Although there have been no Interschool Equestrian competitions since the end of Term 1, the girls in the Glennie Equestrian team have not been idle. Not only have the girls used this time to practise their skills and keep their horses fit but they have also participated in training days that have been organised by the Glennie Equestrian Supporters Team (GEST).
On June 20, the girls gathered at Leadburn Lodge, home of the Reedy family, where they had the opportunity to receive further training in Dressage with Karen Crommelin and Showjumping with Christine Bradfield. Both Karen and Christine are judges in their respective disciplines and had a lot to offer the girls.
On July 9, a Show Horse and general horse preparation clinic were held in “tropical weather” at the Willmington’s place. Paul Austin and Mikayla van Kampen instructed the girls on the finer details of completing workouts and presenting their horses. The girls were given demonstrations on plaiting, tails, creating checkers and highlighting their horses. Then they practised on their own.
It was excellent to not only catch up with the girls but to see their enthusiasm and the way they were so receptive to instruction. A huge thank you goes to the GEST committee, Kirsty Ferguson, Jill Hurst and Kelly Stenzel for organising the training days and the Reedy and Willmington families for hosting the days.
At this stage, the girls are working towards competing at the State Interschool Equestrian Championships (Dressage, Showjumping, Show Horse and Combined Training) being held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds from Thursday, 1 to Sunday, 4 October with the Eventing competition being held on Saturday, 10 to Sunday, 11 October. The State Interschool Equestrian committee is hoping to make the championships a marquee event on the 2020 calendar with particular emphasis on ensuring Year 12 students end their final year on a positive note.
Miss Jacky Redman
Middle and Senior Years Teacher