North West Equestrian Interschools Expo

A team of eighteen SMGS students left Jindabyne in the dumping snow for the two-day trip to the North West Equestrian Interschools Expo in Coonabarabran, stopping overnight to give the horses a break so they could arrive fresh and ready to compete on Friday 3 June. There were six hundred riders and seven hundred horses competing, and the SMGS team showed incredible horsemanship and sportsmanship throughout the entire competition.

Over the five days, our riders competed in a variety of disciplines, such as eventing, combined training, showjumping, dressage, working horse challenge, Warrumbungle’s Way challenge, team 6 bar, team barrels, team hunt, team penning and finally the grand parade. We set up camp with eighteen trucks, goosenecks and floats to create a great atmosphere, with parents and students chipping in each night to help keep the camp running. In amongst all this, the students still managed to complete their schoolwork and submit assignments.

Our equestrian team, as usual, punched way above their weight, placing in almost all the events in which we competed. SMGS received a lot of praise throughout the week, not only for our fantastic results, but also our volunteering efforts, constantly hearing our name over the PA. Everyone has packed up and headed for the two-day trip home on a high from the fun week and can’t wait to return next year.


Zani Fairfield-Smith

2nd EVA 80 Eventing

1st  105cm Showjumping

3rd Prelim Dressage

Last round of 6 Bar (120 horses)

Chloe Chilcott

5th Prelim Dressage

Emily Quodling

5th Combined Training

3rd 115 Showjumping

Callie Beare

7th Pentathlon

13th Dressage 1B

Frankie Dennis

2nd Eventing EVA 60

4th 2B Dressage

Josh May

6th Pentathlon

Marli Dixon

9th Team Penning

5th Combined Training Div 4

Sage Dixon

9th Team Penning
5th Combined Training Div1

5th Working Horse Challenge

Emily Willsmer

5th Pleasure Horse

Cora Whitehead

5th Pentathlon

9th ODE 95 Eventing

Bronte Whitehead

11th EVA 60 Eventing

Elyssa Gould

5th Sporting

9th Team Penning

Charlotte Mooney

12th Combined Training

8th Dressage 1B

Beth Richardson-Dunn

1st EVA 80 Eventing

1st Horse most suitable for Expo – Gymkhana

Toby McIntyre Shying

1st EVA 60 Eventing

Age Reserve Champion 13yrs Boys

Participation Medal Pentathlon

Congratulations, Cassie Nicholls, Taylah Klemm, Olave Wilkinson

Thank you to SMGS EDA co-cordinator, Gidge Fairfield-Smith for all her support, organisation and guidance over a fantastic competition weekend.