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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Nations Cup place, ag show cancels horses & judges named

ABOVE: Hilary Scott and Oaks Milky Way. Picture: LIBBY LAW

A GOOD performance from the Australian show jumping team of Chris Burton riding Chedington Hazy Toulana, Jamie Kermond riding Yandoo Oaks Constellation and Hilary Scott riding Oaks Milky Way gained them second place in the Challenge Cup at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup final in Barcelona.

“We came down here with just three horses and riders on the team – most nations had five – and made the most of the opportunity,” Chef d'equipe Stephen Lamb said.

“While the result in the Challenge Cup was enormous, we would’ve preferred to be competing in ‘ final. That said, the overall learning experience for all us was priceless. Ending up in a jump-off against the Netherlands, competing under lights over Paris 2024 course designer Santiago Varela tracks was truly amazing.”


THE inaugural “Equimillion” will take place this weekend at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. More than $1 million in prizemoney is on offer exclusively for retired Thoroughbred racehorses across disciplines of eventing, jumping, dressage and show horse.


THERE is a fundraising auction being held for young rider India Lamperd that deserves support.

India was captain of the Interschools Victoria team for show jumping but suffered a severe injury while training. It has meant hip surgery and a year out of the saddle.

India is finishing Year 12 this year and the purpose of the auction is to raise funds for her recovery and rehabilitation.


THE West Australians mounted games contingent have arrived in Victoria for a series of events.

Their equipment trailer (and presumably some people) made the big trip across the Nullarbor, which took the Sandgropers 3-5 days, driving around 3350kms with cars, caravans and horse transports.

Their goal is performing well at, or watching three key events: Pony Club Australia Nationals Mounted Games Championships at Benalla from October 2 to 5; the Australian Mounted Games Association Pairs Championships at Werribee on October 11 to 14; and the International Mounted Games Association Worlds Downunder championships at Werribee on from October 8 to 14.


THE very popular Lancefield Agricultural Show has cancelled its horse events, putting out the following statement: “It is with great sadness and regret that we have made the decision to cancel all horse events scheduled for Saturday the 14th of October.

“The decision to run on this day has created various complaints and comments from the show fraternities. As we are a Victorian Agricultural Shows (VAS) affiliated show we do not want to jeopardise our position within this organisation.

“We have made this decision as promptly as possible to ensure people have notice. Please share the word. We are sincerely sorry to anyone who was planning on competing and hope to welcome you back in other years.”


THE Equestrian Australia Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships organising committee has announced the judges for the 2023 event.

The judges for the open classes are Nadine Herbert (WA), Therese Higgins (QLD), Peta Plozza (VIC) and Francene Treneman (NSW).

The judges for the children's classes are Genevieve Everingham (NSW), Elizabeth Haggett (SA), Robert Clarke (VIC) and Suzan McDermott (TAS).

The Championships will be hosted by Equestrian NSW from November 30 to December 2 at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Further details regarding the event can be located here in the coming weeks.


AUSTRALIA has a team competing this weekend at the Boekelo Nations Cup in the Netherlands.

Riding for their country are Sammi Birch and Jutopia , Bill Levett and RNH Tom Tom , Kevin McNab and Miss Pepperpot and Ryan Wood and Cooley.

Our individual riders are Isabel English and Cil Dara Dallas and Megan Jones and RLE Barina. Keep an eye on the event website for more details or see results.


TOR Van Den Berg finished his driving season with a ninth at the FEI World Championships for pairs. The team took three horses (Carbery Estate Chino, Carbery Estate Cato and Burgt Beheer Kerosine), eight people, six dogs, two trucks, a trailer and a caravan to Haras Du Pin in France for the event, which had 92 competitors representing 17 nations.

They started the competition with a very respectable 15th place in the dressage. Day twowas very exciting through the long and technical marathon course and Tor moved up to fifth position. The cones course proved tough. Tor went for time like so many did but unfortunately dropped three balls to finish top 10 in the world. Team mate Andrew Damsma finish 30th out of the 90 competitors and helped Australia finish in sixth place.


TWO equestrian coaches are finalists for the My Sport Live Coach/Fitness Leader of the Year Award at the 2023 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.

Sally Francis OAM and Mary Longden of Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria have been named as well as Vicky Lee, of Slamin Tennis Fitness.

The award recognise the extensive and impactful contributions an individual has made to their chosen discipline, sport, recreation, club or association within the disability sector, considering both the duration and the wide-ranging scope of their involvement.

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