State Dressage

Congratulations to all the zone 23 riders who attended the State Dressage Championship, held in Bowral, at the Bong Bong Racecourse. Rachael Temm excelled in the competition and went into the record books as Champion in the Associates age group. Her sister was placed extremely well in a very strong group of riders. A really great result from two zone 23 riders who focus on ODE, and have exceptional dressage skills.

State Sporting

The State Sporting Championship was held on the 11th April in dry and dusty Coonamble, northwest NSW. Representing Zone 23 were; Niamh Lennon, Tess O’Connor, Eloise Bacon, Ruby Reeves, Ella Pearse, Ben Minness, Mia Stephenson, Fintan Lennon, Holly Anderson and Jasmine Minness.

It was a great spectacle watching the dust fly as the super sporty Stock Horses did their stuff. The team from the big smoke were competitive though! State Ribbons went to: Under 17yrs; Eloise & Jackie Chan 1st 3 Mug, Tess and Cleo 1st Diamond Flag and 9th Bonfield Bounce Under 15 yrs; Ben & Dippy 2nd 3 Mug and 6th Bending, Mia & Felix 8th Running Tea and 9th Bending Under 13 yrs; Holly & Courtney 7th Diamond Flag

Arcadia Succes at State eventrachel and daniella raheb

Members from Arcadia Pony Club have been very successful at recent State and National events.

The Pony Club of NSW State Dressage competition was held on the 26th and 27th April in Gunnedah with two sisters from Arcadia Pony Club achieving very impressive results in being awarded a Champion and Reserve Champion for their age groups.

Daniella Rahed, riding Glynyarra Park Classic, was the Under 13 age Champion whilst her sister Rachael, riding Somerfield Sound of Music, was the Under 15 Reserve Champion.

The Junior team from Zone 23, which includes three Arcadia Pony Club team members, also had an exceptional performance at the Sydney Royal Pony Club competition coming second in the Pony Club Team of Fours

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State Equitation

state equitation winnersCongratulations to our riders at the recent State Equitation Championships! Zone 23 was awarded Champion Zone with three of the four riders being Forest Hills members together with Grace Reen from Arcadia. Congratulations!

State Show Riding

nicola with bannerNicola Reserve ChampionCongratulations to Nicola Gee who was the reserve Campion at the recent
State Show riding Championships held in Bungendore in December.


Nicola got Reserve Champion in the Under 9 age group.

It was tough competition, some classes consisting of up to 25 competitors!. It was a great experience, very hot and beautifully hosted.

Report and Photos Donna Gee

The High Cost of Hendra

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Winning Team of Four at Sydney Royal

On Wednesday 18th April, the Zone 23 Team of Junior Riders were successful in winning First place in the PCA of NSW Show riding competition at Sydney Royal Easter Show.They were Caitlin Brown (12), Molly Breatnach (12) Rachael Raheb (11) and Daniella Raheb (8) all from Arcadia Pony Club.

at the royalThe competition required the girls to ride a workout in formation,at the walk, trot and canter. They were judged on their appearance, gear and teamwork. They scored the highest mark in the teamwork section and won by a margin of four points overall.

The Team won the Jenko Perpetual Cup and are the number one junior show riding team in PCA NSW. Alexandra Langthorne (10) of Arcadia Pony Club was an original Team member who unfortunately had to withdraw at the last minute due to her pony being unfit to compete. Molly Breatnach stepped in as first reserve, and did an excellent job under pressure. Second reserve was Tom Groves (12) from Forest Hills Pony Club, who was not required to ride on the day, but was at the ready should his services be required!. All girls trained well together and displayed team spirit and camaradery, throughout their preparation.

Caitlin, Rachael Daniella and Alexandra had previously ridden together at State Show Riding Championships at Glenn Innes in Dec 2011, winning first place in Team of Four ponies and second place in team of four riders. All the girls are experienced show riders and despite torrential rain and miserable conditions were able to keep the team together and ride with precision and accuracy, to take out first place. The Team was managed and trained by Sharryn Raheb and Kathy Brown of Arcadia Pony Club.

Report by Kathy Brown


Area One Triathlon

Area 1 Triathlon Saturday 28th January 2012, report by Sarah Beale
It was very exciting to be able to combine the swimming and running with the Showjumping. It was so different to any other horse show as it not only required horse skills but the rider's fitness too.
The day began at the Camden pool where all competitors had to swim a set amount of laps. Everyone was sitting on the side of the pool cheering for the swimmers. At the end of each heat everyone looked so tired, and there was still the running and riding to go.

After the swim had finished, everyone made their way back to the pony club to begin the run. Each lap was 1km and the different age groups and divisions ran a different distance. Everyone who was waiting to run would clap & cheer the runners as they came past. It was so good to see the riders all encouraging each other to keep going.

The final part to the event was the jumping. This combined a jumping course then cross-country obstacles. Having done all the physical parts I'm sure the competitors were quite excited to finally be riding. It was great to have it as a Derby combining the Showjumping and cross-country as it really tested the riders.

The triathlon was an amazing event and is definitely one that tested all the riders in different ways. I'm sure everyone was excited to be able to get in the car and sleep on the way home. Thank you to the organisers who were able to make it such a success.



State Show Riding 2011

state show riding

Report from Catriona Sviderskas. Photos from Mark Raheb

Royal Easter Show

Recently the zone 23 pony club riders, who are competing at this year's Sydney Royal show, (teams of 4, and jumping team) were invited to feature in a short Saturday Disney story, on how much effort goes into preparing your horse for the Easter Royal.

State Dressage

Congratulations to the following members who headed out to Hawksebury Showground to compete at State Dressage in January: Isabelle Miller, Victoria Temm, Rachel Adams, Angela Begg, Bianca Clarke D'Aprile, Lauren French, Georgie Grove, Ashley Clarke, Alex Jones, Caitlin Neale, Rachael Raheb and Phoebe Wilkinson. Although hot, it was not unbearable, and everyone I spoke to had a great time.

A big congratulations to two of our members:

Phoebe Wilkinson left the Under 13s with a bang with her second Champion in this age group with a 3rd place and a 4th place
Rachel Adams was NSW Champion (only beaten by a rider from QLD) in the Under 15s with a 2nd and 6th place

Other great results from:
Under 13 – Rachael Raheb 2nd and 9th (4th overall), Alex Jones, 7th and Ashley Clarke 10th
Under 15 – Lauren French 3rd
Under 17 – Isabelle Miller 4th
For several of the members this was their first State Dressage and they all performed beautifully with very tough competition.
My special thanks to our Team Managers, Sharryn Raheb, Marion Grove and Garry Temm who all managed to looked immaculately dressed even in all the heat and dust and who handled all that was thrown at them in such a pleasant and professional manner.

Lee-Ann Swan
ZCI Zone 23

Jamboree 2010

Thank you to all the members who attended our Zone 23 Jamboree with such enthusiasm. The weather held up and through the efforts of the Zone 23 committee and their volunteers, the event ran like clockwork. Judging from the many emails I have received from delighted parents, it appears everyone had a wonderful time.

Thank you to all our fabulous judges in the Hacking rings for their great rapport with the kids – it was great to see so many smiles.

A special Thank You needs to go to a few people:

Sarah Wadsworth and Helen Taylor who came back at 7.00am on Sunday to judge our Team of 4 and give them some hints.
Ian Charnaud for assisting to set up on Friday, pencilling all afternoon Saturday, running the commentary all weekend and judging the jumping on Sunday.
Jill Hawker for judging the Equitation and managing to get all the children through in such record time.
John Beale for transporting the jumps to and from in his truck, sorting out the scoring program, organising the BBQ and acting as Technical Delegate for the sporting.
Darlis Reen for handling so much of the organisation prior to the Jamboree – both with Arcadia's Novice Ring and Zone 23's general bits.
Our scoring team – Michael Syme, Tess Wiseman, Natalie Rochester and Jodi Russell who stayed on top of it all weekend.
Finally, all the wonderful team of members who stayed up on Saturday night labelling ribbons – Victoria Temm, Anneliese Reen, Catherine Syme, Christopher Syme, Ashleigh Wiseman, Caroline Day and Karl Triebe.

Congratulations to all our Champions and Reserve Champions and to Arcadia who won the Australian Horse and Rider Trophy for the highest scoring team of 5 riders from one club. The other Trophy winners were: Midge Birrell Trophy, Forest Hills. Peninsula Trophy, Forest Hills. Terrey Hills Saddlery Trophy, Avondale. Sportsmanship Trophy, Avondale and the Individual Sportsmanship Rug donated by Horselands Terrey Hills went to Madelene Wicht, Avondale.

Team of 4

Congratulations to our Senior and Junior Team of 4 selected at Jamboree to represent Zone 23 at the Royal Easter Show next April.

The Senior Team of 4 are:

Victoria Temm, Lucy Dodd, Rachael Temm and Georgie Grove. Reserves are: Nikki Henderson and Niamh Lennon.
The Junior Team of 4 are:

Ashleigh Wiseman, Molly Breatnach, Ella Russell and Maddie Chappelow. Reserve is: Grace Reen with one more to be confirmed

State Showriding, Dubbo, 2010

Amidst the rising floodwaters and torrential rain, 12 brave Zone 23 members and their families headed forth to Dubbo for State Showriding on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of December. The Zone 4 organisers, particularly Dubbo Pony Club were amazing and we could not have asked for better facilities! Our four footed friends were housed in stables in a 5500 square metre indoor pavilion with masses of room to get ready undercover. The fitness check was carried out in the undercover Dressage arena and it chose to stay dry ALL WEEKEND!.

All of our members did exceptionally well in classes with up to 55 competitors with every member being called in at least once and most receiving placings. There were some exceptional efforts:

Our Team of 4 Riders under 13 with Tess O'Connor, Phoebe Sviderskas, Caitlin Brown and Daniella Raheb were 1st.
In the Pair of Pony Hacks 12.2hh and under all three of our Zone 23 teams placed: Tess O'Connor and Phoebe Sviderskas were 1st, Caitlin Brown and Macy Reen were 2nd and Daniella Raheb and Grace Reen were 4th – fabulous effort to see a line of Red!
Phoebe Wilkinson received a 1st in Bareback and Show Hunter and Phoebe Sviderskas received a 1st in Show Hunter – no mean feat when their classes were over 50 VERY COMPETITIVE ponies.

The 11 and under 13 class was the largest with 55 competitors and it is a credit to our Zone that all our members were in the top 12 overall: Phoebe Wilkinson was 3rd, Tess O'Connor was 7th, Phoebe Sviderskas was 10th and Caitlin Brown was 12th.
The full results of our Zone can be downloaded if anyone is interested.

Thank you to our Team Managers (Darlis Reen, Mark Raheb, Catriona Sviderskas, Garry Temm and Cheryl Miller) who did a great job of looking extremely smart all weekend and who had all our children where they should have been on time!
It was a pleasure to accompany these riders and their families to this event and I had a great sense of pride watching their exemplary behaviour and sense of Sportsmanship over the three days.

Lee-Ann Swan
Zone Chief Instructor
Zone 23

State Dressage

Congratulations to all members of the Zone 23 Team who competed at State Dressage at Albury on the weekend of August 28th and 29th.

We had some fantastic results from our 9 members who attended.
Phoebe Wilkinson 1st (Champion) and Rachael Temm 2nd overall in the Under 13 age group. Rachel Adam was 3rd overall and Georgie Grove 10th overall in the 13 and under 15 age group. Isabelle Miller was 6th overall in the 15 and under 17 age group.

The other competitors all finished in the top half of the competition. When you consider there were 50 in each age group this result is really wonderful and I look forward to all the riders further improvements before State Dressage in January 2011.

To top the weekend off, Zone 23 won the Champion Zone with Phoebe Wilkinson, Rachel Adam, Rachael Temm and Isabelle Miller contributing as the 4 highest scorers from the Zone 23 Team.

Phoebe Wilkinson was also selected as one of the top 4 riders of NSW – a great achievement!

To the Zone 23 Team Managers – Garry Temm, Sue Feeney and Cheryl Miller - Thank you for your efforts in getting the children where they should be on time. It is a huge extra effort to be assisting other children when you have your own to be looking after and we really appreciate your time.

State Equitation - Zone 23 Equitation Stars Shine

Zone 23 riders travelled to Worrigee to compete in the PCA State Championships for Equitation
on 15&16 May. All riders were smartly presented and rode well over the three rounds aiming to avoid penalties and complete the required " tasks."

Jessica Tripp and her fabulous mare Honey Bee from Avondale Pony Club ;rode consistently accurate rounds to win the under 13 years Championship.

Zone 23 was declared Champion Zone with four top scoring riders named:
Jessica Tripp and Honey Bee
Stephanie MacKillop and Handy High Ambitions
Jessica Henderson and Lighten Up
Natalie Schultz and Crackers.

Congratulations to all Managers for their assistance and to the Pony Club riders and their
horses; Well Done.

Royal Easter Show

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Report from Catriona Sviderskas

Zone 23 Junior Team of Four Riders – Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010. More photos

Six riders represented Zone 23 in the under 13 years pony club events at this year’s Royal Easter Show.

In the Pony Club Team of Four Riders under 13 years the girls placed a well deserved second against strong competition.

The riders in this team were: Rachael Raheb (Arcadia PC), Caitlin Brown, Laura Shanahan and Phoebe Sviderskas (all from Dural PC). They executed their best ever workout and also gained the highest marks for appearance and gear in the competition. Everyone was absolutely delighted with the result - as the smiles in some of the accompanying photos show.

They were a very young team who are all very competent riders who have worked very hard at improving their riding skills over the past few months - Rachael is only 9 years old, Caitlin and Laura are 10 years old and Phoebe is 12. They were a delight to train and always listened attentively to directions and advice. They remained great friends, even when the inevitable difficulties of working in a team situation arose, and they all encouraged each other and tried to help each other out in training if things weren’t going to plan.

Thank you to our reserves, Courtney Williams from Dural PC and Phoebe Wilkinson (Avondale PC) for coming to practices and being ready to step in on the day if needed.

Thank you also to Sharryn Raheb, our team manager, for getting everyone together for practices and chasing up paperwork and also to our Zone 23 ZCI, Helen Wilkinson for getting the entries together and communicating with the RAS on our behalf.

It was wonderful to have so many Dural PC and Zone 23 members come out and support us on the day. It was a great thrill for the girls to hear the huge cheer from the stands when they had completed their workout.


Pony Club Showjump Challenge

Area One Team:

Samantha Tripp riding Currowan Shahri
Katrina Turner riding Clarsymsher
Lauren Nicholls riding Bedrock Barney
Elizabeth Koob riding Caesar's Palace

Including Zone 23, Avondale Pony Club rider, Samantha Tripp won First Place
at the Royal Easter show Pony Club Show Jump challenge.
Congratulations everyone, the weather was delightful
the venue looked amazing and the jumps looked like
an International course.
It was wonderful to see young riders competing at such a
demanding level, at the Royal Easter Show. All rose to the occasion and represented
their Pony Club and Zone to the best of their ability.
A great result and great display of sportsmanship. Well done Zone 23.

Helen Wilkinson ZCI Zone 23

State Show Riding

The seven riders who travelled to Bingara for the Pony Club of N.S.W Pony Club State Show Riding Championships represented the Zone admirably. The standard of competition was professional, and the class sizes were large, the riders did a great job to be finalists,( after a series of sometimes as many as four heats,) and be placed in their class.

Zone 23 produced a Champion rider, Rachel Raheb (Arcadia) riding Glynyarra Park Classic, well done Rachel and Crayons. The rest of the team also rode well for good results: Congratulations to;

Under 9 Rachel Raheb age Champion riding Glynyarra Park Classic

Under 11 Caitlyn Brown riding Ashadatan Park Sebastian

Under 13 Georgie Grove riding Barney

Under 13 Phoebe Wilkinson riding Farleigh Havana

Under 13 Rachel Temm riding Buttons

Under 15 Rachel Adam riding Craigston Reveller

Under 17 Victoria Temm riding Grooveman