Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition 2017

SMIEC Event

SMIEC Event

By Lara Christoffelsz, Year 7

The Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition (SMIEC) was held in Jindabyne at The Station resort over four days from 27–30 April. Radford was represented at the competition by five students: Lara Christoffelsz, Amy Anderson-Bowell, Tori Doak, Eri Niisato and Kayla Hogg.

This competition caters for a number of disciplines including eventing, show-jumping, hacking, combined training, sporting, team-penning, jumping and non-jumping interschool challenges. SMIEC is one of the biggest equestrian events in New South Wales, with students coming from all over the ACT and NSW.

SMIEC Event

A few highlights of this competition were:
Kayla competed her new pony, Cy, to come home with a well-deserved 3rd in the 1.10–1.15 class – this was particularly impressive as she was the youngest in this class. Kayla also competed in the senior six bar against tough competition and achieved a height of 1.30 metres. Kayla and I came second in the rescue relay.

Tori competed two horses at this event and was very successful throughout the whole competition, placing in the top four in every class she entered bar one. Some of her placings were: champion novice dressage; winning four out of four of her show-jumping classes to be awarded overall show-jumping champion; Year 12 reserve champion; first place in the senior six bar (clearing 1.40 metres); and the Dreverman Family Trophy for sportsmanship.

Amy had very good show with great results, winning the non-jumping interschool's challenge and overall hacking champion!

Eri was also successful with her fairly new horse, Patch, competing in many show-jumping rounds. She competed in the senior six bar and jumped up to 1.20 metres, which is a huge effort! Eri and Patch are a very good combination and they showed courage in every class.

I competed three horses, coming first in both my preliminary tests, first in the 90 centimetre and the jumping interschool's challenge, second in the rescue relay with Kayla and sixth in the one-day event.

All the competitors would like to say thank you to the parents and other competitors for their support. This would not be possible without them. Next up is Trinity Catholic Interschool Equestrian followed by the New South Wales Interschools Championships. If you have any queries about these or future events, email the Equestrian Captain Tori Doak.

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