AUSTRALIA'S first Olympic dressage competitor, Margaret McIver, was honoured at Equestrian Victoria's awards night.

She rode at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and has since worked tirelessly as a coach and mentor to today's riders.

Margaret was one of several equestrian veterans, together with younger participants, honoured at the event, which was held at Werribee Park Mansion.

These older members, many of whom are still active in the sport, have helped young riders make the most of the great opportunities available to them.

Howard Clark was another veteran to be honoured.

He has bred jumping horses for 50 years and is the main reason Australia is recognised as a performance horse breeding country.

During his speech, Howard announced his Koyuna stud would donate a weanling each year to a deserving eventing or showjumping young rider.

A well-deserved honour went to Rob Leishman, who is walking equestrian history.

He helped build the courses and rode at some of the first horse trials in this country.

Rob has since designed courses, judged jumping events, acted as starter at international three-day events and as measurer at royal shows.

The 12 young riders presenting for the finals were a credit to the sport - well mannered, well spoken and well deserving of their place.

Rose McEvoy was the winner in the show horse section, Isabel Houghton in eventing, Paige Jardine in showjumping and Stuart Archibald in dressage.

The Top Event of the Year award went to Dressage and Jumping with the Stars.

Jenny Muir was named Administrator of the Year, while Riddells Creek Pony Club was judged the Club of the Year.

Showjumping scored well in the awards list, with Harley Balfour-Brown winning the Athlete of the Year award, Brook Dobbin's Advisor winning Horse of the Year and jumping judge Anne Garner named Official of the Year.