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ABOVE: Rivmics Dance sub junior jazz award winners Lucy Kroehn (second),
Chloe Higgins, (third), Alexia Rodgers (fourth) and Olivia Ebert (first).
RIGHT: Rivmics director Carole Walker (left) with the school’s longest-
attending student, Samantha-Whittington Arnold (15 years), and a special cake
celebrating 40 years of Rivmics last month. PHOTOS: Supplied
WAIKERIE Hockey Club state representative
Justice Ebert attended a training session hosted
by Commonwealth gold medallist Georgie
Parker in Adelaide recently.
Parker, a former Riverlander, shared hints and
tips with the session’s attendees at the State Hockey
Centre on Sunday, November 30.
Ebert, 12, joined other boys and girls in taking
photographs with Parker and getting the national
hockey player’s signature.
While Parker signed the right shoulder of Ebert’s
state hockey shirt, the left shoulder is reserved for
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anna Flana-
gan and the centre is for former Riverland player and
current Australian gold medallist Karri McMahon.
Ebert meets hockey star
JUSTICE Ebert (right), 12, of Waikerie, met
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Georgie
Parker (left) during a training session in Adelaide
THE Waikerie Horse
and Pony Club awarded life
membership to local woman
Suzie Parsons, who has been
with the club for the past 38
years, during its recent end-of-
Parsons was born and bred in
Unley, which she said was “not the
ideal place to live for a girl who was
mad keen on horses”.
As a teenager, and without much
support from her parents, Parsons
started going to the Sheoak Hill
Riding School in Belair, where she
said she “helped out, begged, bor-
rowed or stole rides” on the riding
Parsons started teaching learn-
ers at the riding school to earn free
rides on the horses.
After a few years, the Sheoak
Hill Pony Club started up, and hire
horses were available there once
When Parsons was about 18, the
riding school manager, Don Nich-
olls, bought a horse for her.
The horse’s name was Little
John (or Petit John), and he and
Parsons went on to have consider-
able success in eventing.
In 1975, Suzie gained her PCA-
SA ‘A’ Certificate in Horsemaster-
ship. In 1976, Parsons was posted to
Waikerie Primary School as a year
She had previously visited the
town with her family, and the move
to Waikerie was made a little easier
when she discovered that there was
a pony club in the town.
Parsons said she had been “very
excited to finally live in the coun-
She and her horse Little John
turned up at the first rally of the
year and joined the club.
She immediately started help-
ing out and giving instructions to
the other riders.
Parsons was a keen eventer and
hunter – something that was very
new to the Waikerie Club – and so
the concept of holding horse trials
in Waikerie was started.
In August 1976, Parsons report-
ed to the club committee that there
were good paddocks available for a
hunt course (and possibly a cross-
country course) on Peter Kroehn’s
The hunt course was built and
Waikerie held its inaugural hunt in
Also in 1977, Parsons and Little
John competed in the Gawler three-
Parsons continued to keep busy
at the pony club, instructing and
She was club treasurer in 1978
and for many years served on the
instructor’s panel and the Kent Cup
In 1979, Parsons gained her ‘C’
The first Waikerie Horse Trials
were held in 1983, and Parsons was
the event secretary until Monica
Olson took over in 1996.
Parsons has served on the horse
trials committee every year since
In 1984 and 1986, she won her
grade in the Waikerie Horse Trials
and in 1996 competed once again at
the Gawler three-day event on Boso.
Parsons took a break from the
committee from 1986 to 1991 to have
her two children, Holly and Sam.
However, during this time she
remained a club member, helping
out where possible.
In 2000, Parsons won her grade
at the Waikerie Horse Trials on
Later in 2000, she volunteered to
fill the role of club secretary until
the annual general meeting in July
2001, when she was elected to take
on this position, which she cur-
In 2006, Parsons was awarded
the ‘keenest member over 26’ tro-
phy, and in 2009 she won the Taffy
Gordon Memorial Trophy on Cody.
In 2011, Parsons won the combined
training award on Rhyme.
Parsons is a regular at pony
club rallies and is still competing
on her dressage horse, Rhyme.
WAIKERIE LITTLE ATHLETICS RESULTS
Friday, December 5
One personal best: Marni Lloyd,
Kosta Pipikos, Angelos Myer, Cohen Go-
goll, Theo Pipikos, Malachi Lloyd, Blake
Loffler, Isabella Pipikos, Aaliyah Loffler,
Kyton Rayner and Naomi Uchida.
Two personal bests: Latia Loffler, Zoe
Collins, Jade Kroehn, Sarah Campbell,
Loren Duffield, Jacob Mackereth, Wil-
liam Campbell, Daniel Schmidt, Conner
Mackereth, Nathen Schmidt, Trinity
Schmidt and Thomas Campbell.
Three personal bests: Ethan Rayner
and Angus Liebich.
Thursday, November 27
One personal best: Charlotte Kipling,
Mitchell Pick, Gabriel Newsham, Olivia
Ebert, Angelos Myer, Cohen Gogoll, Zoe
Collins, Sarah Campbell, Owen Kroehn,
Kyton Rayner, William Campbell and
Two personal bests: Malachi Lloyd,
Blake Loffler, Lachlan Ebert, Jacob
Mackereth, Jack Colbert, Daniel
Schmidt, Trinity Schmidt and Thomas
Three personal bests: Bailey Loffler
and Mitchell Rayner.
Four personal bests: Christian
Friday, November 21
One personal best: Olivia Ebert.
Two personal bests: Lachlan and
Friday, November 14
One personal best: Marni Lloyd.
Friday, November 7
One personal best: Charlotte Kipling,
Marni Lloyd, Jarvis Ebert, Malachi Lloyd
and Lachlan Ebert.
Two personal bests: Olivia Ebert.
Tennis team: Waikerie Black
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite TV show: Footy
After a hard game of tennis, I
like to: Go down the river.
I like to play tennis because:
My favourite tennis player is:
Div two tennis player
profile: James McLean
WAIKERIE Horse and Pony Club member Suzie Parsons recently received
Parsons a club member for life
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