From Saturday 27 to Tuesday 30 April, Snowy Mountains Grammar School welcomed 248 riders from 58 schools to Jindabyne for the 22ndannual Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition.

Of this year’s event, Event Director, Sue West, said, “SMIEC 2019 was an amazing event. The weather was the best we have had for many years and this showcased the wonderful venue and allowed all riders to compete, succeed and have fun, so the fundamental aim of this event was on display.  SMIEC brings like-minded students with a common love of horses and a keen sense of competition together. This year we hosted K-12 riders from Sydney, the Riverina, the South Coast, the Southern Highlands, eastern Victoria and the Monaro.  The event schedule ran on time, results were calculated, everyone rode safely and above all else, everyone had a wonderful time.  The SMGS P&F did a wonderful job feeding everyone with delicious homemade treats and coffee and the Station again proved to be just the best venue for this event.”

This was Sue’s final year at the helm of the prestigious SMIEC event. Sue has headed up this event for the last 22 years, and is the driving force in making this event a highlight on the NSW Interschools Equestrian circuit.

SMGS Principal, Dr Andrew Bell, was also very thankful to the community that is involved in executing an event of this magnitude, saying, “Thank you to all involved and those who supported the event. SMIEC was again a resounding success in 2019 thanks to the dedication and passion of the SMIEC Committee, SMGS P&F, parents, staff, students, coaches, judges, sponsors and supporters. This event is an amazing opportunity for not only our school community, but the wider Snowy Monaro region. We are looking forward to another wonderful event in 2020.”

“Overall, it is great to have staff who continue to give their time and energy to ensure our students have opportunities and our events are successful. It was also pleasing to see SMGS win the Overall School competition again this year.”

2019 Event Sponsors:

The major award recipients were as follows:

Individual Age Group Overall High Point Champions

Kinder – Year 2: 

Champion: Siri Taubenschlag, Canberra Girls Grammar School, and Nanteos Autumn

Runner-Up: Daisy Heming, Arndell Anglican College, and Jack Glade

Year 3 and 4:  

Champion: Zsa Zsa Millward, Arndell Anglican College, and Tiki Tally Toga

Runner-Up: Jordan Smith, Wolumla PS, and Bamborough Questionaire

Year 5 and 6:

Champion: Angelina Thompson, Arndell Anglican College, and Solo

Runner-Up: Abbey Holcombe, Oxley College, and Larkspur Neva

Year 7 and 8:  

Champion:  Abby Douch, Monaro HS, and Rainwood Park Melaleuca

Runner-Up: Ella Hayward, Southern Highlands Christian School, and Garden Vale Stylish Poetry

Year 9 and 10:

Champion:  Charlotte Wilson, Snowy Mountains Grammar School, and Hyrola Chequers

Runner-Up: Emily Quodling, Snowy Mountains Grammar School, and Aaberdeen Adonis

Year 11 and 12:

Champion: Chloe Carruthers, Dickson College, and El Tigre Estrella

Runner-Up: Lucy Batten, Arndell Anglican College, and Yanjarra Park Special Edition


Sue West Trophy for the Overall Individual High Point Score:  Angelina Thompson


Highest Point Score for a Team of 4 Riders from the same school:

Champion: Arndell Anglican College – Angelina Thompson, Lucy Batten, Zsa Zsa Millward

Runner Up: Snowy Mountains Grammar School – Charlotte Wilson, Emily Quodling, Danny Ternes-Dixon, Alex Gould

3rd: Jindabyne Central School – Toby Shying, Indiana Burke, Caitlyn Pratt, Frankie Dennis.


Champion School: Snowy Mountains Grammar School


The Dreverman Family award for the Champion Showjumper:  Maddison Brighton, St Clare’s College, Canberra

Final results for all events are on the SMIEC website:

SMGS Equestrian Captain, Sarah Jansen, was proud of the SMGS Equestrian team and thankful to all those who organised and supported the event, saying, “The weather was very kind to us and our team enjoyed much success and many personal achievements. All horses and riders were exceptionally well presented and represented our school community with pride. Snowy Mountains Grammar School was again the highest point-scoring school. Thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, parents, coaches and event sponsors for helping us get through a huge four days smoothly. Thank you to the hardworking P&F team who kept us fed with a wonderful array of food in the canteen. Finally, a huge thank you must also go to Ms West and her family. Thank you for your service and dedication to this event for over 22 years. SMIEC is the way it is today because of you and the efforts of your family, who have created an inclusive, positive event for us all to be very proud of.”

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 2020.

The full image gallery by SMIEC official photographer, 5 Willows can be viewed here:

The SMGS Equestrian Team photos taken by 5 Willows can be viewed here: