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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Special horse gear auction, honour for volunteer and PC news

ABOVE: Whose boots could these be?

THESE are not just any old boots waiting to be sold at any old clearing sale.

They could even be regarded as Olympic history, having belonged to former Olympic showjumper and eventer Barry Roycroft.

Barry and his wife, Lyn, have sold their Glenormiston North property in Victoria and many saddles, bridles and other equestrian gear will be sold at auction this Friday, March 24.

All farm and household goods will also go under the hammer.


THE Avenel Horse Trials committee has announced the winner of the inaugural “Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Avenel Horse Trials” in memory of their much-loved committee member Zoe Warrell. Zoe filled a number of different roles over her years on the committee, including volunteer coordinator, and was passionate about horse trials generally. She was also a regular volunteer at a number of events, not the least of which was Melbourne 3DE.

The first recipient is Helen Wittwer. Helen’s help and her willingness to assist with whatever was required is the embodiment of Zoe’s attitude. Helen was recently presented with a sash as well as super camping chair to assist with her volunteering in the future.


THE high performance division of Equestrian Australia is now accepting expressions of interest for Olympic and Paralympic discipline selectors.

Athletes are welcomed to complete a “suggestion of interest” form to nominate or suggest a person for a national discipline selector position.

Applications for all disciplines close on April 14 at 5pm and selectors will be appointed as per the National Positions Appointment and Procedures Policy.


SARAH McMillan and gelding Tyrone won the first leg of the 2023 Australian World Cup Qualifying Showjumping Series held in Shepparton.

Amber Fuller and CP Aretino were second and Ally Lamb with Eagle Rock made it an all-girl top three. In fact, the highest placed male rider was Tom McDermott in seventh place.

The next leg of the World Cup showjumping will be at Dressage and Jumping with the Stars this week at Werribee.


IN a shock announcement, Andras Hausberger, chief rider at the world famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, has been fired, effective immediately after 40 years of service.

In addition, he has been banned from the premises and removed from the official website.


FOUR Pony Club members will be looking forward to an exciting trip after their selection in the Australian showjumping team competing in the Generali Open de France at Lamotte, Beuvron in July.

Those selected are Catelin Crawford of Tumut Pony Club in NSW, Amy Cunzolo of the Comet River Pony Club in Queensland, Lalwa May of the Darwin Horse and Pony Club in the NT and Abby Raymond of North Dorrigo Pony Club, NSW. (Abby is the current PCA Junior Rider of the Year.)

Coach and manager Rachael Edwards of Victoria will travel with them.


CARRIAGE driver Janelle Marshall won the FEI 3* single horse class and the intermediate horse class at the Live Oak International Show in Florida last weekend.

Janelle is from Renmark, South Australia, and now resides and operates a driving training and boarding facility in Windsor, South Carolina.

Janelle is a professional athlete in the equestrian sport of combined driving. She has competed in several world championships, including 2011 in Lipica.

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