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.

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