Equestrian News


The Equestrian Team has galloped home with the Loretta Wigan Trophy!

The Team celebrated another extraordinary year with a wonderful result at the recent State Titles. The Loretta Wigan Trophy for Queenslands’ Champion School was awarded to the riders at the end of the Eventing and Combined Training event at Burpengary. Earlier in July, the first state event involving Dressage, Showman and Show Jumping was held in Toowoomba and with the combined results of all the disciplines the trophy came back to Stuartholme.

Congratulations to the 16 riders who competed across all the disciplines making the result so wonderful. All the riders are already competing to attend the state events in 2017!

There was a wonderful camaraderie within the team and parents and as usual, a fun and very social time was had by everyone at the end of each day. The coaches once again did a remarkable job and the riders benefited from their extraordinary expertise and commitment – sincere thanks to Leasa, Lesley, Katrina and Mel.

As individual riders competing in very large classes and, against the best in Queensland, the girls did very well with many of them achieving personal bests. We are very pleased to announce that we have seven riders who have been selected into the Queensland Squad and who will be competing at the National event in Sydney in September. We wish them every success, a very safe trip and lots of fun. The Squad is chosen based on a riders overall final placings in each discipline at the State events.

Sincere congratulations also to Madison Searle on her appointment as the Overall State Team Captain for 2016. She has a huge task ahead but we know that she will do a wonderful job.

Congratulations to these riders on their results and State Team selection:-

Madison Searle – State Reserve Champion CNC 1 star (Eventing), also competing in Show Jumping.

Emily Rink – State Champion CNC1 star (Eventing), also in EvA 105.

Emily Ballard – State Champion Secondary 110 Show Jumping, State Reserve Champion Senior Prelim Dressage.

Bella Anthony – State Champion EvA 80 (Eventing), also in Prelim Dressage.

Georgia Rink – State Champion EvA 95 (Eventing).

Piper Searle and Ellie Turnbull were selected into Combined Training and Show Jumping respectively.

Finally an enormous thank you to Shannon Baker on her quiet but authoritative leadership of the Stuartholme Team since September last year. It is not easy keeping track of riders across the five disciplines and multiple venues and she has certainly made her mark as Captain and will be a tough act to follow. Many thanks Shannon.

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