Toowoomba’s The Glennie School has been crowned Grand Champion Secondary School for the fifth year in a row and Grand Champion School at the recent Darling Downs Interschool Regional Equestrian Championships at Dalby.

Equestrian Captain Emma Massey led the team of 18 riders and their entourage of parents, coaches and supporters to a win in the Combined Training, Showjumping, Show Horse and Showman disciplines, and a second place overall title in Dressage.

The Secondary Showjumping trophy, an accolade not won by Glennie in some years, was a particular success for the team. The secondary team was supported by Glennie’s lone primary school rider, Ellie Stenzel. Year Four student Ellie rode in three disciplines and was announced Primary Show Hunter Champion for Show Horse, runner-up in Primary Preliminary Dressage and Primary 3 Phase runner-up in Showman. Student Sarah-Jane Coggan won the Summers Trophy for the student achieving the highest points across all disciplines.

The Glennie School Equestrian Coordinator Miss Jacky Redman said the girls have been rewarded for the many hours of training they committed in preparation for the event. “The girls never fail to impress me with their skill on a horse and sportsmanship at events like this,” she said. Glennie Equestrian Supporters Team (GEST) President Paul Reedy, along with past student, Emily Coggan (2015) were announcers for the event.

The girls will focus on their training for the next event on the calendar, State Interschool Championships (Dressage, Showman, Show Horse and Showjumping) being held in Caboolture from 30 June to 3 July.

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