Year 11 equestrian student Ashleigh Prichard recently represented the College in the “Saddles Plus” State Inter-school Equestrian Championships at Brigadoon. This Statewide event offers levels of competition in Dressage, Show Jumping, Combined Training and Show Horses.
Ashleigh entered the event in the “Participation Competition” for grass-roots school aged-competitors and placed in several of the classes during the 3 days of competition, including 4th in the jumping, 4th overall in working hunter and 5th in the dressage.
This is a fantastic result for both Ashleigh and the College as this is the biggest equestrian event for WA riders in their primary or secondary years and performances in this year’s event may also be used toward the 2019 State Championship.
A/Principal Steve Swallow said “In discussion with the College’s Equine Manager, Elissa Forbes, the College is now looking to expanding student involvement for its equestrian students, at this event and other events in 2019.”
Elissa Forbes the new equine teacher at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark has taken centre stage at the recent end of season 2017 Dressage Western Australia awards night, much to the delight of the College.
Elissa won 3 major awards on the night presented by the peak body:
The Dressage WA Award for the horse and rider combination who achieve the highest percentage in the competitor class during the State Championships.
The Australian Warmblood Horse Perpetual Trophy awarded to the horse that is currently registered with the Association who achieves the highest percentage in any Competitor or FEI class during the Championships..
The Grand Espoir Perpetual Award awarded to the highest percentage AWHA registered horse at the WA Dressage Championships.
Earlier in the year, Elissa and her horse Royal Magic were also awarded the Penny Hill Park Stud Dressage Rising Star Award. This state award is for the horses competing in their 1st year of competitive Equestrian Australia Dressage, culminating with the top 15 scoring horses in the State competing against each other in a finals event. Two of Elissa’s horses qualified as finalists with Royal Magic toasted the “rising star”.
Principal Mr Kevin Osborne said, “We knew when we appointed Elissa as head of our equine program that she would bring to the College a wealth of knowledge as she is highly credentialed…these awards only serve to highlight this. We feel that it is the College that is really on the winning side as our students enrolled in the equine program will benefit greatly from her wealth of experience.”