Wellington wonder paints the horse world Gold

16/01/2019 // by admin

Maddison Worthe in the USAHome sweet home. What an amazing trip, I am definitely having America Withdrawals. After all the competing, waiting and fundraising the time had finally come to join the rest of Team Australia in Sydney and set off for the World Youth Games in Texas. After 18 long flying hours we finally landed in Dallas.
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Next day we went to Ernest Wilson’s ranch, this was so good and his horses were amazing. Ernest is a Member of the American Paint Horse Hall of Fame, and is very involved in assisting the youth members of the association. We were very fortunate to have a horseman of his standing in the sport allow us to use his training facility and horses. I then found out I was drawn in the Showmanship event for the Youth Teams Tournament and I would be using his horse Willionaire. This was the horse Ernest’s daughter rode in her youth and won more than $100,000 in scholarships to put her through college. He is a beautiful 17.2hh paint gelding, the tallest horse I had ever ridden.

Each day we drove out to Earnest’s ranch and he would give us lots of tips and let us run through our pattern while he critiqued it.

Ernest was so knowledgeable and genuine and it was a privilege to be able to train with him. We also visited the ranch of Jeanie Young. Jeannie is also very involved in the youth there, and has judged at our National Show here in Tamworth. We rode some awesome horses and again ran through some patterns which she really helped us with. We were very lucky to have these people assist us, many thanks must go to our Team Managers for arranging this.

Finally we got to go to the show! The “Will Rogers Arena” and facilities are amazing and far ahead of anything we have here in Australia, with underground stables, multiple training rings and show arenas, covering 105 acres! The Youth Team Tournament is held before the World Games, and usually is only open to teams from the different US states. Thanks to Ernest sponsoring us and allowing us to use his horses, we were the only International Team to be invited to compete. Ernest bought in the horses we were using from his ranch and we spent a day washing, banding and exercising them to get them ready. My showmanship was the largest class I had ever competed in, and featured some amazing horses. Unfortunately I did not place, but Willionaire and I had an awesome run and I could not have asked for any more from him, considering our limited time together, and the American competitors using their own horses. To compete in that environment was a memory I will never forget.

At the World Show, Team Australia had an adopting barn, which was White Harvest Farms, from Montana, which was awesome! Karen Banister, the owner and trainer, helped us immensely! She let us ride her horses throughout the week before we competed, which kept us in the saddle thinking. They were a very hard working barn, and each day we worked their horses in 100 degree heat (38 degrees Celsius), twice a day, and they did everything we asked of them.

World Show finally arrived, we had a meeting with all the other teams and we drew our horses for the Youth World Show. For my trail class I drew the horse called Good N Rite a palomino mare owned by Christien Show Horses. That was about five days before I competed, and during that time I could only watch him being trained, and could not ride or work him.

Trail day had come and I was ready to show so we headed down to the barn to meet up with my horse. Our Team Managers and I headed up to the practice arena with the trainer and we had a 30 minute practice before walking the course. My trail course was huge, it had more than 52 poles but it was a really good pattern with some good obstacles. The field of horses drawn for the trail was really competitive and it was filled with very good horses. I went out third in the draw to compete and we got around the trail course but she was an extremely ring smart horse. I ended up placing sixth in my class which is still a great achievement and something I am very proud of. As I become an Amateur this season, this was my last ride as a Youth Member, and I will never forget that it was in the World Show, in Texas USA, on July 4.

After the show closed up we continued to do some serious shopping and sight seeing around Texas which was a blast and put us way over my suitcase limit.

The 21 days sadly came to an end and it was time to pack up and head home to Australia. I had an amazing time in Texas and I am very grateful to have been a part of the 2014 PHAA Youth Team, Team Australia ended up coming home as overall fourth. We made so many new friends over there, a massive thank you to Ernest Wilson, Jeanie Young, Karen and the girls from White Harvest Farms, the APHA and the PHAA, all of our supporters with us and at home, all those who helped me raise my funds, my mum and dad for everything they have done- I could not of done it without you and our team managers Lee and Dave for all their encouragement and support and for making this whole trip possible, ensuring we had the best experience.

I had the time of my life and finally checked that goal off the top of my list, so thankyou so much.

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Colouring Competition at the Library

16/01/2019 // by admin

View the colouring competition gallery!
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At the moment the children’s area of Wellington Library is covered on all sides by amazing works of art by children from Wellington Public School, St Mary’s Catholic School, Wellington Christian School and Nanima Preschool. The Children’s Book Week colouring-in competition has inspired lots of careful colouring, bold patterns and detailed illustration from primary and preschool aged children across the area. It is a good opportunity to come in and view the gallery, borrow a book and join your child up to the library. Membership is free and grows with the child, so it is never too early to sign them up! The winners of this year’s competition will have their prizes delivered to the schools in the coming weeks and thank you to all the children and teachers who took part – thanks to you our children’s area looks very colourful! This gallery will be up for a limited time only, so make sure you come in and have a look!

Winner of the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Awards, 2014

There are several categories covered by the annual Australian Children’s Book of the Year Awards, and listed below are the overall winners for each.

Older readers: Wildlife by Fiona Wood. This junior fiction for more mature readers is a very real story about friendships, love and fitting in.

Younger readers: City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks. Birdie is a little girl who helps catch child-eating monsters – she is very brave and has a beautiful voice. This book is for young independent readers.

Early Childhood: The Swap by Jan Ormerod. With lots of pictures and a funny story, this very visual book is sure to entertain early readers and adults alike.

Picture Book: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan. Shaun Tan has created incredible and bizarre artwork for his latest picture book, which is both fascinating and slightly dark.

Information Books: Jeremy by Christopher Faille. This is a beautifully illustrated book about the journey of a little kookaburra growing up.

To reserve any of these award winning books through your library, call 6845 2156 or log into your library account.

Book review

Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

You may have seen the film starring Judi Dench so why not read the book the film is based on? This is the full true story by British journalist Martin Sixsmith of his investigation into the case of a young Irishwoman who fell pregnant and was sent to a convent as a “fallen woman”. It is about a woman wronged by people she trusted, and her decades-long search for the son she never stopped loving. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, this is a story that will stay in your mind well after you have read it.

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Groups welcome monitor appointment

16/01/2019 // by admin

Community groups have welcomed the appointment of an independent monitor to Latrobe City Council, identifying a range of issues they want addressed.
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Local Government Minister Tim Bull last week appointed Lyndon Webb as monitor to help council improve governance at council’s request.

While Mr Webb’s exact goals have not yet been made clear, Mayor Sharon Gibson said Mr Webb would look at governance, procurement and finance, along with relations between councillors and council officers.

Committee for Moe president Manny Gelagotis said he would like to see a review of all of council’s policies, including the significant changes to its procurement policy instigated earlier this year, which drew criticism from the building and construction industry, along with the Red Tape Commissioner, for being too stringent. It was later relaxed as a result.

“The organisation is lacking a lot of confidence and self-belief because of the councillors’ constant barrage and attack on structures and policies,” Mr Gelagotis said.

“I question whether the organisation is a united business.

Advance Morwell vice chairman Graeme Sennett said he hoped to see improvements in community consultation.

“It’s easy to consult, but you need to consult with the appropriate group at the appropriate time,” Mr Sennett said.

“I think it’s a very mature organisation that can identify it’s got some issues and seek some support.

“This is a great opportunity for someone with a fresh pair of eyes to provide some advice and guidance.”

The Traralgon Community Development Association, which is currently campaigning for the town to secede from the rest of Latrobe City, said it was disappointed Mr Webb’s key role would not be investigative.

“Sure, we’ve got to improve the future, but we want to know about the past misdemeanours and what has really gone on,” president Bill McMahon said.

The group claims Traralgon has not got its fair share of capital works funding as compared with other major towns.

“We’ll look forward to talking to this gentleman and we’re certainly anxious to know what his role is.”

Latrobe City’s acting chief executive John Mitchell said council resolved to seek the appointment of an independent monitor after he and Cr Gibson met with Mr Bull where they discussed “a range of issues”.

“It was Sharon and my view that we should propose council request that interface,” Mr Mitchell said.

He said he believed council had taken some “very important steps” including the procurement review and changes to its meeting schedule.

“Two weeks out of three we’re focusing on strategic issues. There’s a good number of things I’m confident the community are going to see real benefits from.”

Mr Bull said both Latrobe City Council and the state would “make contributions to Mr Webb undertaking his operations as monitor, with State support to the salary component”.

He did not reveal exactly how much the appointment would cost taxpayers.

Mr Webb is expected to start this week.

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Tigers clinch minor premiership

16/01/2019 // by admin

Brandon Bailey fending off Sale players. photographs tom morrison Ben Kearns chases his mark.
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Adam Bailey slams the ball forward.



MORWELL fired the first shot in the Gippsland League premiership battle by downing Sale to secure the minor premiership on Saturday.

The Tigers dictated terms for most of the day and led at every change on their way to a 10.12 (72) to 6.9 (45) win in the final round of the home-and-away season.

It was only the Magpies’ second defeat of the season and allowed Morwell to steal top spot on percentage.

However, neither coach was reading too much into the result.

“It was pleasing to get a win, but Sale had a lot of players out,” Tigers coach Harmit Singh said.

“In my eyes the minor premiership means nothing. It’s a whole new ball game going into finals and the real stuff starts now.

“For the guys that are a bit sore it’s a positive to have a week off and it gives us a chance to work on a few things.

“Our use of the football going into our forward-50 was poor at times and our communication and set-ups at stoppages got us exposed a couple of times.”

The Magpies regained John Gooch and Kane Martin, but were still without Tom Hams, forward Mitch Davis and full-back Andrew Quirkand and lost influential pair Jason Gram and Luke Collins to hamstring injuries in the lead-up to the game.

The latter three, along with the likes of Josh Dunkley, Brad Olsson and Nash Holmes from Gippsland Power, could be available to take on Wonthaggi in next week’s qualifying final.

Morwell welcomed back Tarkyn Lockyer, but lost Jack Weston in the warm up and was still without Boyd Bailey (VFL) and Julian Blackford (injury).

Tom Crosby and Tim Ryan continued their hot form and Joel Soutar was terrific in the centre, as the Tigers registered a winning score, despite getting only four goals between key forwards Ash Close (two), Daniel Hutchison and Dean Macdonald.

Sale saved some face with a strong last quarter and coach Matt Ferguson was measured in his assessment.

“Morwell were too slick, they beat us on the outside and moved the ball really well,” Ferguson said.

“We didn’t defend the middle of the ground well at all and we pride ourselves on pressuring the opposition.

“We had only lost one game for the year and this will be good for us. Last year we had this result in the last game of the year, but this time we can go away, have a look at a few things and get another chance.

“It also allows me as coach to be a bit sterner with the boys about things and I’m looking forward to that.”

Bairnsdale v Moe

Some words of wisdom from legendary AFL coach Kevin Sheedy almost inspired Moe to one of the upsets of the season away to Bairnsdale.

Sheedy took training last Thursday night and the Lions did themselves proud, despite going down 13.11 (89) to 13.9 (87) at Bairnsdale Recreation Reserve.

Redlegs captain James Gibbs booted six goals for the home side, which trailed at half-time, but avoided a confidence-sapping defeat ahead of finals.

Bayden Ashwood and Jack Vickers were also good for Bairnsdale, while James Blaser (five goals), Lloyd Williams and Leigh Sheehan were best for Moe.

Leongatha v Traralgon

Traralgon wrapped up a disappointing campaign with a good win away to Leongatha in coach Paul McCulloch’s final game.

McCulloch informed the playing group of his decision after last week’s defeat to Morwell and the Maroons saw him off with a 12.19 (91) to 9.9 (63) win.

Captain Mick Geary led from the front again, with two goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Josh Jennings, Danny Campbell and Tim Northe were also good.

Nathan Lynch, Chris Verboon and Nick Nagel – who booted six goals to take his season tally to 59 – were best for the Parrots.

Maffra v Drouin

Maffra full-forward Darren Sheen took his place in Gippsland League record books with a 16-goal haul in the 214-point win against Drouin.

Sheen became the first player since Sale’s Shane Loveless in 1987 to kick 100 goals in a home-and-away season.

He also became the fastest player to 200 goals in league history, having amassed 207 in 39 games.

The result was never in doubt, but the Eagles warmed up for finals with a 13-goal final term, with Kelvin Porter, Winston Gieschen and Owen Booth also in good form.

Luke Duffy, Broderick Fraser and Rhys Salter battled hard the Hawks, who finished the season without a win.

Warragul v Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi survived another test from bogey side Warragul at Western Park.

Despite their recent struggles, the Gulls boast a good record against the Power and produced easily their most competitive showing of the season against top-six opposition.

The visitors’ class eventually prevailed, though, with Kane McCarthy, Matt Coyne and Michael Kelly helping the Power to a 14.14 (98) to 9.12 (66) win.

Brad Scalzo, Tyssen Morrow and Chris Lee were best for the Gulls.

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War relic stolen

16/01/2019 // by admin

A World War I machine gun has been stolen from the Wallendbeen Memorial Hall and police are appealing for leads.
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Wallendbeen’s Eve Everingham, who discovered the theft, said the gun had been mounted above the stage in the hall since it was opened in 1922 and has never, to her knowledge, been taken down.

Some 10 metres in the air and bolted to the wall, the thief or thieves clearly went to some effort to steal the German Maxim machine gun.

Cootamundra duty officer Inspector Frank Brown said police have been advised the gun was seized in Belgium in October 1917 during World War I, and was presented to the local community five years later.

“It’s been there for more than 90 years and was mounted on a wall 10 metres from the ground, which means it would have been difficult to remove,” Inspector Brown said.

“Since it was reported missing on Tuesday (August 19), the scene has been examined by a Scene of Crime Officer, and an extensive canvass of the area has been conducted by Cootamundra detectives,” he added.

Given the circumstances of the theft and the lapse of time since its donation in 1922, Inspector Brown said police are unable to confirm that the weapon was no longer functional, however, Mrs Everingham said it is assumed the firing pin had been taken out prior to the gun being mounted.

The perpetrators of the crime had broken into the hall through the lobby door. Mrs Everingham said she noticed it was off its hinges and was not closing properly before she noticed the gun was missing.

The hall is not used all the time so the timeframe for its theft is broad with those associated with the hall narrowing it down to between the third Tuesday in July and the first Tuesday in August.

She reported that forensic examiners had been and no fingerprints were found indicating a professional job.

The theft is the subject of ongoing investigations.

“We urge anyone with any information to contact Cootamundra Police,” Inspector Brown said.

Anyone with information can contact Cootamundra Police Station on 6942 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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