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Heytesbury Pony Club Grounds
Scotts Creek,  Victoria
5th & 6th May, 2001
Report and Highlights

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Absolutely fantastic is the only way to describe the 2001 State horse trials hosted by the Wannon Zone. The years of planning, development and building finally came to an end, and what an end it was.  The Victorian Pony Club Horse Trials State Championships were an outstanding success, and our congratulations go to the organisers and their helpers.
Riders came from all ten Zones in Victoria and were greeted by some of the nicest country side Australia has to offer, you would have been forgiven for thinking the cross country course was a 'golf course' such was the meticulous presentation and the rolling green slopes.

The Championships are open to the top riders in Pony Club, who qualify on accredited courses in the 11 months prior to the competition.
Steven Coffey, President of Pony Club Association of Victoria, and other State officials inspected the cross-country course for final approval on Friday.

Most of the riders camped with their horses on Friday and Saturday nights on the reserve. Dressage started at 8 am, Saturday morning. The Saturday night celebrations featured a sit-down meal in a huge white marquee, followed by a disco.


Grade 1 dressage was held on the Scotts Creek football oval on Saturday, with two arenas operating for 44 Grade 1 combinations, adjacent to the oval was the Heytesbury Pony Club grounds and recreation reserve, with four arenas operating for the 149 Grade 2 combinations.
The Dressage judges for the event were co-ordinated by Joan Darwin and Kim Smith the Chief Judge was Fiona Hawkes. Richard Mitton, Georgina Harkin and Lindy Young judged Grade 1 riders, with the Grade 2’s in the capable hands of  Gaye Haworth, Michelle Atkinson and Anna Petersen.

Riding of the Cross Country course began at 8 am on Sunday morning. The Cross Country obstacles/fences were all basically new and were built of natural materials, banks and drops also featured prominently, an official course walk was held Saturday afternoon with course designer Barry Roycroft who told all that he thought his course would be a challenge for most riders, he also said that he wouldn't sleep well if there wasn't at least one or two fence's that had riders thinking, and that if the course was negotiated successfully riders should feel a sense of real accomplishment. With the tally of the final results and from chatting with the riders after the cross country phase all seemed to think the course rode quite well. The Cross Country Co-ordinator was Clive Patullock and Val McKenzie was Chief Judge. The Course Designer was Barry Roycroft and his Chief Builders were Stuart Walker and Alan Gillin and the Technical Adviser was Rob Nicholls.



Showjumping tests the horse's athletic endurance and discipline and its stamina to complete a further test after the gruelling Cross-Country. David Shepard was the course designer for the Showjumping phase and he built a very good, flowing and encouraging course, the riders also seemed pleased with the course and design. The organisers went to a lot of trouble to 'spruce' up the showjumping arena and it looked fantastic – with flowers around the course and was set in a lovely treed area with good spectator viewpoints. Showjumping was co-ordinated by Anthea Sutherland.

The organising committee for the 2001 PCAV State Horse Trials are to be congratulated and they are: Peter Square (Zone Rep and President), Margaret Square (Secretary Treasurer), Deborah McLean (Assistant Secretary), Anthea Sutherland (Zone Chief Instructor), Carol Wilson, June Laurie and Tony Good all did a fantastic job organising a wonderful event.

To conclude our sincere thanks must go to the Vogel Family for the use of their property for the cross country section. It was a beautiful setting and I know everyone enjoyed it.

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