Victoria wins Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships

The Victorian Interschool Equestrian Team has won the coveted Harry le Bherz Perpetual Trophy, the award for the Champion State Team at the Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships, held this week at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre. The NSW and Queensland teams came second and third, with 3330 points and 3026 points respectively.

Victoria also achieved outstanding results in the Team trophies, winning Champion Team in the Primary and Secondary Dressage, the Primary and Secondary Show Jumping, the Primary and Secondary Combined Training, and the Primary Show Horse. The team also came Reserve Champion in the Secondary Show Horse (won by NSW) and third in the Eventing (won by NSW).

Individual special awards were as follows

  • The Tammy Rhodes Dressage Trophy – Jazi French on Noblis Juelles, from Victoria
  • The Closest to Ideal Time Eventing Trophy – Charlotte Lalak on Koko Bean, from NSW
  • The Combined Training Trophy – Ashley Cutler on Le Flirteur Tradition, from NSW
  • The Finch Farms Show Jumping Trophy – Will Murray on Linbil Southern Cross, from Victoria
  • The Show Rider Trophy – Poppi Plumb on Mirinda Alabaster, from Victoria
  • Racing Victoria Off the Track Awards for the best performed Off the Track Thoroughbred
    • Combined Training – Lamoza Velisha on Kolora Stud Cash from Victoria
    • Dressage – Ellie Turnbull on Rangeview Amigo from Queensland
    • Show Jumping – Emily Baldwin on Mighty Angus from Queensland
    • Eventing – Amelia Schooley on Grande Exito from Queensland
    • Show Horse – Daizi Plumb on DP Gisele from Victoria

The Equestrian Australia Australian Interschool Championships Teamwork Trophy, for the state showing the best team spirit and teamwork, was awarded to Tasmania.

Equestrian Victoria CEO Matthew Brown said the event was a huge success.

“The sight of several hundred children camping with their families, riding their horses and ponies, and cheering each other on was quite a spectacle.

“The Australian Interschool Championships is a large and growing force in the equestrian world. The first competitions were held in 2008, and thousands of children have enjoyed the event since.

“Riders who have won and competed in the Championships have gone on to represent Australia, proving Interschool’s vital role in nurturing our up and coming competitors.

“Equestrian Victoria is grateful to event sponsors without whom the Championships could not have proceeded. Key sponsors included Marcus Oldham College, the Victorian Government, Horseware Australia, GDJ Strategy.Creative.Digital.Media, Kubota Australia, Greystone Australia, Racing Victoria’s Off The Track program, Prydes Easifeed, Equiluxe Horse Floats, OzShots Photography, Godolphin Life Time Care and Accredited Distributers.

More than 400 riders and over 2000 supporters, officials and volunteers from across Australia participated through the week in dressage, show jumping, combined training, show horse and eventing. Teams travelled from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory Queensland and NSW to compete.

“The organising committee is to be congratulated for undertaking such an enormous task and seeing this year’s Championships through to a successful conclusion,” Mr Brown said.

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Further information Suzie Batten 0419 546 104 or sbatten@equestrianvictoria.com.au