Last Saturday a number of members of the SMGS equestrian team travelled to Nimmitabel to compete in the annual Agricultural Show. It was wonderful to have Mr Bland spectating at this competition. Our riders train hard with their horses for these events and it is very special for them to feel supported by the staff of the school.
After the incredible heat we have all endured in recent weeks it was quite a surprise to arrive at Nimmitabel and feel the cold wind during the morning on Saturday. The day did develop into ideal conditions that supported the carnival atmosphere and made competition in formal attire quite achievable.
The SMGS students competing in the equestrian events were: Abbey and Charlotte Wilson, Emily Quodling, Jess Dickson, Rhianna Blyth, Makushla Maxwell and Danny Ternes-Dixon. All riders and their horses performed very well, with Charlotte and Abbey both winning ribbons in the hacking events. Charlotte had a wonderful day, gaining several Championship awards with her pony Birrali Honesty. Rhianna competed in the pony club ring and won her first Supreme Award with her new horse Doug. Emily and Jess both competed in the showjumping, posting polished rounds in the 70cm and 90cm events. Makushla rode in the jumping and the sporting and pony club events and achieved some great results on the day. Danny went in the showjumping then moved over to the stock horse events, an area that he follows and in which he is very competitive.
All riders had a great day at this the first of the local agricultural show circuit. Next weekend some of our riders will travel to Cobargo for the next event on the calendar.
SMGS Equestrian Program
The SMGS Equestrian Program offers instruction for all levels of rider from beginner to advanced.
Riders receive a solid general education upon which they may choose to build and excel in one or more of the many equestrian disciplines, or just continue to enjoy riding as a recreational activity.
Riders in our program participate in a flatwork lesson (the foundation of all riding disciplines) each week, and may elect to participate in additional weekly show-jumping lessons. Students have the opportunity to participate in multi-day camps on weekends and during school holidays, exploring other disciplines.