four rings, and commented how delighted he was with both the enormous participation and high standard of riding.
In the feature teams event of the day, the “Present
Stars” turned the tables on the returning “Past Stars” after last year’s
humbling defeat. This year the Present Stars team of Matilda Alexander, Jasmine
Dennison, Nina Griffiths and Emily Van Sonsbeek had nearly a perfect score with
only one rail across all of their rounds. As well as taking home the $1,000 of
vouchers provided by the Horse Barn, the Present Stars won the right to sign
their names on the imposing “ISJ Wall of Fame” that has become a tradition for
ISJ winning teams.
In the individual Stars competition, Toorak College’s Matilda Alexander had a faultless day to post a convincing win. The exciting Grand Prix jump-off was full of thrills and spills, with Matilda the only rider to finish on zero penalties. Matilda’s win was all the more impressive as she accounted for several National Young Rider Elite squad riders were vying for ISJ’s top honours. Past Stars rider Jess Hurley – no stranger to the winner’s circle at the ISJ – took home the Reserve Champion rosette. The Stars class boasted by far the largest contingent of 120cm interschool riders at any event for some time, which bodes well not only for a tremendous 2016 ISJ Series, but also for the future of Victorian show jumping.
In the Advanced section, the youngest rider in the
class Georgia Price representing show sponsor Beaconhills College was the
Champion in her first ride at this level. Georgia, on her very talented mare
Starstruck Juliet, nudged out both Nina Griffiths from Frankston High and
Georgie Batten from Geelong Grammar who were separated only by countback for
the Reserve Champion rosette. In the Two Phase class of the Advanced
competition, winner Darcy Wade was presented with the new Snow Spider Award
which acknowledged the passing of a legendary horse who made winning the Two
Phase at the ISJ a regular occurrence.
In the Intermediate level, Abbie King aboard Party
til Midnite was able to celebrate hard by taking home the Championship after a
blue ribbon in both the Two Phase class and the Grand Prix.
Madison Kaye riding
Ragamuffin from Catholic Ladies College won the Championship in the Progressive
section, with Toorak College’s captain Chessie Oswald-Jacobs claiming the
Reserve Champion award.
In the Improvers class, Lucy Lawn blossomed on her
mount Sanlirra Flowerpot to be crowned Champion, with Zoe Waller from St.
Paul’s finishing in 2nd place overall.
The Encourage section was
dominated by Toorak College’s young guns Monique Dewsnap and Chloe McFarlane –
Monique guided her pocket rocket Gidget to 1st overall despite Chloe’s
cracking jump-off round in the Encourage Grand Prix.
The Freshman class was
also won by a Toorak representative, with young Neve Bailey posting her maiden
Overall, Toorak was the dominant school on the day registering
a score of 39 points – 12 ahead of St. Paul’s Anglican Grammar who had a
terrific day scoring their highest school points tally ever. Geelong Grammar came
3rd with 25 points. Toorak look like they will be hard to beat as
Victoria’s top show jumping school as they had winners and placegetters
throughout most classes during the day.
The VEIS qualifier series moves to Geelong Grammar
next weekend where record entries are again expected. It is indeed exciting to
see such tremendous growth of show jumping in Victoria at this grass roots
Photos of the day thanks to OneEyedFrog Photography - for more images and to order click HERE
FRESH FACES PROVIDE SHOW JUMPING SPECTACLE AT ISJ WINTER SHOW
It’s called the ISJ Winter Show for a reason – we generally
‘receive’ lots of rain in the lead up! This year was no exception. Friday’s
Round Three of the 2015 Series followed more than 40mm of rain in Clyde the
preceding day, but Deb Lovett and the Hillcrest team ensured all was in order
for another great day of interschool jumping. It was a day that saw some
familiar faces take home blue ribbons, as well as some new combinations
sweeping the fields to take the honours. More than 180 riders representing 60+
schools ignored the wet conditions of the day before to provide a wonderful
exhibition of both sportsmanship and jumping. As always, Paul Williams – ISJ’s technical
delegate and course designer – set challenging lines in all three rings to
ensure all riders were tested. A highlight of the show was the draw for the two
VIP tickets to the Australian Show Jumping Championships to be held at Werribee
in September - the ISJ’s Head Judge Annie White drew Encourage competitor Eliza
Crossing’s name out of the hat and Eliza was as delighted with her prize as she
was with her 4th place in the Encourage Championship on the day. The
ISJ thanks Katie Classon from its major sponsor Pryde’s Easifeed for her
contribution to making the ISJ Winter Show such a success.
In the 125cm “Stars” competition, Nina Griffiths of
Frankston High broke through for her first Stars win at the ISJ. Nina, niece of
Olympian Sam Griffiths, won both the Two Phase class and the Grand Prix to
score maximum points. Nina’s clean sweep on the day catapulted her into 1st
place in the race for the 2015 Stars Series trophy. The ISJ Stars class is
proudly sponsored by the Riders Shoppe with a $250 voucher for the winner at
each ISJ show – Nina was grateful to receive her generous prize. It was fantastic
to see four new riders graduate to the Stars class, with two of those riders
finishing in the top four on the day. Mia McNaught from the The Peninsula was
third overall after notching up 2nd place in the Two Phase class,
and Chloe Dennison secured 4th in the Championship after her 2nd
place in the Grand Prix class. National Young Rider Squad representative
Matilda Alexander on the very talented Dreamtime Invader took the Reserve
In the Advanced section, Toorak College’s Holly Roysmith
turned in a stellar performance to claim the Winter Show Championship. Holly
was aboard her new mount War Folly and is coached by Olympian Laurie Lever. In
2nd place was local favourite, Hillcrest’s Tamiesha Kelly and in 3rd
was an ISJ Hall of Famer, Max Height riding a new mount for him, Bannistar. Gabrielle
Lovett was 4th – we wish to congratulate Gabrielle as she has just
been crowned captain of the Victorian Interschool Show Jumping team to compete
at the upcoming Nationals in Sydney.
Charlie Height won the Intermediate Championship on the infamous Snow Spider who holds the record for the most Two Phases won at the ISJ. Bianca Lock, riding another show jumping legend at this level, Monahan Harrison, was Reserve Champion. Bianca’s performance gives her a commanding lead in the Series standings.
The Progressive Championship was claimed by a certain
future star, Bronte Hutchison who rode her pocket rocket Radnor Tangerine to
victory in both the Two Phase and the Grand Prix – no mean feat for the Year 7
rider in a field of over 35. Hutchison, also under the tutelage of Laurie
Lever, is one to watch. Geelong Grammar’s Harry Bufton was Reserve on Plaudit’s
Rohan Lock made sure he had family bragging rights for the trip home by winning the Improvers Championship on Billy The Kid. Saffron Wardrop Brown and her mount Twilight Jester was runners-up, with Jumpin Jack back in the placings grabbing 3rd overall with his new jockey Grace Contessi. Like his sister, Rohan has stretched out his lead in the Series competition so the Lock family will likely need a wheelbarrow at the October show to cart their winnings back to the Bellarine!
The Encourage class, which boasted over 40 entries again,
saw Caitlin Butterworth take the honours on African Daisy. Olivia Batten on
Nala – no stranger to the winner’s circle – was the Reserve Champion and
grabbed an 8 point lead in the Series race.
The Winter Show Freshman’s Championship was again dominated
by Abbey Mamers from Woodleigh who for the second time claimed maximum points
on the day.
Overall, Toorak College took out the school’s competition
by 7 points from Hillcrest Christian College and extended its lead in the ISJ
Series Trophy to an almost unassailable position.
We look forward to seeing you all at Ayr Hill on October 16th
for the ISJ Spring Show when the ISJ will go to the Olympics – stay tuned for
more information on our special program for the Series finale!
VEIS SHOWCASES TOP JUNIOR JUMPING
The 2015 Saddleworld VEIS Grand Final held
at Werribee Park on Saturday was another fantastic display of interschool show
jumping with over 150 competitors representing more than 60 schools. The event
showcased some of the best young jumpers in Victoria, with riders vying for the
Series Championships and places in the State Interschool team which competes in
Sydney in October. For the second year running, Toorak College took out the
coveted Annie White Trophy for the champion show jumping school in Victoria. The
trophy honours Annie’s on-going contribution to the development of the sport. Toorak’s
captain Lily Wickenden was delighted with the success, particularly as the team
boasted contributions from riders as young as Year 3 up to Year 12. Toorak were
consistent leaders throughout the year and capped off the title with a winning
performance at the Grand Final. Christian College Geelong finished 2nd
in the Series and will be a team to be reckoned with next year given the average
age of their riders is Year 7!
Assumption College’s strong Grand Final performance wasn’t quite enough to tip the ever formidable Geelong Grammar team out of 3rd place overall.
In the top 125cm Stars level, Frankston High’s Nina Griffiths posted a terrific win aboard Mr. Ali at the Grand Final to propel her into first place on the Series scoreboard. Nina’s performance was certainly a highlight of the event. Alexandra Robinson and Sir Dozer from FCJ Benalla consolidated her consistent interschool season by taking the Reserve Champion rosette. Jasmine Dennison and Bubble & Squeak from Toorak College finished 3rd on the series leader board.
Having missed state team selection on a
count back last year, Gabrielle Lovett and her infamous Surf had a great day to
just snatch the Advanced Championship rug from The Peninsula School’s Mia
McNaught. His Series victory caps off a much-celebrated career for the mighty
Surf. Mia, who was leading the Series
into the final day, will still represent Victoria in the 110cm section. 3rd
in the Series was Chloe Dennison riding Fosbury Flop, whose great jump-off
round in the final Grand Prix saw her claim the blue ribbon at the Grand Final
at this height.
In the 105cm Intermediate section, runaway
leader Bianca Lock from Christian College Geelong took home the Series
Championship. Bianca’s mount Monahan Harrison is certainly no stranger to the
winner’s circle, and again proved what a gem he is at this height. Jessica
Grant representing Ivanhoe Grammar was 2nd and 3rd in the
Series on her two Blackall Park horses which was an outstanding effort.
At the Progressive 95cm level, Holly Roysmith had another super day by taking out 1st place in both the Grand Final and the Series. Holly was a key contributor to Toorak’s winning team throughout the whole VEIS Series and handled the pressure on the final day with aplomb. 2nd in the Series was Geelong Grammar’s Amethyst Leslie riding the class GP Nichols and Dimes. Amethyst’s Grand Final performance had her just sneak in ahead of her compatriot Scarlett Frith who finished 3rd.
The Improvers 85cm was won by Gippsland
Grammar’s Cohen Wade who set the crowd alight with his jump-off rounds on Star
Obsession. Cohen managed to navigate some seemingly impossible lines to set
some unbelievable times and keep all rails still in place! Victoria will no
doubt rely on him to post some winning points in Sydney. Christian College
Geelong riders filled the 2nd, 3rd and 4th
places in the Series – with Rohan Lock taking the Reserve Champion prize from
Charlotte Sheldon and Till Fair.
As usual, the 75cm Encourage class was very
competitive with ACK’s Siobhan Laffan on Deejay Aramis winning the title by
just 4 points from Geelong Grammar’s Olivia Batten. The 60cm Freshman title was
won by Amber Balazs-Ashman on Houdini. No miraculous performance was needed by
Amber as she won both the Two Phase and Grand Prix classes on the final day to
ensure her overall Series victory. Caitlin Butterworth from Carrum Primary was
the Series Runner-up on her pocket rocket Squiggles.
Saddleworld’s continued support of the VEIS
Grand Final meant that all Champions and Reserve Champions were awarded fabulous
prizes. Their generous sponsorship highlights the effort they are making to
support the development of equestrian sport at the grass roots level.
As she presented the trophy that has been named in her honour, Annie White summed up all of the riders’ sentiments; “the VEIS Series with the Saddleworld Grand Final format is proving to be an excellent development ground for aspiring equestrian athletes. We are seeing improving standards and more depth of riders each year.” Good luck to our state team representatives!
The 125cm Stars class was a fantastic spectacle, with each
rider jumping clear and fast in the Two Phase class. In the Grand Prix, only
one rail separated all riders after the first two rounds and all qualified to
enter the jump-off. Reigning Australian junior champion Jasmine Dennison
representing Toorak College was last to go and managed to post a clear round to
just nudge Nina Griffiths from Frankston High into 2nd place.
Alexandra Robinson from Benalla on her super mount Sir Dozer were 3rd.
Matilda Alexander, a member of the Australian Elite Young Rider squad, was 4th
on Dreamtime Invader. All competitors should be congratulated on the show
jumping display put on at this height, the highest interschool level. Jasmine’s
win put her narrowly ahead of Nina and Alexandra in the VEIS Series race which
will be decided at the August 1st Grand Final.
In the Advanced class (115cm), Holly Roysmith from Toorak College battled hard on her horse War Folly to take home the Champion’s rug in a very even event. 4th in the Two Phase and 2nd in the Grand Prix was enough for Holly to push into second place by just one point the infamous interschool mount Surf, ridden by Gabrielle Lovett. One solitary point further back in 3rd place was Tori Fair from St. Ignatious College. David Charman from St. Margarets aboard Conceal was 4th overall after riding three superb clear rounds and taking 1st in the Grand Prix class.
At the 105cm Intermediate level, last year’s VEIS
Progressive Champion Bianca Lock continued her rich vein of form with a
dominant performance to claim 1st place. Riding Monahan Harrison who
is no stranger to blue ribbons, Bianca representing Christian College Geelong
put herself atop of the VEIS Series standings with her ACK win. Nicole Davis
from Tintern was the Reserve Champion, and Georgia Moodie from Mackillop
Werribee was 3rd on her talented horse SP Serene NZPH.
Bronte Hutchison from Haileybury rode a cracking jump off
round on her pocket rocket Radnor Tangerine in the Progressive Grand Prix (95cm)
to ensure she captured 1st place in Progressive Championship on the
day. Holly Roysmith continued with on her excellent form for Toorak College,
adding Reserve Champion in Progressive to her win in the Advanced class. Her
pony Wychwood Jamie has not put a foot wrong for Holly at this level all year,
and they sit atop of the VEIS Series table in the Progressive level. Scarlett
Frith on Café Cortado from Geelong Grammar showed she is also a very consistent
performer by following up her win at Round Two with third place at this event.
Christian College Geelong compatriots Tilly Fair and Rohan Lock were clear leaders in the Improvers Class, with Tilly taking the title by one point on her pony Berridale Blue Sky. Emerging talent Saffron Wardrop-Brown from Haileybury was 3rd.
In the Encourage section, Oliva Batten riding Nala scored maximum points and took home the Championship with a clean sweep of both the Two Phase and Grand Prix classes. Home town rider Siobhan Laffan was second for ACK on Deejay Aramis.
Ambar Balasz-Ashman’s victory in the Freshman Primary class
showed that Kardinia International riders aren’t just famous for their dressage
prowess! Like Oliva in the Encourage, Ambar won blue in both the Two Phase and
Grand Prix on her pony SP Houdini to lock in the Champions rosette. Caitlin
Butterworth representing Carrum Primary aboard Squiggles had another great day
taking 2nd in both classes to secure the Reserve Champion award.
Overall, it was a terrific VEIS day which showcased great jumping,
sportsmanship and team spirit at all heights. Over 600 combinations from more
than 100 schools participated in the first three rounds of the Equisagge VEIS
Qualifier Show Jumping Series, and we are now set for a huge Grand Final at
Werribee on August 1st. The race for the Saddleworld rugs and
garlands is tight at all levels so we are expecting an exciting culmination to
the 2015 VEIS Series. We look forward to seeing you all there! For progressive
scores to date, go to www.veis.com.au.
The Advanced section honours went to Grace Sutcliffe from Haileybury. Whilst she was the only competitor in the section the execution of the test with DON Angelo held the spectators in silent admiration as they watched from around the edges of the indoor arena. It is always delightful when the last salute is given and a quiet ripple of applause turns to a low din….building up gently to make sure the horse stays calm. Our spectators are so respectful.
Champion and reserve champion for the Medium section, with 11 riders, went to Sophie Pomie on Toojay, from Luther College and Amelia Sadler aboard View Bank Boyd from Kardinia International College respectively. Thanks to the judges Jill Sinclair and Natalie Frew, Helen Heagney and Pam Edwards for spending their time not only judging but in some instances, alighting from the confines of their newly installed judges boxes to spend time with riders immediately afterwards.
Toorak College took the Champion Rosette in the Elementary section, with Lily Wickenden on Hoc’s Striesand scoring the coveted top points, Chloe Ritchie and Windarra Czar from Clonard College was awarded the reserve. Of all the 14 riders in this section the lowest score was 56% and that is a testimony to the increasing standard that this series is able to offer students who choose to get competitive and take a pathway toward E.A. competitions.
With 22 riders in the Novice Senior section, and percentages ranging from 72 – 55% we were delighted to award the champion prize to Oscar of Western Port Secondary College ridden by Scott Scanlan. Scott also received the voucher valued at $35 from Paddock Partners, which was awarded to all Champions on the day. Our runner up, trailing by only 1.5% received the $25, was Matilda Longbottom. She represented Melbourne Girls Grammar and gave a great ride on Broadway Duntroon.
Our Novice Intermediate section was represented by twelve different schools in the section giving the audience at great snapshot of the riding standard across the state as riders from Geelong, Kilmore, Ivanhoe, and Bendigo as well as surrounding suburbs rode for the judges Olwen Kemp and Fiona Normand. First in the section was Natasha Moody on Diamond Noir for St Margaret’s School, and the reserve was Lucy Stuart from Braemar on Chocolate Royale. And again only 1.5% between the first and second place getters.
How delightful to have Primary aged students stepping up to the Novice level and with scores in the 60% they are obviously doing a more than adequate job at accomplishing the basic requirements. Remlif Park Wizard and Lucy Peters from Kardinia International College were the champions of the day, whilst Marena Display and Caitlyn Porter took the Reserve Champion home.
The hotly contested Preliminary Secondary level saw the need to split this group and the sections monopolized 4 arenas all day. Section A Champion for the day was awarded to Langtree Cocaine and Lizzy Brand from Braemar College. Reserve Rosette went to Chloe Salter and Elite Laayla from Blackburn High. Section B winner was Jenna Bos, Frankston High on Warranwood Expo and Lily Butterworth, The Peninsula School aboard Cintra Great Occasion. This result places the south eastern region high up in the ranks to represent the region in the VEIS Grand Final, with scores averaging 75% over these four tests.
Abbey Mamers and Lynlea Pantomime from Woodleigh School was our Champion in Preliminary Primary with scores above 65%. Congratulations to Harry Luxmoore and Lincott Libbitty from Braemar College as they led the field of 25 riders. Huge effort by Abbey Mammers who also scores well in the Interschool show Jumping series.
The Preparatory section, which is the most endearing, boasted 26 riders and with the top scores reaching the high 70% and onto 80%, there is obviously some riders champing at the bit to take on the preliminary sections very soon. Jazi French of Melbourne Girls Grammar riding Karlana Déjà vu and Mia Venturini with Rosie from Mount Martha Primary school were our Champion and Reserve Champion for the day.
The results are available on the website and we congratulate all riders, their horses and of course the tireless parents, friends and relatives who helped get out there and compete today. Congratulations to all who won and placed, there were some very good scores.
Our thanks also go to the field of judges for the day – your smiling faces dedication to the sport are what helps shape our event. Thanks also to all our wonderful helpers of Hillcrest Christian College who made the day run smoothly. Julia Williams from Toorak College for your multi-tasking and ability to jump in to whatever job happens to need doing.
Thanks to Equissage for sponsoring the VEIS Qualifier Series, sponsors are an integral part of the success of the series.
The overall ISD schools tally after day two of the interschool dressage series is Toorak College on 57 points followed by Haileybury and Flinders Christian Community College each with 46 points. Check out the website for progressive scores www.interschooldressage.com . Entry forms will soon be available for Day three when we will be on the other side of winter and do it all again for Round 3 and 4 of the 2015 ISD championship series.
The VEIS celebrated the arrival of spring
on March 1st with Round Two of the Equissage VEIS Qualifier Series which
was held down at Geelong Grammar’s most impressive equestrian facility. 160
riders from all parts of the state entered this year’s event – a 50% increase
on last year – which highlights the rapidly expanding interest in the VEIS and
in interschool equestrian sport. The winning school on the day was Assumption
College Kilmore, who managed to topple the 2014 VEIS show jumping title holders
Toorak College by a solitary point, indicating just how tight the competition
was. Paul Williams, the President of Show Jumping for Equestrian Victoria and
by now the resident VEIS course designer, built courses that were both challenging
and rewarding for the talented field of up-and-coming riders in attendance.
In the Stars class (125cm) Nina Griffith’s jump-off round in
the Grand Prix class overshadowed even the speed of the F16s that were on
display up the road at the Avalon Air Show. That performance by Nina
representing Frankston High on Mr. Ali was enough to ensure she took home the
Champion’s rosette and prizes from generous sponsors Equissage and Horseland
Geelong. Toorak College’s Jasmine Dennison aboard Bubble & Squeak finished
in 2nd place on a count back, which gives Jasmine an early lead in
the overall VEIS Championship after two rounds. The Stars provided a fantastic
show jumping exhibition for many of the younger riders looking on, with four
riders going clear in a very exciting jump-off round where each rider was just
a bit quicker than the one before. Alexandra Robinson from FCJ Benalla was a
In the Advanced class (115cm), Kirsten Lenne from Kilmore
International proved her mount Ricky Rockstar is indeed worthy of his name with
convincing wins in both the Two Phase and Grand Prix classes. The Peninsula
School’s Mia McNaught on Cracker Jack Candy kept up her consistent form from
the recent ISJ Round One Qualifier to claim the Reserve Champion prize on the
day, and snatch the Series lead in Advanced at this early stage.
Last year’s VEIS Progressive Champion Bianca Lock showed she
is more than capable of taking on the bigger heights by winning the
Intermediate section (105cm). Having graduated to Year 7, Christian College’s
Bianca and her very successful horse Monahan Harrison won both classes on their
way to being crowned Champion. Will Allen from Hamilton & Alexandra College
was close behind on Intimidating, with seasoned campaigner Jessica Grant posting
both 3rd and 4th place for Ivanhoe Grammar on her two
In the Progressive level (95cm), Scarlett Frith made the most of her home ground advantage to take out 1st prize on Café Cortado for Geelong Grammar – a super effort with such depth in the numbers at this height. Holly Roysmith from Toorak College followed up her win in the VEIS Round One Qualifier with 2nd place, taking the Reserve Champion rosette on a count back from rising star Jessica Hivon representing Luther College on Scoobie Doo. Jessica is one to watch – having qualified via the VEIS Series for last year’s state team, she went on to win the Primary division at the 2014 National Interschools event at Werribee last October.
The Improvers class Champion prize was taken out by Victoria
Syme wearing her new Woodleigh School colours riding Rockerbillie. In 2nd
place was Clancy Grant, ensuring the Grant family well and truly left their
mark on the event! Clancy just edged Eliza Bell from Christian College out of second
spot on a count back.
In the Encourage section, Cassidy Neubauer registered another
convincing win for Assumption on Lleu Llaw. Kayley Greaves-Maher from Cornish
College celebrated 2nd place on her horse Budweiser.
Caitlin Butterworth’s win in the Freshman Primary class
representing Carrum Primary was another great performance that showed just what
impact young riders from smaller schools are having on the VEIS series. Caitlin
and her pony Squiggles finished just one point ahead of Assumption’s Emily
Newnham. Emily was fittingly riding Red Baron, and put on an air show of her
own to take home the Reserve Champion rosette.
Overall, it was a fantastic day which showcased some great
show jumping at all heights. With 440 combinations from more than 90 schools participating
in the first two rounds of the Equisagge VEIS Qualifier Series we are set for
an exciting year of great interschool equestrian competition. For results to
date from the two qualifier events, the upcoming VEIS calendar, and news on the
launch of Interschool Eventing in conjunction with Equestrian Victoria, go to
ISJ SUMMER SHOW - THE BIGGEST AND BEST YET!
The ISJ Summer Show indeed saw interschool show jumping reach greater
heights! Over 270 riders completing nearly 1,000 rounds on the day put on a
fabulous display of jumping, sportsmanship and team spirit. Paul Williams again
did an outstanding job building challenging courses in all four rings, and we
thank each of our judges for keeping each ring running on time throughout the
day. The ISJ Head Judge Annie White, who is also the Show Jumping Co-ordinator
for Equestrian Victoria, was delighted with both the excellent participation
and outstanding standard of jumping.
In the Advanced section, Mia McNaught posted her maiden ISJ victory on
Cracker Jack Candy, and in the Intermediate level, Maddison Clarke riding
Northern Cornelius took out the Championship honours. Holly Roysmith aboard
Wychwood Jamie won the Progressive Champion Rosette and gave Toorak College one
of three championship victories on the day. In the Improvers class, Cohen Wade
from Gippsland Grammar prevented Christian College Geelong from taking out a
championship on the day, despite having riders that finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th
in this level. They are no doubt an upcoming show jumping school that will
compete for the highest honours for several years to come.
Oliva Batten from Geelong Grammar riding Nala – a horse that is no stranger
to success at this level with Olivia’s older sister – took out the Encourage
Championship, and Monique Dewsnap representing Toorak College was the deserving
winner of the Freshman class.
Overall, Toorak was the dominant school on the day with a score of 39 points
– 10 ahead of Hillcrest and Christian College Geelong going into the 2nd VEIS
Qualifier to be held at Geelong Grammar on March 1st.
We look forward to seeing you all at Ayr Hill on May 8th for the ISJ Autumn Show – Round 2 of the ISJ 2015 Series.
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