Equestrian Queensland

Kooralbyn Equestrian Group ODE Report

Friday, 29 June 2012


23-24 June 2012




The weather gods were looking after us again, and it was nowhere near as cold as we thought it would be. Unfortunately, numbers were down, but those that did arrive at Kooralbyn were treated to fantastic grounds. This is the best we have seen them in a number of years, which is due to a great, hardworking committee. The costs of paying people to slash the grounds are huge for our club, but the results are definitely worth it.
There were a couple of new jumps, which caught a few riders out as well. A big thank you to Allan Garfield for all his hard work in getting jumps made and the course set up so well. We had hoped our new show jumping equipment was going to be ready, but it just wasn’t quite finished. However, it will all be there ready for the State Championships in October, which is also going to be our first CIC event. This means that riders will have 2 options in QLD to get those qualifiers that they are all chasing. It is going to be a huge job, but the committee is very keen to make it happen. We are hoping to have some more new cross country jumps ready for this event as well. To keep improving the sport, our committee spends every cent back on the course, and this is evident from the great new dressage arenas we have purchased, new jumps and repairs to old jumps, maintaining all the grounds and our new show jumping equipment( on its way).
We have had some feedback about the cost of the sport, but unless we maintain grounds and jumps, there can be no Eventing at Kooralbyn. We are hoping to do some earth work to the course before our next event, so if there is anyone with an excavator that could help us out, it would be greatly appreciated. Please ring Kristen on 0404071123.
Once again, our catering group put on a fantastic spread for all the judges, officials and volunteers. Redlands Pony club had a great new set up, with beautiful breakfast, lunch and even hot dinners. Nathan had the disco happening on Saturday night, and the bonfire created by Tony Sullivan was a great spot to reflect on the day.
The number of riders in the official classes were great, with 33 in Pre Novice, 15 in 1*and 12 in 2*.It was always going to be a tough battle, with no surprise to see Tom Doyle take out first in Pre Novice. He is an icon of Eventing, riding a beautiful horse. I know quite a lot of people that would happily take his horse home in their truck! 
Justine Streater kept up her winning streak in the Junior Pre Novice, on 46.2 penalties, although Chloe Sullivan kept her nerve and was nipping at her heels, to take out second place. Both these riders finished on their dressage score. Katie Gorell secured the win in 1*, with the show jumping defiantly causing some problems for the majority of riders in this class. Charlotte Price was the only rider in this class to have a clear round without time penalties.
The two star class was won by Matt Gaske. Time penalties in cross country sorted this class out, as not one rider came in on time. Matt went on to show jump clear, one of only three riders to do so.
The senior preliminary class was won by Elizma English and the junior class was won by Emma Currie on a brilliant 36.7 penalty points. After dressage, Emma had a commanding lead of 13.6 penalty points. Her dressage practice has defiantly paid off!
In the senior Introductory class, we had two riders finish on 43.8 penalty points, so the winner was the rider that finished the cross country closest to the optimum time. Sarah Corr was the ultimate winner, by riding an almost perfect cross country, 1 second off the time of 6.00 minutes.
In the junior introductory, Madison Searle finished first, on her dressage score of 50.7 penalty points. Sheridan Sullivan finished second, riding Janine Dwyers’ horse, Stoney. Janine is the KEG president, and she was thrilled to be able to watch the pony she bred come out and perform so well.
The Pre Introductory class was mixed, as expected. There were obviously a lot of very green horses in this class, which is reflected in the penalties on cross country and show jumping. There were only 4 riders that went clear and on time in cross country. Isabella Wlikinson-McIntye went on to win this class, followed by Megan Cooper, who has been working really hard with Jen Kinsella.
A big thank you to the hard working committee and the wonderful volunteers, without these people, this event would not be happening.
Hope to see you all at the CIC and State Championships event on the 27th and 28th October. Please remember that when you nominate at State Championships, you cannot ride down. For example, if you have ridden at Prelim, you must nominate at that level, you cannot compete in Intro level. There are no exceptions to this rule. Last year there was some confusion over this rule, and we will be making sure that it is clear on the nominations this year.

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