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Jumping High in Interschool Gymkhana

On Friday, 24 February, St Columba College students Halle Victor-Vanson, Maddison Stojakovic and Bethany Woll participated in the Trinity College Interschool Gymkhana at the Equestrian Grounds in Evanston South.

The girls represented the College with pride, working in partnership with their diligent and charming horses, strutting in dressage, workouts, show jumping and novelty.

New to the show ring this year is Year 10 student Bethany Woll who participated in the Gymkhana on her pride and joy horse, Granite. They made an amazing team together and were exceptionally successful representing St Columba College.

Bethany won 1st place in five events – Smartest on Parade (Years 8-12), Galloway Hack, Galloway suitable for Beginner, Child’s Galloway and Pleasure Galloway. Her success with Granite was acknowledged with being awarded the title of ‘Encourage Champion’. Having only been riding for two years, with Adelaide Northern Horse Riding Club, her achievements are outstanding and encouraging.

“I want to do more competing, including Gymkhana and show jumping. I would like to be Supreme Champion at a horse show”, Bethany said.

Asked what her achievements will enable her to do for her future in riding, Bethany said ultimately “to compete in the Interschool State Team.”

Year 8 students Halle and Maddison are no strangers to competitions. Both girls competed last year in the Kapunda High School Interschool Gymkhana. As members of the Gawler River Pony Club, they were both looking forward to 2017 to again ride and demonstrate their skills.

For Halle, this Gymkhana proved to be more of a challenge.

“Since my last Interschool Gymkhana where I won grand champion, I have had to move into the Open Ring, which means I am competing against riders that are more experienced and the exercises the judge gave us in the ring were different,” she said.

With any competition, challenges are encountered and achievements are accomplished.

Maddison saw her challenge as a great opportunity to further develop her skills and confidence.

“I sadly didn’t win any ribbons but I enjoyed the day and there were plenty of horses and riders to compete with which was very challenging,” she said.

“My achievements give me the confidence to compete on a higher level.”

While the girls’ continue to strive for excellence in the ring, they also have big dreams to pursue a career in riding or follow an equine pathway.

“If there were no restrictions, my ultimate dream would be to compete in the Olympics,” Maddison said.

“I think that would be a really good experience and to ride for my country.’

For Halle, she would like to keep riding, reach a level that would make her happy and one day have her own stables.

St Columba College looks forward to supporting the girls’ in their next Interschool Gymkhana and encouraging their future dreams. Congratulations on your achievements.

Mrs Amanda Fryer Marketing & Communications Officer

17/03/17