Emmaus College equestrian team heading for nationals in September

THE national interschool equestrian championships are coming up next month for the Emmaus College team, after they recently represented the school at state level at Toowoomba.

WINNING TEAM: Emmaus College Equestrian team members (back) Layne Frankcom, Makayla Deece, Taylah Noy, Claire Ryan, Lexie Armstrong, (front) Emma Gould, Ayshia Noy, Ala Frankcom, Ella Devantier. Photos: Michael Burge

WINNING TEAM: Emmaus College Equestrian team members (back) Layne Frankcom, Makayla Deece, Taylah Noy, Claire Ryan, Lexie Armstrong, (front) Emma Gould, Ayshia Noy, Ala Frankcom, Ella Devantier. Photos: Michael Burge

The week-long state event in June saw the school bring home a swag of ribbons.

According to an Emmaus College spokesperson, the weather was kind to competitors.

“Our team of nine girls performed exceptionally well over the four days,” she said.

“To have qualified for the state championships is a huge achievement, behind which came many hours of work in preparing, working and competing their horses.

“The girls have much to be proud of as they were excellent ambassadors for Emmaus College. It never mattered what placing they achieved, every girl rode beautifully with huge smiles and it was fantastic to see.”

State results

As reported in the college newsletter, both Claire Ryan and Emma Gould did well in the dressage competition. Claire placed 4th in one of her preliminary dressage tests and was in the top half of a very large group of riders overall. Emma has been riding Charlie for only six months and placed in the top half of her intermediate novice dressage class.

Emma and Jimmy have been competing at an elementary level for only six months and placed in the top ten overall in the elementary dressage classes.

In the showman competition, Claire placed 3rd overall in the secondary three-phase showman class, which is an excellent result in a very large class, with Lexie placing 10th overall.

Makayla Deece was the college’s only showjumper in primary 70 and 80 centimetres. Makayla placed 7th overall in the 70cm class.

In the Showhorse competition, Emmaus College results were:

  • Ella Devantier – Reserve Champion Secondary Showhunter
  • Lexie Armstrong – 4th overall Secondary Showhunter
  • Ayshia Noy – 7th overall Secondary Showhorse; 10th overall Secondary

Showhunter:

  • Ala Frankcom – 6th overall Secondary Showhorse
  • Taylah Noy – Reserve Champion Primary Showhunter
  • Layne Frankcom – 3rd overall Primary Showhorse

The school secondary showhorse team, consisting of Ella Devantier, Lexie Armstrong, Ala Frankcom and Ayshia Noy, were the reserve champion secondary showhorse team.

Ella, Lexie, Taylah and Layne all qualified for the state team to compete at the national interschool championships, which will be held at Toowoomba in September.