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Overseas workers at home
Chris said he had received
some criticism from other
farmers who think he is merely
taking advantage of cheap
"They seem to think I'm
paying $3 an hour or some-
thing. They are wrong. These
people have workers' rights the
same as anyone else. Everyone
working here earns between
$60,000 and $80,000."
Some quite intensive train-
ing is often needed when a new
"Some of them have never
seen a tractor or milked with
machines," Julie said. "And
they don't know the meaning of
health and safety."
Language can be an initial
problem, requiring a lot of
demonstration when training
for specific tasks.
The workers are gradually
becoming involved in the com-
munity and Julie is trying to
get them interested in cricket
as she and a committee attempt
to revive the defunct Timboon
Cricket Club as the Heytesbury
"They are passionate about
soccer and I'm trying to get
them interested in cricket. I'm
hoping to hold a Uzbekistan
versus Australia soccer match
after training one night."
Dairy Australia's manager of
The People in Dairy program,
Dr Pauline Brightling, said
there were a number of visa
options for lawfully employing
workers who have recognised
qualifications, skills or experi-
ence in particular occupations.
These include the 457 ---
business (long stay) visa, the
Employer Nomination Scheme
(ENS) and the Regional
Sponsored Migration Scheme
She said it was an employer's
responsibility to check that any
worker from overseas had an
Farmers wanting more
information should contact the
National Farmers' Federation
immigration liaison officer
Suzanne Gillham on 0403 395
154 or email suzanne.gillham@
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IN the time it takes to complete a showjumping
round, a rider's emotions can go from euphoria
to despair in the blink of an eye.
A clear round followed by a fast jump-off can be
ruined by the sound that no showjumper wants to
hear --- the sound of a pole hitting the ground.
In the lower-height classes riders may be able
to get away with not taking the right line, taking
a jump too fast, or not having enough impulsion.
It is sometimes a fine line that can be blurred by
adrenalin or a moment of inattention.
A round that is sheer poetry in motion, with the
horse absolutely responding to the rider, belies the
amount of hard work that goes into the making
of such a horse.
At the Geelong showgrounds on the weekend,
riders felt the full range of emotions as freshmen
showjumping classes were held, along with cham-
pionship rounds with every height in between.
In the 1.05-metre class in ring 1, the winner
was P. Brent on Cera Tylo Feel the Heat, with local
rider Bonnie Kingsley on Leura Lane taking fourth
place over Laurie Lever on French Twist.
The 1.15-metre class was taken out by Jamie
Coman on Marine, with Kristy Haworth coming
second on Cabarita I Spy.
In the 1.25-metre class, Laurie Lever won on
Cinebar, with Johnathan Smith taking second
on Sanskrit Park Ali K. In the 1.35-metre class,
A. Prime took the honours over Tim Clarke on
In ring 2, the 1.05-metre class was won by
Bonnie Kingsley on Leura Lane over Johnathan
Smith on Sanskrit Park Serene NZPH. The junior
championship was won by S. Robertson on Silver
Mist over Celia Morrison on Snowy River Nutmeg.
Morrison also won third place on Brylee Park
Melissa Julius on Mae West won the 1.20-metre
class over Tim Haworth on Romsey.
The C grade championship was all Kristy
Haworth, who took out first on Cobblestone,
third on Cabarita I Spy and fourth on Jingella
Delta. Johnathon Smith placed second on Sanskrit
Park Ali K.
The Ryan McCubbin Memorial Young Rider
championship was a local prize haul with Kristy
Haworth again reigning supreme on Cobblestone,
also taking second place on Cabarita I Spy.
Johnathon Smith came third on Sanskrit Park
Vision, while Melissa Julius placed fourth on
Mae West. Smith also placed fifth on Sanskrit
Park Ali K.
Jamie Coman on Marine took out the B and C
grade championships. The A and B grade champi-
onship was won by Tim Clarke on Belcam Catalyst,
who also took out second place on Caltango.
SUPERCROSS Sunday was held
at Albert Park last weekend with
more than 70 competitors from
across the Western District,
Ballarat and Mount Gambier.
Conditions and the grounds
were perfect for a day of hot
competition, which riders de-
livered in full measure.
The competition ran from
pony club grades 1 to 5 and open
grades 1 to 4, with all the riders
having a great day out.This was
the competition's second year.
Warrnambool Pony Club vice-
president Pat Ryan said riders
were starting to enjoy the concept
of a day of just jumping.
Supercross is similar to a one-
day event without the dressage
Ryan said the event attracted
riders from as far as Barwon
Valley Pony Club, near Geelong,
who will be returning for the
interschool Wisechamps com-
petition on September 16.
Local rider Shay Smith gave
her horse, Hitmonchan, a hit-out
in preparation for the 2-star
event in Mount Gambier next
weekend. The pair will then head
to Sydney to compete in a 3-star
event in September.
"It was good to see somebody
with a top horse going around,"
Over the next few months, the
cross-country course will be
upgraded to 1-star specifications
in preparation for an event on
February 18 and 19, which will be
run under Equestrian Australia
This event will cover pony club
grades 1 to 3 and introductory
to 1-star levels. Being the first
event of the season, there is a
possibility that 2-star riders will
also bring their horses. This will
give local riders and spectators
the opportunity to see how it is
done at a higher level.
Grade 1 open --- Rob Barling, Porky.
Grade 2 open --- Jayden Coates,
Grade 3 open --- Janet Williams,
Grade 4 open --- Elle Price, PJ.
PC grade 1 --- Shay Smith, Hitmonchan.
PC grade 2 --- Rebecca Barling, Tiffy.
PC grade 3 --- Olivia Williamson,
PC grade 4 --- Carla Box, Mickey.
PC grade 5 --- Jorja Adams, Pockets.
all emotions Conditions perfect on
By ANNETTE CHISHOLM
Jasmine Salveson riding Yarramen Fiere. 110814DW31 Pictures: DAMIAN WHITE Stephanie Imlach on Wonder Prince.
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