by Valrie Mayger

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Yartarla Park Mannequin, Champion Show Pony OTY 12hh & Under. Ridden by Holly McClune and owned by
J Williams



The Forty Second EWA Horse the Year was held on September 4, 5 and 6 at the State Equestrian Centre  (see more photos in the Oct Nov issue of Hoofbeats)
It is worth noting that the first WA HOTY was held in 1973, during the lunch break, at the Osborne Park Agricultural Show and there were three classes – Pony, Galloway and Hack. Now we have a show that runs for nearly three days and involves nineteen National qualifying classes.  Next year, ten more qualifying classes will be on offer.  The Show has certainly grown!
After the wet weather of the previous week, when we were all biting our nails, worrying that the weekend would be just as bad, we breathed a collective sigh of relief when there were only one or two showers and then sunshine, for the rest of the Show.
Four Eastern States Judges presided over the proceedings –  Maryanne Bullpitt from NSW, Carol Heuchan also from NSW,  Pat Hutchens from South Australia and  Kym Stewart from Queensland.  In line with the directions of the National Show Horse Committee, judges are randomly selected and are rotated throughout the event.  Each class is judged by three judges.  All four judges were impressed with the standard of the horses and ponies and with the presentation and show ring courtesy of riders. In their opinion our State Representatives will be very competitive at the Nationals. They were also particularly impressed with the State Equestrian Centre.

Owendale William Of Oz, Champion Show Hunter Pony OTY 14hh up to & inc 14.2hh Ridden and owned by Emilee Indrizzi.   Owendale Sir William Percy, Champion Show Hunter Pony OTY 13hh up to & inc 14hh. Owned and ridden by Elizabeath Marshall.

The Show began at 12.00 noon on Friday with the Hunter classes. These classes are becoming very popular with the riders and numbers are growing, all the time - this year we had sixty Hunter Hacks, Galloways and Ponies entered. The first day finished on a social note with a’ HAPPY TWO HOURS’ for competitors.  This also included a Silent Auction, which was open for bidding until Saturday night and raised over $2000 to help send the Team to the Nationals. The Committee is indebted to the large number of sponsors who supported the Silent Auction.
Saturday saw the Show Horses, Ponies and Galloways ‘strutting their stuff’.  They were joined by the Senior and Intermediate Riders competing for their right to compete at the Nationals.  Seventy Four entries were received in the Show Horse classes and were hotly contested. The rider classes were also well supported, with a total of fifty nine entries.
The afternoon and evening of the second day was an opportunity to thank the show’s generous sponsors. They were invited to watch two very competitive classes and to enjoy drinks and light refreshments. The function was well attended, with many sponsors offering their continued support in 2016.
The last of the Qualifying classes were held on Sunday morning. Seven beautifully groomed ponies ridden by seven equally beautifully presented little riders and led by their smartly dressed handlers, lined up for the judging of the Leading Rein Pony.   This class was followed by the Junior Rider with thirteen riders and the younger Intermediate Rider with seventeen riders. A First Ridden Pony 12.2 hands and under was also held on Sunday morning and attracted ten ponies. Next year this will be a qualifying class for the 2016 Nationals. The Leading Rein class will also be divided into Leading Rein Show Pony and Leading Rein Show Hunter Pony.
On Sunday afternoon, the Classes for Child’s Show Horse and Hunter- Pony, Galloway and Hack - were held. Next year, these also, will be qualifying classes. The Intermediate Horse, Galloway and Pony classes were also contested on Sunday afternoon, along with the Rural classes for Horses, Galloways and Ponies residing outside an eighty kilometre radius of the city.



Cimeron Prince Charming Champion Show Pony OTY 12hh up to and INC 13 hh. Owned and ridden by Ivy Parsons.  
Carona Park Fairy Footsteps, Champion Show Hunter Pony OTY under 12hh. Ridden and owned by Mercedes Mathews.

In addition to the Winners and Runners-up awards in the Hack and Hunter classes, an award was also made for the Smartest on Parade and the best WA Bred exhibit. The Top Ten Finalists received a finalist sash, the Runners – up received a special sash and the winners received an embroidered woollen rug and a garland. All placegetters received vouchers, for various products, from sponsors. A special award, the Briary Chipmunk Award, donated by the Connor family, was presented to the winning Show Ponies in each height class, in memory of Charlotte Connor’s extremely successful pony.


Winners and First-Runners-up in the Qualifying classes have been invited to represent WA at the Australasian Horse and Rider Championships, to be held at the National Equestrian Centre at Werribee in Victoria, on December 4th and 5th, 2015. Ramsay’s Horse Transport has, once again, generously donated a significant discount to the cost of travelling horses to the National Competition.
Now, all that remains, is to wish the WA Team members safe travel to the Nationals, enjoy the  wonderful experience and hopefully, bring home some Australasian Championships.


Major sponsors were Touchstone Farms and Ramsay’s Horse Transport.  A further sixty two sponsors supported the forty six classes that were offered, over the weekend.  Without the generosity of these sponsors, these State Championships could not be held.  The EWA Show Horse Committee is extremely grateful to all their sponsors for their interest and support of the Show Horse discipline in WA.

The Committee was very grateful to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the Show. Without these willing and knowledgeable people, we could not have staged this Show. Thanks, also, to the staff of EWA and the SEC for their assistance in the lead up to and during the weekend.