Sunday the 10th of January saw Shoalhaven Dressage Club converge once again at Maxine Fripp’s beautiful indoor arena to present our Horse and Rider of the Year awards. This year we had some fancy dress freestyles to entertain the crowd before enjoying a beautiful lunch catered by Emporium of Berry.
The first freestyle was Tempe Lees’ connemara gelding Ego Oliver and ‘Darth Vader’ riding to Star Wars themed music.
Frances Simmons and Seal selected a Spanish theme and certainly impressed the crowd with their tempe changes up the centre line to start.
Tracy Stead riding Anchorbar Alfonso also had a Spanish theme and finished their test with some Spanish walk that again had the crowd cheering.
Madeleine Phillips riding Gracie then did a beautiful test with some very cute music that really suited this combination.
Next on was Angus Fripp riding the beautiful Foxwood Remy. This combinations is starting to show what they are capable of with a beautiful test to a Samuri theme.
Charlotte Phillips rode her arabian gelding to an appropriate arab theme. Charlotte has completed her first year of dressage riding by taking out the Horse and Rider of the Year award for Shoalhaven Dressage Club. A fantastic result for a talented rider.
However the winner of the freestyle competition was Pamela Bice and Rosthwaite Tinkerbell who rode an amazing Grand Prix Freestyle. The final passage/piaffe tour had the crowd clapping and cheering.
All riders were encouraged to bribe the judges, so quite a few lollies, popcorn and fortune cookies were tossed around to encourage higher marks. The audience held up scores out of 10 for harmony, music and entertainment and Pamela won with a score of over 10???
Presentations went to
Jo Simon and Nova- Prep HOTY
Amanda De Latorre and Coolidowns Sundowner- Prelim HOTY
Charlotte Phillips and Rose Gum Goldrush- Novice HOTY
Fiona Cox and Cil Dara Roxanne- Elementary HOTY
Jeff Adams and Weejazzper- Medium and Advanced HOTY
Pamela Bice and Rosthwaite Tinkerbell- Big Tour HOTY
Emma Tinselly and Comet- Pony of the Year
Geri Wheeler and Glengannon Artorious-Junior of the Year
Charlotte Phillips and Rose Gum Goldrush- Young Rider of the Year and overall Horse and Rider of the Year
Angus Fripp and Foxwood Remy- Male rider of the Year
Rachel Heron and Toby- Veteran Horse of the Year
A huge thanks to Maxine Fripp for letting us use her beautiful property once again for our presentation day and to Angus Fripp for preparing the property so beautifully.