Scone Equestrian Vaulting Team wrap up successful year with 2018 'Christmas in the Valley'

JOLLY: Scone Equestrian Vaulters Daytona Halloran, Ella Bennett, Gracie Bates, Sally Payne, Peyton Halloran and Tiannah Witney and coach Melinda Osborn with horses Frank and Nemo. Absent: Sarah Clark, Charlotte Clark and Jarrod Boyle.
JOLLY: Scone Equestrian Vaulters Daytona Halloran, Ella Bennett, Gracie Bates, Sally Payne, Peyton Halloran and Tiannah Witney and coach Melinda Osborn with horses Frank and Nemo. Absent: Sarah Clark, Charlotte Clark and Jarrod Boyle.

THE Scone Equestrian Vaulting Team (SEVT) have ticked off their last event on the calendar, ending the year on a jolly high.

Hosted by the Hunter Valley Vaulting Team at Tocal, the local vaulters competed in “Christmas in the Valley” on the weekend.

Off the back of their state and nationals appearances, the low-key competition was the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves ahead of the new year.

A highlight for the team was a non-judged Christmas themed Squad Barrel – a chance to get creative and have a laugh.

But amongst all the fun there was some serious accomplishments.

After three years out of competition Jarrod Boyle made a spectacular return to vaulting taking out first place in Intermediate Individual.

Sarah Clark also came first in Pre-Novice while Ella Bennett took home first place in Preliminary.

The team entered five individual classes, winning them all with every competitor coming away from the weekend with ribbons.

Of course, nothing could have been achieved without the four-legged stars of the show Hunterview Sinatra (Frank), Creme Brûlée (Tully) and Nemo.

Coach Robyn Boyle says while the competition is winding down for the year, there is a full calendar planned for 2019.

“Christmas in the Valley was our last competition for the year, but we will host some youth activities in the holidays,” she said.

“As we go into next year we’re doing out first inter-schools, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Scone again in May, then we do state and nationals.

“Vaulting is an all-inclusive sport for all abilities combining dance and gymnastics on horseback.

“It’s great to see children come out of their shell and enjoy themselves.”

It’s an exciting time for the unique equestrian sport with the recent rollout by Equestrian Australia of Ready Set Vault.

The new program aims to promote vaulting to beginner junior riders and teach basic horsemanship, develop gymnastics skills on the ground and a barrel, before gradually transferring them onto a moving horse.

For more information about Ready Set Vault visit https://www.rideahorse.com.au/rsv/

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