The Equathon Challenge is a three-event competition consisting of Swimming, Show Jumping and Cross-Country Running. Ten years ago the Interschool competitions were mainly showjumping / showing and dressage. Who would have thought an event could combine horse riding swimming and running. The latest trend in Interschool events is now searching for the combinations who can  SWIM RIDE RUN in one day definitely a massive ask from the participants.  Balcombe Grammar Interschool Equathon  was run under the auspices of Modern Pentathlon Victoria Inc- SWIM RIDE RUN.  Competitors compete in all three phases either as an individual competitor or as a team of three. To make it even tougher only one Individual claimed the top prize of having a personal Showjumping  Lesson with Wesley’. Twelve year old Ebony Watson from Clyde in Victoria worked her way to the very top to be crowned the Individual winner over the three phrases. What a massive feat. Horseland were one of the major sponsors of the event and donated many other great prizes plus a meet greet with Team Joyce at their stud Lals Haven.

Ebony rode a chestnut named Yarni, her mother Jo has educated and campaigned this horse for the past 4 years and now decided to hand the reins over to Ebony. Her elder brother Sydney proudly came along to help strap, video and meet Oaks Volta. The Watson’s are definitely a very keen knowledgeable Eventing family who have a great passion for horses.

Wes , Sydney, Ebony , Yarni and Jo

Wes , Sydney, Ebony , Yarni and Jo

Have a listen to the Barastoc Chat-ski

The weather was not so kind for the first ten minutes of the lesson both Ebony and Wes braved the conditions. Soon the rain disappeared which meant Jo, Sydney and myself could leave the undercover shed to take some great action shots and videos. Ebony tried very hard to do everything that was asked of her.

Wes instructing Ebony on Yarni

Wes instructing Ebony on Yarni

To read Ebony’s thoughts in the competition and lesson please click here going to our Equestrian Life bloggers page

Here is a little clip of the lesson

All this was due to Horseland Australia’s largest Equestrian retailer sponsoring such a grand prize

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  1. Donna on 8 August 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Well done Ebony. You look fabulous on Yarni.
    You are going to make a great team. All the very best at Nationals.
    All our love Tana, Hunter, Andersyn & Donna.

    • Trish on 8 August 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you Donna for taking the time to comment