Congratulations to the Braemar College Equestrian Team who recently took out first place in the coveted Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series.
This win is a huge reward for effort, for the Braemar Equestrian Team which consists of some 24 riders.
Although this is the first Victorian Equestrian Interschool Champion Team win, the Braemar College team has won the coveted VEIS (Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series) Combined Champion Team 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Braemar won the Top Victorian Dressage Team when the competition was split into two disciplines – Dressage and Showjumping.
The Braemar College team is run by a committee of dedicated parent helpers, and riders train regularly at Woodend with some of the country’s world class coaches available throughout the Macedon Ranges.
It is often remarked upon at competitions how connected the Braemar College team is ,and how enthusiastic they are regarding each other’s results. Mr Nick Ott, President of Braemar College Friends of Equestrian, believes the success of the team over the past few years is down to the team spirit.
He says, “Often Equestrian is seen as a very individual sport; however, at Braemar we always try to encourage the team as a whole instead of focussing on individual results.”
This competition is one of the most competitive in the state and on a national basis is one of the largest with over 650 riders competing for the whole week. The competition includes the following disciplines:
- 1,428 Dressage tests
- 507 show horse phases
- 1,322 show jumping rounds
- 169 games and handy mount
The National titles will be held in Sydney in September.
The Braemar College team has one more challenge this year before then, to try and accomplish back to back wins for the 5th year in a row at the VEIS Grand Final. This will be held at Werribee again on the 1st and 2nd of August. The Braemar team has qualified as one of the top schools in the state for this event and is looking to replicate its recent success at the Equestrian Victoria Championships.