News November 11
AMGANSW ran competitions at Braidwood and Bungendore, hosted the Australian Pairs Championship and also supported an RDA competition at Cowra. Many thanks to those who came along and supported us in all these events.
Congratulations to the winner of all the age groups at Australian Pairs but especially to our NSW riders Em and Olly Conn, who won the Under 18, Sean Thompson and Trent McErlane who won the Opens and Nick Fitzsimmons and Jeff Braithwaite who won the 25 and Overs.
News September 18
We were so lucky with the weather for NSW Pairs. Despite the rain all around Sydney, Londonderry only had enough to slightly soften the ground and we were able to go ahead. Congratulations to the winners of all the age groups. Results are in the results section.
Last weekend Rebecca and I, and Cooper and Lauren D went down to Delegate and ran a training day and competition.
It is a beautiful area and all the riders were very enthusiastic.
News July 25
AMGANSW ran a competition at ISHE in Tamworth during July. Many thanks to Shaun, Carina, Bec S and Annalise who demonstrated the races for the competitors. Also thanks to all our helpers there and Shane Voigt for announcing. We have held competitions at Bungendore and Vines since my last post. The mixed pairs and individuals format seemed quite popular. Our Worlds riders did us proud. The Opens with Katie and Lauren came in 4th in the B Final beating all the non European countries and the U17s with Em and Olly won their B Final.
News June 8
Wow What an incredible time it has been. NSW Teams and Australian Teams, as well as some NSW competitions. Bro's and Conn's won NSW Teams- Congratulations- Em, Olly, Aaron, Bec and Jared. NSW riders continue to do very well. We were represented exceptionally well by our riders at Australian Teams. 19 riders attended the event at Elmore and 16 made it to the A final. Well done to all those riders. Good luck to Lauren, Katie, Em and Olly who are representing us in Wales at the IMGA World Teams Championship.
News April 29
Australian Individuals at Wentworth is over for another year. Congratulation to our NSW riders who competed so well. 12 out of 16 made the finals and Nick won the 25 and over, Olly the Under 18s and Ella-Lin the Under 15s. A wonderful effort. It was a terrific weekend.
News March 23
A Friendly at Vines and one at Braidwood have taken place and also our NSW Individuals. Many thanks to all those who helped get the gear to the competitions and to set up the field and congratulations to our riders who all rode well. A special congratulations to our NSW Individual Individuals champions- Lauren, Nick, Olly, Ell-Lin and Jachob.
News February 15
The year has started with 2 events already. Bungendore Show was a great success with a number of people coming to watch each session. A big thank you to Anthony for his wonderful commentary throughout the day.
The Training .Day at Londonderry saw 21 riders braving the heat and working on their skills. It was decided to have Pairs on Sunday. Forty riders turned up. Wow! Many of these were first timers so our more experienced young riders were allocated to each of the Novice Pairs to assist them in learning the games.
A massive thank you to Peter for towing the trailer there and back.
News December 5
What a wonderful final day for AMGANSW. 30 riders at our competition. It was great to see some of our previous members join in and we also welcomed some new riders. This was followed by our Christmas Gala Dinner and Bush Dance where we also gave out our end of year awards.A massive thank you to Leanne and Robyn for catering this event. Congratulations to our award winners
Rider of the Year Junior -Em Conn
Rider of the Year Senior -Lauren Slater
Best Combination Junior - Olly and Cricket
Best Combination Senior -Katie and Tia
Future Star Award-Charlie McKenzie
Most Improved-Abbey James
Sportsmanship Award Junior-Bec Sanford
Sportsmanship Award Senior- Peter Nelson
U12 -Cooper McCabe
U15-Ella- Lin McMillan
25 and Over-
Volunteer of the Year-Lauren Dawson
News October 1
NSW Individuals has been run and won. Congratulations to the winners and all those who competed. Sorry I missed it.
Australian Individuals are coming up at Camden, and we need all our members who are there to help make this a successful event.
News August 8
It has been a very busy couple of months with our NSW Pairs at Muswellbrook, a competition at Vines and one at Wongarbon. We were lucky with the weather at all three. Congratulations to all our place-getters at NSW Pairs. Double points were used for the finals and there was some very competitive riding. Wongarbon was very well attended and everyone learnt a lot from Phil Logue, who ran a training day on the Saturday. We have rescheduled Rylstone for November 11 and 12.
News June 19
Unfortunately a number of our competitions have been effected by weather. Woonona was postponed due to fthe forecast of high winds. When it was rerun rain put a damper on things and only a few braved the conditions. The Braidwood competition saw periods of drizzle but the spirits of the riders weren't dampened. 18 rider turned out for Swinging Pairs on the Saturday and 28 for Pairs on the Sunday. Rylstone was cancelled due to forecast high winds also. Hopefully we can try again there later in the year. Remember to get your entries in for Muswellbrook Pairs.
News April 23
A number of our riders competed at Australian Teams at Wentworth and Australian Pairs at Elmore. All represented our Branch very well. The Black Cats (Katie, Lauren, Em C, Bec S and Olly) placed 2nd overall in teams and Katie and Peter were the 25 and over champions, Ella with her partner were U18 Champions and Olly and Aaron the U15 Champions. Congratulations to these and all our ither Branch riders.
Last weekend saw a group of 33 riders competing in Indiviuals on Saturday. It was wonderful to see a large turn out of under 12s. On Sunday we had 12 pairs. The results are now up.
We have a number of competitions coming up. Make sure you get your entries in.
News March 25
Two competitions this month with NSW Teams early in the month. The finals were hard fought with Billybongs being the overall Champions. Well done to all riders. A massive thanks to everyone who helped out on the day but especially to Dave for Refereeing, Justine and Lauren for scoring, Leanne for working on the gate for the whole time, Anthony for his wonderful commentary and Chris and Robyn for keeping the gear set up moving and making sure everyone was where they needed to be.
Later in the month a Friendlies was held at Woonona. It was wonderful to have some new members joining and see them have so much fun. Woonona Pony Club provided a wonderful canteen for us and welcomed us warmly.
News March 1
February was a very busy month for our branch. Early in the month we had our AGM and there was a training day and Competition at Londonderry. A total of 6 teams attended the competition and braved the hot conditions. Many thanks to our coaches- Lauren, Peter and Jack and to all our helpers.
The following weekend a group of members held a Twilight competition at Vines. The Knockout Competition was one we hadn't run in NSW. It proved to be very popular.
We then had 8 of our members- Lauren, Jack, Abby, Rebecca, Andie, Archie, Maddie and Nick take part in demonstrations at the Royal Canberra Show on the 23rd and 24th. What a great job they did of promoting AMGANSW. A massive thank you to all our helpers who had such limitted to time for set up and did a fantastic job of moving gear on and off the arena quickly. Also a big thank you to our announcers- Robyn on Friday night and Darren on Saturday night. They did a gret job of explaining what Mounted Games is and telling the audience about each game.
We also had a training day at CRC on the 24th. Dave was our Coach for the day and did a wonderful job. I had very positive feedback from many of our participants. The competition we were to have on the 25th was washed out. It was a pity but everyone welcomed the rain.
Remember to get in your orders for AMGANSW clothing.
Hope to see you at NSW Teams.
News January 30
Our first event of the year was held in conjunction with Bungendore Show. We were given the prime spot for our arena
and attracted quite a few spectators. One of our members, Laura Worden, was selected as Bungendore Showgirl for 2018. Congratulations Laura! We had 12 pairs of riders who put on an excellent competition. Many thanks to everyone
who helped out.
A number of people navigated the obstacle course for bystanders, designed by Jack.
News December 22
Merry Christmas! Our last competition of the year at Vines was a wonderful day and was followed by the Gala dinner.
Our Pointscore winners this year were U12- Cooper McCabe, U15 Emily Gasparre, U18 Ella Pearse, Open- Lauren Slater, 25 and over- Rebecca Purdie. Congratulations to all these members.
We will start the year off at Bungendore Show. Remember to get your entries in. Entries next year will be by pre-entry. You will be able to enter on the day but there will be an extra fee for this,
The website is being slowly upgraded so that you don't have to check as many areas. Please bear with us while we do this.
News October 31
Our first Master competition was held at Forest Hills on October 15. The format was popular. Braidwood is on this weekend. Individuals on Saturday and Pairs on Sunday.
We have been invited to run a competition at K Ranch on November 18 and 19. A number of riders have put their names forward to be involved in this and we will be contacting them to explain how the weekend will be running,
Our Gala Dinner is on December 2. Remember to let Robyn know if you are coming.
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.
- 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)
The email address for the AMGA Secretary is firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.