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News September 15

Last weekend saw the running of the Australian Teams Championship at Camden. Congratulations to all the placegetters.

A massive thank you to everyone who helped make the competition run so smoothly- our referee- Phil Logue.our scorers, assistant referees, gear people, camera operators, gate keepers and those who stepped in an helped with the many tasks that needed to be done.

 

News July 24

NSW Pairs and our Vines competition are done and dusted. The results have been added to the Results Page. Congratulations to our winners and placegetters and a big thank you to all those who helped out. We have a busy time coming up with Wongarbon on July 29 and 30, Bungendore August 5, Woonona August 12, NSW Teams at Vines August 26 and 27 and Australian Teams at Camden on September 9 and 10.

We will be asking all our members and their families to help. Remember many hands make light work.

 

Rule Reminders:

- All jewellery must be removed during competition. Jewellery which cannot be removed must be securely taped over.

 

- All four feet of the ponies involved in a changeover must be behind the Start/Finish or Changeover line when the
changeover takes place. Any infringement incurs elimination unless the rider at fault returns and recrosses the line.

 

News June 28

Wow! It has been a busy month. We had a wonderful 2 days of competition at Woonona at the beginning of the month with approximately 30 riders each day. As usual the wonderful Pony Club members put on a great canteen and welcomed us warmly.

The following weekend it was a trip to Vines which then had to be cancelled due to the very wet weather and then last weekend we had a competition in Bungendore with approximately 20 riders each day. We welcome several new members from the weekend.  A very big thank you to Dave and Di who came down to help out on the Saturday.

Results of these competitions will be on the results page.

Coming up is NSW Pairs at Muswellbrook.

 

News May 23

 

A wonderful sunny day at Braidwood saw 22 riders competing in Pairs. The results are up.

Our next 2 competitions are at Woonona on May 3 and 4 and Vines on May 10 and 11. You will find the flyers on the Next Event page.

 

News May 9

 

The results of the Australian Individuals Championships have been added. Again NSW had a large number of riders competing with many making it into their respective finals. Congratulations to everyone who competed and especially to Emily Conn- Under 15 Champion,  Ella Pearse- Under 18 Champion and Nick Fitzsimmons- Over 25 Champion.

 

The AMGA committee has asked the Branches to remind their members of a few points. (These have come directly from the April 27th meeting summary)

  1. Helpers need to ensure they are wearing covered footwear for Assistant Refereeing and running Gear at all competitions. Thongs are not acceptable. Helpers are also required to stay for the whole shift, it is not fair on other helpers if you turn up but then disappear before the end.
  2. Unsportsmanlike conduct or aggressive behaviour (e.g. swearing, yelling) towards Referees (Head or Assistant) or Gear people and other officials will NOT be accepted from Riders or spectators alike. Members are reminded that decisions made by the Head Referee and/or other officials are FINAL and need to be accepted with grace.
  3. Dismounting in the arena: The race is not over until the whistle is blown by the referee and riders are to stay mounted until the whistle blows for safety reasons.
  4. Riders are to inform the Head Referee or the organising Committee of their withdrawal or the replacement of a horse before their session commences and as early as possible to allow appropriate changes to be made to the draw, if necessary.
  5. Finishing the race: Riders are encouraged to NOT throw their equipment down after they cross the finish line unless there is a serious safety issue and the rider cannot pull up their horse safely without dropping it. Equipment can be damaged and or broken when dropped which could be counted as equipment abuse. Riders should stop their horses as soon as possible and not continue racing along the safety box area unless absolutely necessary so as to prevent collisions with other riders coming through.

 The email address for the AMGA Secretary is info@australianmga.com

 

Our Next competition is at Braidwood on May 20 and 21.

 

 

News May 1

The NSW Committee, after exhausting options in the Canberra area, has decided that this years Gala Dinner and end of year competition will be held in the Sydney area, following the very successful event last year. Be prepared to get your glad-rags on and party on December 2 at Vineyard.

 

We have also added an extra competition to the calendar- June 24 and 25 at Bungendore. See the Events page for the flyer.

Lauren as our previous Branch Representative has asked me to pass on these notes. She is now one of the AMGA Vice Presidents and Phil Logue is taking over as Branch Representative on the AMGA Committee.


Hi All, just a few points from the last AMGA meeting.

 

AMGA will be updating and changing the Facebook page/group in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out for that.

 

Uniform: If riders are wearing clothing or gear that is not appropriate they will be asked to change and not allowed to compete until they are in the correct gear.

 

There seems to be some confusion about what constitutes a collared shirt. Please see attached document which shows what is and isn’t allowed. Click here

 

Remember that only PLAIN black or beige riding pants are allowed at AMGA. Riding pants that are anything BUT PLAIN will not be allowed. E.g. coloured striping.

 

Shirts with pictures or slogans that AMGA or the Branch Committee consider offensive are also not allowed and riders will be asked to change.

 

AMGA are looking into a system where race placings and cumulative scores can be easily announced/printed out as soon as scores are confirmed in the scoring box. They will be announced during sessions when possible.

 

National Teams and Pairs for 2018 will be held on the consecutive weekends of Easter (31st Mar and 1st April) and April 7-8th respectively. AMGA and state branches are still looking into venue possibilities. We will notify you as soon as it is decided.

 

News April 18

 

The results of the Australian Pairs Championships have been added.

NSW had a very strong contingent of riders competing.

Congratulations to all our riders who competed but particularly Katie and Lauren Slater- Open Champions

and Rhys Smith U18 Champion with his Victorian partner- Simon Rodgers.

 

 

News March 30

 

The results of NSW Individuals has been added. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success. The weather wasn't the greatest but everyone just got on with the job. Entries are open for Australian Pairs at Wentworth and will be open soon for Pairs. Enter through https://eventsecretary.com.au/mga/

Our next NSW event will be held at Braidwood on May 20 and 21.

 

News March 15

 

The inaugural Forest Hills Teams Trophy competition was held last weekend. What a wonderful weekend. Eight teams fought it out for the title of Champion, with each team taking part in individual. pairs and team races. Riders reported that they really enjoyed this format. Forest Hills Pony Club provided a wonderful canteen on both days for us.

 

The demonstration at the Canberra Show was excellent with our riders: Lauren, Katie, Jack, Em, Annalise, Lucy, Ella, Chloe, Abby, Rhys and the 2 reserves- Laura and Rebecca, providing a brilliant display of games in the Main arena on Saturday and Sunday and doing several demonstraions in Arena 2. Many thanks to all our riders and helpers for their time and support.

 

News February 23

 

This weekend a number of our riders are doing demonstrations at the Canberra Royal. In the main arena on Saturday and in the educational arena Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 10 and 12. A big than you to all the riders and supporters taking part.

The Woonona Training Day and competition were well attended and we were lucky that the storms missed us. As usual the Woonona Pony Club ground was a wonderful venue, with the Woonona members making us so welcome and putting on an excellent canteen for us.

At Gunning the area was a bit cramped as the football field had been reseeded and the cricket pitch had not been removed. However the riders had a great weekend, getting in more riding time than originally planned due to the weather not being as hot as originally forecast. The lack of space on the arena has necessitated a change to our

NSW Individuals. It is now going to be held at Braidwood on March 18 and 19.

 

News February 3 2017

 

Our first Competition of the year at Gunning will be 8am-12 noon due to the forecast heat. If it is cooler than expected we may extend. Flyers for Woonona and the Teams Trophy at Forest Hills are on the EVENTS page.

News January 3 2017

Over 60 people attend our Innaugural Christmas Gala Dinner at Vineyard. What a wonderful evening. A great way to wind up the year. Our Pointscore winners for 2016 were:

25 and Over Peter Nelson

OPEN Lauren Slater

Under 18  Ella Pearse

Under 15  Emily GasparreUnder 12 Ryan Snelling

 

For competition dates see the Calendar on the EVENTS page.

 

News October 27

It has been a busy couple of months and there is a lot more competition to come this year. We have held competitions at Bungendore, Vines, Forest Hills and Woonona and hosted the Australian Pairs Championships at Camden. On November 5 and 6 we will run competitions at Braidwood, followed by Woonona on the 12 and 13. Our last competition of the year will be Swinging Pairs at Vines on November 26.

A team of NSW riders- Lauren Slater, Rebecca Purdie, Trent McErlane, Chloe Pearse and Annalise Gasparre will be taking part in Equitana. We wish them luck.

Don't forget to book your places at our Gala Dinner

 

AMGANSW CHRISTMAS GALA DINNER

This year we will be holding a Gala Dinner on 26th November to celebrate another great year with AMGANSW.

For more information on the event and how to book please click here

 

News August 18

A very successful training day was held at Wongarbon on July 30 and this was followed by a Pairs Competition on the Sunday. It was great to see a large turn out of riders. A big thank you to the Wongarbon Pony Club canteen who put on wonderful food for breakfast and lunch both days.

On the 14th August we held a Pairs Competition at Woonona Pony Club Grounds. All the riders had a wonderful time.

Many thanks to Woonona Pony Club for their wonderful hospitality and great lunches.

The results are on the result page.

Remember to get your Pair organised for Australian Pairs at Camden on October 8/9.

 

A new competition has been added at Forest Hills. Check out the Calendar.

 

News july 22

A record number of Pairs turned out at Muswellbrook for the NSW Pairs Championship. It was wonderful to welcome our friends from the USA. The team was made up of Hunter Taylor, Sarah Lipps, Emily Hruda. Elise Barberra and Kaja Newell and they were accompanied by Robert Taylor and Sarah Hruda.

The following weekend saw just over 30 riders (including the riders from the USA) compete at Vines in Individuals on the Saturday and Teams on the Sunday. For the results of both competitions are on the results page.

Advance Notice- AMGA NSW is planning to hold a special evening on November 26 following our Saturday competition at Vines. Stay tuned for more news.

News June 27

A training clinic was held on Saturday at Dural with a small group of riders having oppoertunities to learn new skills and to practice and improve on knowledge they already had. Many thanks to Peter and Lauren for helping to run this. On Sunday we held a Pairs competition. Thank you to all the riders and parents who helped in making this competition run smoothly. The results have been added to the results page.

July will be a busy month with NSW Pairs at Muswellbrook on July 9 and 10, a competition at Vines on July 16 and 17 and another one at Wongarbbon on July 30 and 31.

 News 31 May

 NSW Individuals was held at Braidwood at the weekend. Riders braved the cold weather and the competition was strong in all the age groups. Congratulations to the placegetters in every age group. For all the results check out the results page.

News 1 May

Woonona Competition

A small group of riders had wonderful fun at Woonona this weekend with Individuals on Saturday and Pairs today. Many thanks to Woonona Pony Club for putting on a wonderful canteen and to everyone who helped with scoring, announcing and setting out gear. Congratulations to all the riders. You all rode brilliantly. A highlight of the weekend was when some elderly people from the Nursing Home came across to watch. Our riders made their day by going over to them, talking to them and letting them pat the horses.

 

News 25 April

NSW Teams

On April 23 and 24 NSW Teams was held at Bungendore. Congratulations to all the riders who competed at the weekend and to the winners of the A final- Straya- Julia Devitt, Rhys Smith, Tessa Forbes, Simon Rodgers and Ryan Seini. This team are going to be excellent representatives for Australia in the Under 17 Championships at Worlds in Ireland this year. For all the results check out the Results page.

 

NSW Individuals

The date for NSW Individuals has been rescheduled. This competition will now be held at Braidwood on May 28 and 29. Entry forms have been emailed out.

 

News 13 April

 

Training Day

On the 9/10 April we had a very successful training day and teams competition at the CRC grounds in the ACT. We had 31 riders attend the training day with 5 people instructing. 3 new riders and many experienced riders on new or green horses all commented that it would be great to have more training days in the schedule. We are looking at a weekend in June, we will put iy on the website when it is confirmed.

 

Website

As you are reading this it means that you have found the website and hopefully you are finding it easy to navigate,

the website will become the main source of communication and we would like everyone to participant in the riders forums, add photos from competitions and also to provide content for these news letters. If you have any suggestions on how the site can be improved please contact Ron Devitt.

 

NSW Teams

The NSW Teams competition will be held on the ANZAC weekend at the Bungendore Showground as Braidwood was not suitable and Gunning is not available entries are due to Maureen by Friday 15 April.

If you need a team or a rider let Maureen know and she will work her magic.

 

NSW Committee

The Annual General Meeting was held at Terry Hills at the beginning or the year and you can view who the committee members are by searching the committee section which is under the Aout Us button on this website.

The committee would like to thank Anthony Newham, who stood down as Vice president for all of his work for the NSW branch over the last 2 years. We would also like to welcome Wayne Fanning aboard as the new Vice President.

 

At the last committee meeting it was agreed that a new position would be created on the committee for a riders representative. This person would be responsible to ensure that any issues or suggestions that riders have are brought to the attention of the committee members so that action can be taken.

Lauren Slater is currently acting in this role.

 

National Individuals Wentworth

Yes it was Easter time again and that means that a number of dedicated NSW riders travel out to Wentworth for the annual competition.

Hay seemed the place to stop on the way over and to the surprise of the locals and the riders, who just slepted out in the open it rained during the night sending the riders looking for somewhere dry to sleep.

Thanks must go to Wayne Fanning who decided to check on the riders at 5am waking them up in the process.

 

Frank, however, made the biggest call to cross the Hay Plains after sunset, a decision he immediately regretted and so did the 5 teenagers that were travelling with him.

 

Wentworth again turned on the great weather for the weekend and it soon became a party atmosphere with people catching up with each other, telling stories and relaxing.

The competition was again conducted in a very professional manner our hats go off to the South Australians for their organisation skills.

Congratulations must extend to Maureen who was the official ref for the Vets and she did an exceptional job.

 

After the 2 days the dust had settled and the racing was over and the general feeling was that the competition is just getting better and the standard of ridng is of the highest quality.

 

A number of the NSW riders made the finals but a special congratulations must go to Archie McGrath who won the u15 title.