On Friday 22 June, the SMGS Equestrian Team came together to take stock of the 2017/2018 equestrian competition season and, with so many great achievements from both individuals and the team as a whole, the atmosphere in the Snowy Shed was one filled with accomplishment and pride.

The 2018 major awards and recipients were as follows:

Outstanding Performance certificates

Emily Quodling: for runner-up Age Champion at SMIEC

MacKenzie Harding: for runner-up 95cm Showjumping Champion and 1st place in the Six-Bar at the North West Equestrian Expo

Charlotte Wilson: for Preliminary Dressage Champion, 1st place in the 60cm ODE and Champion Pony Hack at the North West Equestrian Expo.

Year 12 Commitment to Equestrian medals

The Year 12 riders have come through the program and although in their final year they may not have had quite as much time to attend all sessions, they supported the program and entered in competitions. This year’s recipient was SMGS Sports Co-Captain and Equestrian Captain, Lara Fairfield Smith.

Most Improved Rider trophy

The Most Improved Rider trophy for 2018 was awarded to Annabelle Forster.

The Krista Mower Award for Encouragement

Awarded to a rider who has shown great commitment and a desire to improve their riding and the partnership they have with their horse. This year’s recipient was Alexandra Fairfield-Smith.

The Alex Poulos Award

Awarded to a senior school rider who has demonstrated excellence in sportsmanship, leadership and team building and who has represented the SMGS Equestrian program with distinction at all times. This year’s award recipient is Charlotte Wilson.

Squad Person of the Year

This award is to recognise a senior student who has attended the majority of riding sessions, who has offered assistance to instructors and the program co-ordinator, who has provided a role model for younger riders and who has helped younger and less experienced riders with their horses.  This rider has represented the SMGS program at the highest level at our own and other interschool and open competitions. The school is very proud to announce that this year’s Squad Person of the Year is Lara Fairfield-Smith.

Of the awards evening and the equestrian team’s season, SMGS equestrian co-ordinator and Head of Faculty – Human Society & Its Environment, Mrs Susan Plum, said, “I feel very privileged to have been welcomed into the equestrian family this year. The dedication, team spirit and camaraderie of all participants in the program have made for a very successful season. Sarah Dreverman, Gidge Fairfield-Smith and Danielle Ternes were excellent coaches throughout the season and I would like to thank Sue West for her support as well. The parents and grandparents also deserve much acknowledgement for their continued support and dedication which enables their children to participate in the Wednesday lessons and in competitions.”

The team will now take a well-earned break through the winter months and be ready to start the 2018/2019 season in Term 4.

Congratulations to the entire team on an outstanding season.