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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 email@example.com or phone her on 0417 729 651
May 17: 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 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: 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: 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.
Fairholme Riders shine at 2012 National Interschool Equestrian Championships
More than 300 of Australia’s most promising young riders assembled at the Toowoomba Showgrounds for 7 days of competition at the recent National Equestrian Championships. Fairholme’s Equestrian Captain Anna Bourne and Year 8 Boarder Anna Elder, representing Queensland, competed strongly throughout the Championships and produced outstanding results.
As members of the largest team with 118 entrants, the two riders competed in the Showman classes and the Challenge which combines a number of disciplines. Anna Elder was named Australian Champion riding Dookami Hocus Pocus in the 60cm Showman finishing well clear of her competitors. With a combined score of 323, she finished over 22 points ahead of Danielle DeBarro from South Australia and Tess O’Connor from New South Wales.
Given that Anna is only in Year 8, this was an outstanding performance against girls much older than her. Anna placed a credible 7th in the Challenge which was the final event of the Championships.
With these combined results from the week long Championships, Anna was awarded the title of Supreme Champion in Showman beating all riders who contested this category. Equestrian Captain Anna Bourne finished just outside the placings in both of her events, only 2 points below the 2nd and 3rd placed riders in Showman 85cm to finish 4th on her horse Unicorn Park Revenge and placing 4th in the Challenge.
The College Community congratulates both riders on their excellent results competing at the highest level of Interschool Equestrian.
Things have been a bit quiet recently with girls away or sick and lame horses; however, Anna Elder had a successful run at the Ekka in the Showring and Tory Robertson went well in the Showjumping.
The big news is that both Anna Bourne and Anna Elder been selected for the Queensland Equestrian State Team in Showman and Interschool Challenge, with Anna Bourne announced as Captain of the Showman team.
Coaching is continuing as usual on Wednesdays and Sundays with the focus on the upcoming qualifying days. Please check www.nominate.com.au for full details.
Please don’t forget about our Equestrian Dinner. It will be on Friday 19 October, which is the eve of the Spring Fair on Saturday 20th October. The Equestrian Team will be manning our ‘Shoe a Choc’ stall at this year’s Spring Fair.
Equestrian Term 3
It has been a slow start to Term 3 for Equestrian, with Athletics taking pride of place for sport on Wednesdays but we had our first showjumping lesson for the term yesterday which was also a good practice for Tory Robertson as she will be competing at the EKKA in the Junior Showjumping classes.
Also competing at the EKKA in show hunter, hack and rider classes will be Maitie Webb and Anna Elder. I am sure you will join me in wishing the 3 girls all the best of luck.
Competitions coming up are:
1 September - Stuartholme Dressage and Challenge Qualifying Day
9 September - Canterbury College Showjumping Qualifying Day
22 September - Glennie Showjumping and Challenge
23 September - Glennie Showhorse Qualifying Day (Please go to the ‘Nominate’ site to submit entries).
As a show of support for Glennie I would like to encourage all riders to nominate for at least one of the disciplines being offered. It will be held on the first weekend of the school holidays and all results will be qualifiers for the 2013 competition.
Jane Davis | Fairholme Equestrian
During the holidays our equestrian team fared well in a tough battle at the State Championships. It was another competition which was so very wet, but this time some of the competition was either abandoned or changed. It was also disappointing for Claudia Dight and Maitie Webb who both put in such a lot of training and preparation but had to scratch at the last minute
The Dressage competition was reduced to one test only at each level, due to the state of the grounds and the weather, and the Combined Training was abandoned altogether. The star of our Equestrian team was Anna Elder who placed consistently in the disciplines as well as being awarded Supreme Champion Rider. Well done Anna! Other riders in the team were Anna Bourne (Capt.), Alex Munro, Loretta Morris, Tory Robertson and Jade Cross.
The competition was very tough, you would expect nothing less as it was the State Finals - but Fairholme made its presence felt. This year there was the introduction of the Interschool Challenge which is basically Showman without the Dressage. In the teams competition we placed as follows:
4th Showhorse - Anna Elder, Anna Bourne & Tory Robertson
3rd Showman - Anna Elder, Anna Bourne & Tory Robertson
Reserve Champion - Interschool Challenge - Anna Elder, Anna Bourne & Tory Robertson
Equestrian for Term 3 and 4 will continue for those on the reserve list for Nationals and also those wanting to attend the qualifying days still to come for 2012.
Jane Davis | Fairholme Equestrian
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