Showjumping Victoria Chair Report 2016

It is with pleasure that I submit my report for showjumping 2015/2016.

The highlight of the year for jumping would have to be the Olympics at Rio. The Australian team had Matt Williams and James Paterson-Robinson, plus the reserve Jamie Kermond, all past Vic state squad members. They didn't have the best team result, after they were reduced to only three riders, however both Matt and Edwina made it into the individual finals. Great result, and we should be all very proud of their achievement.

The junior/young jumping squad this year was once again well supported, and with the support of the Australian Sports Commission participation funding, a new squad was introduced. It was called the ‘Squadettes’. It was for riders under twelve years, and was a huge success with 33 riders ranging from 6 to 12 years old.

Victoria once again hosted the Australian Showjumping Championship at Werribee. This year will go down as one of the toughest events to run. Who would have thought that we would have had record rain leading into the event?

The weather caused the very hard working volunteer committee to totally revamp the schedule on the run. Some of the changes meant that we had to run five rings instead of the four planned.

We needed to preserve the main arena as much as possible, so it was decided to run the Speed Championship indoors on the Saturday night. Our caterers needed to do a complete relocation to the indoor for the evening meal (no problem). With a crowd of around a thousand, the cheering and encouragement turned what may have been a bit of a dull night into one of the best jumping events ever.

I would like to thank the ASJC committee for all the hard work they put in through out the year to organise this huge event. Plus a big thanks to the faithful sponsors, trade stands and of course the competitors, who had to put up with extreme conditions and helped to make the event a great success.

I would like to thank Annie White for all her hard work and dedication to our sport. Annie decided she needed to have a bit of a normal life, and resigned as our coordinator. She has left some big shoes to fill, and doing that role, we welcome Nina Lewis to the team. Nina brings with her lots of energy and is a past jumping squad member.

Finally I would like to thank the jumping committee for all their support though out the year.

Paul Williams
Showjumping Victoria Chair

 

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