The Glennie Interschool Equestrian Qualifying Event that had been planned for the end of the first term, finally went ahead last weekend, Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 July. The Glennie Equestrian Supporters Team (GEST) undertook the challenging task of holding the first Interschool Equestrian event in Queensland under COVID-19 conditions. A huge effort was put in by many people to ensure that the Dressage and Showjumping event was a success. Approximately 350 people attended with competitors coming from a wide area of Queensland. There were over 100 riders and 150 horses.
Naturally, the competition was quite different from what had been planned for, earlier in the year. This included no spectators, outside of the people accompanying riders or formal presentations, and few sponsors. The extra planning needed to hold the event, of course, centred around public and rider safety. Personal Protection Equipment, hand sanitiser and many safety signs were the order of the weekend. Along with this, the Nominate App had to be downloaded by people attending the event so they could check-in at the appropriate location and check out when leaving.
An event like this does not occur without many people putting many hours into organising every detail. Firstly, a huge thank you needs to go to Maureen Johnstone, convenors Kirsty Ferguson and Gaylene Stanford and the GEST committee for being the driving force behind the event. Along with setting up and dismantling arenas and carrying out the usual administrative tasks that go with an event such as this, these people put in more hours than usual, ensuring that all safety measures were in place that complied with the current government health regulations. Secondly, as the best hospitality guru around, Sharon Willmington used her special touches to ensure that the judges, pencillers and other people working in an official capacity were cared for with excellent food and beverages to keep them going. An event like this would not be the same without Paul Reedy manning the microphone, announcing events and placings, and of course, promoting the School. His family also continue to support the School, ensuring both students and horses who are in their care are looked after.
A special thank you needs to go to the State Interschool Committee for supporting us and our event, particularly Clint Peters and Anna Starosta, Chair and Vice-Chair of Interschool Qld State Committee. They attended and assisted over the two days.
Lastly, thank you to our Glennie riders who so enthusiastically participated over the weekend. Your attitudes and efforts make it all so much more enjoyable. It was so exciting to see how much improvement has been made since the last competition. Congratulations to those students who did well in their events. Some achieved personal best Dressage scores and some were on new horses testing themselves and their limits. Well done, girls! Lydia Stanhope took over as official school photographer to help Miss Redman out while she was gear checking. Thanks, Lydia, you just might have a permanent job.
We look forward to the Interschool Queensland State Championships at the showgrounds in early October, where hopefully, fewer restrictions will be in place.
Miss Jacky Redman
Middle and Senior Years Teacher
Glennie Equestrian Team Report - From The Captain
On Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 of July, the Glennie equestrian team ran their annual Inter-School qualifying competition at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. Due to the current pandemic, this was the second inter-school competition held on the Darling Downs this year. Glennie had over 285 entries in this year's competition, running 175 Dressage tests and 98 riders nominated for Showjumping.
Congratulations to all the Glennie girls who competed over the weekend - Lucy Stanford, Becci Rollegen, Kate Johnstone, Piper Doust, Kate Bellars, Piper Wise, Holly Willimington, Emily Wheatley, Keeleigh Wise, Holly Hurst, Georgia Wheatley, Mia Nolan, Sophia Gordon, Ellie Stenzel and Scarlett Gordon. It was great to see all the riders competing in both Dressage and Showjumping disciplines.
Our newest member of the team, Piper Doust, completed her first inter-school competition since moving to Australia at the end of 2018. Piper did an amazing job riding in both disciplines coming 3rd in Preliminary 1B Dressage senior. Also a massive well done to Lucy Stanford, Becci Rollegen, Piper Wise, Keeleigh Wise, Ellie Stenzel, Scarlett Gordon, Piper Doust, Georgia Wheatley and Kate Johnstone to place in the top six in each of their Dressage classes and Keeleigh Wise, Holly Hurst, Georgia Wheatley, Kate Bellars and Mia Nolan who place in the top six in each of the Showjump classes.
Thank you to the convenors, organising committee, parents and riders that helped to make the weekend run smoothly and the best it could be!
Have a great and safe weekend!
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