Sunday the 19th of May saw a beautifully sunny, if slightly cool, day for Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s May competition. The cool morning may have contributed to the excitement shown by many of the horses, but luckily all riders stayed in place with no “unscheduled dismounts” displayed.
High score of the day was shared by two preliminary riders, both Averill Goodwin on Foxground Katarina in the Associate 1C and Sue Rayner riding Vincent Van Gogh in the Official 1C scored 74.7%.
Para Equestrian rider Victoria Davies riding the beautiful Andalusion Andaluka Eligado and competing in her first dressage competition showed huge potential in winning the Preliminary 1A Associate test with 72% and placing second in the Prep B with 67.1. Victoria’s success is even more amazing when you consider that she is a disabled rider competing in open competition.
Jeff Adams rode his very well performed Weejazzper to win both Official Elementary tests; Jeff scored 71.2% in the 3A with a very obedient, uphill test. Kim McDonald had a very successful day, winning both of the Official Medium tests with Warburton Regatta and then going on to win not only both of the Official Advanced test but also the Prix St George test with Reveller.
The junior riders also had some intense competition. Angus Fripp won both of the Junior Novice tests with the ever improving Toby. Jess Steward rode the lovely Clydesdale cross HP Willow to win both of the Junior Preliminary tests, whilst sisters Sarah and Lucy Williams fought it out between themselves to take out top spot in the Junior Prepatory tests.
Thanks as usual to club President Gayle Loose for running such an enjoyable competition. Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s next competition is on Sunday the 28th of July.