On the 10 – 11 March 2017, a number of the SMGS Equestrian Program students competed at the Cooma Show. The Cooma Show is just one of the many stops on the surrounding regions show circuit.

This year the Cooma Show equestrian events returned to two days of competition. Friday gave our riders the opportunity to compete in a wide range of hacking and dressage events in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.

SMGS riders competing over the weekend were Jess Dickson, Abbey and Charlotte Wilson, Makushla Maxwell, Winsome Ogilvie, Zani and Lara Fairfield-Smith, Emily Quodling and Cassie Nicholls. All of our school representative riders won ribbons in many of their events.  Of note, Cassie had an outstanding day with her pony Oliver, showing the benefit of all the training she has been doing.  Emily won a third place in the Open 90cm Show Jumping event, a great result in an unyielding field.

Of her experience at the Cooma Show, Jess Dickson said, “The Cooma Show was challenging but fun. I enjoyed the Show Jumping. My horse, Bob, was well behaved and listened to directions. I’m looking forward to competing with Bob at SMIEC at the end of April.”

Not only did our students perform tremendously over the weekend, but our School Equestrian Program Riding Instructor, Sarah Dreverman, competed in many the jumping events, achieving wins and places in several of the events.

In addition, Winsome was the winner of the prestigious George Holden Memorial Trophy for a District Junior Rider. Of her win, Winsome said, “I was pleased with my results at the Cooma Show and it was a great day out with the SMGS Equestrian Team.”

Winsome’s teammate, Year 5 student, Cassie Nicholls continued her string of success at the Cooma Show; she said, “Cooma show was awesome. The day started of being quite cool and foggy but then the sun came out and the day was great. Mr Oliver was such a great pony and winning the Supreme Hack was such a great surprise, although the rug was a 6’3 and Oliver is only a 5’0. Loved competing with my school friends as they all did a top job.”

Of our Junior School students’ success this season, Head of Junior School at SMGS, Mr Scott Frize said, “Our students work hard both in and out of the classroom. I am proud of our school for being a place where students can work towards their sporting and other co-curricular goals while being supported through their academic work.”

Head of the Equestrian Program, Mrs Sue West, was highly pleased with our school’s performance at the Cooma Show. She stated, “I am very proud of the students at Snowy Mountains Grammar School. They represented their school in an exemplary fashion. I wish to extend a big thank you to the parents involved in helping make the show rings run smoothly.  Congratulations to our team of riders.”

Many of our riders will be competing at the Bombala Show this weekend, and of course, as a school community we are looking forward to the 2017 edition of the Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition (SMIEC) held on 26-30 April 2017 at The Station.

SMGS Equestrian Program

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.

The school makes use of the wide variety of equestrian facilities in the local area, with the program centred around the purpose-built Jindabyne Equestrian Resort and Jindabyne Pony Club, while our interschools competition is held at the Station Resort which affords accommodation and stabling as well as enough space for a competition of this size.

Most of our riders participate in additional equestrian activities outside school, including pony club, dressage competitions, showjumping events, one day events, team penning and stockhorse challenges. The region is host each year to a number of agricultural shows, to the Snowy Mountains Show-jumping Festival and to the Man From Snowy River Stockhorse Challenge, providing ample opportunities for our riders to participate in their favourite sport.

To learn more about the SMGS Equestrian Program, click here!