Scots PGC is top school in state
A THIRD placing in the 1.10 metre showjumping class was a high point for The Scots PGC College student Caitlin Laird at the Queensland Inter-school Equestrian Championships, which finished on Sunday at the Warwick Showgrounds.
The performances by Laird and team-mates from the Scots PGC team resulted in the Warwick-based school winning the two most prestigious trophies at the championships.
Laird lives at Mt Marshall and rode Sportsman at the championships.
“We have gone really well,” Laird said.
She is one of a handful of students to compete on all six championship days in Warwick, two in eventing at Morgan Park and then four days at the Warwick Showgrounds.
While she competed in all six events, showjumping and eventing are her favourites.
The 2010 championships in Warwick were the third for Laird, she competed in Maryborough in 2008 and Warwick last year.
She was first in showjumping in the 1m class in 2009 but went up in height this year.
Laird is coached by Scots PGC head of equestrian Richard King and David Finch who travels periodically to the college to coach.
In equestrian, a lot of the focus is on qualifying for major events and Laird is again hoping to qualify for all her events in the state championships next year when she is in year 12.
“After year 12, I want to go to university and study maths and science and have a break from regular competition,” she said.
“When I finish at university, I will start competing on horses again.”
Scots PGC won the Rita and Derek Dobson Aggregate Trophy, which is awarded to a secondary school whose riders achieve the highest average score over the six disciplines at state championship level.
The college also won the Lorette Wigan Cup for a third successive year for secondary division overall champion school.
It is awarded on a points basis with riders accruing points based on placings in each discipline.
Scots PGC won the two major trophies, the Rita and Derek Dobson Aggregate Trophy and Lorette Wigan Cup.