Gidday Sit Tighters,
A wrap up of 2020, the year that flew by!
It was a year for some innovative broadcasts that’s for sure. This year we announced that all our shows would be free to tune in and listen. We even have a podcast show available where you get your podcasts from, itunes or google play. To enable this happen Sit Tight now has Partners and Squad members, click here to find our team.
All the way back in January Lindsey “Nairny” and Fi did some serious miles road tripping to gather autographs on a Wallaby Hill 2020 calendar as a fund raiser for both Victorian and NSW bush fire relief. The calendar was auctioned and included fabulous prizes from Wallaby Hill and all the coaches that joined in gladly offered a riding lesson to the winner of the calendar. I’m so proud we raised $2,400, the winner from Victoria, Jacqueline Pearce.
Back when we first all went into lockdown The Friday Night Not Too Hard Quiz was born, if you don’t do Facebook you really missed out. Six live to Facebook videos, each Friday night, featuring a new panel of contestants. The “Youngens”, the “Coaches”, “Event Organisers”, the “Oldies” and even the “Kiwis” had a run. The “Youngens” winner couldn’t be beaten in the final, “Nae Nae”, Shenae Lowings. (the coaching may have had a lot to do with the outcome!) Thanks to all the contestants and “brains trust” Rose Read and Hendo for providing help with the questions, I reckon Eddie McGuire isn’t worried about his job!
Throughout the year The News Shows on the app kept us busy and informed. Joining in for the shows, the line up reads like a who’s who of eventing, Jade Findlay, Blyth Tait, Amanda Ross, Alex Townsend, Will Baxter, Prue Barrett, Carlene Barton, Dr Alice Whyte, Dr Ian Seppelt, Sandy Lucas, Sharmayne Spencer, Megan Jones, Sammi Birch and Will Enzinger. I’m certain all our listeners will agree with me in saying an enormous thank you to everyone!
2020 was the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Olympics and we joined forces with our Bronze Partner, Cross Country App to gather a panel together to relive the gold medal for the Aussie team and the inception of the venue, SIEC, we still enjoy today. The panel included Mike Etherington Smith, Mary King, Stuart Tinney, Amanda Ross and Blyth Tait. Prue Barrett hosted the show and Jose Diacano managed to provide the panel with footage to enable them to remember the event. If you haven’t yet enjoyed the broadcast do yourself a favour, it’s available on the app in PODCASTS. Here’s the link to view the course via our Partner Cross Country App, click here
Eventing in NSW got serious again in October, the first live broadcast for Sit Tight for the year! Thinking slightly outside the square we brought you the action of Sunday cross country at Equestriad, a live video to Facebook. We had 3 screens, Oliver Barrett and Rebel Morrow were co commentators. Rebsie was a very enthusiastic commentator, Olvi the quiet achiever and Fi the ring master!
The next two events were Quirindi 3DE and Albury, the afternoon wrap up shows to the app are a hit, Katie Henderson in situe for Albury went above and beyond getting some live footage and commentating whilst leading Maxy. Gold Hendo, gold! Listen to the shows on EVENT REPLAYS.
The final event for the year, the amazing Wallaby Hill 3DE. Words are not enough to share how wonderful this property is, Alex and Derek and their team provide an amazing venue. The Poseidon Equine broadcast kicked off Thursday afternoon for the first horse inspection. David Mather, an ex eventer and hair designer to the stars joined Fi at the edge of the runway, horses pranced, riders sashayed, quarter markers abounded as did tiaras and beige sports coats. Tazzie Eggins captured the action, a couple of hours of beautiful horses, some better behaved than others.
Friday dressage we didn’t go live, anyone who has commentated dressage for 8 hours can attest it’s a tough gig, during this phase at Tryon WEG, 2018 “word of the day” was invented. Or Nairny’s crack up “big feet…… big…. stirrups?” So it was a wrap up show, co hosting for the afternoon was Jade Findlay, we chatted about the event and our new Gold Partner – Poseidon Equine. Christine Bates gave us the scoop as to Adelaide Hill’s retirement after posting a cracking 26.3 penalty in the CCI 4*S.
Saturday cross country day was a windy day, which may or may not have helped the ticklish internet. Accompanying me, perched up on a fabulous viewing platform was Geoff Spears for the 1*. 2* co commentator was Laura Wallace, first timer to the microphone but of course Laura took the reins and held her own! The afternoon session Blair Richardson joined the broadcast for the 3* and 4*.
Sunday show jumping was held in the indoor arena, due to the threat of crazy weather. A wrap up show was recorded containing interviews with the winners of the classes. Go to the app EVENT REPLAYS.
Well that’s it for the year of the pandemic we are extremely glad to be rid of, what 2021 will bring, Tokyo or no Tokyo! Who knows!