Anna took her horse Batman aka 'Caped Crusader' (right) out for a nice winter ride down the Warby trail on the Queens Birthday Long Weekend. Batman is going to be 31 years old this year and not showing any signs of slowing down! He still competes during show season and loves going for trail rides.
It is not uncommon to see standies who are in their late teens and early twenties regularly competing and being ridden in all sorts of events, including show jumping! Take 18 year old Gus aka 'Liquorice Twist' for example (left) who took out champion Novice Show Jumper at the SPPHAV state champions show jumping competition last month. What a ripper!
Ol' Batman (right) sticks to flat work these days as we think he deserves to take it easy, but he still looks better than many horses half his age! What do you think?
Today was the Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association vic state championship show jumping and we had some SRG faces there!
Congrats to Shelley Murcutt who won champion in the novice section. And to Ros Oxtoby who got reserve champion in the novice section.
Sarah Marshall and her amazing talented horse did a sensational job also getting a 3rd and 6th and easily clearing 95cm in the high jump. Also Jen Phillips from our sister club Central SRG, won champion in the 75cm competition. Standies rule!!!
SESRG member Sarah Mansfield ventured out with her horse 'Bear' to the Lysterfield Adult Riding Club combined training day (dressage and showjumping).
They had a fantastic day and took away first place!!
This is what Sarah had to say about the day:
" So today bear & I had our first comp back for 2016. Lysterfield combined training down at our club grounds & we snagged ourselves 1st place!
Pretty happy with our efforts, a lazy but calm dressage test then clear SJ round with no penalties.
Plenty more practise and training to be had but for today we flew the standy flag high and proud! "
SESRG would like to congratulate Sarah and her horse 'Bear' on their very successful first competition back for the 2016 season!
We think this is absolutely awesome for SESRG and for all Standardbreds, proving that Standies CAN do it all and WIN it too!! Looking forward to hearing more success stories from this dynamic duo in 2016! Big Love guys!! xx
SESRG members Ros and Shelley entered their horses in the Grade 5 open level at the Cockatoo Pony Club Jumps trials at Wandin Park.
Unfortunately Shelley had to scratch her horse 'Liquorice Twist' from the event due to injury however she was able to attend and play the role of strapper and coach for Ros and her horse 'Isthatuolson' for the day!
This proved to be a blessing for Ros who needed all the confidence and encouragement she could gather to get her through her first ever combined Show Jumping and Cross Country competition, it was a first for her Standy too!!
Here Ros tells us about her experience:
" It started the afternoon before the big day when I met with Shelley and we walked the cross country course at Wandin Park. By doing that I was able to familiarise myself with where I needed to go and what jumps I would be facing. I just wish I had have done the same for Show Jumping!!
As it turned out on the day, I thought I had missed my opportunity to walk the show jumping course and so I was relying on watching riders going around before my turn. It was a relatively straight forward SJ course and I was pretty confident we would do well in it....that was until I got in there! Nerves seemed to get the better of me and I got lost after only the second jump! I ended up crossing my tracks and obtained a 4 point penalty in an otherwise perfect round ".
" Thankfully the Cross Country went better! I was so excited and nervous to be going out there in the big field which they call 'Little Wandin'...they counted me down from 10seconds and before I knew it we were off! Bobby absolutely blitzed it! He only did a slight hesitation at the ditch jump which I had anticipated so I slowed him right down so that he could see it. There were a couple of Brush jumps that I was concerned about but found my confidence and simply told him we were going 'OVER' it and that's what we did! Before I knew it, I was crossing the finishing line....I made it through, our first ever cross country course unscathed and Bobby was an absolute star! "
" The best part was yet to come though with the results having displayed that we had come fourth overall in a field of close to 20 riders! I was shocked!! I found out that our cross country time was near perfect and had I not lost my way in the Show Jumping, we may well have come first!!"
So there you go, anything is possible on your Standardbred!!
" It was a very memorable day and I ordered several professional photos to celebrate the occasion :) We got a lovely big sash too which is always nice to take home as a momento! Prior to this competition, I was almost contemplating giving up doing any form of jumping in a competitive way....as I lacked confidence and must admit I am scared of falling off for many reasons....but after this weekend and enjoying it so much, I don't think I could possibly hang up my boots on jumping! Bring on the next comp! "
Thanks Ros for your story about your first combined Showjumping and Cross Country competition. Great to hear your day was a big success for you and for the Standies!
Several members either competed, helped out or supported the SPPHAV State Championships showing event held at Eastfield Park in Croydon on Sunday 10th of January 2016. There were many classes on offer including Led, Ridden and even Harness!
This is one of the biggest Standy events on the show calendar in Victoria and one which we actively encourage participation and involvement in.
Here are a selection of photos of our members who competed on the day. We wish to thank the photographers for sharing these photos with our members:
Sarah and her horse 'EZYGOIN' who look just beautiful in their matching attire. This horse has come along way in a short time, proving that all you need is a bit of support and some confidence and you can get out and achieve great things with your Standy!
Ros and Shell with their horses 'Isthatuolson' and 'Liquorice Twist' in the Progeny Pairs class. These geldings share the same sire, his name was 'Exotic Earl'. Ros and Shell are always comparing notes on the horses similarly 'hot' headed personalities and traits, joking that the Exotic Earl gene must have been VERY strong!
Ros showing the judges how well her standardbred 'Isthatuolson' can canter when he wants to!
Sarah and Ezygoin looking naturally stunning. Ezygoin who is better known as Danny, pulled up sore later in the day and was diagnosed with a 'locking stifle' by the vet on site. Unfortunately they couldn't complete all the classes which they entered. We wish Danny a speedy recovery and hope to see them out and about again soon!
The committee of SESRG wish to thank SPPHAV for a brilliant 'Standy Big Day Out' showing at the State Championships 2016!
SESRG member Sarah took her horse 'Ezygoin' out to the Mt Evelyn Pony Club combined training day.
It was their first time doing CT and whilst they didn't place, she was super proud of her boy!
We love this photo of her with her son Rob and 'Ezygoin' aka Danny all decked out in their SESRG gear, don't they just look great?! Doing it for the standies! Well done guys! :)
Members of SESRG attended the Whittlesea Ag Show and did our club proud in the SPPHAV Standardbred Ring.
Shelley took out Champion Led and Champion Ridden with her Palomino Mare 'Golden Apsara' in the Part-Bred section.
Ros and her Purebred gelding 'Isthatuolson' achieved two third placings; one for Ridden and the other for Best Pleasure Mount. Its good to see newcomers out and about; we all have to start somewhere and with each show you learn a little bit more about what the judges are looking for and how to present your horse in the best light :)
It was a fun day had by all and the weather was magnificent. Both horses did a couple of laps of the showgrounds in the Grand Parade led by SPPHAV member Cheryl with her horse in harness 'Aboy named Cheryl'.
The crowd loved the Standies and the commentator spoke briefly about the positive things passionate standardbred owners and club members are doing by giving our humble breed a new purpose in life after racing.
We have a new committee which means a whole new era for SESRG!
There are many exciting things in the pipeline just waiting to unfold and we are looking forward to bringing them all to you!
Keep an eye on this website for all the updates and news and don't forget we also have a facebook page!
Sheridan Meyles and her beautiful part bred mare 'Lucky Phoenix' recently attended Nepean Dressage Day and took home two thirds for the day.
Well done guys!
Shelley Murcutt and her part bred mare 'Golden Apsara' attended Geelong Royal Show on the 18th of October 2015.
' Boo' as she is affectionately known, won all the classes which she was entered in and also took out reserve champion ridden in the open palominos section!
What a great achievement for the standies!
Ros saddled up with some friends recently and took her two standies to 'Kurth Kiln' National Park in Gembrook.
Her horses 'Bobby' and 'Dougie' both enjoyed exploring the various trails and also had a splash in the creek to cool off.
The feedback from Ros was great and so we are thinking a trail ride for SESRG members to KK will definitely be on the agenda shortly!