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Phoebe and Sparkles
Fairholme College participates in the Interschool Queensland (IQ) competition which is run by Equestrian Queensland (EQ) for the State competition and Equestrian Australia (EA) for the National competition. Disciplines covered are Dressage, Showjumping, Combined Training, Eventing and Challenge. Challenge is a new discipline for 2012 replacing Showman and Showhorse.
Fairholme has a proud history in this competition and has always competed strongly in the Darling Downs Regional Championships where riders have qualified to go on to represent Fairholme at both State and National levels. Equestrian is available as a sport for your girls in both Primary and Secondary levels. As with all other sports offered by Fairholme, the girls are able to use their Equestrian achievements to work towards gaining their ‘Pockets’ within the School system.
Equestrian can be chosen as your child’s Wednesday afternoon sport. Girls do not have to be riding at competition level to choose Equestrian as their sport as the coaching covers all levels of ability and experience; all the girls need is their horse. For boarders there is agistment available as well as transport to and from their horse on Wednesdays and Sundays. On Wednesdays we have showjumping coaching and on Sundays dressage. This coaching is also open for the day girls if they want to join in. Coaches are all EQ accredited.
For those families who would rather keep their horses at home, but distance prevents them from being involved in coaching, the girls may still compete and represent Fairholme provided they are prepared to be involved in a few team building occasions.
There are many IQ qualifying days held during the year, some locally and some closer to, or in, Brisbane. The Equestrian Co-ordinator is Jane Davis who will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Equestrian at Fairholme. Email the Co-ordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 0417 729 651
November 27 Update
A big thank you to all the parents for allowing their girls to represent Fairholme in 2013. It is a big effort to get to the events, not to mention carting the horses around for lessons as well. Our team for 2014 is looking even stronger than for 2013, so keep that enthusiasm going!!! Nationals for 2014 will be in Sydney so that will not be as daunting a trip as heading to Perth.
Please remember that Term 1 always starts with a bit of a rush with competitions happening almost before the girls are settled into a pattern at school. Please have a look at the EQ calendar so you can make choices about which competitions you want to enter.
Return of equestrian gear needs to happen. Please remember to bring it with you (bagged and tagged) when picking up your daughter at the end of term. It can be left at the sports office or you can contact me. It must be returned.
Have a lovely peaceful and happy Christmas holiday period.
October 18 Update
During the holidays Maitie Webb, Tory Robertson and Bree Robertson headed off to Perth to compete in the Interschool National Equestrian Championships.
They competed in Showhorse, Showman and Dressage and Tory also competed in Showjumping. Results were mixed with the wild card of riding pool horses playing a large hand, but the experience was invaluable.
Term 4 began with the annual Equestrian Presentation. This year it was a shortened affair so more parents could attend and we had the showing of the equestrian video and presentation of all the Fairholme Equestrian trophies. The video was beautifully put together by Maitie Webb. Copies are currently be made and will be mailed out to all the equestrian families.
|Winners of the Fairholme Trophies were:|
|Sara Holmes Dressage Trophy||Tory Robertson|
|Combined Training Trophy||Tory Robertson|
|FC Hack & Rider Trophy||Bree Robertson|
|Pugh Bakeries SJ Trophy||Tory Robertson|
|FC Showman Trophy||Tory Robertson|
|FC Eventing Trophy||No eventing riders in 2013|
|FC Commitment Trophy||Tory Robertson & Maitie Webb|
|Squelch Interhouse Trophy||Powell|
|The Holmes Cup||Tory Robertson|
|Junior Equestrienne||Phoebe Riordan|
|Captain’s Trophy 2013||Maitie Webb|
The ‘Shoe a Choc’ stall will be going again this year at the Spring Fair, so see you all there.
September 18 Update
Bree Robertson,Maitie Webb and Tory Robertson (pictured right) will be heading off as part of the Queensland Interschool Equestrian Team, with Maitie being Captain of the State Showhorse Team.
Tory Robertson is competing in Interschool nationals in Elementary dressage, showman, showhorse hacking and rider class and 90cm jumping. Tory is riding a borrowed horse called 'Smurf'. This will be Tory's 4th year on the Qld team.
Maitie Webb is competing in the Secondary Novice dressage, Secondary 3 phase Showman and the Showhorse phase which comprises of a rider class and a hack Class. Her borrowed horse is called 'Happy Go Lucky'.
Bree Robertson is competing at on a borrowed horse called 'Cimeron Supernova'. She is competing in novice dressage, showman and showhorse hacking and rider class. This is Bree's 5th consecutive year on the QLD team.
Of the 7 riders Fairholme had competing at State, it is a credit to the Fairholme team that 3 of these riders have been invited to represent the State. Another 2 riders, Phoebe Riordan and Claudia Dight, were also invited to compete but were unable to accept. Proportionally this is the highest ratio of riders from one school in the State. Well done!!
The Glennie Showhorse and Showjumping weekend has been re-scheduled to 26 & 27 October. Nominations are open but numbers are capped so please do not forget to nominate.
A big welcome to the team to Lauren Bougoure – we hope to see Lauren and her new horse 'Leo' out and about competing soon!
September 7 Update
I think members of our Equestrian team have just had the highlight of the year with the showjumping weekend at North Star. Facilities were excellent and the committee put on a great and well-organised weekend. Lots of fun. I am sure we will all be returning for 2014.
With the option of riding as an Interschool rider, pony club or open, it meant that even the girls who do not do equestrian as a sport for Fairholme could still compete – and they did! Best placed of our Interschool riders were Meg Gillan, Loretta Morris and Tory Robertson, but other riders present were Claudia Dight, Bree Robertson, Brittany Clark, Sarah Tomlinson, Mia Doering, Lily Sevil, Kaitlin Topalov and Phoebe Riordan.
Bree and Tory also went down to Brisbane for a bit of practice at the Stuartholme Dressage and CT day, with Tory riding Millie for a change and Bree on the new horse Chief.
As the Glennie Showhorse and Showjumping weekend has been postponed we will be having lessons with Jo Fraser this coming weekend as usual.
August 23 Update
Equestrian continues with coaching from Jo Fraser and David Finch. We are so lucky to have such good coaches for our girls. It is amazing how much bearing good flatwork coaching has on the showjumping side of the sport.
This weekend, 24 - 25 August, Loretta Morris, Tory Robertson, Claudia Dight, Meg Gillan, Brittany Clark, Sarah Tomlinson, Phoebe Riordan and Kaitlin Topalov will all be heading out to North Star for a showjumping qualifier. Organisation of this event has been assisted by the Morris and Gillan families, so a big thank you to them.
Please don’t forget to get your entries in for the Glennie weekend on 7 - 8 September. It is wonderful to have a qualifier so close and it is good to be able to support another local school.
Fairholme riders named State Champion Showhorse Team, and Reserve State Champion Showman Team
Galloping to Success at State Equestrian Championships
A total of 23 teams from schools from all over Queensland competed in the recent Interschool Equestrian State Championships held at Maryborough from 27 – 31 June, 2013. Disciplines being contested during the championships were Showjumping, Showman, Dressage and Showhorse. The Darling Downs were well represented with many of the local schools fielding riders. Fairholme equestriennes Claudia Dight, Tory Robertson, Bree Robertson, Maitie Webb, Meg Gillan, Loretta Morris, Phoebe Riordan (Primary), all rode extremely well and enjoyed competing at this very high level.
The highlight of the Championships was the Teams competition. Fairholme managed to make their presence felt in this area of the competition very strongly, as reflected in the following results:
State Champion Showhorse Team – Tory Robertson, Maitie Webb, Bree Robertson.
Reserve State Champion Showman Team – Maitie Webb, Tory Robertson, Bree Robertson, Claudia Dight.
Congratulations to all Fairholme competitors, and in particular to Maitie Webb, and Tory and Bree Robertson who have been invited to compete in the State team for the National Championships in Perth in October. A huge thanks to all parents and supporters, for their efforts at this prestigious event.
Supreme Champion Hunter Hack, Maitie Webb at Scots PCG Extravaganza in May
June 21 update: We have just finished an intensive weekend of coaching as seven of our riders have qualified over the past 12 months and are heading to Maryborough on the 27 – 30th of June for the Queensland State Interschool Equestrian Championships.
Girls representing Fairholme in particular disciplines are as follows:
The Queensland State team will be selected from results at this championshipand and riders will travel to Western Australia in September to compete at the Nationals.
Equestrian will continue again in Term 3 with coaching on Wednesdays and Sundays. Please remember that even if you do not choose to do Equestrian as a sport on Wednesdays, you are still able to join us for the lessons on Sunday. Simpy email for the details.
June 7 update: The Scots PGC Extravaganza was held on 31 May, 1 & 2 June at Warwick. It covered all the disciplines except Eventing and we all had a wonderful time. Many of the families camped the Friday and Saturday nights, which was a good thing as the presentations were a bit late. Our competitors were Maitie Webb, Claudia Dight, Tory Robertson, Loretta Morris, Brittany Clark, Bree Robertson, Georgie Tonkin and Meg Gillan, and from the Junior School, we had Phoebe Riordan, and their results were terrific. Unfortunately there were some problems with scoring and no overall placings are available for Showjumping or Dressage. Some of the class results are as follows:
Combined Training: Claudia Dight 2nd 80cm Showjumping: Claudia Dight 3rd, 4th & 10th in 90cm; Tory Robertson 5th 100cm, Meg Gillan 7th 100cm; Loretta Morris 2nd 100cm Showhorse: Tory Robertson Champion Intermediate Rider, 3rd Hunter Galloway, 2nd Pleasure; Bree Robertson Reserve Champion Intermediate Rider, Supreme Open Pony Hack, 1st Pleasure; Maitie Webb Reserve Champion Senior Rider, Supreme Hunter.
Showman 4 Phase: Claudia Dight 6th 60cm; Tory Robertson 1st 60cm; Bree Robertson 1st 45cm.
Dressage: Claudia Dight 1st 1A; Tory Robertson Reserve Champion Novice; Maitie Webb 7th 2B; Bree Robertson 6th 1A.
Dressage – 2nd Claudia, Tory, Bree & Maitie; Showman – 1st Tory, Bree & Claudia; Showhorse – 2nd Maitie, Tory & Bree.
Primary: Pheobe Riordan 1st Showjumping, 2nd Combined Training 45cm, Dressage 3rd & 4th, and 3rd Showman 45cm.
Once again our girls have acquitted themselves so well. They were competing in a field of 13 schools, many with multiple teams in each discipline.
So the next big event will be the State Finals in Maryborough on the 27 – 30 June.
May 17 Update: Fairholme’s talented Equestrian team competed strongly throughout the Darling Downs Interschool Championships held on 10, 11 and 12 May and produced outstanding results in the following disciplines.
Overall Supreme Champion Secondary Showjumper was awarded to Loretta Morris.
Champion Primary Showjumper was awarded to Phoebe Riordan.
Secondary Showjumping Team event:
3rd place was awarded to Loretta Morris, Tory Robertson, Meg Gillan and Brittany Clark.
Secondary 3 Phase 4th place was awarded to Maitie Webb
Secondary Champion 60cm Class was awarded to Tory Robertson Champion.
Secondary Champion 45cm Class was awarded to Bree Robertson.
Primary Showman 45cm: 4th place was awarded to Phoebe Riordan.
Showman Team event: 2nd place was awarded to Maitie Webb, Tory Robertson and Bree Robertson. Fairholme actually tied with The Glennie School, but the team consisted of only 3 riders with the rules stating that in a tied result the 4th rider’s score will be the decider.
Champion Intermediate Novice Rider was awarded to Bree Robertson.
Reserve Champion Elementary Rider was awarded to Tory Robertson.
Dressage Team event: 4th place was awarded to Maitie Webb, Bree Robertson, Tory Robertson and Meg Gillan.
Well done girls, parents and coaches – and a very special thanks to cheery members of the Fairholme P & F Association who catered for the judges over the course of the weekend.
Primary Reserve Champion 50cm was awarded to Phoebe Riordan;
Secondary Reserve Champion 70cm was awarded to Claudia Dight.
Well done girls, parents and coaches - and a very special thanks to cheery members of the Fairholme P & F Association who catered for the judges over the course of the weekend.
Fairholme riders shine at the 2013 Darling Downs Interschool Equestrian Regional Championships.
May 10 update: Term 2 is always busy for our riders. On 27 April, Maitie Webb, Georgie Tonkin, Brittany Clark, Loretta Morris, Meg Gillan, Tory Robertson, Bree Robertson and Primary rider, Phoebe Riordan, all represented Fairholme at the Scots PGC Showjumping and Showhorse day.
Maitie Webb was Champion Senior Rider with her horse, Prince Supreme - Champion Hunter. Bree Robertson won her Rider Class and her horse Millie won Reserve Champion Pony Hack. Tory Robertson was Reserve Champion Rider;and Turki Champion Hunter Galloway. Tory was also competing in the showjumping on Dudley – this was his first competition since being injured last year and she went clear but just out of the ribbons, but it is the start of a good comeback by Dudley. Brittany, Loretta and Meg all competed in the showjumping and all were well placed with lots of clear rounds and ribbons. Unfortunately, there were no team competitions for either Showjumping or Showhorse.
Our lone Primary rider, Phoebe and Sparkles gained a 1st and 3rd in the Showjumping and one 1st, four 2nds and one 3rd placing in the hack, rider, pleasure and pairs events. What a great day she had. The secondary riders were there giving her lots of support. Congratulations, Phoebe.Click here to download a gallery of images from the Scots PGC showjumping event.
This weekend the 10 – 12 May, we have Darling Downs Regional Championships. Our riders will be Maitie Webb, Georgie Tonkin, Claudia Dight, Loretta Morris, Meg Gillan, Tory Robertson, Brittany Clark, Bree Robertson and Phoebe Riordan. Good luck to all riders.
Combined Training and Showman day
April 15 update: We are heading into competition season. Scots College is hosting a Showjumping and Showhorse this weekend at Warwick, Darling Downs Regional Championships are on 10, 11 & 12 May and the Scots Extravaganza is on at the end of May.
Training is going well with Dressage lessons resuming with Jo Fraser and Showjumping with David Finch. It is great to have Lauren Bougoure and Sarah Tomlinson joining us this term, and it is good to see Tory and Bree Robertson back to normal after nearly floating away in the January floods.
On the weekend of 16-17 March we had our first competition for the year. Glennie and TGS hosted a Combined Training and Showman day on Saturday and Glennie hosted a Showjumping day on Sunday. Our riders were Maitie Webb, Loretta Morris, Brittany Clark, Meg Gillan, Phoebe Riordan and Emma Anderson.
On Saturday Maitie placed 3rd in Showman and Phoebe was 3rd in Combined Training and 6th in Showman. On Sunday's showjumping day all the riders placed with overall honours going to Loretta Morris, Champion 100cm and Phoebe Riordan (pictured left with her horse, Neenah's Diamonds and Pearls),Reserve Champion 50cm Primary.
In the teams, Fairholme came 3rd with Loretta Morris, Meg Gillan and Brittany Clark. We just need one more primary rider to make up a primary team!
For Phoebe and Emma it was their first Interschool competition so we are looking forward to many good years of involvement with Equestrian at Fairholme.
Jane Davis | Fairholme Equestrian
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