State One Day Event and Combined Training Championships a Long-Awaited Success
Posted: Tue, 18th May 2021
The 2021 Pony Club NSW State One Day Event and Combined Training Championships were held at the Harden Showground on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of May.
The event was hosted by Zone 2, which encompasses the South West Slopes region of NSW. This was the first State One Day Event and Combined Training Championship that has gone ahead since July 2019 due to covid restrictions, making it a long-awaited and exciting event for all in attendance. A congratulations must go out to Zone 2 for hosting these two outstanding State Championships this year.
This was a large event, attracting nearly 200 entries. Riders from all around NSW came to represent their respective Zone and compete for the Championship titles. The Host Zone ensured that the grounds were in incredible condition, with countless hours going into preparing the Showground for the competition.
The weekend kicked off with the One Day Event Championship on Saturday with the Dressage commencing first thing at 8am. This was followed by the Showjumping, and finally the Cross Country course was conquered. It was a sunny day with smiles being seen everywhere you turned.
The overall winners in each class received a sash, trophy, embroidered Wintec rug, gift bag from Ranvet and grooming supplies from R & J Equestrian Supplies. Camille Roberts and her horse Hijinx from Zone 24 was the only rider in the Championship Grade. Despite this, many of the younger riders came to watch her compete, jumping an impressive 1.15m Showjumping round created by Course Designer Gary Hamer. She also completed the cross-country course without any jumping faults. An excellent effort by Camille.
Hannah Turner from Zone 19, riding Locomotive Breath took out the A Grade Associate Level. In the A Grade under 17, Charlotte Wilson, riding Beestinger from Zone 23 went from third place in the Dressage phase to Champion after bouncing back with an incredible Show Jumping and Cross country round. Matthew Kerridge from Zone 5 riding MJK Red Baron followed closely behind, earning the Reserve Champion title.
The State One Day Event also offered competitors the ability to enter in a Novice Championships. Georgia West riding Narriah Tom Thumb from Zone 21 won the Associate B Grade class with Zone 16 rider Joy Collins on Old Red following closely behind, with only 3.68 points separating the Champion and Reserve Champion Riders. The Champion Rider of the B Grade Under 17 class was Lucy O’sullivan and her horse Sandford Park Blue Steel from Zone 16.
Clare Vanderwater on Wisteria Lane from Zone 19 was awarded Reserve Champion with less than 4 penalties separating the two. This highlights how nail bitingly close these competitions can get between placings!
The C Grade Associate Championship was awarded to Zone 25 rider, Dani Altham on Marena Gala Chief. Fellow Zone 25 Rider Mia Galbraith and her horse MG Rastafarian were the Reserve Champions for this class. Zone 19 Riders Bree Baker (riding Alkira Fromage) and Maddilyn Millington (on Stormy Lodge Doodlebug) where awarded Champion and Reserve Champion respectively of the C Grade Under 17 event. This class was one of the largest of the day, with 28 entries. Finally, the D Grade under 17 Champion title was awarded to Zone 22 rider Alanna Perry and her horse Garni. Codie White and their horse Koorana Regal Prince II from Zone 24 were the Reserve Champions of this event.
Zone 19 was well-deserved in their win of overall champion zone. The top four placing riders from the zone received a trophy and prize pack from our sponsor Ranvet for their efforts.
After the success of the One Day Event on Saturday, everyone had high hopes for The Combined Training Championships that took place on the Sunday. Riders and spectators were not disappointed.
Combined Training, like the One Day Event, was divided into Championship and Novice classes. Zone 24 rider Camille Roberts riding Hijinx was titled Champion of the Advanced Associate class. This meant she won two Championships in as many days. Hannah Turner on Locomotive Breath from Zone 19 was titled Reserve Champion. This wrapped up an extremely successful weekend for both riders.
In the 15 and Under 17 Advanced Class, Lotus Grant on Bloomsbury Sir Galahad, another Zone 24 rider, took out the Championship position. Reserve Champion was Amelia Dart riding General Fluke from Zone 23. Zone 19 won both the Champion and Reserve Champion placings in the 13 and Under 15 Championship class, with Tara Seppelt on Rotherfield Aviator and Clare Vanderwater on Wisteria Lane. The 11 and under 13 Advanced class was won by Emma Clifton from Zone 2, riding Dusty Star. Zone 23 rider Charlize Mackie on her horse Meersbrooke Iced Liqueur won the Under 11 Advanced Class.
In the Novice classes, Zone 28 rider Bridie Harris and her horse Valinco were the Champion pair, followed by the Reserve Champion being awarded to Mia Galbraith and MG Rastafarian. This meant Mia was awarded a Reserve Champion placing two days in a row. An incredible achievement! The 15 and Under 17 Novice class was won by Rosie Thomson on Lokis Armada from Zone 23, with Zone 24 rider Codie White with Koorana Regal Prince II again taking out the Reserve Champion spot. The 13 and Under 15 Novice Class was won by Angelina Thompson on Silverthorn Goodwill from Zone 26. Zone 24 rider, Charlie Welsh was awarded Reserve Champion on their horse Mains Matilda. Amanda Pearce riding Amisfield Billy from Zone 2 was the Champion of the Novice 11 and Under 13 Class. Zone 7 rider Zara Nugent with Cookie Monster was titled Reserve Champion. The Under 11 Novice class was won by Annabelle Millington riding Rosebrook Lily of the Valley from Zone 19, with Sienna Kostitch riding Dolly from Zone 3 placing close behind, with only 0.20 points separating the Champion and Reserve Champion riders. An excellent effort by all riders.
The Champion Zone of the State Combined Training Championships was Zone 24, with each of the top 4 from the Zone coming home with Champion ribbons from their respective classes.
Pony Club NSW is extremely lucky to have Ranvet and Wintec as our generous sponsors for the event. Full results for the championships can be found on the Pony Club NSW website.