St Paul’s students exemplify excellence in equestrian

Phoebe Cavill: Overall state champion award in the Senior Preliminary Dressage.

The St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School Equestrian team has had a busy and successful year, finishing in 11th place out of 164 schools at the recent Equestrian Victoria Interschool State Championships at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, with three students qualifying for the nationals.

Among the highlights, Phoebe Cavill (Year 10) claimed the title of overall state champion in Senior Preliminary Dressage, an outstanding achievement. She placed fifth in the first test and first in the second test which culminated in the overall championship win.

Kate Joyce (Year 9) showcased her determination securing a commendable overall third in the 1* Combined Training.

Georgia Joyce’s (Year 6) exceptional performance earned her the title of reserve state champion for the 80 Combined Training and also placed second in the Primary Preliminary Dressage test.

Hadley Purcell (Year 6) demonstrated her talent with notable placements in two of her Show Jumping classes with fourth and sixth place.

Lily Wilson (Year 8) competed across a range of classes producing some lovely moments in Dressage for the Combined Training and some great Show Jumping rounds, contributing to the team’s overall success.

As a result, Phoebe Cavill, Kate Joyce and Georgia Joyce have all qualified for the Equestrian Australia 2024 Australian Interschool Championships to be held in Tamworth, NSW in September.

Participation in Equestrian at St Paul’s offers students more than just athletic pursuits. It fosters community engagement, cultivates cross-campus friendships and promotes their wellbeing outdoors, making it a valuable co-curricular activity for all involved.