Saturday the 6th of December saw Shoalhaven Dressage Club back at one of our favourite venues, Maxine Fripp’s beautiful indoor arena, for our annual pointscore winners masterclass and presentation of annual awards.
After a week of rain and with storms wreaking havoc all over the region things were not looking good Saturday morning. I drove thru rain so heavy I had to slow to a crawl on the Princes Highway. However the weather at Maxine’s was beautiful and clear. The spit roast man set up and cooked his roasts undisturbed and we could hear all of Roger Fitzhardinge’s words of wisdom without effort.
There were a few last minute reschedules as some riders decided the risk of storms was too great to risk the trip. However all who did attend really enjoyed their lessons. First up was our junior rider of the year, Geri Ann Wheeler riding her pony Glengannon Artorious. Roger worked on Geri keeping her pony really round thru all transitions and really responding to a quieter leg. Geri is certainly a promising rider for the future. Another talented young rider is Angus Fripp riding his new horse Foxwood Remi. Roger again worked with Angus on getting his horse to react instantly to the leg and then having a much quieter leg. Not nagging the horse constantly. Remi and Angus will really be a formidable combination for the future.
\Tibby Barbour is a well known local instructor and she forms a great combination with her sensitive mare. Together with Dancing Angelina Ballerina, Tibby won Medium HOTY. Once ‘Angie’ settled down she showed some fantastic trot extensions and half passes. Roger worked on roundness again to really make the mare use her back.
The next combinations were Fiona Cox riding a lovely big chestnut she had in training, and George Sheridan riding Tonia Gray’s Novice HOTY Dadirri Songline. These 2 horses had opposite problems. Roger worked on Fiona getting her horse more reactive to the leg, whilst George had to work on establishing a better contact and remaining calm and less explosive. Both were lovely looking and moving horses who looked even better after their workout with Roger.
Kim McDonald had a busy day riding her Advanced HOTY Warburton Regatta then her Small tour HOTY Reveller one after the other. Once Regatta settled he showed that he is really ready to progress to the small tour level next year, and Reveller showed that the Big Tour is not far away with an very impressive string of 1 tempe changes and promising piaffe and passage work.
Last but definitely not least was Pam Bice on her Grand Prix pony mare Rosthwaite Tinkerbell. Roger worked again on roundness and forward and really had this little mare firing.
After a delicious lunch it was presentation time. Congratulations to the following horses and riders.
Prep HOTY Sandra Steward /Curly
Reserve Melinda Norton /Galaxy
Preliminary HOTY Robyn Targa /Furst Fling
Reserve Dawn Spicer /Misty Mountain Wovoka
Novice HOTY Jim Collin /Dadirri Songline
Reserve Flick Mulligan/ Nikshar Nomination
Elementary HOTY Barb Vial/ Waverly Frederick
Reserve Jen Symes/ Aussie Hit
Medium HOTY Tibby Barbour/Dancing Angelina Ballerina
Reserve Alycia Targa/ JB Calliope
Advanced HOTY Kim McDonald/ Warburton Regatta
Reserve Ros Quist /Valhalla Flemmingh
Small Tour HOTY Kim McDonald/Reveller
Reserve Kim McDonald/ Warburton Regatta
Big Tour HOTY Pam Bice /Rosthwaite Tinkerbell
Junior HOTY Geri Ann Wheeler/Glengannon Artorious
Reserve Rachel Heron/Rose Eden Scout
Pony Hoty Tracy Stead/Evergreen Hullabaloo
Reserve Carolyn Heron/NP Puff N Stuff
Male Rider of the Year Jim Collin
Veteran Horse of the year Flick Mulligan Nikshar Nomination
Volunteer of the year Lisa Neaves
Most Improved Sandra Steward
Most consistent Junior Rachel Heron
Horse and Rider of the Year Robyn Targa/ Furst Fling