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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Scholarship, polocrosse opportunities and horse property sells

ABOVE: The Remi scholarship's inaugural winner in 2013 was Isabella Wilkinson-McIntyre.

TIME is running out to apply for this year’s Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship.

It is awarded to a deserving young rider who has the talent and dedication in dressage, showing or eventing but needs financial assistance to purchase a horse of their dreams. Cheryl O’Brien from Remi Stud has put together a great team of supporters to help make this possible.

The scholarship includes the ownership of a purpose-bred Hanoverian weanling by the dressage champion Remi Vigneron. With this comes a $30,000 support package that includes assistance with feeding and supplements, veterinary care, shoeing, transport, clothing, equipment, marketing, registrations and training.

Riders from any state or territory can apply. Applications must be received by August 28. Successful finalists will be notified by email and will be required to attend the Brisbane CDI on September 17 when the winner will be announced and presentations made.


POLOCROSSE Victoria is seeking expressions of interest from players under 21 for two skill development opportunities.

Representatives in this age group are being sought for a trip to Western Australia for an under 21 coaching and development weekend on October 15 and 16. Players who are interested would be billeted out with locals and be lent a horse for the weekend. The sides would all be mixed up pool sides and each one would have a coach.

There will also be an under 21 coaching clinic with Sandra and Will Weston at Benalla Equestrian Centre on November 5 and 6. This is open to every Victorian state player aged 16-20 years old. There is no charge, with Polocrosse Victoria covering the cost and providing the meals. Every participant will receive $100 toward travel expenses. This is a unique opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with two exceptional players and horse riders.


THE Waratah Showjumping Warm-up Weekend and World Cup Shows for 2022 was a huge success, demonstrating just how popular showjumping is in Australia.

There were 1800 rounds of showjumping, more than 600 horses, more than 300 riders , seven event days, three competition rings, two weekends and one World Cup event, which was won by Aaron Hadlow and Vahlinvader.


A HORSE stud on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne that was last sold for $379,000 nearly 30 years ago has been snapped up as future industrial estate by superannuation fund-backed developer ISPT for more than $100 million.

The Harvey family operated an equestrian centre, stable complex and cattle stud on the site since purchasing it in 1994. The 78.8ha rural property at 425 Officer South Road in Officer South is where Bart Cummings trained 1969 Caulfield Cup winner and that year’s Melbourne Cup favourite Big Philou before he was infamously nobbled by a stable hand.


EQUESTRIAN Australia has named the eventing combinations selected to represent Australia at the FEI World Championships to be held in Pratoni, Italy, from September 15 to 25.

The team will comprise Andrew Hoy (Vassily de Lassos), Shenae Lowings (Bold Venture), Kevin McNab (Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam or Willunga), Shane Rose (Virgil) and Hazel Shannon (Willinga Park Clifford). The reserves are Sammi Birch (Finduss PFB), Sam Lyle (BF Valour), Jessica Rae (Fifth Avenue) and Shane Rose (Easy Turn).


THE Border Districts Showjumping Club on the NSW-Victorian border is without a truck after the shed it is kept in flooded.

The truck was a repairable via insurance, but unfortunately the process to get it re-registered has been held up. This is cause for concern as the club runs the showjumping rings at many agricultural shows, including Wangaratta, Benalla, Yarrawonga, Tallangatta and Albury. Hopefully the situation will be resolved before the events.


MIDLAND Zone of Victorian Pony Clubs awarded Sue Foley a Life Membership at the 2022 annual general meeting. One of the hardest working and most approachable organisers of events in the state, it was well deserved and widely applauded.


WOOROLOO International Three-Day Event took place over the weekend in Western Australia, with a wide range of classes including CCI3* and CCI4* sections.

The CCI4*-S was won by Emily Early riding Clear Distinction at their first try at this level. The CCI3*-L was won by Sophie Warren riding Hazid Road and the CCI3*-S was won by Tegan Cook and Moet.


THE 2022 Young Ambassador of the Year Top 10 Victorian finalist weekend was held on August 13 and 14 at Werribee Park and was a huge success, with each finalist presenting themselves exceptionally well. Everyone also thoroughly enjoyed the guest presenters and the entertainment. At the conclusion of the weekend, the selectors from each discipline chose their top three finalists. The winners will be announced at the Equestrian Victoria Awards Celebration on August 27 at the Holiday Inn, Werribee.

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