While many SMGS students and families took to the snowfields during the winter break, three senior school students travelled to Sydney to compete in the 2018 Equestrian NSW Interschool State Championships. The five-day competition (16thto 21stJuly) is held at the world-class Olympic equestrian facility, the Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC).

Over 500 riders and horses from around the state descended on SIEC for the ENSW event. The NSW Interschools is a national qualifier for Australian Interschools representation and all riders were keen to impress. This event is the premier interschools event, with riders needing qualifying performances to be accepted to enter. Sarah Jansen (Year 11) Emily Quodling (Year 8) and Charlotte Wilson (Year 8) were all accepted to represent SMGS at this prestigious event.

Day OneOne-Day Event (ODE)

Emily was in the EVA 80cm and Charlotte in the EVA 60cm. Both performed well in their dressage tests and both then went clear in show jumping to set up a great last day of ODE with the cross-country phase.

Day Two – Cross-Country

The cross-country course is a challenging course at SIEC, with two water jumps and all jumps true to height (huge!).

Emily had a wonderful round on the course, going close to optimum time, and clear. This saw her rise through the ranks to complete the competition in 15thplace. This is a wonderful result after only her third ODE, and at State! She is showing great promise on her new horse Aberdeen Adonis (aka Greg). The EVA 80cm class was the largest here, with over forty riders competing.

Charlotte was in a great position after day one, equal first in her class. She was confident her little pony would do his job, but disaster struck at jump 10 with Charlotte having an unexpected dismount which saw her eliminated from the competition. Although devastated with the result, she showed great courage and sportsmanship.

Day 3 – Dressage and Show Jumping

Day 3 was the start of the major competition days with the commencement of dressage and show jumping. Sarah Jansen started her competition campaign, joining Charlotte in the Dressage Arena while Emily took on the show jumping events.

In the dressage competition, Sarah and her lovely pony Rising Millennium (Bertie) competed in the Novice tests and Charlotte and Birrali Honesty (Harry) stepped out in the Preliminary tests. Both girls posted solid, accurate tests, scoring in the low 60% range. These were very good scores, putting Charlotte 13thand 23rdand Sarah 23rdand 26threspectively.

Charlotte then completed her competition in the Show Horse ring. The three phases, led, rider and ridden, saw them place 19thoverall. A tough competition but well worth the first-time experience for them both.

Day 4 and 5 – Show Jumping

Emily began her Show Jumping events with both her horses in action – DP Onxy (Jacko) and Aaberdeen Adonis (Greg). Over the course of competition days 3, 4 and 5, Emily took on four rounds of jumping on her horses in the 90cm, 1m and the 1:10m competitions.  The phases all had different ENSW rules – AM2, AM7 and AM5 – across all the different heights.

Emily rode well in each phase of the jumping rounds with amazing results. Only one rail in one event! The boys and Emily really did not put a foot wrong.

Emily’s results were as follows:

For Aaberdeen Adonis – ODE 15th EVA 80cms

For Aaberdeen Adonis – 1:10m 13th, 15thand 17th

1m- 5th 1m- 3rd, 1m- 2nd 

For DP Onyx- 90cm- 6th, 1m- 6th, 90cms- 9th

With these results, Emily qualified for EA Nationals with Aaberdeen Adonis (Greg) in the 1m, coming in overall 3rdplace, and on DP Onyx (Jacko) Emily came 6thoverall in the 90cm classes.

Emily is also the first student from SMGS to qualify for EA Nationals. Well done, Emily!

Congratulations to all three girls on their outstanding results and sportsmanship in a competitive field and on tough courses!