THE Newhaven College Equestrian Team has qualified for the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Showjumping (VEIS) grand finals to be held at the National Equestrian Centre at Werribee Park on August 1.
Two of the team’s young riders, Sianan Price and Boyd West, have also secured a grand final berth in their respective individual grades.
It was their finals qualifications that led Newhaven College to be ranked highly on the VEIS leader board which resulted in the entire team being invited to compete in the grand final for the first time in the team’s history.
This year is proving to be a successful one for the equestrian team, who are also sitting in 12th position on the Interschool Showjumping (ISJ) leader board.
Around 60 schools compete at ISJ across the series, so such a high ranking is a fabulous achievement.
Maddie Watt, Sianan Price and Boyd West are the riders responsible for this terrific result as they have each won or placed in every round this year.
Such consistent success does not come without hard work.
The team participated in a training day over the June/July holidays with top level instructor, Kelly Van Den Berg, and focused on two disciplines, Dressage and Show Jumping.
The day built team spirit amongst the group and enabled each rider to improve their riding as well as their relationship with their horse in both disciplines.
Stephanie Slade recently took her beautiful horse ‘Let’s Gossip’ to the National Equestrian Centre at Werribee to compete at the Equestrian Victoria Interschool Championships in the Showing section.
Just as the perfectly prepared Stephanie and Let’s Gossip entered the ring, the heaviest rain of the show fell.
Ever the professionals, Stephanie and Let’s Gossip maintained their composure despite the difficult conditions to complete a beautiful work out.
The Newhaven Equestrian Team is now preparing for its annual major fundraising event, the Newhaven College Interschool Show Jumping Championships.
This is the fourth year the event will be held at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre in Clyde and this year the date will be Friday, September 11.
Head of Equestrian at Newhaven College, Amanda Price, puts in an inordinate amount of work each year to work with her team and run the event.
“We expect at least 100 competitors from over 40 schools to attend our show if numbers are consistent with previous years”, she said.
With the good fortune that Newhaven College’s equestrian program has enjoyed so far in 2015, their competitors are confident that they can perform to their best on the day.