Equestrian Centre News – Week 2

Mr Anees Imtiaz

Marcus Oldham Bursary
We are excited to announce we have two winners of the Marcus Oldham bursary. The college has kindly offered two of our Equestrian Students academic bursaries. Marcus Oldham was very impressed with the standard of the applicants for these scholarships.
Sarah Wyatt and Laura Finlay were the winners of this bursary. They are very proactive riders and their dedication to their disciplines prove this is a well-deserved achievement. We would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the students that applied for this bursary. We are very grateful to have made this beneficial connection with Marcus.
NEGS is thrilled to have Marcus on board supporting our young riders. Marcus Oldham College is Australia’s leading rural business management college with a reputation for providing quality education. The College offers courses in agriculture, agribusiness and equine business management with the aim to give their students a leg-up in their careers with the well-known and respected Marcus Oldham name.
Congratulations on your bursary Sarah and Laura, and thank you Marcus Oldham.


Australian Stock Horse Bursary
The Australian Stock Horse Society have recognised the talent of the NEGS girls riding their registered Australian Stock Horses in many disciplines, and have kindly offered a bursary to one applicant from years 7 to 11 excelling in their riding.
Congratulations to Chelsea Devenish, Recipient of the 2018 Australian Stock Horse Society Bursary.
Well Done Chelsea.

A big thank you and congratulations to all who applied and who were shortlisted, the standard was extremely high.




Polocrosse Girls to Represent NSW
We are pleased to announce that 4 of our Polocrosse girls have been selected in the 2018 National NSW Squads. The girls have been selected from all players in NSW in their age groups after impressing selectors at various carnivals throughout the year. This is no mean feat out of our small team of 12, trained all year by dedicated coach Sam Halsted.
Akasha Beresford, Abby Finlayson and Gemma Stuart were nominated in the under 16 squad and Josie Wilson in the intermediate squad. Their dedication to polocrosse this year has been outstanding and has obviously paid off! The final teams will be announced in June 2018.
If the girls are successful in making the team, they will be battling it out for NSW against the country’s best polocrosse players at Perth Polocrosse Nationals next year. More than 300 players and nearly 2000 spectators are projected to attend the National Championships, with seven days of play. Good luck to these girls in making their teams.




2017 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschools Championships – Results
The NEGS girls were in fine form at the 2017 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschools Championships in Toowoomba this year. The school had a record number of 10 girls competing for their states and came home with some fantastic results.

Jaimie McElroy and HH Hawke did it again to take the Australian title for 1* eventing for the second time in a row. These two are a force to be reckoned with and have an exciting future ahead. They put in a solid dressage test, perfect cross country round and really showed their style in the show jumping. Jaimies ability to cope with pressure in the ring is one of the many reasons she manages to have such
consistent results. She is focused, level headed and always rides to the best of her ability. She managed to pull a clear round, securing herself to be the Australian Champion for 1* again.

HH Hawke was also awarded best performed off the track thoroughbred and the combination were on the winning NSW eventing team.
Isabella Arabejo and Four Winds Funky Chick did an exceptional job in the dressage and combined training, showing their versatility and consistency. They placed 4th overall in the Secondary Senior Novice and 4th and 7th in the Secondary Senior Elementary. They not only placed in the dressage, but came 3rd in the 95cm combined training. She was also part of the Secondary NSW Dressage team that placed 3rd overall and the Secondary NSW Combined Training team, which also placed 3rd.

Matilda McCarroll and Fraser were in fine form and rode competitively throughout all phases in the EVA 105. Matilda showed her professionalism and versatility by learning the ropes on Fraser the week before the event and riding a beautiful dressage test, clear cross country and clear showjumping round to finish 4th.

Brooke McKenna and Woodlands Suntari rode for the Northern Territory team and had some excellent results in the show jumping. The pair placed 4th in the Secondary 90cm AM5, 1m A2 and 90cm A2. They also placed 3rd overall in the 90cm. They were 8th overall in the 1m and 4th overall as a team. Having only recently moved to NEGS, this combination will be one to watch in the future.

Katie Hancock took both her mares and came home with some brilliant results. Katie came 2nd and 6th in the Working Hunter class on Dajanna. Having recently begun jumping this mare, they did an excellent job to place 7th in the 60cm combined training. She also rode Any Thyme in the CT 80cm to finish 8th. Katie has shown her versatility by campaigning two very different horses. Each horse shows an immense amount of talent but require two different riding styles.

Olivia Ruzsicksa and Warrego Dumbledore did wonderfully to place 5th in the Novice dressage and 10th in the Elementary Dressage. They rode for the Northern Territory team and coped with the pressure and atmosphere brilliantly.

Matilda Hall and Spelling Bee were competing for NSW in the Senior Preliminary Dressage. They finished 10th in the 1.3 but unfortunately had to scratch from the 1.2. Matilda showed her horsemanship before her competitive goals which is always encouraged at NEGS, so we congratulate her for looking after her horses best interests.

Charlotte Jacobson, our youngest NEGS competitor rode Stoney Creek in the 60cm combined training. She put in a lovely dressage test and a beautiful show jump round to secure 5th place. She also placed 4th and 6th in the working hunter and finished 8th overall. This is a wonderful achievement for her second Nationals and we are looking forward to watching where the future takes this eager year 7 student.

Congratulations to both Sarah Wyatt and Lucy Ramsay for making it to this prestigious event. Being selected to represent their state is an achievement in itself. The girls had worked very hard for their place on the NSW team and made it home safely in the EVA 105 and CNC 1*.

We would like to thank our wonderful senior coach, Rachelle Hirst for attending the event and supporting all the girls and parents. She is an asset to the Equestrian Centre and always puts the girls and horses best interests first. Even though Imti could not make it to the event, his commitment to the training schedules before the event for the girls ensured they were well prepared.
Lastly, we would like to both congratulate and thank all the girls for representing the school at a state level. The comments NEGS received from the organising committee and other families about our students showed the how the values and ethos of the school in instilled in them.




A huge thank you to the Riggs family of Lakefield Station who have donated some mirrors for the small indoor arena. The mirrors have been installed on the short sides of the arena to help the girls correct their riding when working their horses on their own. This is a huge asset to the Equestrian Centre, and is greatly appreciated.

A big thanks also to the NEGS maintenance team Phil, Little Shane, Big Shane, Darren, Richard and James – most of the bigger projects around the EC would not have been made possible without your help. It has not gone unnoticed.



World Cup Polo
The countdown is on….. Just 4 sleeps to go until the first group of NEGS volunteers head to Sydney for the XI FIP World Polo Championship. NEGS has been carefully selected as one of the country’s only School groups invited to be a part of the strapping team for this International spectacle. More than just a chance to help out at a polo tournament, this excursion will give our girls a fantastic inside-the-ropes experience with the sport’s elite. Playing a key role in the staging of the XI FIP World Polo Championship is an experience that our girls will never forget.

Teams from Australia, USA, India, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Spain and England will be competing for the world title at the pristine Sydney Polo Club grounds in Richmond. The tournament is a chance to showcase to the world how diverse, friendly and skilled our community is. This opportunity is also a chance for our girls to shine on a world stage and represent NEGS with pride and professionalism.

This is not only once-in- a-lifetime experience at a world class international event. Our girls will also gain a Certificate of recognition from World Cup Polo CEO Peter Higgins TAFE NSW Statement of Attainment in Event Volunteering with pathways into Certificate III Event Management or Tourism Management. They will gain new skills and knowledge from industry professionals, receive a unique WPC official volunteer uniform and gain volunteer access to event entertainment including Olympic Showjumping, fashion, art displays, and jousting.

We would like to thank the organisers for selecting our students to attend this phenomenal event and we know they will do a fantastic job and do us very proud. The tournament will be hosted by the Sydney Polo Club from October 17-29th 2017.