Two awards for Sale Showjumping

SALE and District Showjumping Club won two awards during the Equestrian Victoria awards night at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on August 1.

The club was named club of the year, while Teagan Chester won the young jumping rider award.

The club award recognised the Sale club’s successful staging of major showjumping and dressage events, training days and clinics, and its members’ willingness to help, not only set-up their own events, but those at other clubs.

Chester’s receiving of the young jumping rider award was the third successive year a Sale member won the trophy, following Zoe Boulton and Courtney Shears.

The award capped off a big season for Chester, who recently turned 20. She placed 10th in her first World Cup event in January at Boneo Park on the Mornington Peninsula, and won two grand prix meetings in Queensland in May.

Chester was one of 10 nominees for the young rider award. Following a training weekend, she was one of three shortlisted who went through a further interview to determine the winner.

Chester was also nominated for the young athlete of the year award, while her father, former club president and Olympian, Gavin Chester was shortlisted for coach of the year.

Chester was also recently included in the national young rider recognition squad alongside fellow Sale club members Courtney Shears and Melissa Backman.

Athletes aged 16 to 21 years old were selected based on results from the previous National Young Rider Series.

Zoe Boulton and her horse Valcheta were named in the national futures recognition squad. Riders and horses aged seven to nine years were identified through performance over the Talent Identification Series as having potential jumping talent.