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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Interschool showjumping kicks off its 15th year in Victoria

ABOVE: Zara Adnams and Tally-ho Primrose representing Toorak College. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG

SOME kids like to sit around gazing into their phones, but looking at results for events in late February a vast number of young equestrians are out and about making the most of their sport before school gets serious.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Showjumping Series.

More than 200 schools have been represented in the shows that have been run to date.

Interschool showjumping riders have gone on to win both state and national titles, and represent Victoria and Australia in representative competitions.

In the first round of this year’s series at Boneo Park, there were great numbers in each of the seven levels over three rings.

The level seven grand prix had 11 starters. Olivia Price from Beaconsfield College took first and second with Le Bam and Lafayette Mvmz, the other winner in the group was Charlee Dobbin from Mount Lilydale on Sweet Dreams.

The level one primary freshmans grand prix saw Frankie Murphy from Mt Eliza Primary winning, with Ivy Williams on Monty from Rivercrest Christian Collage two seconds behind in a field of 13.

Other championship winners included Zara Adnams on Tallyho Princess from Toorak College in the advanced, Harley McNaughton from Chairo Christian riding Viewmont Apricot in the intermediate, Olivia Curtain riding Indi’s Mr Zorba Jones in the progressive for Newhaven College and Hannah Lionett from Padua College won the improvers section on Molly, The encourage winner Bianca Griffiths travelled a long way from Finley High School to compete riding Susie Q.

The next round for the showjumping youngsters is Saturday, May 13, at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, hosted by Barwon Zone.

ABOVE: Harley McNaughton and Viewmont Apricot. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG

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