The Southern Highlands were well represented at this year’s Otto Sport Australia CDI 3*. Three of our breeding Studs had success in the Young Horse classes. Bluefields and Karizmah Performance Palominos were awarded the 6 year old champions with their magnificent stallions Bluefields Dankeschoen and pony champion for Charlie Sheen 5. Leanne Shead’s, Select Pony Breeding took out the 4 Year Old pony championship with HJK Marilyn Monroe and her stable mate RM Raspberry winning Reserve. Marilyn Monroe then went on to be crowned Champion Pony across all ages.
To our riders and their magnificent horses: Sophie Artup, Michelle Baker, Fiona Cox, Mark Dowling, Sue Hearn, Edwina Hutton Potts, Lisa Janke, Rodney Martin, David McKinnon, Brett Parbery, Sally-ann Quigley, Deon Stokes, Hunter Taylor and Rosann Tyler we salute you!! The countless hours you dedicate to your craft have seen some fabulous results.
And BDC committee member Mim Poolman was seen ringside judging many of the FEI classes, with Lesley Gray donning the yellow vest as a much needed steward.
The Highlands is truly establishing itself as the dressage capital of Australia!!!
It was great to see a large contingent of BDC members travel to the south west slopes for the Donges Supa IGA Young Regional Dressage Championships. Teamwork, humour and all round good fun, not to mention some fabulous dressage tests were ridden by our BDC members. The club was represented by young riders, AORs and professionals all banding together to achieve great results in their team tests.
Congratulations to Aiyana Levin Dressage, Danni Walliss and Sally-ann Quigley for Placing 1st in the team event for Prelim/Novice/Elementary and to Virginia Pulbrook, Rachael Simmons and Mark Dowling for Placing 4th in the Medium/Advanced/FEI team test.
BDC Young Riders Emily Gubbins, Brianna Pecanac and Bridget Schereck, also represented the club and came home with placings in their respective classes, with Bridget enjoying her first ever freestyle. Well done girls!!!
Congratulations to our Winners!
Our September 30 Championships were a great day, all of which was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, volunteers, judges and of course our riders and their support crew. The BDC committee would like to thank all of you who contributed to a fantastic day of dressage. The sun was even shining!! A special thank you to our major sponsor Saddleworld Nowra who provided us with some beautiful prizes on the day including rugs for every class. Jennifer Ahling was also on site to share her knowledge on the latest PDS Carl Hester saddles.
Congratulations to all our Southern Highlands riders who have seen some great results at the NSW State Championships. There was a Highlands rider placing in almost every category. Danni Walliss took out Preliminary Pony Champion, Michelle Baker and Lisa Spackman winning Champion and Reserve in the Novice Pony, Angela Delamont winning Champion Novice. Robbie Mckinnon was Reserve Champion Elementary Rodney Martin had a cracker of a comp with a Champion in the Prix St Georges, Inter I and Inter I Freestyle being named Small Tour Champion on the magnificent PR Firenz. Matthew Dowsley took out Champion in the Advanced with David McKinnon as Reserve Champion. Michelle Baker placed 3rd in the Inter I Freestyle on Bradgate Park Puccini and Matthew Dowsley broke all records with a score of 75.795% riding AEA Prestige in their first Grand Prix Freestyle start. Photo Credit: Franz Venhaus