Equestrian success

2017 has proved to be another highly competitive and successful year for Stuartholme’s Equestrian Team. In May they were announced as the South East Queensland Champion School, a huge achievement in itself.

In July, at the final event of the annual Interschool State Titles, Stuartholme was named The Interschool State Champion School and recipients of The Loretta Wigan Trophy for the third time.

The placings and results from the 16 riders who took part in this year’s State events contributed to this enormous win and they should all be very proud of their efforts. All six Interschool disciplines- Dressage, Show Horse, Showman, Combined Training, Show Jumping and Eventing were contested.

The 2017 National Interschool event is being hosted by Queensland at the Toowomba Showgrounds, so competition to make the event was very intense. Representatives from 150 Queensland schools took part and riders were welcomed from as far afield as Rockhampton, Longreach, Emerald and Charters Towers Distance Education School.

Our riders represented themselves, their parents, coaches – Leasa, Lesley and Mel, and, Stuartholme extremely competently and professionally in all aspects of the championships, both when mounted or around the grounds on foot. They were an absolute credit to the universal requirements and expectations of this sport.

From the State competition we now look forward to the National event and can proudly say that we have a number of riders who have been offered a position on the 2017 Queensland Team. Offers are initially given to the riders who place in the top 4 of their class but it needs to be noted that not all classes are taken to Nationals. I wish the girls in the Team every success in September in Toowoomba.

For some reason when I was driving to Toowoomba to be with the team I wondered if, in the 26 year history of Interschool, a school has ever won a complete class in one discipline.  By that I mean taken out 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th place. Well, history was made by Stuartholme this year, thanks to the riders of :- Celtic Gilligan, Under Contract, Pure Chance and Tanderra Sweet Talk who took out the first 4 places in the EVA 95 Eventing class. What an amazing result.

 Individual State Results:-

Champions :- Shannon Owens, Para Dressage ‘ Merlin the Magician’

Emily Rink, CIC 1 star ‘ Wade Equine Oki Doki’

Emily Ballard, Show Jumping 120 cms ‘ Bramley Star’

Emily Ballard, EVA 95 ‘Celtic Gilligan’

Georgia Rink, EVA 105 ‘Paguay Jo’

 Reserve Champions :- Bella Anthony, EVA 95 ‘Under Contract’

Aalia Luchetta, Show Jumping 80cms ‘Venetian Carnivale’

Team awards

Show Jumping Champions-  Emily Ballard, Emily Rink, Aalia Luchetta, Ellie Turnbull.

Eventing Champions   – Emily Rink, Emily Ballard, Bella Anthony, Georgia Rink.

Combined Training Reserve Champions- Piper Searle, Bella Anthony, Aalia Lucchetta, Abby Munro

Eventing 3rd Place – Issie Gilley, Piper Searle, Aalia Lucchetta, Clare Munro.

Dressage 4th Place – Emily Ballard, Olivia McSwan, Issie Gilley, Bella Anthony.

The Sailor Trophy – This is awarded to the Eventing rider, who on the Cross Country element finishes the course with the closest to the Optimum time. This time is calculated on the distance and kms per minute and set by the official course designer. The higher the level the harder it is to achieve the optimum. Congratulations to Emily Rink, riding Wade Equine Oki Doki, who in the highest Interschool eventing class, the CIC 1 star, finished the course within 1 second of the ideal time.

Queensland State Team Members – Emily Rink – Eventing and Show Jumping; Issie Gilley – Eventing; Emily Ballard- Show Jumping and Eventing; Piper Searle – Eventing; Georgia Rink- Eventing; Bella Anthony – Eventing 2 horses; Claire Abercrombie – Showhorse.

Horses, depending on their breed and physical build, and when in full competition condition can weigh around 500 kilograms. They do have a brain, are generally cooperative and do aim to please 90% of the time. It is amazing the partnership that develops between the rider and their horse(s). This partnership and trust is what the sport of Equestrian is all about.

Wonderful achievements and progress by the whole team.


Anna Starosta
Equestrian Coordinator

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