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THE Meeniyan Pony Club ran its annual
Barastoc Horse Trials on Sunday, April 2 at
Stony Creek, an event that tests the skills of
horse and rider over the three discipline of
dressage, cross country and show jumping.
This was a qualifying event for the State
Horse Trials Championships in May, and thus
the cross country course was to height and
quite technical to ride.
The club was very proud of how fantastic the
venue looked, with the day well supported by
West Gippsland zone riders, and other com-
petitors from as far as Mornington, Cockatoo
The club thanks judges Ellen Wilson, Barb
Wright and Lisa Hocking and the many volun-
teers and businesses who supported this event.
A huge amount of work has gone into rebuild-
ing the cross country course and developing a
new grass arena over the last 14 months by
members of the Meeniyan Pony Club and Stony
Creek Riding Club, with input by local eques-
trian experts Bev Shandley and Michelle De-
benham who set a very high standard of safety
Meeniyan PC has been well supported by the
West Gippsland Zone of Pony Clubs who or-
ganised for International Course builder Mick
Pineo to hold a Cross Country course building
day at Stony Creek.
Many zone club members took advantage of
the opportunity to learn from an expert, with
Meeniyan PC being the recipient of newly built
jumps and a great course plan.
Meeniyan PC was able to purchase two Grade
2 Portable Jumps with a grant from VicHealth,
and the new arena has been partially fenced
to a safe level with assistance from the South
Gippsland Shire Council.
The support from local and state govern-
ments has been greatly appreciated by the club,
who will complete the arena fence this year.
The club has received many positive messag-
es from riders about the venue, and are looking
forward to the horse trial next year.
Meeniyan PC is running a horse trials train-
ing session for grades 5 and 6 on May 21, and
hope many young riders can come and learn
what it is all about. New members are always
Results of the Meenyian PC Barastoc Horse
• Allen’s Contracting PC Grade 2, Best Dres-
sage, Fleur Timmins on Legally Blonde, Meeni-
• Mornington Horse Floats PC Grade 3, 1st
and Best Dressage, Kathryn Bavaro on Kenlock
Super Lex, Warragul;
• Gendore Tractors PC Grade 4, 1st Madeline
Benson on Monsview Nakitta, Pakenham; 2nd
Sharlie Hams on Miracle, Corner Inlet; 3rd Eb-
ony Clavarino on Splash of Class, Corner Inlet,
4th and Best Dressage, Ingrid Rachubinski on
Ashcroft Park Inspiration, Bunyip; 5th Georgia
Filippi on Mondo Blue, Bass Valley; 6th Sophie
Newton on Tiki, Berry’s Creek.
• Prom Meats PC Grade 5, 1st Eliza Mahoney
on Millington Chester, Mirboo North; 2nd Tan-
ya Turvey on Zara, Corner Inlet; 3rd Clemen-
tine Harvey on Shiloh; 4th Maddi Papa on Bar-
rakee Boston, Boolarra.
• Equal Best Dressage Tanya Turvey and Cle-
• South Gippsland Concrete Open Grade 2,
1st and Best Dressage Corinne Hoddinott on
Castleburn Iceman; 2nd Caitlyn Appleby on Re-
gardez Secrets, Pakenham.
• Holcim Quarries Open Grade 3, 1st Cath-
erine Wilson on Fraarzu, 2nd Paula Plikington
on WG Splashofcolour, 3rd Lisa Browning on
Commander Bunny, Berry’s Creek, 5th Brigid
Johnson on Winter of Bennelong, Meeniyan,
6th Klaire Thomas on City Lights, Rosedale,
Best Dressage Cherie Cowan on Jartilla.
• Ahern’s Fruit Market Open Grade 4, 1st
and Best Dressage Kate Duignan on Primrose
Lane, Mornington, 2nd Janet Browning on
Thief of Time, 3rd Klaire Thomas on Wendllyn
Park Pandora, Rosedale, 4th Sophia Lewis on
Matilda, Cockatoo, 5th Linda Lewis on My Boy
AFTER milking cows for 20-odd years, the
Joyce family in Jumbunna decided to throw in
the towel and focus on the breeding, training
and campaigning of horses.
Five years later Wes and Trish Joyce, hus-
band and wife, are still obsessed with them.
"Wes eats, sleeps and breathes horses and
show jumping," Trish said.
"What he loves about it is how you're not cri-
tiqued by someone's opinion on how you go.
"It's you and the horse. So if you go out there
and you can jump a clean round and you're the
fastest, you're the winner," she said.
Their eldest daughter Tiffany works at a law
firm in Melbourne. She's moved out of home
and takes the train into the city.
Last month Tiffany attended the Port Phillip
Showjumping Club event held at the Lang Lang
Showgrounds. She took home first place in the
Ponderosa Future Stars class on her horse LH
Although busy with work and other commit-
ments, she has decided to sell LH Johnny.
Her father broke LH Johnny in and Tiffany
has been riding the eight-year-old gelding ever
"Because Tiffany's not getting much practice,
we're going to sell Johnny and look at getting
her a younger horse that's just starting to train,"
Ms Joyce said.
"She can still enjoy what we've done our whole
lives, but we're going to change it so the pres-
sure's not there."
Their daughter Sarah is studying veterinary
science in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, at
Charles Sturt University.
She has a horse on agistment near where she
lives, but they don’t have showjumps and there
aren’t many opportunities for training. Sarah
had to compromise.
“She now does trail riding and dressage com-
petitions, but she loves that she's still involved
Sarah would like to move back into
showjumping, with her parents hopeful a horse
will be waiting for her when she returns to
"You can't all of a sudden say it's over just be-
cause life changes," Ms Joyce said.
"So we're trying very hard to keep the girls
involved if they want to be."
Both girls manage to find time in their busy
schedules to participate in competitions for
showjumping, for Tiffany, or dressage, for Sar-
ah. Wes and Trish often joke that they brain-
washed their daughters growing up into loving
For information about LH Johnny, visit Lal's
Haven Warmbloods website at lalshaven.com.
PHILLIP Island RSL recently presented
Bass Coast Health (BCH) with a record
$4150 for its pulmonary rehabilitation sup -
port group the Wonthaggi Wheezers, raised
from this year’s hugely successful Nell Has-
lett Golf Day.
Now in its 11th year, the charity golf day
was originally run as a memorial event by
friends and family of Nell Haslett, who was
a founding member of BCH’s Wonthaggi
Wheezers support group when it began 15
The popular Golf Day is organised by the
RSL Dirty Dozen Golf Team, which original-
ly included some of Nell’s family members,
and now comprises of members of the Phil-
lip Island RSL.
Attendance at the fundraiser has grown
steadily over the years, with some play-
ers even travelling from Melbourne and the
Latrobe Valley to take part in the day.
In fact this year’s event saw a record 104
players participate and attracted fantastic
support from sponsors according to organ-
iser, Phillip Island RSL’s Rob Brown.
“The amount of support from volunteers,
players and sponsors was instrumental in
the day being enjoyable and successful for
all involved. ”
BCH staff were delighted to accept the
cheque, including Cardiac and Pulmonary
Rehabilitation coordinator Denise Escreet.
“This is wonderful! The money raised this
year will go towards much needed exercise
and patient monitoring equipment. ”
Last year’s donation went towards buying a
spirometer machine that records lung func-
BCH CEO Jan Child said BCH was very
grateful for the money received.
“This is a fantastic event and we hugely
appreciate the efforts and generosity of the
organisers, volunteers and sponsors.”
BCH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group is
an eight-week exercise and education pro -
gram for people who have lung disease.
The Wonthaggi Wheezers is a monthly sup -
port group for people with lung problems.
Individual appointments with a Respira-
tory Nurse are offered at BCH’s San Remo
and Wonthaggi sites.
Anyone wishing to attend either group,
make an appointment or find out more in-
formation can call BCH on 5671 3343.
At the special presentation were, from left, Bass Coast Health Allied Health manager
Jackie Goodman, BCH Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation coordinator Denise Es-
creet, Phillip Island RSL’s Rob Brown, BCH CEO Jan Child and Phillip Island RSL’s
Dirty Dozen breathe
life into Wheezers
Never far from a horse, the Joyce family are, from left, Trish, Wes, Tiffany and Sarah.
Catherine Wilson on Fraarzu won first place in the Holcim Open Grade 3 section.
Riders and horses
put to the test
Louis Fulkerson on Mithril Riccadonna in
the Grade 4 section.
FRIDAY’S action was a Pairs event at Inver-
North/South winners with a superb 62.76%
were Dina Drury and Richard Moss with the
score of the week.
Richard has recently re-joined the club from
Coming a very close second with an excellent
61.81% were Jack Kuiper and Deborah Anglim.
Third with 57.81% were the highly competitive
and consistent pair of Jean Barbour and Greg
Fourth were Anne and Bruce Gibson, club
champions, with a very sound 52.21 per cent.
East/West winners with an excellent 60.42%
were the ever steady pair of John Sullivan and
Alan Johnston. Second were Mike Dooley and
John Sutton with a fine 56.02%, close by in
third were Bron Sund and Clive Hope with a
Fourth was the very reliable and consistent pair
of Norma Hannay and Marj Freeman with 50.69%.
Monday, April 3 at Meeniyan, Pairs: First with
a wonderful 62.50% was the very reliable pair
of Kathleen Dowd and Ellie McIntyre.
Second was the very experienced pair of
Susan Ruffin and Clive Hope with a splen-
did 60.42 and third with an excellent 58.33%
were Faye Rowlands and Frank Arndt.
Visitors are always welcome and the club will
find a partner for you. Please check the club
website for coming events.
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