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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Quilty organisers pull out, judges announced and major event reorganised for coronation

ABOVE: The location of the 2023 Qulity is up in the air.

THE running of next year’s Tom Quilty Gold Cup has been thrown into doubt after the group that was to host Tom Quilty Gold Cup in 2023 withdrew the offer.

The Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA) has thanked all members for considering taking on the organising of the national championship event and acknowledged the work that they have done to date.

The AERA management committee is still in negotiation with the Victorian Endurance Riders Association to determine if this event can still be hosted in Victoria in 2023 and says it is confident that a decision will be made shortly.


PROBLEMS in South Australia’s show horse group have been resolved.

After sufficient independent expressions of interest, the executive officer and board of directors have announced that there will be a new discipline committee after several talented people individually raised their hand to lead the sport going into the future.


THE organisers of the Avenel Horses trials saw Karma in action last week when, in their words, “this genius who broke in to do circle work on the Cross Country area area sunk immediately to the axles”.

Safe to say his day didn't go as planned as the Avenel crew already had the police on the way down to investigate an earlier break-in. “So he got to have a nice little chat with a couple of officers for his trouble – and he’d have to pay to get himself towed out as well.”


THE Badminton Horse Trials was presented with a real problem next year when it was announced that the Coronation of King Charles will take place on their traditional cross country day on Saturday May 6, 2023

To avoid a clash, the trials will be making a change to their schedule, starting the event a day later than planned.

The dressage phase will now take place on Friday and Saturday (5–6 May), cross-country on Sunday (7 May) and the showjumping finale on Monday (8 May). Dressage will start earlier on Saturday so that everyone – competitors, spectators and officials – can be part of the historic day. The Coronation service will be shown on the big screens.


THE equestrian family has sadly lost two members this week.

Wilma Hearn, who won the Garryowen on Her horse Quality Street in 1969 at her third attempt, and the horse’s first Royal at just five years old has passed away aged 93.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Don. Wilma and Don, both competed in showjumping and dressage.

The Australian Carriage Driving Society has extended its deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Gwenifer Hack and her family on the tragic death of her husband, Bryan, who lost his life in the recent floods. Described as a hard worker with a love for life, Bryan was passionate about driving horses.


EQUESTRIAN Victoria’s showjumping committee confirmed that they are sending a Young Rider Team to New Zealand to compete at the 2022 Trans-Tasman Championship in Christchurch from December 1 to 4.

Team selection is now being finalised. Further details regarding transport and accommodation will be communicated shortly.


RACING Victoria is now recruiting clerks of the course and barrier attendants. It is an opportunity to use your horse experience in a new career. Click here for more details.


EQUESTRIAN NSW has announced the judges for the 2022 Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships to be held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre from December 1 to 3.

Open Classes : Frank Thompson (VIC), Samantha Watson (NSW), Claire Reynolds (TAS) and Lorelei Payne (QLD).

Children's Classes: David Calbert (NSW), Jill Best (SA), Rachael Addison (VIC) and Mieke Bigg (QLD).

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