2019 August Newsletter

From the Board

The 2019 RPSBS Annual is on it’s way

The Board of Directors on behalf of the members thanks all those who have assisted in the production of the annual especially the editor and production designer, Despina Mitrakas of Show Pony Graphics.

Members are encouraged that whenever they get a great or interesting photograph of their Riding Pony or have had a successful show to submit the photo and information online on the RPSBS web page. It might just make the next annual.  I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I have.

2019-2020 Leaderboard Competition

Now is the time to plan your campaign for the RPSBS Ltd. Leaderboard Competition. Results from June 1, 2019 can be recorded for the 2019 – 2020 Competition.  Up to 3 results at a time can now be entered and there are 2 new Child Rider / Handler categories added as we evolve the awards for the coming year.

2019 – 2020 National Annual High Point Awards Now Open

Now running from 1st June 2019 – April 30th 2020. We have an entry amnesty until 30th August 2019, to enter in all your results from the 1st June up until now.

Last year we had over 600 submissions and thank all the members who entered!

What’s New?

  • Please ensure you read the rules before entering as some sections have changed.
  • We have expanded our junior and amateur awards and added two new leaderboards for our junior members. The Junior Rider / Handler Awards.
  • Prizes will now be awarded at each States AGM.

We are now looking for sponsors

  • We have changed sponsorship to make it even more affordable than ever with sponsorship starting at $60.00.
  • This is a super opportunity to promote your business on the RPSBS Social Media Accounts, in magazines such as Horse Deals, in our newsletters and on our website!
  • Email publicity@rpsbs.com.au for a media kit.

2019 Upcoming Events

27th October 2019 – SA 2019 SA Riding Pony of the Year Show

2nd November 2019 – NSW Combined Judges Seminar

27th June 2020 – NATIONAL RPSBS Ltd AGM

VIC Committee News

Victorian RPSBS Youth Development Clinic was held on the weekend with great success.

Ridden lessons with Paul Austin, Led and confirmation lessons given by VIC Chairperson Robert Cockram with Sandra Donovan.

Congratulations to VIC Committee Member Tara Kirk for putting together a super clinic, and thank you to Jodi Christoffersen for catering.

Thank you to VIC RPSBS sponsors Hygain and Equidade.

Pictured is instructor Paul Austin with Jess Frazer and Megan Carlile.Checkout facebook for more photos from this great day.

_____________________________________________________________July was a productive month with the Victorian Committee being involved with the combined judges seminar and organizing the forthcoming junior training day.

There was a great turnout out at the recent judges clinic, this enabled members of RPSB, EV and SHC to attend one session for judging eligibility across the three associations. A fantastic idea and congratulations to all involved with this progressive concept.

We are currently finalizing our show calendar with some new ideas in the wings and keep an eye out for ‘Rosette’ hitting your inbox in spring.

WA Committee News

We have had a good start to our WA season now holding both Led & Ridden Riding Pony of the Year as well as the Ridden Newcomer Championships. In the heat of summer we had Beverley Moore from UK judge our Led Riding Pony of the Year and we received some wonderful comments on our show pony and show hunter types.

  • Led Show Pony of the Year was Caris & Brittany Reside’s Leeara Park Elizabeth Arden
  • Led Show Hunter Pony of the Year Shannara Beresi’s Karma Park Royal Secret
  • Overheight Hack/Hunter Cimeron King of Pop of Helen & Anna Duffy.

With the lovely sponsorship from Brooke Tremain for Grand Champion, the show pony filly Leeara Park Elizabeth Arden took home the “Mirinda Spring Magic Tribute Award” in honour of Brooke’s riding pony mare who she tragically lost.

Due to the February heat the committee decided it would be better to hold the Newcomer Championships & Ridden Riding Pony of Year later in the season. We were fortunate enough for this show to be held in conjunction with Riverside Championship day on 21st July. The day started with a few light showers, but that didn’t seem to bother the newcomer ponies all producing lovely workouts.

Congratulations to the 2019 Newcomer Winners:

  • Show Pony – Yartarla Park Masterpiece owned and ridden by Cara Douglas.
  • Show Hunter – Broadwater Park Manhatten owned by Janice Keelan by ridden Anna Duffy.
  • Overheight Hack/Hunter – Kirralea Showman owned and ridden by Julie Sabine.

Pictured left Broadwater Park Manhatten ridden Anna Duffy and right  Yartarla Park Masterpiece ridden by Cara Douglas.

To start the program for Ridden RPOTY the first class was the Presidents Trophy. An event judged as a smartest on the parade combining not only confirmation, but manners & paces as well as the overall picture.  This pretty combination was won by Julie Cox’ Breebrooke Exclusive and beautifully ridden by Cody Lambert.

In an effort to encourage our juniors we added two new classes to the program – Rider of the Year un12yrs & Rider of the Year 12- un 18yrs. Only criteria for these classes was the rider must be a financial member mounted on a registered riding pony.  The class under 12yrs was won by Erin Bertola and the 12&un 18yrs won by Mia Farrell.

As the sun started to appear so did our lovely riding ponies for Ridden Riding Pony of the Year.  Some seasoned campaigners and some newcomers but all looking at their best and working super

Champion Show Pony 12.2 & un – Yartarla Park Fantasy, Champion Show Pony 12.2-13.2 – Kazwood Park Love Always, Champion Show Pony 13.2-14.2 – Gordon Park Timeless

RIDDEN SHOW PONY OF THE YEAR –  KAZWOOD PARK LOVE ALWAYS owned & ridden by Alyce Michalczyk.

Champion Show Hunter 12.2 & un – Springwater Kitty Jones, Champion Show Hunter 12.2-13.2 – Kirralea Candyman, Champion Show Hunter 13.2-14.2 – Broadwater Park Manhatten

RIDDEN SHOW HUNTER OF THE YEAR –  BROADWATER PARK MANHATTEN owned by Janice Keelan by ridden Anna Duffy. 

Champion Overheight Show Hack – Aria Overture, Champion Overheight Show Hunter – Karma Park Firefox


We must thank Penrose Garlands for the beautiful garlands for all winners and Emalin Equestrian for specially made & embroidered feed & haybags for winners of the 3 splits in each section for Ridden RPOTY.

Our riding ponies next major outing is the Perth Royal Show in late September so we are looking forward to seeing the young ones take centre stage.

The committee wishes all our members the best of luck for the remainder of 2019.

QLD Committee News

Qld Members are all in the process of packing and getting ready for our Royal show Brisbane EKKA. The RPSBS Qld committee would like to wish them all good luck.

This years EKKA has a great riding pony program with events for youngstock, show pony and show hunter led and ridden events

The RPSBS QLd committee would also like to congratulate our members that were successful I the Leaderboard competition. Congratulations to all the winners and keep an eye on the website for when the 2019 -2020 Leaderboard competition opens.