August 2017 Competition

Lisa Swan and Butterfly Farm Elle

Lisa Swan and Butterfly Farm Elle


Cathy Chittenden and Ego Oliver

Cathy Chittenden and Ego Oliver

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Alycia Targa

Shoalhaven Dressage Club

The Shoalhaven Dressage Club had good entries for their August competition. Unfortunately some of the riders scheduled for starts later in the afternoon were met with a freezing southerly change. The cold wind and rain put off many riders, and the brave few who faced the wild weather had to cope with horses spooked by the rain and wind. It was definitely an advantage to those who rode earlier in the day.

High score of the day went to Kim McDonald and Dadirri Sensei. Kim scored 70.603% in the Official Novice 2.3. Kim and Sensei will be competing in the NSW State Dressage Championships next weekend. Kim will be joined by local riders, Jim Collin, Victoria Davies, Sue Rayner, Alycia Targa, Cathy Chittenden, Fiona Cox, Ebony-Lee Holz, Pamela Bice and Charlotte Phillips. This must be one of the largest contingents ever to represent the Shoalhaven at State level. Good luck to all riders.

Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s next competition will be our Championships on the 29th of October.

December 2016 Competition

Shoalhaven Dressage Club held their final competition for the year on Sunday the 4th of December. It was a quieter competition to finish the year but many competitors took the opportunity to compete at a higher level in preparation for next years’ competitions.

One of the outstanding performances came from Jim Collin riding Tibby Barbour’s Ampersand. This beautiful gelding showed he is a real talent for the future winning both of his official Novice tests with scores over 70%.

Club President Alycia Targa also brought out her promising young horse, Neversfelde Kenya to win his first 2 starts at Medium level with good scores above 65%.

Highest score of the day went to Ijesha Goerlach riding Wamenbri Tyson. This combination scored an amazing 76% in the Prep A. High scores were also awarded to Julee Jones and Jarmark Rosita in the Prep B with 72.632%, Jessica Steward and Waverley Frederick in the Junior Prelim 1.2 with 71.154%, Jim Collin again but this time on Robyn Targa’s Fawnae in the Unofficial Prelim 1.2 with 73.077%, Kaityln Gray and Rothwell Belgravia, second in the 1.2 with 71.731% and Junior rider Charlotte Phillips on her young horse Aloha Gladiator winning the Official Prelim 1.1 with 71.364%.

2016 Berry Vet Clinic Championships

2016 Shoalhaven Dressage Club Championships

Berry Vet Clinic/ Shoalhaven Dressage Championships

President of Shoalhaven Dressage Club, Alycia Targa, not only took on the challenge of organizing her first Club Championships this year, she also took the opportunity to ride (and win) her first Grand Prix test. Alycia was not without competition as local vet Gill Rickard, riding the beautiful Spanish Stallion Grandioso in his first Grand Prix test, was only 0.15% behind. Pamela Bice on the elegant Rosthwaite Tinkerbell had a personal best score to stay within a few percentage points of the bigger horses, coming in third.

However it was Alycia and Jane Bruce’s 2016 middle tour NSW horse of the year, CP Dresden, who won the Big Tour Championship, scoring an amazing 70.263% in the Intermediate 11. Alycia was extremely pleased with ‘Mr Des’ whose piaffe work has improved dramatically in the past few weeks and is showing huge talent for such a young horse.

Alycia Targa and CP Dresden

Alycia Targa and CP Dresden

Generous sponsorship from many local businesses meant that there were rugs for the champions of each level as well as pony and junior championship rugs.

“Many thanks to the committee, all the helpers and sponsors who made the SDC Championships a terrific day. Smoothly run. Even controlled the weather. We had a great day.”



  • The award for the highest percentage of the day went to committee member Julee Jones and her pony Jarmark Rosita scoring 73.5% in the Prep C. However Elizabeth Sugar ensured it was a close race between ponies for the Berry Vet Clinic Supreme Champion SDC member. Liz and her pony Evergreen Honey just edged out Julee by 0.0265%! You can’t get much closer than that.
  • The Rosevale Angus Small Tour championship was also a closely contested event with the top 3 competitors all finishing on equal points and the final result coming down to highest percentage scores. Champion was Gabrielle Jones on UQ Anapavlova, reserve Jodie Newall on Jive Matrix C, with Kim McDonald on Warburton Regatta only 0.07% behind in third.
  • The winner of the Graeme Swan memorial Elementary class was local trainer and EA National Coach of the year, Jim Collin and his tall but elegant gelding Neversfelde Kipling
  • Geri Wheeler rode Hillsvale Ferroven to win Neversfeld Performance Horses Champion junior rider.




June Competition

Whilst the weather for Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s June competition may have been cold, the competition was hot. Many riders took the opportunity to try out a higher level or to bring out a young horse for their first competition.

Top score of the day went to Pamela Bice riding Wealth in the Prep B with 72.632%. This was Wealth’s first outing and he is a beautiful moving horse with a super temperament who will be one to watch for the future. Wealth and Pamela also won the Prep C with 70.5%.

Di Walker and Shamazan Morning Sun won both of the unofficial Preliminary tests whilst Lucy Koder on Angus won both of the junior Preliminary tests.

Robyn Targa rode Furst Fling to win both of the Elementary tests and Ann Behringer rode Rosehill Rhythm to win the medium competitions. Para equestrian Victoria Davies with her beautiful Spanish Pre Stallion Andaluka Elegido gave Ann some tough competition in Victoria’s first attempt at Medium level on her stallion.

One of the highlights of the day was watching local vet Gill Rickard and her lovely stallion Grandioso MG winning the Intermediate A. This was their first attempt at this level and despite a few errors ‘Grandy’ showed he has lots of talent for the Grand Prix movements.

Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s next competition is on Sunday the 28th of August.

Victoria Davies and Andaluka Elegido

Victoria Davies and Andaluka Elegido

Competition April 2016

Helga RogersShoalhaven Dressage Club had a great turn out for their April competition. Competitors took advantage of the glorious spring weather to strut their stuff for the judges. Highest score of the day went to Brooke Ellis riding Gordan Park Royal Review, earning a huge75.909% for their Preliminary 1.1 test. Brooke was closely followed by Jim Collin riding Tibby Barbour’s lovely young horse Ampersand. This combination was awarded 75.682% for a very well ridden test. Jim also rode Jane Conway’s beautiful Seawynd Rainman to win both of the Prepatory tests with scores of 75.79% and 74.5%

Other riders to be rewarded with scores over 70% included Di Walker and Shamazan, Shelly Rinaldi and Illenordic Boston, Jessica Steward and Ellengowan Rosie, Fiona Cox and Anwen Got Flair, Liz Sugar and Evergreen Honey and Kristen Smith on Broadway Park Choir Boy.

In the Novice tests Sandra Steward rode Waverley Freya to win both of the unofficial tests whilst Georgia Williamson rode Braefoot Park Secret Show to win both of the official tests. Robyn Targa rode the very tall Furst Fling to win both of her Elementary tests. Jeff Adams rode the well performed Weejazzper to win both of his Advanced tests and Kim McDonald kept up her good form to win the Prix St George and Intermediate 1 tests.

Special mention must go to Club President Alycia Targa who despite only giving birth to her first child (daughter Bethany) a few weeks ago, still organised the entire competition and ran the office for the day. Alycia is obviously a multitasking expert.

Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s next competition is on Sunday the 26th of June. See the website www.shoalhaven for details


February Competition

On the Saturday prior to our February competition, as the rain came pelting down, some of us were concerned that our competition would have to be cancelled. However the rain proved to be a blessing, softening up the grounds so the horses could enjoy the softer going, and the competition went ahead under clear sunny skies.

Our first competition for 2016 saw some wonderful tests ridden. High score of the day went to Sandra Steward and Waverley Freya with 73.889% in the unofficial 2.1.

12794534_1058001604263453_430530153239503218_nSandra was closely followed by Angus Fripp riding Maxine Fripp’s lovely mareTW Francheska with 71.111% and Kirra Alder on Mystere Mi with 70.556%, it was certainly a very competitive class.

Other noteworthy performances were achieved by Madeleine Phillips on Swanreach Gold Charm achieving 71.579% for a win in the Junior Prep A and 67.632% to win the Junior Prep B. Jenifer Symes showed the elegant Bellissimo King Hit in the Open Prep A to win with 71.316%, Jen continued her good form to also win the Prep B.

Jeff Adams won both of the Official Advanced tests on the lovely Weejazzper and Angus Fripp coped well with the upgrade to Elementary with Foxwood Remy to win both of the official Elementary tests. Pamela Bice had a great day on the grey pony Kooralyn Serena to win both the official Novice tests, and Caitlin Hancock rode Eden Park Ivory to win both of the Junior Novice tests, scoring 71.111 in the 2.1.

Thanks to the committee for organising such a well run competition. Our next comp is on Sunday the 24th of April and entries are now open on Nominate.


Competition December 6th

Angus Fripp and TW Francheska

Angus Fripp and TW Francheska

Kerrie Payne and Over Insured

Kerrie Payne and Over Insured

Rachel Heron and Little Valley X Factor

Rachel Heron and Little Valley X Factor

Shoalhaven Dressage Club held its final event for 2015 on Sunday the 6th of December. Whilst numbers were down, the competition was still strong as riders competed for points towards the yearly point score competition.

Junior riders certainly took the honours with top scores across the board. Highest percentage of the day was awarded to Charlotte Phillips and Rose Gum Goldrush scoring 77.286% in the Open Novice 2.2. Charlotte also won the Open 2.1 with 73.333%, thus securing her win as Novice Horse of the Year and overall Horse and Rider of the Year for 2015. This is a fantastic effort for a rider who has only been competing in dressage for a year. Another junior rider competing in the open classes, Angus Fripp, had 2 horses to ride. He had the second highest score of the day on TW Francheska in the Prelim 1.2 scoring 76.154%, and placed second in both of the Novice tests with great scores, 73.429% in the 2.2 and 68.519% in the 2.1 on Foxwood Remy. Angus finishes 2015 as Male Rider of the Year.

Another junior rider, Geri Wheeler won both of her junior novice tests on Glengannon Artorious with scores of 75% in the 2.2 and 73.3% in the 2.1. Geri cemented her place at the top of the junior rider of the year point score for 2015.

The 2015 Pony of the Year is Comet ridden by Emma Tinslay and he certainly showed that he deserved this title with big wins in the Pony Preliminary and Pony Novice tests, scoring 73.077% in the Prelim 1.2.

However the Juniors did not win everything on the day, Ros Quist, one of our over 25 years riders won both of the Prep tests with her new horse Resolute. This was their first competition together and they really look like a combination that suit each other doing 2 lovely tests.

My own Bokki also took advantage of the quiet day and uncrowded warm up areas to win both of his Advanced tests with scores of 70 and 71%. Very pleasing for his first attempt at this level.

Our next competition is the 28th of February 2016. Presentation Day is on the 10th of January 2016 once again at the beautiful indoor arena of Maxine Fripp. It will involve freestyles, details will be advertised soon but start preparing your music!!!

SDC Saddleworld Nowra Regional Dressage Championships 2015

Supreme Champion was Tempe Lees' Ego Oliver

Supreme Champion was Tempe Lees’ Ego Oliver

Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s Championships were a great success, and I don’t just say this because I had the good luck to ride Tempe Lees’ super little pony Ego Oliver who took out the Roseval Angus Champion Pony, highest percentage and Saddleworld Nowra Supreme Champion. They were a success because so many people pitched in to help, not only on the day but also setting up the day before. People not only helped, they did it with humour and grace, so the whole day, though hectic, was great fun.

Inscape Farmhouse Prep Champion was Emma O’Sullivan riding San Francisco FF, a young horse that will in the future be ridden by her daughter Jessica. Meanwhile Jessica Gacki-O’Sullivan showed that she is already a great rider by taking out the Shoalhaven Council Junior Championship and the Neversfelde Official Prelim Champion with Wesswood Boyfriend. The junior riders continued to show they are a force to be reckoned with, Charlotte Phillips won the Go Steel Official Novice Champion on Rose Gum Goldrush and Angus Fripp was reserve on Foxwood Remy. In the Boab Boats Restricted Novice it was the return of a familiar face, Allison Dillon rode in her first competition in 4 years to win the Restricted Novice Championship.

Robyn Targa followed up some good form in the Nationals to win the Graeme Swan Memorial Elementary Champion. In the FEI levels KimMcDonald performed some great tests to win the Dressage NSW Small Tour Champion, whilst Pamela Bice showed great form on her pony Rosthwaite Tinkerbell to win the Bishops South Nowra Big Tour Champion.

The beautiful leather bag with an original horse themed artwork on the side created by talented local artist Catherin McMillan was won by Elizabeth Sonter

We really have to thank all of our Championship sponsors, without them we would not be able to offer such great rugs as prizes and prize money for so many classes. Also to our other sponsors, Maxine Fripp, Ros Quist and Tibby Barbour, they don’t sponsor championship levels but every sponsorship is valuable. Please support our sponsors and take the time to thank them next time you use their business.

Major Sponsors Saddleworld Nowra and Jen Ahling

Major Sponsors Saddleworld Nowra and Jen Ahling

Competition April 19th 2015


Pat Bleuel and Clyros Guinevere

It was only the truly hardy souls who showed up for the Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s April competition. Predictions of rain, wind and a cold change put off many and scratchings were high.  However the grounds held up and despite one heavy shower in the morning the day was mostly dry.

The cold change did however seem to add a sense of excitement to many horses, with some showing wonderful ‘airs above the ground’. Unfortunately none of the tests required these movements so scores were not extremely high overall.

High score of the day went to Emma Tinslay on Comet winning the Prelim 1.1 Pony with 71.136%. The only other rider to score over 70% was Joanne Simon on her new horse Nova in the Prep A.  Newcomer rider Georgia Williamson rode beautifully in the official pony Preliminary tests to win both, notably scoring 69% in the Preliminary 1.1.  Last year’s junior club champion Geri Ann Wheeler showed she is still in form to win both of the junior novice tests.

Kim McDonald continues to dominate the higher level tests with her two horses Reveller and Warburton Regatta. Kim won the Advanced 5.5, Prix St George and the Inter1.

The next outing for many Shoalhaven Dressage Club members is to one of the feature events of the dressage calendar, the Sydney CDI. A group of members will be travelling up to see Australia’s best dressage riders compete. Three of our members have qualified to compete in this prestigious event. Alycia Targa has three horses entered, CP Dresden in the Advanced and Prix St George and Bellissimo Spring Hit and Neversfelde Kenya in the Young Horse competition. Pam Bice has Rosthwaite Tinkerbell in the Inter A and Inter B, and Jim Collin has Southerly in the Prix St George and Inter 1. We wish them all luck.

Our next competition is on the 7th of June, preceded by a training day on the 6th.

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Jeff Adams and Weejazzper

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Madeleine Phillips and Swanreach Gold Charm

2014 Regional Dressage Championships


Shoalhaven Dressage Club 2014 Regional Dressage Championships.

Major Sponsors; Dressage NSW , Equestrian NSW, Shoalhaven Council, Bishops South Nowra, St Georges Basin IGA and Catherin McMillan Equestrian Artist.

The Shoalhaven Dressage Club Regional Dressage Championships were held on the 1st and 2nd of November at the beautiful Worrigee Equestrian Common in Nowra on the South Coast. Whilst the weather on the Saturday was hot and windy, as seems to be the norm for our members’ championship for the past few years, the open championships on the Sunday was perfect weather for dressage.

Over 60 competitors competed in 180 tests, from Preparatory to Grand Prix, ages from 10 to competitors of a certain age who don’t need the number publicised.  Thanks to our wonderful sponsors we were able to secure the services of four ‘A’ level judges, Sue Cunningham, Gisela Nilsson-Harding, Jill Cobcroft and Jane Bruce.

Whilst the most highly contested classes were the lower levels, there were some fantastic displays of higher level dressage over the weekend. Pam Bice and her lovely pony mare Rosthwaite Tinkerbell took out the Big Tour Championship on the Sunday with 2 lovely tests that certainly attracted a crowd of spectators. Kim McDonald took out the Hygain Advanced Champion with Warburton Regatta, and the St Georges Basin IGA FEI Small Tour Member Champion and the Nowra Saddleworld Freestyle with her other horse Reveller. Ros Quist also gave an inspiring display to win the Bishops South Nowra Open Small Tour Championship. Ros really shows that dressage is not just for the youngsters.

In the lower levels Robyn Targa had some great tests to win the Neversfelde Performance Horses Novice Championship riding her young horse Furst Fling. Robyn also took out the SDC Member Supreme Champion for the highest 2 percentages of the weekend and a special prize also donated by Neversfelde Performance Horses of $100 for the highest official score Novice level and above. Robyn scored a huge 76.429% in the Novice 2.2.

Champion Junior Rider was the very promising Geri Ann Wheeler riding Dunelm Accolade with 2 scores of over 70%. Tanisha Ryan and Northern Lights won the Illawarra Equine Centre Pony Championships; their prize included a free dental by Illawarra Equine Centre.

Thanks to Dressage NSW for your wonderful support for rural clubs, and to all our other sponsors. This support allowed us to provide prize money, championship rugs and some great prizes for all winners and placegetters. Catherin McMillan, a local equestrian artist, donated an amazing watercolour which was won by Flick Mulligan. This support really made our 2014 Regional Championships special.

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