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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bass Coast knows importance of grass roots competitors

ABOVE: Nicole Parson and Ashcroft Prince Regent. Picture: SHARLENE PHILLIPS/ONE-EYED FROG

THE Bass Coast Summer Show in Gippsland always opens the batting for agricultural shows in Victoria.

Run by two experienced event organisers in Wayne and Rosemary Loughnan from the Wonthaggi and District AP&H Society, the horse section program a wide range of classes, with the committee mindful of the changes needed for competitors and spectators.

“In the past few years, in the horse section, committees have tended to focus on catering to the elite, looking to qualify for big events, and in doing so, without meaning to, neglected the grass roots, and that has fallen away,” Wayne said.

“We went back to grass roots and had a really successful and happy show, with a local ring, harness – which was very much enjoyed by the spectators – pony club, a fun ring and the breed rings.

“I think shows need to do this, people like to win at their local show, and so many elite Olympians won their first ribbon at them.

“We have more plans for next year.”

The planning worked well, with a very busy show where many of the elite show horses had their first outing for the year, and at the other end of the scale, junior locals were thrilled with winning their very first ribbons in local rider and fancy-dress classes.


ABOVE: Peter Strafford’s Samarah Park Thomas in the heavy harness turnout. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Champion stockhorse Karraba Park Cleo and Casey Cambridge. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Warrawee Impresareeo ridden by Elizabeth Krog. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Best driven donkey Spring Gully Smokey and Ann Berrett. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Merada Hudgson and GUSSY BOY. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Louis, shown by Ella Kallstrom, went on to be best ridden pony club mount. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG



Shetland Pony grand champion: Dunavon Rochelle. Suburban Lodge

Best in hand Welsh exhibit: Julie Abrehart’s Eagle Park Touch Me

Champion part Welsh: Nicole Parson's Ashcroft Prince Regent

Champion APSB partbred: Crouch family’s One Lethal Sandman

Champion Miniature Pony: Jodie Prosser’s Darley Pirate

Champion purebred Arabian: Jodi Doyle’s Masterclass M2

Champion Palomino: Mariece Paine’s Primrose Park Sandpiper 

Grand champion Pinto: Pam King’s Pilinta Park Pippen

Champion Australian Stockhorse: Casey Cambridge’s Karraba Park Cleo

Champion led Riding Pony: L Hayes’ Moonlight Dancer


Champion light harness 10.2hh and under: Susan Tselepis, Tiny Tots Hearts Desire

Champion Light Harness over 10.2hh: Marriott and Harris, Murroka Crackerjack

Champion heavy harness: Marriott family, Murroka Galaxy


Saddle horses, show hunters and riding

Champion saddle hacks: Sabrina Gilmour's Espresso and Brian Scholes' Warrawee Impresareeo

Champion saddle galloway: Suburban Lodge's Sheragan Park Reverence

Champion saddle ponies: large – Katie Kouros, Wideacres London Times; Nicole Parson, Ashcroft Prince Regent; Jill Bradford, Nomination.

Champion saddle ponies: small – Jill Bradford, Nomination; Ella Hole, QO Daisy Patch; Yikhol Webber, Rockyhill Pretty Polly

Champion show hunter hack: Brooke Wheeler, Bloomfield Valtini

Champion galloway show hunter: Dianne Macdonald, In Motion

Champion show hunter ponies: Shugar Marshall, Bellaview Winston; Phillipa Jubb, Kialla Park Mel B; Ella Hole, Kawanna Park Caesar.

Champion riders: junior, Elsie Webber; intermediate, Grace Pihan; senior, Ali Berwick.

Pony club

Best ridden pony club mount, Ella Kellstrom and Louis.

Champion pony club rider under 14 years: Savannah Bergmeier. Champion pony club rider 14 years and over: Mikayla Thomas.

Local ring

Best led: Casey Cambridge Newburn Wishlist.

Champion rider under 14 years: Savannah Bergmeier.

Champion rider 14 years and over: Keely Filsell.

Champion local ridden exhibit: Savannah Bergmeier and Penny.

Fun ring

Most successful rider: Ben Glover


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