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After a short briefing by Jo Martin, the younger kids
and the ones who had not done Ride to Time before
participated in an introduction to Ride To Time to learn
more about what they would need to do.
After the introduction they headed out to the track
to do their warm up laps.
The riders went round the track in small groups of
two or three to get their horses familiar with the track
and to make sure they were feeling safe.
They then individually did a practise lap and re-
ceived feedback on their times before their final lap.
Later the more experienced riders had their turn and
the riders with the closest times were awarded their rib-
The second qualifying day was held on Saturday,
July 9 at the Stony Creek Turf Club race meeting.
The winner of Grade 3 was Steph Comfort from Bu-
nyip Pony Club and Grade 4 Natalie Jans from Meeni-
yan Pony Club.
The winner of Grade 1 and 2 was Carly Heislers
from Wonthaggi Pony Club.
Steph and Carly had the amazing opportunity to go
to the State Championships held at the Moonee Valley
races on August 27.
Georgia Filippi from Bass Valley Pony Club the
Grade 1 and 2 runner-up was also invited to compete
at Moonee Valley.
Natalie Jans was awarded the most improved West
Gippsland Zone Ride to Time participant.
On December 27 the West Gippsland Zone Ride to
Time Championships will be held at during the Stony
Creek Turf Club race meeting.
Riders will compete in between the first couple of
races early on race day and will then be able to enjoy
the rest of the day in the West Gippsland Zone marquee
where food and drinks will be offered.
All riders who have participated in a qualifying day
safely are able to compete at the championships.
Any other pony club riders not competing are en-
couraged to come and support those who are and enjoy
the WGZ marquee.
Racing Victoria and its development officer Lisa
Coffey have been great supporters of Ride to Time.
Racing Victoria has kindly supplied ribbons, shirts
and other goodies for all participants this year and sup-
plied fabulous prizes and gift bags for those who rode
at Moonee Valley.
Lisa Coffey attends as many training days as pos-
sible and has great expertise to share.
Participants in Ride to Time thank Stony Creek and
Woolamai turf clubs for the use of their wonderful fa-
Miss DeGaris also thanked Lisa Coffey and Racing
Victoria for their ongoing support.
“All the riders have learnt a lot from these days and
have had heaps of fun being able to ride at speed in a
safe environment,” she said.
WGZ has planned another training day on Sunday,
The day will also be a qualifier for the West
Gippsland Zone Championships to be held at Stony
Creek on December 27.
Please contact Deb Collins, WGZ chief Instructor
on 0429 093 671 or find the entry form on the WGZ
website if you are interested in participating in Ride to
Long-time members from the Scott, Deer-
ing, Eldred and Hughes families were among the
nearly 50 members, sponsors and supporters who
enjoyed a fun evening at the Members’ Bar.
President, Paul O’Sullivan welcomed all and
was pleased to acknowledge the presence of two
new shire councillors, Maxine Keil and Meg Ed-
Mr O’Sullivan emphasised the close connec-
tion between the club and the South Gippsland
community and wanted to acknowledge the help
from the many community groups on race day.
These groups received $16,000 last year from
the club and just under 7000 people attended the
races last year.
The club is very excited about a new three year
cup sponsorship arrangement with Ladbrokes
Bookmakers and this company will also supply
many prizes to be awarded through the year.
A new initiative is the appointment of a dedi-
cated member ambassador: committee member,
Graeme Ward, will focus on attending to mem-
bers’ needs on race day and will be pleased to
seek feedback on how the race day experience for
members can be improved.
It was a beautiful evening weather wise and
showcased our new railings and fencing which
has given the course a stunningly fresh and vi-
This has been a large project managed by
CEO Sarah Wolf, with funding from State Gov-
ernment and Racing Victoria for which the club
is most grateful.
The highlight of the evening was the inaugu-
Launch heralds big season on track
Champagne event: winner of the Stony Po-
nies Maiden Plate phantom race Kevin Scott
with Mandy Kuhne, the event organiser.
Welcome all: Paul O’Sullivan, president of the Stony Creek Racing Club, welcoming guests
in the members bar on Friday night.
Ambassador: Holly DeGaris, the West
Gippsland Zone, Ride to Time young am-
basssador on Red at Woolamai Racecourse.
Around the clock: Ride to Time ribbon winners, from left, Anna Scott and Lucy Phipps
(Wonthaggi Pony Club), Natalie Jans (Meeniyan PC), Steph Comfort (Bunyip PC), Jo Mar-
tin (Ride to Time instructor), Georgia Filippi (Bass Valley PC), Holly DeGaris (Meeniyan
PC and West Gippsland Zone Ride to Time young ambassador) and Carly Heistlers (Won-
Young ambassador behind Ride to Time
RIDE to Time is a great chance for pony
club riders to learn the importance of
being able to ride at a given speed said
Holly DeGaris who has been appointed
the West Gippsland Zone 2016 young
ambassador for the event.
Ride to Time events have become a novelty fixture at
country race meetings like Stony Creek and Woolamai.
Holly said, “Ride to Time improves the rider’s abil-
ity to alter the horse’s speed and to stay at a steady pace,
very important when on cross country as well as every-
“Participants have the opportunity to be coached by
racing professionals on the skills needed to ride at speed
in a safe and controlled manner.”
Riders are required to ride at a pre-determined speed
Riders in Grades 3 and 4 ride at 500 metres per min-
utes and in Grades 1 and 2 at 550 metres per minute and
maintain the pace over 1000 metres the winner being
whoever is closest to their grade’s time.
On Sunday, June 5 West Gippsland Zone’s first Ride
to Time of the year was held at the Woolamai Turf Club
SOME big announcements and the pre-
sentation of a large crayfish were among
the features of the Stony Creek Racing
Club’s 2016/17 racing season launch on
Class 1 Austral Ho-
tel 105cm 4pts & under:
1st Narelle McFee rid-
ing Shadyoak Memo-
ries, 2nd Emily Hill rid-
ing Victor Hugo.
Class 2 Morwell
Panels Open 120cm
Speed Class: 1st Greg
Stephens riding Shady
Creek Finn, 2nd Sam
Robertson riding Bell-
Class 3 Warragul
Horseland Open 130cm:
1st Chelsea Hair riding
Cheech BFD, 2nd Rob-
ert Agnew riding LH
Class 4 Equinade
Open 110cm: 1st Stuart
Abrahams riding Cool
Ma Goo, 2nd Jennifer
Massey riding Shadow-
Class 5 Kardella
pionship: 1st Georgia
Goff riding Southern
Alabama, 2nd Kendall
Richards riding Kenda-
ing 75cm: 1st Sa-
mantha Riddle riding
Drumara Shadow, 2nd
Taylor Clarke riding Ja-
mar Lodge Bubbles.
Class 7 85cm: 1st
Cathy Wilson riding
Fraarzu, 2nd Molly Bar-
ry riding Impulsive Jet.
Class 8 Station
Street Vet Clinic 95cm:
1st Darcy Wade riding
Miss Delfyne, 2nd Viv
Carfrae riding Touch
Class 9 100cm: 1st
Riley Cottrell riding
Spring Creek Pattern,
2nd Sharee Gotts riding
Class 10a & b the
one round stakes and
Bundy Bareback Chal-
lenge: 1st Cohen Wade
riding Lakevale Tarwyn,
2nd Max Height riding
Challenge winner 1st
Max Height riding Oak-
Class 11 Herb &
Ada Shandley Memo-
rial Ladies Jump: 1st
Narelle McFee riding
2nd Emily Hill riding
Class 12 Taranto
Windows & Glass Open
120cm: 1st Sam Rob-
ertson riding Bellhaven
Cassinta, 2nd Russell
Morrison riding CP
Class 13 Holden
Colorado & Leongatha
Holden Open 130cm:
1st Sam Robertson rid-
ing Bellhaven Cassinta,
2nd Alex Rooney riding
Class 14 Bruce
110cm 40pts & under:
1st Phill Stephens rid-
ing Vigorous, 2nd Stuart
Abrahams riding Car-
Class 15 75cm:
1st Jamie Chila riding
Tracker Lad, 2nd Sa-
mantha Riddle riding
Class 16 85cm: 1st
Zoe Waller riding Mo-
bile App, 2nd Cathy
Wilson riding Fraarzu.
Class 17 95cm:
1st Sharee Gotts rid-
ing Bannock Bay, 2nd
Cathy Wilson riding
Class 18 105cm
4pts & under: 1st Ellie
Clavarino riding Money
Muncher, 2nd Riley
Cottrell riding Drifter.
Results of Korumburra’s
Holden Show Jumping Classic
ral running of the phantom Stony Ponies Maiden
Plate with our winning owner, Kevin Scott taking
home a giant crayfish donated by one of our local
racegoers, and a bottle of Waratah Hills wine.
The new racing season will see five meetings
again, starting off with December 27 closely fol-
lowed by January 3.
These days will have lots of children’s activi-
ties as well as a chance for women to dress up for
the Ladies Marquee luncheon.
Membership is important for the club to ensure
its position as the leading professional thorough-
bred racing club in South Gippsland.
Membership at $55 per adult ($50 Seniors) is
super value for money with admittance to all five
meetings including our blockbuster cup meeting.
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