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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Stockman's challenge, off-the-track dressage and a first for NSW show

ABOVE: Lynda Field and Calypso were the winners of the open challenge. Picture: KM BECKER

THE Wimmera Equestrian Club held its Stockman's Challenge recently at the beautiful Dimboola Showgrounds as the third round of a super series. With the competition being postponed for the last few years, it was a huge success with more than 70 horses entered.

The weather gods were kind and the competition consisted of a dry working pattern, obstacle course, time trial and whipcracking.

Winners included Lynda Field riding Calypso in the open challenge and Trevor Roulston riding Kalimna X-Box in the encouragement section.


RACING Victoria’s off-the-track preliminary and novice dressage series results are in after the Boneo Park competition.

Amanda Ross and Romeo F took the win and $2000 prize money in the championship on 216.755 points.

Jenny Bennet and Awakino were close behind on 212.008 winning $1000. Third was Heidi Pickstock and DP Choir on 206.935 and taking home $500.

Racing Victoria Off-The-Track provided great support for this initiative and riders have travelled from all over Victoria and interstate to compete and display the great work ethic and talent of the off-the-track Thoroughbred.

Mariah Kaminski and Linton Street won the Novice series championship and $2000 in prize money on a score of 207.209.

Fiona Barker and Penrhos Gamble in second place on a score of 204.308 won $1000 and Jessica Morrison and Afterlife finished third place and received $500.


THE Grand National qualifier child's classes at this year’s Northern NSW Show Horse Association Hack Championships will for the first time be judged by three national/royal list judges, the same way the open qualifiers are judged.

The committee is always looking to improve and believe this is a very competitor-friendly step forward.


MAKING a Seymour Alternative Farming Expo debut is a new sport, “ozsort”.

Ozsort is a two-rider, cattle-sorting sport, that sees cattle moved from the herd into a separated pen.

The sport’s creator, Andrew Nash, said ozsort was family-friendly and great to watch and he encouraged anyone interested in learning more to join the open section at the expo.

The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo runs from Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2 from 9am to 4pm each day at Kings Park Reserve, Tallarook St, Seymour.


KATE Kyros has spent most of her young life as a show horse rider, with a flair for dressage. Now after just turning 18, Kate and her new horse Intro K showed they are well on their way to a new career in dressage when she produced a score of 72.402 per cent in the young riders individual event at the internationally-ranked Dressage by the Sea.

The FEI event at the Willinga Park complex in Bawley Point, NSW, was the 18-year-old’s first appearance on Intro K and also her debut in the 18 to 21-year-old Young Riders’ division.


MOST showjumping riders would know racing trainer Amy Yargi as Amy Johnson, a top-level junior jumping rider before she followed her famous family’s tradition and moved into racehorses. It was a thrill to see the young woman and her husband, Ash, take out the Adelaide Cup last week with Rebel Racer. "I bought him to win a maiden hurdle at Warrnambool, not even joking," said a joyful Amy after the race.


EQUESTRIAN Australia has announced the establishment of the National Integrity Committee as a proactive measure to take a lead on integrity matters for the sport. Integrity is a huge priority to ensure the culture and conduct of the people are held to the highest standards.


IT’S short notice but a great opportunity has just been made available, for para riders and supporters to hear Sophie Well’s story at the Heritage Hotel, Rose St Wilberforce from 5.30pm tonight.

Sophie is a British gold medal-winning para rider who coaches riders in both para and open competition. She is an engaging speaker and her clinics in other states have been very well received. There is also an opportunity for EA Accredited Coaches to observe Sophie coaching at the Sydney Clinic at Ballodair Park tomorrow. Entry is free but registration is essential as there are limited spots available. Please follow the link or QR code to register.

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