Shoalhaven Dressage Club’s Championships were a great success, and I don’t just say this because I had the good luck to ride Tempe Lees’ super little pony Ego Oliver who took out the Roseval Angus Champion Pony, highest percentage and Saddleworld Nowra Supreme Champion. They were a success because so many people pitched in to help, not only on the day but also setting up the day before. People not only helped, they did it with humour and grace, so the whole day, though hectic, was great fun.
Inscape Farmhouse Prep Champion was Emma O’Sullivan riding San Francisco FF, a young horse that will in the future be ridden by her daughter Jessica. Meanwhile Jessica Gacki-O’Sullivan showed that she is already a great rider by taking out the Shoalhaven Council Junior Championship and the Neversfelde Official Prelim Champion with Wesswood Boyfriend. The junior riders continued to show they are a force to be reckoned with, Charlotte Phillips won the Go Steel Official Novice Champion on Rose Gum Goldrush and Angus Fripp was reserve on Foxwood Remy. In the Boab Boats Restricted Novice it was the return of a familiar face, Allison Dillon rode in her first competition in 4 years to win the Restricted Novice Championship.
Robyn Targa followed up some good form in the Nationals to win the Graeme Swan Memorial Elementary Champion. In the FEI levels KimMcDonald performed some great tests to win the Dressage NSW Small Tour Champion, whilst Pamela Bice showed great form on her pony Rosthwaite Tinkerbell to win the Bishops South Nowra Big Tour Champion.
The beautiful leather bag with an original horse themed artwork on the side created by talented local artist Catherin McMillan was won by Elizabeth Sonter
We really have to thank all of our Championship sponsors, without them we would not be able to offer such great rugs as prizes and prize money for so many classes. Also to our other sponsors, Maxine Fripp, Ros Quist and Tibby Barbour, they don’t sponsor championship levels but every sponsorship is valuable. Please support our sponsors and take the time to thank them next time you use their business.