17 March, 2023


Scotch Oakburn Equestrian team members were out in force at last weekend’s Pony Club Tasmania State Trials Championship in Hobart.

This is the state’s premier equestrian event for Pony Club riders, who can compete up to the age of 26. It’s a multi-disciplinary horse event held over three days and includes the Olympic disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show-jumping. It’s worth noting just how challenging this event is, with competitors in Grade 1 expected to ride at a pace of 550 metres per minute and complete more than 20 jumps which can be as high as 1.05 metres in cross country. Qualifying for this event is an achievement in itself, and we would like to celebrate the riders who put in the hard work to qualify:

Daisy Willows, Clair Russell, Aggie Lyne, Lucy Johnston, Abbi Lloyd-Bostock, Charlotte Chilvers, George Furzer, Meg Kilby, Sophie Ranson, Annabel Peddie, Mercedes James, Scarlett Burns, Scarlett Glover, Ella Nast and Ashlea Rees.

While all riders rode their hearts out and competed strongly, there were some standout achievements. Daisy Willows won the Grade 3 Senior event, Sophie Ranson placed third in Grade 3 Junior alongside Meg Kilby who placed fourth, while George Furzer placed third in Grade 2 and won the Paul Coulson trophy for the highest placed male rider.

Several other riders placed in their grades as part of club or zone teams.

Grade 1: Clair Russell
Grade 2: Lucy Johnston, George Furzer
Grade 3: Sophie Ranson, Meg Kilby, Daisy Willows, Charlotte Chilvers, George Furzer and Scarlett Burns.

It was a great weekend and all Scotch Oakburn riders can be proud of their performances.

Joy Russell
Person-in-Charge of Equestrian