During the recent school holidays, ten equestrian riders from The Glennie School competed as part of the 92 riders Queensland team at the International Equestrian Centre , in the National Interschool Equestrian Championships. Likewise, as members of Brymaroo Pony Club, three of the ten equestrian riders were selected to compete for Queensland at the 2019 Australian Pony Club National Championships.
The Australian Interschool Championships appeals to more than 2000 school-based competitors, and is the biggest equestrian grassroots program in Australia nationally. The event was held in Western Sydney for the second time at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Riders competed under several divisions in the program, which includes but not limited to Dressage, Formal Gymkhana, and Showjumping. Two of The Glennie School equestrian riders, Sarah Coggan and Kate Johnstone, both had leadership roles in the Queensland team, with Sarah being the Queensland Interschool Equestrian Captain and Kate as the Vice- Captain of the Eventing team. Nevertheless, this was the third time Kate has competed after qualifying at States in second place for Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping. Her endurance earned her third in the Preliminary 95cms division in the Nationals.
Keeleigh Wise was also selected as the flag bearer for the Queensland team as she had the second- highest point rider for Queensland at State Championships after Sarah Coggan. Additionally, during the Nationals, Keeliegh stepped up and proudly wore the team mascot uniform, playing a huge part in the Queensland team, spreading the spirit to the team and also achieving a ‘Spirit’ award for the first time at these Championships. Nevertheless, as part of the P0ny Club Nationals, Keeleigh is celebrating top ten placings, awarded 6th place in the Eventing 95 cm discipline and 10th overall in the Junior (13-17 years) Novice Dressage.
After qualifying for now three years at Nationals in Dressing, Holly Hurst definitely has the ‘third time lucky’ feels after being awarded the National Champion in the Dressage:P Intermediate Novice division.“I enjoy the thrill of learning new riding techniques and horse handling skills. This year was a little more challenging as I was competing on a horse I had not taken to Nationals before” said Holly.
It was also, the launching for the schools youngest riders, Ellie Stenzel and Grace de la Croix, for their first performance in the Nationals. Lucy Griffiths, Piper Wise and Keeleigh Wise were each the highest placed Queenslanders in one of their divisions in the Pony Club nationals including Dressage, Eventing, Showjumping, and Tetrathlon.
After a successful performance at the Interschool Equestrian Nationals, Piper impressed the judges in the Junior (13-17 years) Elementary Dressage discipline, which earned her an impressive Bronze medal win. Her equestrian skills at the event helped her Queensland team to win the Champion Junior Dressage Team award. Piper also finished with top six placings, ending fifth in Elementary Freestyle and sixth in overall Secondary Senior Novice division in the National Championships.
In an event where males and females compete against each other, Lucy placed 4th overall in the Sub Junior Tetrathlon discipline, which involves running, swimming, shooting (with laser pistols) and Showjumping. Lucy put in an outstanding performance to help the Queensland team achieve a Reserve Champion Team award for the Sub Junior Tetrathlon and Sub Junior Showjumping. We will surely be seeing some amazing things from all these talented young ladies in the future.