Off The Track Award - Daisy Hart and Lovinbee "Bee"
Our winner for the Off The Track Award for our June competition is Daisy Hart and her horse, Bee, a 9 year old chestnut mare who went by the race name "Lovinbee".
Bee's sassy characteristic and friendly personality made her the perfect fit for what Daisy was looking for in her next horse - "This little mare is the apple of my eye and from the moment I set eyes on her I knew she would be a great partner!"
In the 3 years of their partnership, Bee has showed her talent in clearing jumps at pony club, managing to get to 1m; participate in hacking, and, complete their first dressage competition, heading home with a second place and a score of 73.648%! Bee is a quick learner, and amongst everything else she has taken to, she can also bow!
Daisy says, "Although we have had our ups and downs, I knew we were forever going to learn from each other so I decided that it was time to start competing Bee. I am very grateful to have the horse that I do and wish nothing less than for everyone to have a horse that they can connect with on such a level as this!"
Great work Daisy and Bee!
Off The Track Award - Lauren McNair and HH Force of Gravity "Atlas"
We have now introduced an OTT category for all ex-race Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses in our competitions going forward, and we are proud to announce that the winner for April is Lauren McNair and her horse, HH Force of Gravity, also known as Atlas!
Atlas is a 10 year old bay gelding who raced a total of 16 times under the name "Turbo Day", with 3 first places. In 2017, Lauren was looking for a new project OTTB and someone had sent her information on a potential match - Atlas. Lauren says, "while he wasn't exactly what I was looking for, I wanted him!".
While he was only expected to stay with her for a year, she quickly fell in love with his cheeky personality and decided that he would become a permanent member of her family. Atlas has since been out competing for about a year, and Lauren is proud of every competition and the journey they have shared together - especially this one!
"He has finally settled down when going out, and has realised that we aren't racing. It's so exciting to see the potential I always saw in him finally coming out in the last few comps! We compete in both dressage and hack and my medium term goal with him is to qualify for Sydney Royal in the Thouroughbred led classes, hopefully in 2020, or 2021," says Lauren.
In the meantime, Lauren aims to continue working hard at dressage, with the hopes to place first in her classes and move up to the next level over the next few months.
Congratulations Lauren, and well done Atlas!
Vale Amanda Shoobridge
Somersby Equestrian Club (SEC), the NSW Central Coast region, the dressage world, and Australian and International Wamblood and pony breeders are mourning the sudden, tragic death late last month of Revelwood Stud's Amanda Shoobridge.
Amanda, aged 38, had travelled to London for an international equine vetinary breeding symposium, when she was taken ill and passed away on 22 July.
The family invited the equestrian community to help remember Amanda at a memorial service at the Great Hall at Sydney University on 9 August to celebrate her extraordinary life and achievements. In acknowledgement of Amanda's appreciation for the great work of the Riding for the Disabled Associattion (RDA), the family asked that a donation be made to them in her memory rather than the gift of flowers. SEC has made a donation to Central Coast RDA in Amanda's name.
Amanda is survived by her eight-year-old daughter, Annabel, and her mother and business parter at Revelwood, Eve Crestani.
Amanda was well known as a warmblood and more recently, dressage pony breeder with stallions standing at Revelwood Stud who included Stedinger and 00 Seven, as well as superstar German Riding Pony sire, Noble Dancer, and also importing frozen semen from many of Europe's elite dressage sires.
Breeding her first foal at Revelwood in 1997, Amanda's vetinary reproduction practice went on to have a major hand in breeding some of Australia's most outstanding performance horses.
In addition, Amanda was having enormous success with her current competition dressage horses including Revelwood Destiny (FEI), Revelwood Florentine (Medium), Noble Dancer (Advanced), Diva Toscana (5yo & Novice) and Movie Star (5yo). Amanda was a regular at SEC competitions in past years, often bringing her young horses, and was a pleasure to have as a competitor as well as being a delight to watch.
Eve Crestani said in late July that the coroner had confirmed that Amanda's dealth was due to bacterial meningitis.
"I cannot thank enough the wonderful friends who have offered such amazing assistance and support at such a difficult time," she said. "Please bear with us (at Revelwood Stud) if we are a little slow in responding at this time.
"I would like to express my enormous gratitude for the many heartfelt messages I have received at this extremely difficult time," Mrs Crestani said.
Somersby Equestrian Club is developing a dressage award in Amanda's name for it's competitions, to begin in 2019.
What a fantastic day we had on our Members only T-Shirt Day held on the 28th August. Altogether we raised a total of $720 for Nepean RDA, with a big thank you going out to Phil Janson and GeoSnapshot who added $54 to the total by donating half the sales from photos taken and purchased from the day. A big thank you to all of our members who helped us achieve an incredible result for a well deserved cause.
Hi-Point Members Award
SEC has found a way to run the Hi-Point Members Aaward for 2016 that will be easy to enter and easy to accurately find winners. It is free to enter and there will be 4 categories - Prepatory, Prelim/Novice, Elem/Medium, Advanced and above. Each rider can nominate one horse per entry with multiple entries available. Please download one of the below forms to keep and record your points for the year and at the end of 2016 the forms can be emailed to Paula Kerslake our Membership Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for verification and announcement of winners.
Points can be earned from all of our compeitions in 2016 and results can be found on our website. Bragging rights can be had by keeping us upto date on your points tally so we can publish them! It is all a bit of fun with the added benefit of having a goal to work towards.
Advanced and above Form
Megan Joerg Warm Up Clinic
Our Megan Joerg Warm Up clinic was a success! Megan was wonderful with both riders and spectators alike, explaining the rules of the warm up arena as well as training techniques. Well done to all those who participated on the day.
We were recently approved for a special projects funding grant through Dressage NSW to help with the additional costs of running our events and after some consideration we believe that the money will be best spent purchasing a new laptop and printer to help the processes in the score shed. As a club we would like to take the time to thank Dressage NSW for their on-going support, we would not be able to do what we do without their help.
Annual General Meeting
Click here to view the minutes from our AGM held on the 27th November 2015 at Il Cadore.
I can't believe it - less than 2 weeks until the entries close for the October 18th Champtionships.We have some amazing prizes on offer so it is well worth the effort of joining us on the day. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Glenworth Valley, Mitavite, Horseland Tuggerah, Peats Ridge Saddlery, Kincumber Produce, McGrath Sockfeed, Somersby Natural Feeds and CRT Ourimbah. Glenworth Valley has donated a 2 night tipi camping experience for 2 adults and 2 children worth $450! This wonderful donaion will be raffled on the day and all proceeds will go toward heling us keep meeting the needs of our members. Prizes on offer will include bags of feed, gift vouchers, gift bags, herbal shampoo and conditioners to name a few. Dressage NSW has supplied the medallions that will be awarded to the champions in each level. Also new to this year will be a special members champion awarded to a SEC member at each level. This award will be separate to the normal champions and will receive their own special ribbons and prizes.
We had a fantastic day on Sunday the 20th with Scott Brodie from TRT. Scott brought along one of his OTT thoroughbreds and there were many sighs and a few "I want him" (including me) as Scott put him though his paces. The afternoon was spent with several riders having a lesson with Scott. Everyone walked away smiling (including the horses) as the wealth of knowledge and experience was passed from trainer to rider, Thank you Scott, for coming to Il Cafore for the day and giving us such an insight into your work with these lovely animals. Thank you to the helpers Anna Lockwood, Kate Butler, Pia Cartwright, Jade King and Paula Kerslake. It was a well run and rewarding day for all! Thank you Robyn Stones for putting together such a well run and informative clinic.
I hope to see you all at the Championships!
Last competition of 2013
For our last competition of 2013, I am happy to say that we finished it off well with some wonderful sponsorship coming on board from Aussie Saddlery, McGrath Stockfeeds, Horseland Central Coast and Petbarn. Many prizes were handed out at the end of the day, and on behalf of the SEC committee, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to those local businesses who gave so generously! Please support these businesses, as without their involvement, it would have "just been another dressage day!"
My personal appreciation goes to the SEC committee - in particular Shauna, Coralie and Liz who not only slog themselves on the day, but also in the weeks prior too (no doubt they will be looking forward to the next few months off). Many thanks also to the great helpers on the day from Angie who tirelessly cleared the indoor manure, to Anna P and Bill B who were awesome in the scoring shed as well as the many gear checkers, pencillers and runners.
Great judges, lovely smiling riders and beautiful horses. Well done everyone - it was a great day. Thanks for supporting the club, and we look forward to an enjoyable 2014!
New 2013 Preparatory tests are now in and will be used by SEC. CLICK HERE for all dressage tests!
President's Report May 2013 - Following the two day April competition.
President's Report March 2013 - Following the February competition which was postponed due to severe storms.
Pointscore/Leaderboard Criteria 2013 - Please read through the criteria for 2013; there are some changes to note.
Arena Etiquette - All competitors should be aware of these rules and abide by them on competition days!
President's Report August 2012