Well what a fantastic weekend we had at the Albury Equestrian Centre. 2012 was North Eastern Zone’s time to host and showcase this great championship event which has been a part of PCAV history since 1978 for showjumping and 1979 for dressage. The last time we hosted this event was 10 years ago in 2002 held just down the road in Wodonga at the Wodonga Showgrounds.
With a championships sub-committee chosen we moved into 12 months of planning and hard work. There was a change of committee as I became the new Zone Representative six months into planning placing a little pressure onto my shoulders. What a year to be inducted into this role half way into the planning of the state championships, thanks very much for that!
However I couldn’t have had a better team working for me in the planning for these championships. Every one worked well together with-out fuss and solved any issues immediately as they came to hand, it was fantastic to work with such a team and made my life very easy.
As the weekend approached I was keeping a keen eye on the weather forecast as there was a lot of rain predicted for the Albury area at the time of the championships. Come Thursday I was very confident that we would finish the Championships on the Sunday well before the rain starts, with 80mm-100mm of rain predicted I hoped I was right.
Arriving on the grounds on the Saturday there were already plenty of competitors on site happily camping around the grounds, or so I thought. I drove to the office and within five minutes of arrival I had my first complainant thanks to the cold showers that people had to take due to the lack of gas in the hot water system. However with a smile we soon had this problem and a few other small issues solved due to the great team working with me.
Set up for the event was prompt and efficient, with the show-jumping right on time for the Saturday event. I believe that this is the first time a Zone has run a competition on the Saturday, and we hope that by doing this we can get people home a little earlier on the Sunday. With the Temperature pushing 39 degrees it was a very hot and muggy afternoon for our riders and the Volunteers helping us out for the day.
The competition was a success on the Saturday and at the completion of the day we all sat down around the office for a very yummy meal. Thanks to ‘Carving It Up’ who supplied the meal with a mixture of meat and great salads, then the best cheese cake I have eaten in a long time for dessert.
And while we all dined we had some fantastic entertainment played to us by Robert Sherwill, who also produced our awesome championships shirts and caps. The man can sing and play a guitar as well as use a sewing machine, very impressive Robert thank you very much for your support.
One week prior to the Championships our beloved North Eastern Zone and the Clubs involved lost a wonderful member of our family. Taylor Farley was one of the kindest, caring and supportive young girls that I have ever had the privilege to meet and watch grow into a very talented young rider. Taylor you will be forever missed but not forgotten. On Saturday night we sat and remember Taylor with a beautiful tribute given to us by the Jan Faulkner ( President of PCAV ), The Zone Committee, and a wonderful reading given to us by Marni Hicks of Shepparton Pony Club.
Thank you very much for your memorable tribute Marni you are an amazing young lady.
Moving into Sunday and I couldn’t believe it was raining, my weather prediction flew out the door. Everything turned to mud and was soaked throughout including our poor trade stands how had water flowing under their tables. However the heat had dropped and the show went on. The Dressage riders had to present in torrential rain and mud however I was very impressed and wonder how they still kept their mounts and themselves with white Jodie’s so very clean. I was very impressed with this well done to you all.
To all of the Competitors you all presented yourselves and your horses very well and looked great in your Zone team colours.
Congratulations to all of the placegetters in every discipline you all rode extremely well in the conditions presented to you, most of all a huge congratulations to the North East riders especially the C Grade winners and state champions Kate Rowe, Lucy Crawford, Alexandra Robinson and Rebecca Robinson.
Thank you to all of our sponsors that supported our championships without your generosity our event would not have been the huge success that it was. Thank you also to our Zone committee members, sub-committee members, and to each of our wonderful clubs that form our zone. Time is a hard thing to come by now days and to have so many people and clubs giving up their time for us is most appreciated. Thank you also to the PCAV Council for all of your support through our though time.
I hope everyone that was in attendance enjoyed their time with us in the North East and we look forward joining you all again at next years event.
North Eastern Zone of PCAV.