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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Australians overseas, iconic film turns 40 and Trans-Tasman squad named

SIMONE Pearce has risen to 24th position on the FEI Dressage Athlete Rankings, making her Australia's highest placed rider in the FEI Dressage Athlete Rankings.

"It’s important to stop and appreciate where you have come from and what you have achieved,” she said.

“When I think of my younger self on the cattle farm with no real knowledge of dressage but a massive passion for horses it just seems like a world away.

"The last 12 months have been a whirlwind from the Olympics with Destano to the FEI World Championships with Fidel. I'm so grateful to the horses and of course all the people who have helped make this possible. In this very moment I’m just grateful for all the special, difficult, talented, lazy, hot, naughty, kind wonderful horses who have gotten me to this point."


MANY horse events around Australia have rallied and rather than just cancel their events due to weather, have found another date. Make sure you check with your favourite event’s page and whether they have decided to run at a later date. It looks very like autumn 2023 will be really busy as there are a lot of events posting new dates.


THE Australian Amateur Owner Dressage Championships at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre was a great success according to event director, Toni Venhaus.

“Not only was the competitor feedback positive, but judges and stewards also found the championships such a positive event with many keen to return in upcoming years,” she said.

“I think it is important we support our amateur riders. They are the backbone of the sport. There is no doubt that amateur riders competing amongst their peers have less pressure and have more opportunity to enjoy the competition in happy and relaxed environment.”


WORLD number one carriage driver Boyd Exell demolished the competition of the FEI Driving World Cup for a second week in a row at Maastricht in the Netherlands. The only driver to not add a single penalty to his time, he steered his razor-sharp horses to yet another victory in his amazing international career.


THE Australian cinema classic The Man from Snowy River turns 40 this year and the milestone is being celebrated with a series of special screenings around the country.

Each will be followed by a live Q&A with the star of the film, Tom Burlinson.

The screenings are:

Victoria: Melbourne at the Astor Theatre in St Kilda this Saturday (November 12) at 2pm.

South Australia: Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, Adelaide, on Sunday, November 20, at 2.30pm.

NSW: Sydney at the Hayden Orpheum on Sunday November 27.

All tickets come with a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival.

The Man from Snowy River was a major box-office success, grossing $17 million at the box office in Australia in 1982 – the highest-grossing Australian film until Crocodile Dundee was released four years later.


MEMBERS, club representatives, MPIOs and VCs are all encouraged to attend the PCA National Integrity Framework Training webinars being held each week in November.

Attendees will be guided through the policies in a fun and practical way by the PCA National Integrity Manager, Suanne Waugh. Suanne is very knowledgeable (and fun to listen to). She will guide everyone through the processes relevant to each policy, including the complaints processes. Member protection has already been run this week but here are the links for the remaining sessions.


THE Victorian team for the 2022 Trans-Tasman Young Rider Championship at the National Equestrian Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in early December has been named.

Jumping Victoria has a long heritage of an annual competition with a team of top Victorian Young Riders competing against Team NZ in the Trans-Tasman Championship.

This year's team will be no exception:

Hayden Parker – High Performance Squad

Tori Glass – High Performance Squad

Mikayla Hogg – High Performance Squad

Arienne Holdsworth-Rose – Rising Star Squad

Tansy Sagar – High Performance Squad (Non-travelling reserve)

Tonya Holdsworth-Rose has been named Chef d' Equipe and will expertly manage the team.

The selectors were impressed with the calibre of applications.

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