Katya, 11, prances to national title
AUSTRALIANS have always loved an underdog story, and Axedale local Katya Bathurst’s triumph at the 2018 Ellenbrae Australian Youth Dressage Championship is exactly that.
At age just 11, Katya managed to take out the youth championship while up against competitors aged up to 21 – an incredible achievement.
Across four days of competing in the Australia-wide event held at the Boneo Park Equestrian Centre on the Mornington Peninsula, Katya came out on top by scoring 70 points – two ahead of her nearest rival.
To enter the Youth Dressage Championship you must be at the top of your state rankings, with only a very select few getting through to compete.
Katya’s mother, Lara Bathurst, said she was incredibly proud of the way her daughter didn’t allow herself to be intimidated by the older competition, or let the extreme weather distract her.
“I think one of the most impressive things about the win was the guts and determination Katya showed through the heat,” Lara said.
“She could have stopped or slowed or whatever but she pushed through, and I mean for an 11-year-old girl to do that when she was competing against 21-year-olds it was amazing.”
Lara said Katya deserved all the success that came to her for the amount of time and effort she puts in to her dressage.
“It has definitely been the result of a lot of hard work that Katya has put in with her coach Christine Siebers, we owe a lot of this to her.
Lara also praised Katya for her ability to handle the pressure of riding a fairly popular pony.
“The pony ‘Blue Dust Chardonnay’ has quite the following, and is well known amongst dressage followers so they had the cheer squad there, but the pony does need an experienced person to ride it correctly and Katya did that very well.”
Lara said the funniest moment of the competition came as Katya walked up on stage to receive her first place medal.
“As she got up on stage to accept her first place award you could hear everyone saying ‘where is Axedale I have never heard of that’ so we are happy to be putting Axedale on the map!” SIX ladies played a stableford round at Heathcote Golf Club on Monday with Dot McGillivray continuing to post winning scores with her 29 points just shading Helen Carlin’s 28.
Thursday, January 25: Mitchell Hogg scores hole-inone
The stableford event attracted a good field of 27 that included Cameron Williams, a visitor from Keysborough Golf Club.
The weather was hot and so was Mitchell Hogg’s form. Mitchell scored 72 off the stick his best competition round at Heathcote and his 40pts made him the winner on the day.
The real highlight however, occurred on the 18th hole when Mitchell’s tee shot landed on the green, took two bounces, and went straight into the hole.
This was Mitchell’s second ever hole-in-one, his first being 33 years ago and secured him both the 18th hole NTP and superpin. Ball winners were Stephen Hudson 38, John Mugavin 37, Phil Coleman 36, Paul Wintle 35, Chris Dunn 35 and Cameron Williams 35. Birdie balls went to Adrian Goudie (8th), Paul Wintle (13th) and Stephen Hudson (16th). Par balls went to John Blundell and Martin Sims.
Saturday, January Gerard Ellis scores eagle
The ladies stableford event and round of the Summer Championship was cancelled due to the hot weather that prevailed on Saturday.
The morning and afternoon players for the mens stableford competition numbered 19 in total and thankfully the antici- 27: pated heat did not fully eventuate. Justin Gardiner played a crafty game to win with a great score of 41pts. Balls went to Gerard Ellis 36, Stephen Hudson 35, David Baldock 33 and Greg Long 33. NTPs went to John Dunn (13th), Sir William (16th) and on the 18th hole Kent Davies won the A grade, Adrian King won the B grade and superpin, with Justin Gardiner nearest in C grade. Birdie balls went to Terry Shiels and John Dunn (2nd), Larry Maxwell (8th), Kent Davies (13th) and Greg Long (18th). Gerard Ellis scored a sensational eagle on the 6th hole. Coming events: Today: Ladies stableford. Tomorrow: Men’s par event. Saturday, February 3: Ladies stableford and Mens Monthly Medal and the 4th (and final) round of the Summer Championships.
Saturday, February 10: Paton Day — Ambrose 4s (any combination).
Saturday, March 3: 36 Hole Open Amateur Challenge Foursome/Ambrose (any combination).
Axedale’s Katya Bathurst won the 2018 Ellenbrae Australian Youth Dressage Championship.