Find out the latest news and events that have occurred the past few months involving VAS.
We are receiving many enquiries with regards to the new Helmet regulations brought in January 1st 2017. VAS Ltd follow Equestrian Australia's rules to maximise safety in the sport with riders competing in VAS Ltd competitions must be wearing an approved helmet with the chin strap fastened at all times.
VAS Ltd will be phasing in the new rules over the next 12 months. Remember EN1384 standard helmets are no longer approved by EA but if your helmet ALSO has the PAS015, ASTM F1163, AS/NZS 3838, ARB HS 2012, SNELL E2001, VGI it is approved to be used and will not need to be replaced. For VAS Ltd Competitions during 2017 the EN1384 helmet is still approved.
To see the EA helmet regulations please follow this link. http://www.equestrian.org.au/news/helmet-regulations-updated
The 2017 2018 Show Season has the theme 'Food comes from Farms' so go ahead and brainstorm ideas for your upcoming shows to take on that feel. It's quite broad so your imagination can go wild. From milk, eggs, cakes, cheese, pumpkins, carrots, apples, crops, grain, beef, lamb there is no discrimination between food sources, all bases can be covered if you just put your mind to it.
Encourage local schools to get involved and come up with ideas, what a great way to gather up some enthusiasm between the kids and promote your local show.
Did you miss out on watching a class or couldn't make it on the day? Do you want to see who won? Click on below photo to access the 2017 Championship Results pages.
The VAS Ltd Saddle Horse Championships was a successful weekend for all involved. The number of horses attending was impressive as competitors tried to keep cool in the warm conditions. The programme of classes was judged by 2 judges from Western Australia, 1 from South Australia, 1 from New South Wales and 1 from Victoria which gave a broad range of scope and experience.
Saturday brought the Off The Track State Final in the evening which proved to be very popular with both spectators and competitors. The warm weather didn't deter them as they worked out for the coveted title of State Final Winner with the opportunity to represent Victoria at the prestigious Nationals. The prize money of $1000 went to retired racehorse Excellingly ridden by Sarah McMaster.
Sunday brought a much more humid day but that didn't stop the huge number of horses trying their hardest to win the red, white and blue ribbons and the sought after garlands.
A highlight for Sunday was the inaugural Standardbred classes showcased by the Alabar HERO program Final. This was the first year for the HERO series which has been well attended throughout the agricultural shows this year. A total of 26 horses qualified for the event so it was a fantastic show of old favorites. With the rehoming and educating of retired race horses gaining popularity show societies will no doubt jump on board and provide this class for its competitors which encourages another breed to get out there and show the world just what it has to offer.
Eboni Knights and Equity Wizzbang (affectionately known as Maxwell Smart) made history as the first winners to don the colorful garland, ribbon and rug as well as taking home a $1000 cheque. Eboni stated that she's had Max for 8 years, he couldn't canter and she couldn't ride so they have certainly come a long way from then.
Tatura Park is hosting International Dairy week once again. The State Finals for the Dairy Judging and Parading took place Sunday January 15th. The 2 Victorian representatives this year at the National Finals are Cally O'Shannassy and Renee Anderson.
Dairy Parader results are as follows -
1st - Renee Anderson 2nd - Lora Schulz 3rd - Zali Deenan
Dairy Judging results are as follows -
1st - Cally O'Shannassy 2nd - Tamara Loughridge 3rd - Rachel Dickson 4th - Karl Munden
VAS Ltd would like to thank their major sponsor's Pryde's Easifeed for their continued support during the Saddle Horse Championships. Visit their website for a thorough look at the amazing products they have to offer.
With the Spring Show season well under way make sure you know the'new' regulations as of 2nd July 2016 if you are thinking of Parading Beef or Dairy Cattle. These are -
- Age of Parader must be 8 years & over as of the day of the show.
- Parader must be attired in suitable clothing including solid shoes or boots.
- Handler to lead a heifer only under 2 years (as of the day of the Show).
- Handlers Animal must be eligible for breed registration with their respective breed Society or entered in an ordinary class with details of exhibit on the respective Show/event entry form for insurance purposes.
- The judge may ask the Parader to swap animals if required.
- Adult or Steward assistance is acceptable for Parader under 12 years. (Preferred that parents or siblings are not the assistance)
- Competitions can be split into several age groups depending on the number of entries and level of experience.
- Parader Competitions are conducted under the FCAS & VAS Ltd regulations and National final competitors must be over 15 years of age at the time of the State final and reside within Victoria.
Due to the wet conditions the Committee of the Numurkah Show have had to cancel the Horse Events that were to be held at their show October 19th. The remainder of the Show will go ahead as planned.
A new date will be set for their horse competition and advertised on this website and our Facebook page.
The 2016 National Finals of the Beef Cattle Judging Competition has been won by Queensland's Sarah Peters. South Australia's Nick Van Den Berg came in at 2nd followed by Victoria's Alexander Chester. Fantastic effort to make it to the National Finals. A huge thankyou to all the competitors.