Snowy Mountains Grammar School hosted the 16th annual Interschools Equestrian Competition last week at the Station in Jindabyne.This event is growing each year and is now one of the biggest equestrian schools’ events held across NSW.  This year 220 riders from 61 schools competed over the four-day competition, which included a One-Day Event, Combined Training, Dressage, a 6-Bar Jumping Competition, Showjumping, Sporting, an Interschools Challenge, a Stockmans Challenge and Team Penning.  Judges for each of the sections came from Sydney, the far south coast and Canberra to cast their professional eyes over the competitors as they competed in each of the events.

This year the school was lucky enough to have some generous sponsorship from Horseland Fyshwick, Mitre 10 Jindabyne, Cocina Mexican Bar and Bistro, Resort Trailers, Horsezone, Snowy River Horseback Adventures, BCB Crane Hire, and Snowy Mountains Performance Horses, enabling beautiful horse rugs to be presented to the section winners for each event.

Despite some very bad weather which forced the final day of competition to be cancelled this year, the other three days were magnificent and riders and their families enjoyed the best of the Monaro as they rode very competitively amid strong competition.

The schools competition was won by Jindabyne Central School, from Snowy Mountains Grammar and St Patrick’s Parish School in Cooma.  Individual overall pointscore winners in each age group were Hunter Dibden, Narooma PS, from Ruby Jane Ling, Jerrabomberra; Sienna Smee, St Peter’s and Paul’s Kiama, from Jane Casey, Covenant Christian School; Brooke Caroline Ellis, St Joseph’s O’Connor, from Abby Douch, St Patrick’s Cooma; Shelley Kleven, St Patrick’s Cooma, from Ella Dennis, Jindabyne Central; Tahlia Cowan, Galston Girls, from Lisa Haylock, St Patrick’s Cooma; Caitlin Reid, Narooma HS, from Grace Aksila, Mackillop College ACT; Imogen Thew, Arndell College, from Georgia Fort, Canberra Girls Grammar; Esther Black, Bega HS, from Geneva Guy, Jindabyne Central; Jane Fitzgerald, Yanco Ag, Molly Britten, Bega HS, from Georgie Batten, Arndell College.