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Bits: Hoy on podium, pony racing & new owner for show horse


ABOVE: Andrew Hoy and his new mount Cadet de Beliard. Picture: AUSTRALIAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM

ANDREW Hoy and Cadet de Beliard finished third on 37.3 with an impressive clear and under time cross country phase in the CCI4*L Strzegom in Poland.

The 11-year-old chestnut is a new ride for Andrew in 2023 and is owned by Odaria and Shane Finemore.


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THE ponies have been back on track at Moonee Valley for pony racing.

Robert Scobie of Mildura Alcheringa Pony Club was the winner of the large pony race and Mia-Rose Cornish of Rochester Pony Club took the small trophy.

Robert and Mia-Rose will head to Sydney in April to compete in the national leg after rounds in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and NSW are completed.


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THE Australian Stock Horse Society has announced the formation of a Youth Advisory Council to complement its Youth Pathways Program.

The council will discuss key issues relating to youth members, with recommendations going to the ASHS board.

Breanna Arnold, NSW, has been elected as vice-chair, Maddison Collins, SA, as secretary and Danika Smith, Qld, Caitlin Croft, NSW, and Megan Wren, WA, as general council members, with David Nash as the convenor.

They will be joined by the 2024 intake of ASHS Youth Pathways Program ambassadors to hold a seat on the council for two years. Youth members are encouraged to apply.


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THERE were some interesting results last weekend at the 2023 FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers in France, including two Australian combinations at the top of the leaderboard in the six-year-old class.

Isabel English and the Australian-bred Cil Dara Bombay S put in a top performance to finish fifth overall on their dressage score of 29.8. Only five combinations in the field of 46 finished on their dressage score. Cil Dara Bombay S is owned by Sarah English, Sofia Von Moltke and John and Jenny Curtis.

Kevin McNab and Wilfred Lancer also excelled in the six-year-old division finishing seventh. Fifteenth after the dressage phase they went clear in cross-country and clear jumping. Wilfred Lancer is an Anglo European owned by Sofia Von Moltke.

Isabel English on Elysian Fields Prado, an Australian Warmblood by Diarado owned by Sarah English, Sofia Von Moltke and John and Jenny Curtis, finished 27th.

There was one Australian- bred in the seven-year-old class, where Sarah Clark and Casallia S, a warmblood-Thoroughbred cross by Casallco x Gold Jade by Jade Robbery and owned by the rider, Colin Clark, Gill Clark and Linda Clark, finished 42nd.


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YOUNG Queenslander Eadie Mc William recently competed at the Endurance World Cup for Young Riders and Juniors in Castelsagrat, France. Read about her incredible experience here.



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THE Equestrian Victoria elections are underway.

There are three nominees up for two board positions. The voting opens today and will close on November 13. The elected members will be announced at the AGM on November 15. Those standing are Tim Clarke, Stuart Archibald and Christopher Mann.


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EQUESTRIAN Victoria will be holding three measuring days in December.

The first will be held at the show horse December show. Measuring will occur on Friday, December 1, in the afternoon and Saturday, December 2, in the morning, Bookings will open on Sunday November 5 at 9am. Details here.

The second measuring day will be held at the dressage festival. There will only be measuring on Friday, December 8, in the morning,

Bookings will open on Friday November 10. Details here.


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VALE Christine Stephens.

Christine was a former Barwon Heads Pony Club member, who after her marriage to Greg, moved to Warragul, Victoria. She was dedicated to breeding quality performance horses under the stud prefix Shady Creek.

Christine was the respected and beloved coach to many, with pupils from Geelong and the Bellarine area to South Gippsland, Warragul and Sale, as well as a Wimmera run.

She spent nine years working with Kate Wallace at her Wondaree Stud near Geelong. Christine was an accomplished showjumper and event rider, and heavily involved with Bairnsdale and District Dressage Club.

She will also be remembered as an avid animal lover and a caring and generous soul with a huge heart.


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ONE of Australia’s best known show horses has changed hands.

Elizaberh Krog’s Royal show champion Warrawee Impressareo is now owned by Brian Scholes.

“I would like to congratulate Brian Scholes on becoming the owner of this amazing boy,” Elizabeth said. “I am looking forward to the next few months ahead of us together and knowing we have some time together to finish what we started makes my heart feel so full.”



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