Local showjumping steward Anne-Marie Greenway from Goorambat recently travelled to Sydney to train as an FEI Jumping Steward.
The FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) is based in Switzerland and is the International body for all equestrian sports, holding a number of training courses around the world each year in a variety of disciplines.
It’s three years since there was last such an opportunity for showjumping in Australia.
Mrs Greenway said everyone performed well.
‘‘The pass rate isn’t high, but on this occasion there were six Australians and two New Zealanders attending the course, and we all passed,’’ Mrs Greenway said.
‘‘Our trainer, Nigel King, who flew in from Hong Kong for the three days couldn’t have been more delighted.
‘‘We were all nominated by our national bodies and three of us were actually from Victoria.
‘‘As an official FEI Steward, I am now qualified to officiate at all showjumping events around the world, including International competitions and World Cup qualifiers, and am already booked for three of these shows this year, including the Australian Championships at Werribee, the Melbourne Royal World Cup, and the local Shepparton World Cup this November.
‘‘Rules are being tightened all the time, meaning more people of a higher qualification are required to be involved.
‘‘I have been an EA (Equestrian Australia) steward for some years, but now an international accreditation is necessary as well.
‘‘The three days were a lot of fun and hard work, with plenty of both theory and practical training as well as three rather tough exams.
‘‘The whole course took place at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, where the Olympic events were held in 2000, and it was a magnificent venue and well worth a visit.’’
The Shepparton World Cup qualifying competition is on November 11 to 13 and is run by the Northern Victorian Showjumping Club at WB Hunter Reserve.
The World Cup qualifying competition is on the Sunday afternoon, and public entry is free.