• Fran Cleland

At -3 degrees, they don't call these shows winter woollies for nothing


ABOVE: Emma Choo from Bendigo won the highpoint cydie cross award with Halo Maisey Bell Lullaby.

THERE are times in Victoria’s deep winter that intending competitors no doubt question their sanity when they decide to get up out of a warm bed to go to a show.


Frozen taps due to a minus three-degree start is probably not optimum, but as everyone knows, chilly nights turn into beautiful days with the sun shining making a fantastic day.


This is exactly the case for competitors who arrived for the Bendigo District Family Equestrian Groups Official HRCAV Winter Woollies Show at Castlemaine on Saturday.


They came from across all areas of Victoria and as far as NSW and provided a tough task for judges Johanna Sabilauskas and Mandy Organ, with both judges commenting on the high level of presentation and high quality of the horse/rider combinations.


The highpoint winner in ring one was Steph Horton on board Kilburn’s Mary Poppins. The pair had a great day, taking out the champion smartest on parade in both rings and reserve champion mount most suitable in ring one.


The ring two highpoint winner was Phillipa Stork riding Gorsella Emma, winning champion rider in both rings and champion ridden mount in ring two.


The highpoint off-the-track was awarded to Jessica Morrison from Dunolly Horse Activity Club on board Afterlife. The pair was another to go home decked in ribbons after winning smartest on parade and rider classes in ring one, with multiple of other placings in ring two.


Emma Choo won the highpoint Clydie cross award with Halo Maisey Bell Lullaby. Jill Cunningham won the encouragement award.


Steven Gibbons on his Warmblood gelding Regal Bentonello was reserve champion smartest on parade in ring two and followed that with a reserve champion ridden mount in ring one.


This type of show with good sponsors and hardworking committees are becoming very popular and successful on the event calendar – they are friendly, supportive and very much how events should be.


ABOVE: The champion rider in both rings was Phillipa Stork, riding Gorsella Emma.

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