8 March 2018
Assumption College hosted the second qualifying round for VEIS (Victoria Equestrian Interschool Series) 2018 on Sunday, March 4th at the prestigious Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre. WPNEC lived up to expectations and the grounds were simply stunning.
The number of entries far exceeded expectations. The equestrian team’s planning and organisation skills were put to the test, achieving great success.
Mustad Saddleworld, Kilmore sponsored each division with a Champion inscribed saddle pad and a Reserve Champion halter and lead set. A huge thanks to Mustad Saddleworld for their ongoing support of the team, it is most appreciated.
The school score is calculated by adding the top 4 scores from each school. Assumption College’s top scorers were: Brooke Pearse and Revelwood Aston in Pre St George – Champion; Chloe Ellis and My Bascombe Baci in Senior Preliminary – Champion; Emily Newnham and Diamond Dot in Intermediate Preliminary – Reserve Champion and Sophie Manton and Kimberley Park Donny B in Preparatory – Reserve Champion.
Assumption College brought home the school shield on 38 points; Toorak College 35 points and Braemar College 31 points.
This was a highlight, however, an even greater highlight was working with a team that is an honour and privilege to be a part of. A team that works together effortlessly and overcomes the hurdles that are presented, together.
Comments from the team:
My greatest success was seeing the smile on everyone’s faces when the team won! My focus for dressage next is to keep training and do what I love – Brooke Pearse
This being my last ever Assumption College dressage day, I wanted to make sure that it was a good one. I was organised and available to help and support the team when not riding – Chloe Cornfoot
My greatest success on Sunday was competing in my first Medium tests, and in the future I would like to further improve my scores and quality of work before our next event – Anna Gurnett
My most memorable moment was watching the Advanced riders do flying changes and really advanced dressage movements. I also helped my mum pencil and it was great to see what the judges focus on. I would like to work on my dressage, remembering a test and working on better transitions – Paige Dougall
My greatest achievement was coming 13th in test 1.3. I would like to start doing combine training events with Milo and practise both disciplines – Kristy Egan
I learnt that going to events is a great way to meet new people that have the same passion as you. I really hope I get a horse soon because I really want to ride for Assumption. You learn so much by watching others ride – Robyn Fourie
My greatest success was getting the canter in the arena as I was having trouble with it the day before. Next time I would like to focus on getting my horse forward and being confident in riding him when he gets hot – Madeline Stott
I felt very proud to be part of the ACK team. All students, parents, teachers and volunteers did an amazing job to successfully run the largest event ACK have ever hosted. Well done everyone – Jeanette Laffan, parent