At the 2016 Equestrian Queensland Annual Awards Evening on Saturday 28 January Stuartholme School was named ‘Equestrian Queensland 2016 School of the Year’.
The award ‘recognises an affiliated school that has set itself apart from other schools through its high standard of organisation, governance, community engagement, and its resounding success. This school will have provided opportunities for riders, volunteers, administrators and officials to develop within and outside the school environment.’
Stuartholme was very well supported at the awards dinner and a very loud cheer went up from our tables when the winner was announced.
2016 was a phenomenal year for the Stuartholme riders, parents and coaches with excellent results at all levels of Interschool competitions including Nationals. Alongside the riders a number of the Stuartholme parents were involved in Interschool committees at the Regional, State and National level, working enthusiastically to promote, not only Stuartholme, but the sport of Equestrian.
We were also able to acknowledge Hannah Lewindon the Stuartholme Captain of 2014. Hannah had an amazing year in Eventing with her horse Eva, and was awarded the Horse and Rider of the Year. Phoebe Roche, Class of 2013 and Para Rider, was a finalist in the ‘Against all Odds Award’.
Congratulations to all our Stuartholme finalists, it is an honour to reach this position in the highly competitive Queensland awards.
In the Rising Star Award, sponsored by Stuartholme, Madison Searle (Class of 2016) and Emily Rink (Year 12) were strong contenders but were pipped at the post by a rider who has a higher level of experience. We also had Lesley Brodbeck and Mel Van Den Berg in the coaches’ category, and, Nicholas Ballard in the Administration and Service to Sport categories. To have five representatives in the various awards is a wonderful achievement, and we offer our sincere congratulations to you on being recognised for your achievement in this sport.
The competition season for 2017 started after the Interschool State Titles in 2016. The Teams are well underway gaining qualifications for the State Titles in 2017. There are some interesting challenges ahead for the riders at the Interschool Nationals, being hosted by Queensland in Toowoomba in September. The competition for State Team places will therefore be extraordinarily difficult.
All the very best to this years’ team of riders, their parents and our coaches on their goals, endeavours, and acceptance of the challenges ahead.
Click on a photo to start gallery. (Photos by OzShotz who support the Interschool Association at all the events)