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Interschool riders put their best hoof forward at Werribee

 Pip Crawford was Novice Senior Champion with Spyderman SW for Geelong Grammar School. Image: Pip Crawford Equestrian

Pip Crawford was Novice Senior Champion on the weekend, as well as the overall VEIS series Novice Senior Champion with Spyderman SW for Geelong Grammar School. Image: Pip Crawford Equestrian.


Interschool riders put their best hoof forward at Werribee

The VEIS Dressage and Showjumping Grand Finals took place over the weekend, with young riders making the trip from all over Victoria – including as far east as Lakes Entrance and as far north as the border town of Cobram!

The four-part series, which began in February, had its fourth and final round in relatively pleasant conditions at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, with the Showjumping Grand Final held Saturday and the Dressage Grand Final held Sunday.

Champions were crowned across the grades for the Grand Final in both disciplines, and VEIS Series Champions were also named from combined results over the four events. 

Dressage Grand Final results:

Dressage riders of all ages competed across seven levels from Preparatory to Small Tour, with Champions crowned across the grades. Preliminary and Novice levels were divided into Senior, Intermediate and Primary age classes.

Felicity Sutherland of Braemar College was named the overall Small Tour Champion with Estee, while the Advanced Championship went to Rosemary Heagney and Redgum James 007 for Kardinia International College. The Medium Championship went to Mia Heinrich and Welfs Applause for Tintern Grammar, and Zoe Warner with Mister Moby were Elementary Champions for Toorak College.


Elementary Champion Zoe Warner with Mister Moby, and Small Tour Champion Felicity Sutherland with Estee. Image: Felicity Sutherland Instagram.

Posie Sutherland (left) was the Reserve Elementary Champion on the weekend, however she and Cherishwood Dream On were the overall Elementary Series Champions following the completion of the four-event VEIS series. Posie's sister, Felicity Sutherland (right), was Small Tour Champion on the weekend as well as the overall VEIseries Small Tour Champion with Estee. Both enjoyed beautiful woollen rugs from RB Sellars! Image: Felicity Sutherland Instagram.


Pip Crawford was Novice Senior Champion with Spyderman SW for Geelong Grammar School, while the Novice Intermediate Championship went to Grovedale College’s Morgan Cockerell and Monteith Brunton, and the Novice Primary Championship was won by Amelia Maree and Sunny Morning R for Pleasant Street Primary School.

In the Preliminary classes, Hanna Fletcher and Brookside Denzel were Senior Champions for Castlemaine Secondary College, Olivia Logan and Prize Park King Arthur won the Intermediate Championship for Salesian College, and Olivia Roberts of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar was named Primary Champion with Chapel House Gwilym.

Lucinda Cooper and KRP Bonanza of St Mary MacKillop Primary School in Bannockburn were named Preparatory Champions.

Braemar College took out the Dressage Team Award, finishing one point ahead of Toorak College. Congratulations to all!

Full weekend dressage results can be found here.

Showjumping Grand Final results:

Showjumping riders of all ages competed across seven levels from Freshmans to Stars, with Champions crowned across the grades. Freshman level was divided into Primary and Secondary classes.

The Stars Level Champion was Molly Lawrence riding Carabel P for Toorak College, while the Advanced Level Champion was fellow Toorak College student Zara Adnams riding Dingmac Disco King.

The Intermediate Level Champion was Holly Grant riding RBH Mr Image for Ivanhoe Grammar School; the Progressive Level Champion was Eltham College’s Abigail Zammit and Imperial Rose; and the Improvers Level Champion was Gracie Gartung riding Blackwood Bo Peep for Sale Catholic College. The Encourage Level Champion was Olivia Anderton and Glenmore Wyn for Edinburgh College.

The Primary Freshman Level Champion was awarded to Lachy Black with Lakevale Tyson for Gippsland Grammar, with Lachy also claiming the Reserve title on Mobile App! The Secondary Freshman Level Champion was Jasmine Coady and Jacko for Bacchus Marsh Grammar.

Toorak College took out the Showjumping Team Award.

Full weekend jumping results can be found here.


Overall VIES Series results

Overall Champions were also crowned across the four-leg VEIS series at all levels in both dressage and showjumping. All Champions were thrilled to walk away with beautiful RB Sellars woollen rugs, which are no doubt now coming in handy right as this cold snap moves across the state! 




Toorak College were named Showjumping Champions ahead of Salesian College, while Kardinia International College were crowned Dressage Champions with Braemar College the runners up.

Individually, the series dressage results were:

Small Tour Champion: Felicity Sutherland and Estee, Braemar College

Small Tour Reserve Champion: Lucy Coventry and Quizzical, Toorak College

Advanced Champion: Rosemary Heagney and Redgum James 007, Kardinia International College

Advance Reserve Champion: Keely Sutton and Sandon Grove Edward, Beaconhills College

Medium Champion: Shayleigh Joblin and Grenwood Romeo, The Geelong College

Medium Reserve Champion: Caitlin Griffiths and Glyndower Brea Galahad, Finley High School

Elementary Champion: Rosemary (Posie) Sutherland and Cherishwood Dream On, Braemar College

Elementary Reserve Champion: Zoe Warner and Mister Moby, Toorak College

Novice Senior Champion: Pip Crawford and Spyderman SW, Geelong Grammar School

Novice Senior Reserve Champion: Tayla Anderson and LeVale East Wind, Elizabeth Murdoch College

Novice Intermediate Champion: Morgan Cockerell and Monteith Brunton, Grovedale College

Novice Intermediate Reserve Champion: Morgan Cockerell and IBN KY Gold Rush, Grovedale College

Novice Primary Champion: Abbey Restall and Hawkesbury Park Poetry, Toorak College

Novice Primary Reserve Champion: Alannah Heagney and Harrington Park Timeless Dreams, Kardinia International College

Preliminary Senior Champion: Darcy Macaulay and Parklands Faltango, Assumption College

Preliminary Senior Reserve Champion: Ella Zele and Finding Nemo, The Geelong College

Preliminary Intermediate Champion: Olivia Logan and Prize Park King Arthur, Salesian College

Preliminary Intermediate Reserve Champion: Thomas Harrison and ESB Golden Malt, Flinders Christian Community College

Preliminary Primary Champion: Amelia Maree and Tanlee Raphael, Pleasant Street Primary School

Preliminary Primary Reserve Champion: Piper Bondarenko and Nilton Mayfair, Kardinia International College

Preparatory Champion: Ethan Pring and Coch Llews Helios, Pleasant Street Primary School

Preparatory Reserve Champion: Ruby Smith and Kooyong Julliet, Kardinia International College

Individually, the series showjumping results were:

Stars Champion: Alice Darby and Moon Day, Ivanhoe Grammar School

Stars Reserve Champion: Molly Lawrence and Carabel P, Toorak College

Advanced Champion: Zara Adnams and Tallyho Primrose, Toorak College

Advanced Reserve Champion: Zara Adnams and Dingmac Disco King, Toorak College

Intermediate Champion: Tayla Anderson and Casino Nights, Elizabeth Murdoch College

Intermediate Reserve Champion: Alice Darby and Hermione Day, Ivanhoe Grammar School

Progressive Champion: Olivia Curtain and Indi’s Mr Zorba Jones, Newhaven College

Progressive Reserve Champion: Abigail Zammit and Imperial Rose, Eltham College

Improvers Champion: Gracie Gartung and Blackwood Bo Peep, Sale Catholic College

Improvers Reserve Champion: Camille Mason and Stormin Norman, Salesian College

Encourage Champion: Lara Fairchild and Ash, Damascus College

Encourage Reserve Champion: Olivia Anderton and Glenmore Wyn, Edinburgh College

Freshman Champion: Ivy Williams and Creswell Montana, Rivercrest Christian College

Freshman Reserve Champion: Emily Stone and Riverview Ace, Cobram Anglican Grammar School

Full series results can be found here.

Stay tuned for a full report on the VEIS series and Grand Final in the July issue of Equestrian Life magazine.





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