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Rescheduled Show Jumping information for Mustad Saddleworld VEIS Grand Final 2017

This is brief note to update you on the process we are following regarding entry to the rescheduled VEIS Grand Final which is now running concurrently with the ISJ Winter Show on August 18th at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre.

All riders who entered the Grand Final Show Jumping day which was cancelled yesterday will receive a refund today or tomorrow. Entries will not be rolled over to the ISJ - riders are unfortunately requested to go online to www.nominate.com.au to enter the ISJ Winter Show (if you have not done so already). The reason for not being able to roll over entries is that many riders had already entered both, and there are some riders (fortunately not many) who are unable to make the 18th at Ayr Hill. We are requesting riders to enter the ISJ as quickly as possible if you intend to ride as entries are filling fast.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding regarding the cancellation of the event yesterday. We do look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 18th. 

Please don't hesitate to call me with questions. My contact number is 0447 048824.

Kind regards,

Brent Dennison

Mustad Saddleworld Geelong VEIS Grand Final 2017


Mustad Saddleworld Geelong - VEIS Grand Final 2017 - Werribee Park Equestrian Centre

DRESSAGE – Saturday 05 August 
SHOW JUMPING – Sunday 06 August

The Mustad Saddleworld Geelong VEIS Grand Final is fast approaching and there are a few important changes to note:

Dressage this year will be held on Saturday 05 August and Show Jumping on Sunday 06 August.   This is different to previous years with the change being beyond the control of the VEIS organising committee. We hope that this change will be embraced and does not adversely impact too many riders.

We encourage all students to enter as this is a standalone event as well as being the final series qualifying round. All current primary and secondary students may enter the competitions over the weekend and gain placings in the events and championships. In order to gain series points as an individual and for your schools, riders must have competed at one VEIS qualifying event as a combination. 

Entries will be open on 01 July with Event Secretary at  www.eventsecretary.com.au. The cost per horse rider combination is $66.00 plus $6.00 facility fee.  We endeavour to keep the entry fee down to encourage wider participation and also cover the Werribee facility fee. This is great value for money with many presentations to be made throughout the day.
 
To reward our prolific and committed interschool community, the ISJ and the ISD are offering a "High Point" award at each Show Jumping and Dressage level in conjunction with the VEIS Grand Final. The highest scoring rider across the VEIS Grand Final and the following ISJ and ISD Winter Shows at each level will receive a bonus prize to be awarded at the Winter Shows. Make yourself eligible to be a part of this winter special by entering the VEIS Grand Final!

It is also a vital competition for those riders looking to qualify for the Victorian team to compete at the National Interschool Championships in Queensland later this year, as this VEIS Grand Final offers a bonus point scoring opportunity.  There are 1.5x’s points to be awarded in each of the individual qualifier events in the VEIS Series Championships, and this leader board will decide the overall VEIS Series Champions for 2017 – both for the school and individual awards.
 
Volunteer help is needed with dressage on Saturday with assistance first rostered to larger schools and riders who have competed across the dressage series.  Show jumping is covered by the Equine Studies class at Toorak College and Geelong Grammar will do the catering for judges and officials on both days.

As in previous years - the Top few riders for the VEIS series in each discipline and division will be offered free elite training in Dressage or Show Jumping at clinics sponsored by the VEIS.

In addition to the great prizes on offer for competitors over the weekend there will also be many shopping options in the Trade Village both days.

Stabling and camping is available directly from WPNEC and you can book via their link 
https://www.nominate.com.au/stables/VenueIntroduction.aspx?vid=67 

OneEyedFrog Photography will be our Official photographer for the Grand final, as many of you know her work is fantastic.

If you wish to check the VEIS Series progress scores leading into the Grand Final, please click on the following link:  
http://www.veis.com.au/series-scores

The VEIS is committed to fostering talent development in junior riders. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our fourth VEIS Grand Final event which promises to be a super weekend.  If you have any queries you are welcome to email  info@veis.com.au
 
Best of luck to all competing!

Photos thanks to OneEyedFrog Photography




ISJ Summer Show 2017 Report

IVANHOE TAKES EARLY LEAD IN ISJ 2017 SERIES RACE

Led by star equestrienne Jessica Grant, Ivanhoe Grammar won its first ever ISJ Schools Trophy at
the Summer Show held at Ayr Hill last Friday. On a day when more than 250 interschool riders from
83 schools competed for top honours, the small but talented team of Ivanhoe riders sent a signal to
reigning champions Toorak College that they will be a force to be reckoned in 2017.

In what is now the premier show jumping event on the interschool calendar, riders turned on a great spectacle of
jumping in their endeavour to earn early points in this year’s Championship race.

The top level Stars class was won by Jasmine Dennison, Toorak’s equestrian captain. Fresh from her
trip to New Zealand as part of the Australian Young Rider team, Jasmine jumped clear all day aboard
the talented Nicolossi to take the Champion rosette. Ivanhoe’s Jessica Grant was Reserve Champion
on Blackall Park Surprise in what was a most impressive debut at the ISJ Stars level. Last year’s
champion and Jasmine’s sister Chloe ran third for Toorak College on the evergreen Fosbury Flop.
The Stars class featured a number of new riders who have graduated through the ISJ ranks,
demonstrating the ISJ does indeed help young show jumpers reach greater heights!

Darcy Wade, another Australian representative, won the Advanced section representing Gippsland
Grammar. Darcy and his quick mount Westley Maxamillian again took home the Snow Spider trophy
in the Two Phase class, and his second place in the Grand Prix was enough for him to be crowned
overall Champion. Bronte Hutchison, one of the sport’s up and coming stars of the future, was
Reserve Champion in her first ride at the Advanced Level. Bronte, riding for Haileybury and coached
by Olympian Laurie Lever, won the Grand Prix to narrowly edge out Ivanhoe’s Clancy Grant who
scored valuable points for his school.

Jessica Grant followed up her excellent performance in the Stars to post a victory on her second
horse in the Intermediate level. On another Blackall Park mount, Jess made a clean sweep of both
classes, leaving Georgia Price riding the decorated TP Classic Act to take Reserve. Georgia was the
leading rider for the Summer Show sponsor school Beaconhills College. ISJ veteran Georgia Batten
was both third and fourth for Geelong College.

In the hotly contested Progressive level, Cassidy Neubauer scored more maximum points for Ivanhoe
by taking the Champion’s rosette, with primary school pocket rocket Hudson Craig showing he is one
to watch by taking out second place.

Harry Luxmore from equestrian powerhouse Braemar College was first and second in the Improvers,
with Will Murray from Gippsland Grammar finishing third.

The Encourage class had an exciting finish with more than 20 riders making the Grand Prix jump-off.
Isabella O’Donnell Fernando from Our Lady of Sion piloted Airsangraces to victory, with Chloe Durkin
from Mirboo North Secondary claiming Reserve Champion.

At the Primary Freshman level, Charlize Bradley from Flinders was the winner on Diana and Peninsula Grammar’s
Sienna Kasickis the runnerup.

The sportsmanship and competition throughout the day was tremendous at all levels. With so many
young talented show jumpers emerging through the ISJ and the VEIS, the future of the sport in
Victoria looks healthy!

Helmet Rules updated 2017 - Important Notice !


Please be aware of changes to Interschool and EA rules for 2017 in regards to approved helmets.

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



VEIS News

Toorak College three-pleats at Saddleworld VEIS Show Jumping Final

The 2016 Saddleworld VEIS Grand Final held at Werribee Park on Saturday saw Toorak College triumph as State Show Jumping Champion for the third year in succession, returning the coveted Annie White Trophy to Mt. Eliza. Record numbers from over 70 schools turned out to compete at the premier interschool event where riders were vying for coveted places in the State Interschool team that will travel to Sydney in September. Toorak’s success was all the more impressive as contributions came from senior and junior riders alike throughout the various VEIS levels. Christian College Geelong again took out 2nd place in the Series, with Ivanhoe Grammar’s top Grand Final performance not quite enough to nudge the ever-present Geelong Grammar team out of overall 3rd place.

In the top 125cm Stars level, Chloe Dennison from Toorak had a flawless day to narrowly beat her proud big sister Jasmine into 1st place. Chloe and her experienced mount Fosbury Flop needed to ride clear and fast in the final jump-off round to claim both the overall Series and Grand Final titles. Gippsland Grammar’s international rider Darcy Wade, fresh from his recent success in Ireland, was 2nd in Stars Series following a very consistent year aboard Wondaree Ruped. The quality of the jumping in the Stars class showcased just how far interschool show jumping has come, with Chloe and three other riders leaving all fences standing throughout the day.

The VEIS course designer Paul Williams, whose son Matt is competing for Australia in Rio, commented that he sees exciting improvement each year in the riding that the VEIS ranks is developing.

In the 115cm Advanced level, Georgia Price highlighted why she is considered a future star with a clean sweep of the Grand Final and a convincing win of the Series. Georgia and her super mare Starstruck Juliet were never troubled by the challenging courses, and no doubt had the Stars riders looking over their shoulders at the progress of the young 13 year old. Stephanie Ivanovic from Toorak College riding Mighty Tosca showed that eventers can mix with the show jumping specialists by taking home the Reserve Champion rosette on the day, enough to push her into 2nd spot on the Series tally. 

Emily Downes  made St. Paul’s AGS proud with a Series victory in the 105cm Intermediate section. Emily and Snowy River Viking were among the top few combinations all year, and her 4th place in the Grand Final event secured the well-earned Saddleworld trophy rug. In 2nd place was Clancy Grant from Ivanhoe Grammar riding Sky High Ripple Effect. Clancy will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with at the Interschool Nationals as he has posted better and better performances at each show throughout the year.

At the Progressive 95cm height, Hayden Parker from St. Coleman’s in Mortlake scored one for the boys with a stirring come-from-behind victory over Geelong Grammar’s Oliva Batten. Hayden steered his pony Fat Boy Slim to an all-important victory in the Grand Prix class to secure his title.  Olivia, no stranger to the podium, will take comfort from the fact she will be loading up the truck again to head to the Nationals for the 2nd successive year.

The Improvers 85cm Cassidy Neubauer and Llue Llaw  took the Grand Final blue ribbon as well as the Series trophy rug by scoring maximum points on the day. Cassidy, and data point for Gillon’s proposed mid-season draft, took out the title wearing her new Ivanhoe Grammar uniform. Cassidy just edged out Lucy Lawn on Flowerpot, who has been a stalwart of the Christian College team all year.

The very competitive 75cm class was won by Georgia Murdoch on Holiday Fling, with Lamoza Velisha finishing in 2nd place after her Grand Prix win at the final.  Lane Browne had a perfect day on Miss M to win the 60cm Freshman title after Toorak’s young gun Neve Bailey, the early leader in the class, suffered an unscheduled dismount in the jump-off round.

Saddleworld’s continued support of the VEIS Grand Final meant that all Champions and Reserve Champions were well rewarded with wonderful prizes for the efforts. Their generous sponsorship highlights the effort Saddleworld are making to support the development of equestrian sport at the grass roots level.

As the presentation of the trophy named in her honour, Annie White summed up the sentiment of all present at the jumping final; “the VEIS series with the Saddleworld Grand Final format is continuing to be excellent training our future Olympic hopefuls. With standards improving and increased participation in the VEIS each year, the sport is on a great trajectory!”



ISJ 2016 Summer Show and Qualifier Report

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 ISJ victory.


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 level. 


Photos of the day thanks to OneEyedFrog Photography - for more images and to order click HERE

ISJ Winter Show Report

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 Champion rosette.


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 Quest.


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!



Saddleworld VEIS Grand Final 2015 - Show Jumping report

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!

 

VEIS ROUND 6 - SHOW JUMPING QUALIFIER 2015 - ASSUMPTION COLLEGE KILMORE

Assumption College (“ACK”) hosted the third and final Equissage VEIS show jumping Qualifier event at picturesque Lancefield on Saturday.  Mustad Saddleworld, Kilmore sponsored each division with a Champion inscribed, woollen rug. 170 riders from 59 schools enjoyed a fantastic day of jumping – the standard at all levels was indeed exceptional. Representatives travelled from all corners of the state to jump the technical courses set by the very experienced course designer Gary Baxter. EA judge John Pearce, who presided over proceedings in Ring One, commented on the great improvement he was witnessing in junior show jumping as a result of the increasing number of quality interschool events being staged.
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         Photos thanks to Vanessa Cowling @ C&C Photography
          - to view the photo's from the day CLICK HERE
Toorak College took home the ACK Shield with a convincing overall team win and consolidated its place at the top of the VEIS leader board in the race for the Annie White Trophy. Christian College Geelong was second with its enviable team of budding show jumpers, and Geelong Grammar came in third. Host school ACK had to settle for fourth place, but would have been ecstatic with how their day was enjoyed by all in attendance.


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.


Photos thanks to Vanessa Cowling @ C&C Photography - to view the photo's from the day CLICK HERE


VEIS ROUND 4 - DRESSAGE QUALIFIER 2015 - ISD - INTERSCHOOL DRESSAGE

The call for “Enter at A, at X halt and salute” began at 8am on a coolish winter Saturday at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre where 180 student riders were focussed on that first signal from one of eighteen judges, that their EA test had begun.  The Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series dressage qualifier surpassed expectations on entries, the pressure was on our dedicated and qualified judges to provide competitors with a rewarding and constructive environment for their pathway to the National interschool competition held later in the year in NSW. With three sand, and six grass arenas, the Ayr Hill venue looked ready for action. Thanks to Caitie O’Connell who was faithful to the task, providing competitors with updates, scratchings, special requests, and juggling the 10 sections to finish before the daylight hours did. We were delighted that the grounds held up and remained firm all day despite the heavy rain leading up to the event.

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.


Photos thanks to Sharlene @ OneEyedFrog Photography- to view the photos from the day CLICK HERE


VEIS ROUND 2 SHOW JUMPING QUALIFIER 2015 - GEELONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL

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 close 3rd.


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 mounts.


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 www.veis.com.au.


VEIS ROUND 1 QUALIFIER  2015 -  ISJ SUMMER SHOW

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 our feature event of the day, the “Past Stars” proved they were far from being has-beens with a narrow win over the best of the Current Stars riders. Jess Hurley, Jamie Ellis, Dominique Stephens and Jacob Wells finished on 8 penalties, 4 better than the Current Stars team of Matilda Alexander, Jasmine Dennison, Joel Pearce and Max Height. The Past Stars won the right to sign their names on the new, imposing “Wall of Fame” brick wall jump that was unveiled at this show. It was a fantastic beginning to this inaugural Stars Challenge event that we will run annually at the Summer Show. In the individual Stars competition, Matilda Alexander and Jasmine Dennison – Toorak College’s duet show jumping leaders – went one-two for the third consecutive show. Matilda’s cracking Grand Prix jump-off round earned her the Champion rosette and relegated Jasmine to Reserve. Nina Griffiths from Frankston High showed her star quality in the very exciting jump off round, finishing runner up in the Grand Prix class. The performances in the Stars class bode very well for a fantastic ISJ 2015 Series.


In the Advanced section, Mia McNaught posted her maiden ISJ victory on Cracker Jack Candy, and in the Intermediate level, Maddison Clarke riding Northern Cornelius took out the Championship honours. Holly Roysmith aboard Wychwood Jamie won the Progressive Champion Rosette and gave Toorak College one of three championship victories on the day. In the Improvers class, Cohen Wade from Gippsland Grammar prevented Christian College Geelong from taking out a championship on the day, despite having riders that finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in this level. They are no doubt an upcoming show jumping school that will compete for the highest honours for several years to come.


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


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


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

 

Photos thanks to Sharlene @ OneEyedFrog Photography- to view the photos from the day CLICK HERE