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Posted by Equestrian Australia on 09/06/2014.

Australia declared winners of Young Rider Oceania Team's Event

australian win oceania Eventing Championships

Australia was declared the winner of the Oceania Championships for Young Riders after the New Zealand team was reduced to two combinations ahead of Monday's show jumping phase.

With teams requiring three scores and Kiwi Sarah Young eliminated on cross country and Bonnie Farant eliminated at the second horse inspection, the Australian team was guaranteed victory before taking to the show jumping phase.  

Maintaining the form they had shown throughout the competition, the team each produced clear rounds in Monday's final phase of competition. Team members Gabrielle Pither and Teegan Ashby also enjoyed success in the individual placings with Pither winning the CCI2* class and Ashby finishing in third. Remaining team members Jaimie Stichel finished 10thwhile Michaela Martindale was 16th.  

6 June 2014

Australia takes early lead in Oceania Young Rider team's event

The Australians have taken an early lead in the Oceania Eventing Championships for Young Riders following first day action at the 2014 Melbourne International Horse Trials.

Competing in the CCI2* against a strong New Zealand outfit, Australian riders asserted their dominance, not just over the kiwis but over the entire 39 strong field, with team members Gabrielle Pither currently leading and Teegan Ashby lying third overall.

It is West Australian Pither’s first time at the Melbourne International Horse Trials and she and her mount Max Almighty were impressive on debut, receiving a score of 46.11 from the judges.

While the 20 year old is thrilled to be leading, it is Australian team representation that has her most excited.  

“I’ve had to pinch myself a couple of times. It didn’t really hit me that I am riding for Australia until I was presented with a team jacket.

“I’m pretty thrilled with today. My horse was super, he warmed up really quietly and he came out here and really lifted,” said Pither.  

Teegan Ashby and her mount Rockingham No Reason are in third position after they were awarded a score of 47.04.

In the overall standings Victorian Will Enzinger (Wenlock Aquifier) splits the two Australians in the standings after he received a score of 46.49.

Of the remaining Australian team members Jaimie Stichel (Image Blue Ice) is in 27th place (60.18) and Michaela Martindale (Kinnordy Gatow) is 35th (63.71).

Sarah Young (Regal Romar) was the best performing rider of the visitors, ending the dressage phase in fifth place after receiving a score of 48.15. Of the remaining kiwis Jessica Woods (Defies Logic) is in 10th (53.33), Madison Crowe (Brogan) is in 32nd (62.04) and Bonnie Farrant (Kaipara Dior) is in 38th (66.86).    

The Australians will have a 10 penalty advantage over New Zealand heading into Saturday’s cross country.

Australia - 153.33

New Zealand - 163.52

Saturday will see some of Australia’s leading combinations compete in the dressage phase of the CCI3* ahead of cross country day on Sunday. For full results, event information and more please visit the website:

5 June 2014

Australian Young Rider Team named for Oceania Championships

Following today's first horse inspection at Werribee, the Australian Young Rider Team for the Oceania Eventing Championships between New Zealand has been announced.

  • Gabrielle Pither & Max Almighty, WA
  • Teegan Ashby & Rockingham No Reason, NSW/VIC
  • Michaela Martindale & Kinnordy Gatow, WA
  • Jaimie Stichel & Image Blue Ice, SA

Remaining squad combinations Emily Gray & Deltry Invader, WA and Naomi White and Mighty Tosca - VIC will compete as individuals. The Young Rider clash between Australia and New Zealand was last held in Christchurch in 2012 and was won by the host nation so the Australian team will be out to break the three year winning streak of the Kiwis. The event will be held as part of the CCI2* competition.

14 May 2014

Squad Announced for Oceania Young Rider Championships for Eventing

National eventing selectors have confirmed the six horse and rider combinations selected for the Australian squad ahead of the Oceania Young Rider Championships at the Melbourne International Horse Trials from 5-9 June 2014 at the Werribee Equestrian Centre.

Congratulations to the following horse and rider combinations:

  • Emily Gray and Deltry Invader - WA
  • Gabrielle Pither and Max Almighty - WA
  • Jaimie Stichel and Image Blue Ice - SA
  • Michaela Martindale and Kinnordy Gatow - WA
  • Naomi White and Mighty Tosca - VIC
  • Teegan Ashby and Rockingham No Reason – NSW / VIC

The final team of four riders will be determined following the first horse inspection.

The Oceania Young Rider Championships will be contested at CCI2* level. The Australian team will be supported by a Chef d’Equipe, coaching staff and a Veterinarian.  

More information on the event is available at the website:

4 April 2014

Australia to host Young Rider Oceania team's competition for Eventing

An Oceania Eventing competition for Young Riders (formerly the Trans-Tasman) will be held at this year's Melbourne International Horse Trials as part of the event's CCI2* class.

It will be the first time since 2012 that the two nations have gone head to head in a Young Rider team’s event and on that occasion New Zealand won the clash of the two nations on their home soil.

The Australians will be eager to break the Kiwi’s winning streak with the visitors claiming victory in each of the past three outings (Christchurch 2012 and 2010, Camperdown 2009).

Equestrian Australia CEO said the Oceania Eventing competition for Young Riders would be an added drawcard to this year’s Melbourne International Horse Trials.

“Australia and New Zealand share a friendly rivalry and the competition between the two nations is sure to be supported from spectators attending this year’s event.

“The event will be a great opportunity for promising young riders of both nations to experience a team’s competition. 

“We look forward to welcoming New Zealand to our shores for the Oceania Eventing team’s competition for Young Riders,” he said.

The Australian senior and young rider teams which take on New Zealand in the series will be comprised of four members and a reserve and will be supported by a Chef d-Equipe and vet.

Expressions of interest from riders wishing to be considered for the Australian team are now being called for. Click HEREfor details.

The Melbourne International Horse Trials will be held from 6-9 June at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre. Visit the website for more details 

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