2018 Series Welcome

Dear Parents & Competitors,

It’s time to come together again for our 2018 ISD Series. This time with a competition that will help qualify some aspiring riders for the National Interschool Championships held in Victoria later this year. For the balance of the riders it will be a wonderful opportunity to ride for your college and enjoy riding with fellow students.

The InterSchool Dressage - ISD series has been providing students a chance to represent their schools for seven years. We have run a professional series and this is thanks to Caitie O’Connell. Caitie has chosen to concentrate on her family, and her family business this year. So whilst she will not be giving her unique touch to you all, she will hopefully come and help with scoring on the day. I would like to personally thank her, for her professionalism. It has been a joy to work with her.

We will shortly release our sponosrs. I ask you support these businesses, as they are very important to our competition, and the wonderful prizes you receive on the day. I have included a rider information sheet as we would like to feature riders when they present for their tests. Please add to the fun of the day and complete the form, and forward it on. Click HERE for the Rider information sheet PDF

Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre will play host to our first dressage day. We needed a larger venue to cater for the expected large numbers of entries. WPNEC will allow a larger number of riders to have sand arenas during the winter period.

Volunteers make these events happen. Please offer your assistance to pencil or perhaps steward a ring on the day. Experienced pencillers are required for the newly introduced small tour and all other levels.

Please email me if you are able to assist: info@interschooldressage.com

I look forward to meeting you all at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre on May 19. If you have any queries please email me.

Happy Riding,

Deborah Lovett

0407 568 388


ISD - Changes for 2018

Changes are coming into place for ISD 2018.

With a change of venue to Werribee NEC we will also be moving to a 3 part Series this year.

More details and udpated rules will be available soon, we thank you for your patience during this restructure.

ISD 2017 Series Wrap up

As the year closes on another successful Hillcrest Christian College InterSchool Dressage Series at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre we would like to thank students, parents, volunteers, judges and all involved in making these events possible. We strive to present you with a friendly, professional series that encourages all levels of riders and from the feedback so far, we seem to be achieving this.

The Hillcrest students do an outstanding job hosting this event and each year their confidence in their allocated jobs blossoms, as does their riding success. They are certainly a credit to the Hillcrest Equestrian staff and to their parents.

Huge thanks must also go to our sponsors without whom we could not offer the great prizes each year. Please take time to visit their websites and send an email of thanks for the prizes you have received throughout the year and for their support of the event. When you need equine supplies, Bowen treatment, a safety travel app or great Photographer you know where to go.

OneEyedFrog Photography. Sharlene does a wonderful job capturing horses and riders not only at all our ISD events but at ISJ and many other equestrian events around the state and country. She is also in high demand for wedding, wildlife, sporting and many other areas of Professional Photography. www.oneeyedfrog.com.au

Cedar Lodge Equine Products have a great online store and their Australian made rugsare amazing quality and fit. Go and have a look at the website to see the great products they stock http://www.cedarlodgeproducts.com/

BWhere App is an innovative new app which provides information, advice and locations on a wide range of Australian animals and marine life, it is now available in the App Store and on Google Play. BWhere is a great tool for not only travellers but an educational tool for kids and also great for all of us to familiarise ourselves with the animals which may be present in our own backyards or in areas we frequent. Please support this sponsor by downloading the app which is a mere $1.49. www.bwhereapp.com.au

Christine Kettle Equine Therapist offers Bowen Therapy for both horses and humans treating pain and muscle stiffness, muscle spasm and strain (both recent and long term), sinus and lymphatic drainage, general wellbeing, improved performance for competition and working animals, pain relief from degenerative conditions, aids with rehabilitation and recovery after surgical procedures and improvement of behavioural issues. www.drchristinekettle.com

Special thanks also to Allison Kane of Garlands by Allison for the stunning creations she meticulously creates for our Series winners each year. She adds a special hidden charm to each one and hopes you all love her creations. Please visit her Facebook page and thank Allison for her hard work and stunning garlands. https://www.facebook.com/garlandsbyalison1234/?fref=ts

Toorak College reigns as ISD Champion School for 2017 after a stellar performance from their students all year to finish on 148 points. Second place was Flinders Christian Community College on 122 points, with The Peninsula School not far behind on 121 points for third. Fourth was Hillcrest Christian College on 106 points with fifth going to Haileybury on 103 points and sixth to St Margaret’s School on 83 points. Congratulations to Toorak College and to all schools represented for their performances and support of our ISD events.

This year the Series prizes were hotly contested. In the Preparatory section, even though it is not officially a Series class we do provide a lovely garland and some prizes for the Series Champion and Reserve Champion. This year with only 3 points separating the top 3 riders after Round 3 it was Clementine Harvey from Flinders Christian Community College riding Shiloh who finished a clear winner on 30 points, being the only rider to compete at all four of the ISD events. Second place in the Series went to Erica D’Alia from Boneo Primary School on Storm Haven Cookie and Cream with third to Melissa Gulen from Beaconhills College on Glennbrai Pizzaz and fourth to Sofia Carollo from Haileybury riding Star.

In the Preliminary Primary section Isabella Bruehwiler from Toorak College on Tapu Satine was the clear Series Champion, followed by Sienna Kasickis from The Peninsula School on Janevelyn Mcbeal Reserve on a countback to Millie Purkiss from Flinders Christian Community College on Giuseppe Uno in third, Matilda Bills from Toorak College on Kirreway Fifth Avenue in fourth, Emma Hercules also from Toorak College on Treasured Monique in fifth and Jade Barrett from Beaconhills College on Archeron Priceless in sixth.

Novice Primary was well supported again this year and we congratulate Jazi French from Toorak College on her pony Karlana Déjà Vu who were eventual clear Series Champions on 36 points followed by Jasmine Middleton for Reserve from Buln Buln Primary School on Golden Nugget. Third place went to Summer Lyne from Balcombe Grammar on My Haven Intrigue and fourth to Ebony Campbell from The Peninsula School on Nawarrah Park Pop Rock.

The Preliminary Intermediate this year had the largest entries of all sections and was hotly contested. Series Champion was Michael Robles from Haileybury on Justa with very consistent Jackpot Reserve Champion placings at all four ISD 2017 events. Reserve was Jaimee Simpson from Flinders Christian Community College riding Miss Papavero only 4 points behind, Kate Duignan from The Peninsula School on Primrose Laine in third, Maddison Growcott from Hillcrest Christian College on BZ Flynn in fourth, Pheobe Anderson on Burghoff also from Hillcrest Christian College in fifth, Samantha D’Alia from Rosebud Secondary College on Willow in sixth, Madilyn Schellekens from Marist-sion College on Cintra Great Occasion in seventh and Charlie Leonard from Haileybury on Shady Creek Toblerone in eighth.

Andrea Newlands from St Peter’s College riding Newlands White Prince was the Preliminary Senior Series Champion, only beating Olimpia Santamaria from Caulfield Grammar School on Visard by 1 point for Reserve. Third went to Elise Geysen from Haileybury on Bosanova and fourth to Gabrielle Testa from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar.

Novice Intermediate Series Champion was Jorja Halsall of St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School on Highgrove Maxwell Smart finishing on 30 points with Maddison Growcott from Hillcrest Christian College on Peanut with 18 points for Reserve. Third was Dakoda Lyne from Balcombe Grammar on The Scorcerers Apprentice, fourth to Laura Hercules from Toorak College on Treasured Nadal, fifth to Paige Drake from Beaconhills College on Regency Lola and sixth to Georgia Asling from St Margaret’s on In The Spotlight.

The consistent combination of Natasha Moody from St Margaret’s on Diamonte Noir claimed Novice Senior Champion ahead of Ethan Height from Flinders Christian Community College on Koyuna Smokey Joe for Reserve. Third was Dana Krause from The Peninsula School on her lovely Taittinger VDS, fourth to Ella Doyle, also from The Peninsula School on Atomic Blonde, fifth to Emily Spano from Berwick Secondary College riding the giant War Trak and sixth to Brigitte Theuma from Ivanhoe Grammar School on Marzel Desire.

Elementary was well supported this year with Series Champion finishing on an impressive 39 points going to Isabella Robertson-Dixon from Assumption College Kilmore on Avella Fratellino followed by Jemma Geysen from Haileybury on Burnham Brooke Belle on 26 points for Reserve. Third place went to Tahlia Moore from Flinders Christian Community College on Corona Gold. Several combinations at this level attended 2 of the 4 ISD events this year and would have also been in the placings if they had been able to attend a third event of the series so hopefully next year we will have more placings at this and the higher levels for the Series.

Medium was also well supported this year with many combinations competing at 2 events, but only two combinations attended the minimum 3 events required to place in the Series. The two lovely combinations were Lindsey Ware from St Catherines School on Let’s Jazzaround on 36 points for Series Champion closely followed on 35 points by Jazi French of Toorak College on Noblis Juelles for Reserve.

Final section of the day was Advanced with Jess Hivon having her work cut out being the only rider at the final event for this section with 2 horses to compete, and both eligible for Series placings. The little pocket rocket Garaboo Scoobie Doo managed to edge out his stablemate for Series Champion finishing on 30 points, with AEA Fortunato in Reserve for the Series on 27 points. Advanced is also gaining some momentum at Interschool level with more combinations out and about getting some nice scores. We look forward to watching the continued success of these riders and of course all levels of the competition.

Interestingly the majority of Series Champions and Reserves were taken out by rides who competed at all four events, however in some placings the riders had only competed at three events and some of those who only attended two events would have been in the placings or not far off had they been able to attend at least one more of the events.

ISD and Hillcrest Christian College thank all involved in the 2017 Series again and we look forward to hosting again in 2018. The lovely Rachael Lovett will take over general organisation of the Series next year, with Caitlin taking a back seat after 6 years of organising (although may show up for scoring duties at some of the events). Karen at Event Secretary will be looking after entries and draws and the dynamic team of Deborah Lovett, Gabrielle Lovett, Debbie Whitworth, Inez Muzgrove, Nathan Temby and the Hillcrest Christian College students and parents will continue to run the very successful ISD events.

BONUS Highpoint award at ISD Winter Show in conjunction with VEIS Grand Final

To reward our prolific and committed interschool community, the ISJ and the ISD are offering a "High Point" award at each Show Jumping and Dressage level in conjunction with the VEIS Grand Final. The highest scoring rider across the VEIS Grand Final and the following ISJ and ISD Winter Shows at each level will receive a bonus prize to be awarded at the Winter Shows. Make yourself eligible to be a part of this winter special by entering the VEIS Grand Final!

Helmet Rules updated 2017 - Important Notice !

 Please be aware of changes to Interschool and EA rules for 2017 in regards to approved helmets.

Spot checks will be conducted at all ISD events so check your helmet to make sure it is compliant please.


There are new helmet standards in effect from 1/1/2017. The EN1384 standard is no longer approved.

ROTECTIVE headgear must conform with one of the current approved safety standards:


Current Australian standard AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards) provided they are SAI Global marked.

New Australian standard ARB HS 2012 provided they are SAI Global marked.

Current American standards ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) provided they are SEI marked, or SNELL E2001.

Current British standard PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) provided they are BSI Kitemarked.

Interim European Standard VG1 (01.040: 2014-12) with or without BSI Kitemark.

For more information visit http://www.equestrian.org.au/news/helmet-regulations-updated


ISD 2017

Hello Riders and Parents,

We hope you have enjoyed the holidays so far and we are looking forward to seeing you out and about with your horses and ponies in 2017. The first of the VEIS Interschool events kicks off in February and entries are now open for Round 1 of ISD for 2017 which is on Saturday 04 March at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre, Clyde North.

Entries for Round 1 ISD 04 March 2017 are available online from Friday 20 January with Event Secretary - ONLINE ENTRIES CLICK HERE

Don't forget to familiarise yourself with the EA rule changes for Interschools, as well as any changes in the VEIS and ISD rules.  One of the major changes will simplify the rule regarding age of riders with this now being dependent on the year they are enrolled in school rather than the age they turn in the year of competition.

**Please note - due to rising costs of event we have implemented a slight increase in entry fee this year, the fee will be $66.00 per horse/rider combination for two tests and $33.00 per horse/rider combination for single or additional tests.  This is our first increase in several years and we know you will understand the necessity of this to ensure we can continue to offer you the great events we have done over the years.

Thank you to our fantastic sponsors - remember to support them as without them we cannot provide the fabulous prizes at our events and for the Series. 
Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre
OneEyed Frog Photography

Don't forget to familiarise yourself with the EA rule changes for Interschools, as well as any changes in the VEIS and ISD rules.  One of the major changes will simplify the rule regarding age of riders with this now being dependent on the year they are enrolled in school rather than the age they turn in the year of competition.

We trust you have some great time riding over the break and look forward to seeing you all again in March. 

Caitlin O'Connell and Deborah Lovett


Helping young riders move in better circles.

2017 ISD Dates :

Saturday 04 March 2017 - ISD Round 1 - VEIS Regional

Saturday 20 May 2017 - ISD Round 2 - VEIS QUALIFIER

Saturday 02 September 2017 - ISD Round 3 - VEIS Regional

Saturday 21 October 2017 - ISD Round 4 - VEIS Regional

ISD Wrap up - October 2016

Hello Riders and Parents,


Despite the freezing rain, tears of joy flowed. Despite the cold, hearts were warmed. Despite the gloomy skies, faces shone, and such was the state of our final day of Interschool dressage for 2016.  Our array of fantastic prizes for the Champions was delightful and what a reaction to our beautiful garlands, which are the newest addition for the series Champions. Thanks to Garlands by Alison for her creative work.

*Above photos thanks ot OneEyedFrog Photgraphy

The venue was set up early in the week and we were devastated at the level of rain that hit on the day prior, and continued to “belt in” on the Saturday. A huge vote of appreciation to Rachael Lovett and Nathan Temby who took on the job of constructing the arenas, Gabrielle Lovett worked behind the scenes putting out your letters and such.  Deb Whitworth for a bevy of important behind the scenes jobs. The remarkable Caitie of course, worked diligently to make the draw happen and keep us all informed on the day. 


How encouraging to be asked if we will run Prix St George next year…. How many would love to watch that over lunchtime?  Thank you for all the positive comments and compliments as it certainly is “labour of love” to run the series. We will have some new riders in each of the levels next year as our Champions from this year move up to more challenging levels.  You all certainly have some great goals to work towards over summer ready for our 2017 series which kicks off on Saturday March 4,  2017.


Our judges all had favourable feedback on most of our riders, as the standard of horsemanship and sportsmanlike conduct continues to improve.  You are all responsible for creating a positive competitive atmosphere.  Parents and riders, thank you for supporting our series and the Interschool series as a whole.  A fond farewell to our Year 12 students who leave school and our series.  We certainly hope you continue to explore your dressage dreams in the EV world.


The banter on social media was inspiring with many photos taken by proud parents, making their way into history.  On a broader note, the calendar for the VEIS series is being tweaked, as I write, and some more events are being added to the calendar! 

Thank you to our fantastic sponsors - remember to support them as without them we cannot provide the fabulous prizes at our events and for the Series. 
Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre
OneEyed Frog Photography
Riders Shoppe

Don't forget to familiarise yourself with the EA rule changes for Interschools, as well as any changes in the VEIS and ISD rules when they are published later this year.  One of the major changes should simplify the rule regarding age of riders with this now being dependent on the year they are enrolled in school rather than the age they turn in the year of competition.

We trust you have some great time riding over the break. Caitie and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.





ISD MAY 2016 - Wrap Up by Deb Lovett


ISD – InterSchool Dressage Autumn Show and VEIS Qualifier                                                                            


“Pay it Forward” was a popular movie some time back, and was written around circumstances where someone did a favour and never expected anything in return, other than continue the principle of doing a favour for another person, when to opportunity arose.  Personally, I try to do a good deed every day.  I sincerely hope that everyone who enjoyed our dressage competition yesterday, will recognise the man hours required so you can all come and enjoy your day at Ayr Hill.  Next time you get the chance please, at a competition, offer to assist.

Mainly staffed by Hillcrest Christian College students and parents, our volunteers numbered over 30 people who set up arenas and markers, placed a kilometre of bunting, put up flags, erected arenas in the dark, harrowed the sand in the lead up to get the 30ml of rain off the arenas. They pencilled, collected tests, made coffee for judges, and remained behind to pick up manure, and tidy up litter.  Our competition, in fact YOUR competition would not happen without them.  A total of 240 hours on the day and a further 115 hours in administration mostly unpaid to construct risk assessments, order and collect prizes.

One eyed Frog Photography was in attendance and I’d like to thank Sharlene for her passionate support of our competition.  Whilst she was suffering with flu like symptoms all day she did a remarkable job covering most rings.  Thank you also for providing the vouchers for photos to our champions of the day. Visit her website www.oneeyedfrog.com.au

A huge thank you to the judges for supporting our competition.  We had 180 entries 10 days out when our first draft draw is compiled.  Then, a further 50 riders meant more judges had to be sourced. The very dedicated Caitie, who could have easily put all those riders on a wait list, jumped on the phone and sourced our extra judges. As a consequence, no wait list, you all got to ride!.  It is lovely to welcome new faces at each ISD with several emails and phone calls made to reassure new parents or help them with their enquiry about how our events run. 

We had an unprecedented 10 rings running constantly throughout the day to get through all the sections, with both the Preliminary Primary and Preliminary Senior having to be split into 2 sections. Preliminary across the three age groups took up 6 rings for the majority of the day to get through the 30-40 odd riders in each age group. 

Caitie and the scoring team were under the pump all day to keep up with the tests coming in.  Our schedule was pretty much kept to time with a few late ones due to several uncontrollable issues.  Simple things like a missing mark on the sheet, missing test, rider not completing the second test, rider scratching and not letting us know, rider not riding at allocated time.  These are just some of the quirks in scoring dressage days that slow down the scorers because they go looking for the missing tests or have to chase up the errors etc.

Hail Caitie O’Connell!  She keeps the day on the go and works without a break from 7am till 7 pm, when she picks up all the envelopes for those people who request the tests to be posted out.  Caitie processed 60 special requests to ride at a specified time, which we are happy to accommodate IF you require a special time.  This, coupled with siblings, two horses, ride a level above, and distant competitors, she does an incredible job and I truly appreciate her attention to detail and the pride she takes in doing a thankless task.  Caitie consider yourself THANKED.

I am delighted that God put on a decent day weatherwise.  (I’ll have a quiet chat to him about the afternoon wind J).  Our grounds were wonderful, and the sand arenas rode nicely for most riders. Hello to all ISD Riders,The results are posted on our website www.interschooldressage.com and congratulations to Toorak College for taking out winning school.  I just love that first presentation when the gorgeous, delightful smiles of the Preparatory riders are all mingling together waiting excitedly for their ribbons.

This day was again a qualifier for the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series dressage.  The grand final is hosted later in the year at Werribee.  Visit www.veis.com.au for further details. 

Many of you completed our survey.  It highlighted that a vast majority prefer to have your dressage test ridden 30-40 apart.  This is something we will address in the future and it has been our long held believe that families want to get in and out in as short a time as possible.  We will honour your responses.  I will pass on the compliments to the café staff.  Sheridan and the ladies will be delighted.

The growth of ISD since the first event in 2011 where we had around 60 entries is phenomenal, we continue to be amazed at the number of entries our events grow by each year and thank you all for your support of ISD and dedication to Interschools as a whole.  We look forward to seeing you again on the other side of winter, when on September 3, we will again host day 3 of InterSchool Dressage.





Helping young riders move in better circles.


2016 ISD

Another year of exciting competition is set to start with the first round of ISD on Saturday 05 March 2016.  Online entries will open 01 January.

Don't forget to keep an eye on the VEIS website for other Interschool events which are listed on their calendar.

Dates for 2016 ISD are:

Round 1 - Saturday 5th March               

Round 2 - Saturday 14th May         

Round 3 - Saturday 3rd September        

Round 4 - Saturday 22nd October


Event report - ISD 24 October 2015 - Deb Lovett

InterSchool Dressage series for 2015 is done and dusted. Thank you first GOD, for the fantastic weather! With a slightly artic chill to the crisp morning, the day eventually produced just enough sunshine to make our beautiful ponies coats glisten.

The event ran really smoothly, thanks to the undying support of our volunteers, who were mainly the Hillcrest students. Without them the day would not have progressed at all.  The team of volunteers that pencilled, marshalled, called tests, washed dishes, collected tests, greeted competitors, helped set up and pack up, measured arenas and happily did pooh patrol. THANK YOU! You make the day happen.

To our wonderful young competitors from schools near and far, we trust you enjoy the series that allows for students to compete for their schools in an encouraging and positive environment. To watch you progress through the series is just inspiring.  Every horse on the day was a credit to you. They ALL looked loved and well cared for. It is really pleasing to see riders moving up to higher levels and having a try at a more difficult standard.  Next year promises to be a great series because of this.

I was delighted to see several of the riders that attended the recent Equestrian Interschool National titles in Sydney.  They were Scott Scanlon who rode beautifully at our day,  Saffron Wardrop-Brown, and Gabrielle Lovett (both from the show jumping discipline, having a crack at improving their flat work).

Our fine group of parents - thank you for all your words of encouragement and appreciation! It helps make the long hours and hard work worth it.
Our judges that choose to excel at their passion. We all know the pay does not cover your hours in keeping current with your qualification. I hope our delicious lunches help in some small way.

Our TROT INN CAFE team your skills are delicious.

Sharlene Phillips of OneEyedFrog Photography has recorded our day yet again and her artful photography which will be available to all over the next coming days. www.oneyeyedfrog.com.au

Our dates for 2016 have been set and will be on the website soon. www.interschooldressage.com

A special mention to three ladies that go above and beyond Caitie O’Connell, Inez Musgrove, and Debbie Whitworth, your contribution, support and expertise are welcome and at times necessary to help keep everyone sane.

Winning school for the day was The Peninsula School who pipped Toorak College by just 1 point.  Toorak College prevailed for the Series win, due in no small part to the performances of their Preparatory riders.

The series was a great part of Equestrian Interschools and we look forward to doing it all again! .....Now, for that day of rest.....

2016 dates are:

Round 1 - Saturday 05 March

Round 2 - Saturday 14 May

Round 3 - Saturday 03 September

Round 4 - Saturday 22 October 

EVENT REPORT - ISD 16 MAY 2015 - Deborah Lovett

The call for “Enter at A, at X halt and salute” began at 8am on a coolish winter Saturday at Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre where 180 student riders were focussed on that first signal from one of eighteen judges, that their EA test had begun.  The Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series dressage qualifier surpassed expectations on entries, the pressure was on our dedicated and qualified judges to provide competitors with a rewarding and constructive environment for their pathway to the National interschool competition held later in the year in NSW. With three sand, and six grass arenas, the Ayr Hill venue looked ready for action. Thanks to Caitie O’Connell who was faithful to the task, providing competitors with updates, scratchings, special requests, and juggling the 10 sections to finish before the daylight hours did. We were delighted that the grounds held up and remained firm all day despite the heavy rain leading up to the event.

The Advanced section honours went to Grace Sutcliffe from Haileybury.  Whilst she was the only competitor in the section the execution of the test with DON Angelo held the spectators in silent admiration as they watched from around the edges of the indoor arena.  It is always delightful when the last salute is given and a quiet ripple of applause turns to a low din….building up gently to make sure the horse stays calm. Our spectators as so respectful.

Champion and reserve champion for the Medium section, with 11 riders, went to Sophie Pomie on Toojay, from Luther College and Amelia Sadler aboard View Bank Boyd from Kardinia International College respectively. Thanks to the judges Jill Sinclair and Natalie Frew, Helen Heagney and Pam Edwards for spending their time not only judging but in some instances, alighting from the confines of their newly installed judges boxes to spend time with riders immediately afterwards.

Toorak College took the Champion Rosette in the Elementary section, with Lily Wickenden on Hoc’s Striesand scoring the coveted top points, Chloe Ritchie and Windarra Czar from Clonard College was awarded the reserve.  Of all the 14 riders in this section the lowest score was 56% and that is a testimony to the increasing standard that this series is able to offer students who choose to get competitive and take a pathway toward E.A. competitions.

With 22 riders in the Novice Senior section, and percentages ranging from 72 – 55% we were delighted to award the champion prize to Oscar of Western Port Secondary College ridden by Scott Scanlan. Scott also received the voucher valued at $35 from Paddock Partners, which was awarded to all Champions on the day.  Our runner up, trailing by only 1.5% received the $25, was Matilda Longbottom.  She represented Melbourne Girls Grammar and gave a great ride on Broadway Duntroon.

Our Novice Intermediate section was represented by twelve different schools in the section giving the audience at great snapshot of the riding standard across the state as riders from Geelong, Kilmore, Ivanhoe, and Bendigo as well as surrounding suburbs rode for the judges Olwen Kemp and Fiona Normand. First in the section was Natasha Moody on Diamond Noir for St Margaret’s School, and the reserve was Lucy Stuart from Braemar on Chocolate Royale. And again only 1.5% between the first and second place getters.

How delightful to have Primary aged students stepping up to the Novice level and with scores in the 60% they are obviously doing a more than adequate job at accomplishing the basic requirements. Remlif Park Wizard and Lucy Peters from Kardinia International College were the champions of the day, whilst Marena Display and Caitlyn Porter took the Reserve Champion home.

The hotly contested Preliminary Secondary level saw the need to split this group and the sections monopolized 4 arenas all day.  Section A Champion for the day was awarded to Langtree Cocaine and Lizzy Brand from Braemar College.  Reserve Rosette went to Chloe Salter and Elite Laayla from Blackburn High. Section B winner was Jenna Bos, Frankston High on Warranwood Expo and Lily Butterworth, The Peninsula School aboard Cintra Great Occasion.  This result places the south eastern region high up in the ranks to represent the region in the VEIS Grand Final, with scores averaging 75% over these four tests.

Abbey Mamers and Lynlea Pantomime from Woodleigh School was our Champion in Preliminary Primary with scores above 65%. Congratulations to Harry Luxmoore and Lincott Libbitty from Braemar College as they led the field of 25 riders.  Huge effort by Abbey Mammers who also scores well in the Interschool show Jumping series.

The Prepartory section, which is the most endearing, boasted 26 riders and with the top scores reaching the high 70% and onto 80%, there is obviously some riders champing at the bit to take on the preliminary sections very soon. Jazi French of Melbourne Girls Grammar riding Karlana Déjà vu and Mia Venturini with Rosie from Mount Martha Primary school were our Champion and Reserve Champion for the day.

The results are available on the website and we congratulate all riders, their horses and of course the tireless parents, friends and relatives who helped get out there and compete today.  Congratulations to all who won and placed, there were some very good scores.

Our thanks also go to the field of judges for the day – your smiling faces dedication to the sport are what helps shape our event. Thanks also to all our wonderful helpers of Hillcrest Christian College who made the day run smoothly.  Julia Williams from Toorak College for your multi-tasking and ability to jump in to whatever job happens to need doing.

The overall ISD schools tally after day two of the interschool dressage series is Toorak College on 57 points followed by Haileybury and Flinders Christian Community College each with 46 points. Check out the website for progressive scores www.interschooldressage.com . Entry forms will soon be available for Day three when we will be on the other side of winter and do it all again for Round 3 and 4 of the 2015 ISD championship series.


Some images from ISD 14 March 2015 - thanks to OneEyedFrog Photography - to see full gallery click above link