2017 SAERA End of Year Presentations
Once again the End of Year presentations were a great success. Held at The Old Mill in Hahndorf, proceedings began with the AGM and then a help yourself Buffet. Once everyone had finished their meal the Presentation began. Naomi Leavesley announced the winners and President, Bill Harbison, presented the trophies and sashes. Naomi, in her first year as presentation organiser was also instrumental in making sure that winners of the perpetual trophies were also given a small engraved trophy to keep.
The results are listed below but special mention should be made regarding the amazing Lindall Alabaska. Ridden mainly by Jodie Luck and occasionally by her daughter, Alannah, this consistent little grey mare has completed just over 1000km each year since 2015 and in each of these years she has completed the Tom Quilty, the Shahzada and a State Championship. Until her very last ride of the season she had done all this with no vet outs. This year Lindall Alabaska was also first Distance Horse in the National AERA results.
The Almazaan Stud also awarded new perpetual trophies this year for horses in each division including Intermediate rides, who have completed the most kms in the season without a vet out. The trophies were beautiful crystal trophies and smaller versions were also awarded for the winners to keep. Here I can say that I think all of the recipients were very pleasantly surprised to receive these awards and it is certainly a special achievement to go through the season without a vet out. I believe Bob Masters had had to leave and had asked Cassie Organ to accept Sharwood Sinai’s 3000km Distance Sash, he certainly didn’t realise how many times she was going to accept sashes and trophies on his behalf! The Almazaan Mwt trophy went to Sharwood Sinai, and they also won the Regis Trophy which is awarded to an SA bred horse over all divisions in SA rides, he also took out Hi-Point Horse and Hi-Point Rider.
The Mudge Trophy is awarded each year by Gavin and Broni Mudge and this year it was awarded to Tania Drever and Castlebar Ego. The Jendari Cup is awarded on a points system over 5 rides which are agreed at the beginning of the season by Darren Leaver and the SAERA Committee and this year it was won by Amanda Smith’s Nicari Shareefa. Darren also awards a small glass trophy for the last year’s winner to keep. The Junior Encouragement Award is awarded to any Junior rider who has qualified as an Endurance rider in the season and this was awarded to Monique Raidis. We also had a very special certificate from AERA which was awarded to Julie White who has ridden over 10,000km.
At each Presentation those present are asked to vote for the Volunteer of the Year and this year’s worthy winner was Jill Rosss who attends so many rides during the season as a much needed TPR.
Naomi Leavesley and Bill Harbison
Some of this year’s awards
SOME PHOTOS OF OUR EQUINE WINNERS WHO WERE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE PRESENTATION
Lindall Labaska and
at this year’s
Tom Quilty held at
Wirrina Cove, SA