Equestrian News – Week 8

Mr Imtiaz Aaees

Mr Imtiaz Aaees


NEGS Equestrian has had another busy weekend with students competing at the Armidale show, Quirindi ODE and performing at the Stock Horse Nationals.

Imti took a team of students to Quirindi ODE who came home with many personal bests and some brilliant results.

The best part about taking the girls to all these shows is the camaraderie that it builds between all the girls, their families and the eventing community. Imti was very proud of the individual efforts of each girl, however, the spirit within the NEGS team is what he loves the most.

New student, Paris Phillis did an exceptional job in the EVA 105 Horse class. She was one of the few riders to go double clear on cross-country. She had 1 unlucky rail but did brilliantly to finish in 4th place.

Priscilla Clonan had a good run in the Bundella Stations EVA105 Rider class. She did a lovely dressage test and show jumping round. She is doing an excellent job bringing her OTTB, Top of the Chart up the grades and finished in 5th place.

Jaimie McElroy stole the show with her OTTB, Sacred Tune or Kevin as he is known in the stables. The pair have been moving up the grades together and are proving to be very hard to catch! They did a solid dressage test to put them in 2nd place and then backed it up with faultless jumping rounds on cross-country and show jumping. They finished 1st in the Boonoona Design EVA95 Horse class against some very accomplished riders.

Isabella Arabejo was in a very competitive open class and managed to show many of the professionals what she was made of. Isabella and Four Winds Funky Chick rode a super dressage test, double clear cross-country round and had 1 rail in the show jumping to finish 4th in the Eva 95.

Ellen Archer and All Roses were in brilliant form for the dressage phase. They were leading the EVA 95 Rider class after the dressage phase and then had an unlucky rail in the show jumping to bring them back to 3rd place.

Katie Hancock and Any Thyme were in fine firm throughout the competition. They put in a nice dressage test and managed a clear and fast cross-country round. They had 1 rail in the showjumping and finished 5th in the EVA 95 Rider class. Katie also rode Dajanna in the Hold Ya Horses EVA 80 Horse class. The pair had a beautiful dressage test and followed suit with clear jumping rounds to finish 4th.

Charlotte Kingham and Turf Prince had one of the best cross-country rounds to date. The pair proved their competitiveness by jumping double clear on a tough course and coming home with a 7th ribbon in the EVA 95 Rider class.

New students, Alicija Dalmau and Katie Morrow, thoroughly enjoyed their weekend and completed their goals. Both students showed their horsemanship, determination and commitment to the sport by making it home safely and completing all phases. Whether it’s winning on the leader board or their own board, we were very proud of their efforts.

All the girls had a tremendous weekend and they are looking forward to swapping their jumping saddles to their dressage saddles to compete at the NEGS Dressage Autumn Gala day.

Katie Hancock

Katie Hancock



It was a busy weekend at Armidale show with students competing in all of the different disciplines.

Youngest competitor and NEGS Junior representative, Hunter McDonald, had a super day on her pony, Bundy.

They came home with a bundle of ribbons, winning her led classes in both the breed and girls age division. She was also reserve champion in other registered breed led and ridden classes.

Cassandra Drummond and Elise Payne came home with some brilliant results in the show jumping. Both girls rode very competitively and made it into the jump off for every round they entered.

Elise came 1st in one of the classes and placed in another. Cassandra had some super rounds and won her first ribbon for the year!

Jaimie McLoughlin and Brooke McKenna also competed in the show jumping. Brooke placed 1st and 5th in the 1m A2 and AM5. Jaimie jumped two horses, placing 2nd in the 1m AM5 and 70cm A2. She also came 3rd in the Open 1.04m Championships, 4th in the Open 1m AMT and Junior AM5.

Abbey McLoughlin continued her winning streak in the stock horse classes. She was 1st ASH Hack and working classes ridden by child under 18. She was also Champion Youth ASH Hack and working classes. She was Reserve Champion ASH hack and 2nd in the ASH Hack gelding. She also managed to place 6th in the Junior 6 bar.

Brie Aitken also managed to ride at both Armidale and Barraba Shows. She placed 1st in the Open hack and Pair of riders at Armidale.

She was also Champion Senior Girl Rider, Champion ANSA and Reserve Champion Hack.

NEGS Equestrian loves supporting the local shows and were thrilled to sponsor a class for the event. Shae Partridge won the NEGS Sponsored Supreme Rider of the show.


Armidale Show

Armidale Show


NEGS Dressage Gala Day

What a wonderful weekend at NEGS Equestrian Centre. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was building and the riders and horses looked spectacular.

NEGS welcomed many riders from the district to their Autumn Dressage Gala day to compete for some spectacular prizes!

The event ran very smoothly and could not have been possible without the hard work from Rachelle Hirst. She did a brilliant job to convene the entire show and also

managed to compete on some of her younger horses on the day. She is a very hard working young woman and her commitment to the sport, students and horses does not go unnoticed.

We would also like to thank the volunteers and parents for working so tirelessly to ensure the success of the day. These events do not run without the help of many people so we cannot thank them enough for their help.

The event would not have been possible without our dressage judges. A big thank you to all of our wonderful judges for coming and supporting the NEGS Dressage Autumn Gala day.

Now, to some of our results!

Our very own Rachelle Hirst managed to win Preliminary Champion followed closely by NEGS student, Caitlin Croft as reserve champion.

Allissia Curry was the Novice Champion, followed closely by NEGS student, Amy Fisher as reserve champion.

Elementary Champion went to Holly Sozou, leaving Year 10 student, Katie Hancock to take reserve champion.

Medium Champion went to our very own Ruby Goldsmith. She is a new student at NEGS and is proving to be a very competitive young girl. She has managed to maintain her winning streak and is looking forward to more competitions later in the term.

Deborah Fullwood followed to take out reserve champion.

There was less than a point between three girls for the highest placed junior rider. Katie Hancock, Ruby Goldsmith and Caitlin Croft were all close contenders for the Aitken Family Perpetual Trophy, however, year 8 student, Caitlin Croft, managed to win it!

We would like to extend a very big thank you to our friends at Horseland Armidale for their continued support. They are always supporting NEGS Equestrian Centre and have enabled us to continue to run these competitions.

We would also like to thank the Aitken Family for their continued support of the junior riders at NEGS, our competitions and the entire Equestrian Centre. We could not have done it without them!


Here are the rest of the results from our Dressage Gala day. Official Prelim 1.3

Equal 1st Charlotte Jacobson and Caitlin Croft 3rd Holly Jacobson

4th Rachelle Hirst

5th Molly Michell-Smith

Official Novice 2.1 1st Allissia Curry

2nd Molly Michell-Smith

3rd Amy Fisher

4th Charlotte Jacobson 5th Matilda Hall

Official Elementary 3.1 1st Holly Sozou

2nd Katie Hancock 3rd Tonia Wheeler

4th Francesca Andreoni 5th Kate Rutley

Official Prelim 1.1 1st Rachelle Hirst 2nd Laura Finlay 3rd Caitlin Croft 4th Katie Morrow 5th Skye Berry

Official Novice 2.3 1st Allissia  Curry 2nd Tonia Wheeler 3rd Isabella Arabejo 4th Amy Fisher

5th Matilda Hall

Official Elementary 3.3 1st Holly Sozou

2nd Isabella Arabejo 3rd Carline Mcphie

4th Francesca Andreoni 5th Katie Hancock

Unofficial Prelim 1.2 1st Skye Berry

2nd Tobianna Glasson 3rd Anna Jarvis

4th Kate Ruttley 5th Bec Nolan

Unofficial Novice 2.2 1st Tobianna Glasson 2nd Anna Jarvis

3rd Anna Jarvis



The countdown is on for these lucky young ladies!

They depart on the NEGS Equestrian USA tour in just 2 days time and cannot wait!

The itinerary is full and the opportunities are endless, with the aim of the trip to introduce students to some of the most powerful and influential players in the equestrian world.

The girls will visit the Kentucky Equine Research farm, thoroughbred racing stables and breeding studs, Keeneland Racetrack, Kentucky Horse Park, the Australian Equine Performance Centre, the Equine Rehabilitation Sanctuary and the prestigious Piedmont Hunt Kennels.

They will have the opportunity to learn from the worlds best on equine nutrition, training, competition, fitness programs, rehabilitation, breeding, injury prevention and elite horse management.

They are lucky enough to partake on the trip of a lifetime that will not only broaden their horizons but allow them to gain invaluable knowledge on what it takes to become highly successful in the equestrian industry!