Shoalhaven Dressage Club 2013 Championships


Angus Fripp and Reveller



The Shoalhaven Dressage Club held its annual club championships on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of September. The Saturday was for club members only whilst Sunday was an open competition. Saturday’s club members championships certainly rewarded only the bravest riders, with gale force winds doing their best to not only turn our well watered sand arena into a dust bowl, but also to tear down arena surrounds even as riders were trying to compete. Eventually most of the arenas had to be placed flat on the ground, and the beautifully set up marquee was quickly dismantled before it did an impersonation of a kite.

However just to show how tough dressage riders can be, the show continued and despite the windy conditions some great tests were ridden. One impressive rider was Angus Fripp riding Reveller in his first Medium level test. He not only came away with the Medium Champion, but also won the “Presidents Encouragement Award”, a beautiful painting donated by the painter Catherin McMillan.

Junior Champion was Daniella Rehab and Reserve Junior Champion was Sarah Williams. Champion Junior under 13 years was Daniella Rehab and Gabriella Ross was the Champion Junior 13 years and over.

Prep Champion was Jean Egan and Stoneage Armstrong , reserve Lisa Joyce and Whinona.

Prelim Champion was Kaleena Matthews and Bellingara Fletcher, Carolyn Heron and LV X Factor were reserve.

Novice Champion was Cathy Chittenden and Neversfelde Springbok, Jayne Unterweger and Greenwood Wilona were reserve.

Elementary Champion was Jeff Adams and Weejazzper, Tibby Barbour and Dancing Angelina Ballerina were reserve.

Angus Fripp won Medium Champion on Reveller, Tempe Lees won Advanced Champion on Lets Jazzaround and Ros Quist won Small Tour Champion on Valhalla Flemmingh.

Vicki Davies

Victoria Davies

Sunday’s weather was much kinder for the open competition. I arrived early to help reassemble the arenas, however the Moruya fairies had worked their magic early in the morning and every arena was up and ready for the day’s competition. Once again some very impressive tests were ridden. Newly crowned State Novice Champion, local rider Alycia Targa and CP Dresden stepped up to Elementary and took out the championship in fine style. Kim McDonald was in amazing form to win both the Medium Champion on Warburton Regatta and the Advanced Champion on Reveller. Robyn Targa finally had her reliable campaigner Northern Rinaldo back in work to take out Small Tour Champion. Ann Berhinger rode the beautiful Rosehill Rhythm to win Novice champion and local rider Jim Collin took out Preliminary Champion on Dadirri Songline. In the pony competition, Carolyn Heron had a super day riding both the champion Puff N Stuff and reserve X Factor. A new event for the Shoalhaven club was for Para Equestrians, this was won by Victoria Davies on her lovely stallion Andaluka Elegido.

The Supreme Club Champion award for the highest 2 percentages of the weekend went to Sue Rayner and LP Vincent Van Gogh.

Club President Gayle Loose certainly succeeded once again in producing a wonderful, friendly event that really showcased the high level of dressage in the Shoalhaven.


Kaleena Matthews


Sue Rayner


NSW State Championships September 2013


The Shoalhaven Dressage Club was well represented at the recent NSW State Championships held at SIEC.

Sue Rayner and Lotus Park Vincent Van Gogh came 10th in the 1C with 66.7% and 22nd in the 1D with 63.18%. A great result for their first ever State Championships.

  52501Gill Rickard is not a club member but a prominent local vet and rider. She rode Grandioso to place 8th in the 4B with 68.47% and 13th in the 4C with 66.69%


1236670_10151841106925673_656728940_nI rode Solletico to place 6th in the Grand Prix with 61.8% and 5th in the Grand Prix Freestyle with 65.45%




In the pony tests we had quite a few representatives in the Preliminary. Carolyn Heron and Nawarrah Park Puff N Stuff placed 17th in the 1C with 60.23% and 19th in the 1D with 57.73% Jayne Unterweger rode Greenwood Wilona to 10th in the 1C with 63.18% and 5th in the 1D with 66.7%. Elizabeth Sugar rode Evergreen Annabelle to 20th in the 1C with 56.36% and 18th in the 1D with 58.3%


75908_10151889952388767_990015280_nAlycia Targa was the star for the South Coast. She won the 2013 Novice Championship on CP Dresden. They came 3rd in the 2C with 74.38% and 1st in the 2D with 70.71%. Alycia and Dresden also competed in the Elementary, coming 9th in the 3C with 68.25% and 6th in the 3D with 70%. This combination is certainly one to watch for the future.




Jim Collin rode Southerly in both the Advanced and Medium competitions. They placed 10th in the 4B with 68.33%, 8th in the 4C with 68.06%, 11th in the 5B with 64.15% and 9th in the 5C with 64.67%. It was good to see them out competing again after a very disrupted year with ill health for both of them.

Leigh Richardson had some fun and games with Quarryview Hercules showing that sometimes horses will be horses. They came 30th in both the 2C and the 2D.

In the Paraequestrian events Victoria Davis and Andaluka Elegido also had some issues in their first test, scoring 54.95%, however they got their act together over the next 2 days, scoring 65.19% in their second test and 65.67% in the freestyle. Victoria won all of her tests.

Well done to all the Shoalhaven Competitors and good luck at the Club Championships on the 28th and 29th of this month.