8 June 2017
Assumption College hosted the third and final VEIS show jumping qualifier event at the picturesque Lancefield Equestrian Reserve on Saturday, June 3.
Mustad Saddleworld, Kilmore sponsored each division with a champion inscribed, woollen rug. A huge thanks to Mustad Saddleworld for their ongoing support of the team; it is most appreciated.
The P&F deserve a special commendation as they and some of our VCAL students transformed the Lancefield Equestrian Reserve into Assumption College Equestrianism. The ACK marquees, coffee van and trailers stood proudly and invitingly for the crowd that ventured out, most in the wee hours of the morning, for a welcomed cup of coffee or some hot food.
130 riders from 59 schools enjoyed a fantastic day of jumping – the standard at all levels was indeed exceptional. Representatives travelled from all corners of the state to jump the technical courses set by course designer Peggy Mills. EA judges Peggy, Sue Lesley and Anne Jones presided over the show jumping rings 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
Ivanhoe Grammar took home the Assumption College Shield, closely followed by Gippsland Grammar, second, and Toorak College third. Assumption placed fourth.
A dedicated team of Assumption show jumpers participated on course, while many others worked behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the event.
Best performed Assumption College equestrians were Emily Newham (3rd on Diamond Dot in Encourage), Madeleine Manton (5th on Wyann Mercedes in Encourage), Daniel Weidenbach (4th on Scarred for Life in Advanced), Lili Taylor (7th on Moet in Freshman’s Primary) and Aishah Robertson (8th on Queen of Diamonds in Encourage).
The time and resources needed to set up, run and pack up after such a huge event were substantial, and equestrian committee members, students, supporters, P&F and volunteers all put in a massive effort to ensure this occurred. Thank you to all who turned out to help either before, during, or after the event as it was truly an enormous task.
Attention now turns to the VEIS dressage and show jumping Grand Final, on August 5 and 6which will determine the state’s best interschool equestrians in the series for the year.
Helen Perez - Equestiran Coordinator