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.