SMGS’ twenty-three-strong equestrian team competed at this year’s Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition (SMIEC) from Saturday, 28th April to Tuesday, 1st May at the Station Resort in Jindabyne, NSW. SMGS joined 76 schools, 249 riders and 329 horse-rider combinations from the ACT, NSW and Victoria.

SMIEC is run by a small but mighty committee from SMGS, who are passionate about equestrian at both our school and in the region. Through its twenty-one years, this committee has seen the event grow from strength to strength and there is no doubt that the sky is the limit for how prestigious and respected the event is becoming.

The support of the SMGS community and wider equestrian community is not lost on the SMIEC organisers. Mrs Sue West was quick to acknowledge the immense amount of work this event takes, saying, “There is a long list of both SMGS community members and those in the wider community who contribute to this event each year. A special thanks to all our sponsors, who supplied beautiful prizes for each event (over 700 ribbons, about 20 trophies and 16 beautiful trophy rugs, to be exact); to the SMGS P&F who ran a canteen full of delicious food and drink for the four days; to all our volunteers, who kept the show running each day; to the professional and enthusiastic judges and score-keepers for each discipline, who all commented on the high standard exhibited in their events this year; to the committee members who worked tirelessly for weeks beforehand, ensuring everything was in place for the competition; to the SMGS students and staff who volunteered their time to ensure the event ran smoothly; and, of course, to the Station Resort for providing the space and facilities for our growing event.”

The SMGS equestrian team performed exceptionally well this year, with their efforts culminating in winning the Champion School – Highest Combined Scores. Year 8 rider, Emily Quodling, also took home the Year 8 Reserve Champion award. Year 9 student, Jessica Dickson, also took the top step for the Preliminary Dressage Champions Award.

Results are still being finalised, but some other top 3 results from Team SMGS include:

Show Horse 

Year 8 Rider

Charlotte Wilson – 3rd

Year 11 Rider

Sarah Jansen – 3rd

Year 8 Ridden Showhack or Hunter

Emily Quodling – 2nd

Charlotte Wilson – 3rd

Years 7-8 Ridden Educated Showhack or Hunter

Charlotte Wilson – 2nd

Junior Ridden Pleasure Showhack or Hunter

Abigail Blyth – 3rd

ODE Pointscore

Division 1b Senior School Riders

Charlotte Wilson – 1st

Division 2b Senior School Riders

Emily Quodling – 2nd

Mackenzie Harding – 3rd

Individual Dressage Tests

Prepatory 1C

Makushla Maxwell – 1st

Preliminary Test 1.1 – Senior School Years 7, 8 and 9

Rhianna Blyth 2nd

Interschools Challenge

Non Jumping Interschools Challenge for Junior School Riders in Years 5 and 6

Cassandra Nicholls – 1st

Jumping Interschools Challenge for Riders in Years 7 and 8

Emily Quodling – 1st

Emily Hill – 3rd

Stockhorse Challenge

Senior School Riders Years 7 and 8

Emily Quodling – 3rd

Senior School Riders Years 9 and 10

Daniel Ternes-Dixon – 3rd

SMGS Principal Andrew Bell was also very thankful to the community that is involved in executing an event of this magnitude, saying, “SMIEC has been an integral part of SMGS and our local community for the past two decades. The event has continued to grow each year and SMGS always has a large representation of riders, as it does again this year with twenty-three riders competing over the four-day event. SMIEC is again a great success in 2018 thanks to a contingent of passionate and dedicated people, including members of school staff, members of the local community and parents, who all work tirelessly to provide the opportunity for our younger riders from near and afar.”

It was an emotional day for our Year 12 rider, SMGS sports co-captain and equestrian captain, Lara Fairfield-Smith, who was riding in her final SMIEC competition with her horse Samlet. Of the event and our team’s performance, Lara said, “I’m extremely proud of the SMGS team. They work so hard! Everyone on the team is so happy to help each other and work together. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to be part of this team and to be equestrian captain this year. Leading the SMGS team in my final SMIEC parade was just incredible!”

Many have enquired about dates for next year, and after the organising committee takes a few days’ rest, they will re-convene to discuss plans for 2019. Can this event get any better?

Full results and photos can be viewed on the SMIEC website