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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: EV measuring, award winners, Brumby news and more

RIDERS in the northern part of Victoria have found it difficult to get to a central point to get their horses and ponies measured so an offer by Tatura Park will make it far easier for them.

Official EV Measuring will be available at Tatura Park in Victoria on Saturday, November 26, from 9am to 12pm. Booking are through Nominate. This is perfect for those who need to be measured prior to the Victorian Dressage Festival. *

THE world-renowned Boudheib International Endurance Village (BIEV) is set to host the FEI Endurance World Championship 2022.

The BIEV venue is situated approximately one hour from Abu Dhabi’s city centre will be the venue for the rescheduled World Championship.

With October to March being the winter season in Abu Dhabi and the period for outdoor and equestrian events, the World Championship will now take place from February 20 to 26 2023, with the ride itself scheduled for Saturday, February 25.


THE Barmah Brumby Preservation Group announced that the Incident Command Centre (the state response centre for the whole flooding issue) has taken control of a starvation incident in the forest after they lodged a complaint about the stranded animals in the flood.

“The ICC have committed to feeding these stranded Brumbies, kangaroos and wallabies and have instructed Parks Victoria to commence feeding these animals,” a spokesperson said.

“It has been confirmed that on veterinary instruction, 60 round bales of hay a week are going to be airlifted onto the island for as long as the flooding incident continues.”


BECAUSE of the ongoing bad weather, the Northern Victoria and Border District sub-committee is unable to hold their Albury qualifying show, Battle of the Borders. To enable competitors to qualify for Grand Nationals 2023, the GN classes will be held at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre on December18 and 19 as part of the Royal Gala and Summer Classic shows.


PEOPLE in the Shepparton flood area will be pleased that Tatura Dressage Inc has hired the Indoor Arena as of the end of next week so those impacted by the recent flood have a safe surface and environment in which they can work their horses. Bookings will need to be made with the Events Secretary for Tatura Dressage Sue Terry on 0427 608 362.


THERE was an all-female line-up of winners at the FEI Awards Gala 2022.

Young Eventer Alice Casburn (GBR) won the FEI Rising Star Award that was created to recognise young athletes between the ages of 14 and 21 who demonstrate outstanding equestrian sporting talent. The 26-year-old Dressage sensation Charlotte Fry (GBR) took home the FEI Best Athlete Award. The FEI Best Groom award went to Kerryn Edmans (NZL) who has groomed for New Zealand’s Eventing couple Tim and Jonelle Price for the past six years.

South Africa’s Dressage SA Solidarity Stars Project won the FEI Solidarity Award 2022.

The project, which is run all over South Africa, was created to identify disadvantaged athletes, give them the opportunity to be coached by experts, and then provide them with opportunities to enter shows to get competition experience.

Jumping athlete Muthoni Kimani (KEN) received the FEI Against All Odds Award. The award is given each year to someone who has pursued their equestrian ambitions despite a physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances


STIRLING'S Crossing Endurance Club will host the Quilty Endurance Ride in 2023 and the event will be held at Imbil, Queensland on June 23-25.

The Australian Endurance Riders Association management committee met on November 10 to discuss proposals for hosting of the Tom Quilty Gold Cup in 2023 after Victoria was forced to withdraw its offer to host the ride. The committee thanked everyone who contributed to finding the event a new home.


PONY Club Victoria’s coaching director Kathleen Kindler says that one of the aims and objectives of pony club is that members get the chance to try all sorts of sports connected with horses.

It might be surprising but horseback archery is one of the many disciplines to try. Those wishing to know more can find details below:

Horse archery rules can be found at: PCA-Mounted-Archery-Rule-Book-2022.pdf

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