Dres­sage medal win­ners

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

JU­LAT­TEN dres­sage rider An­gela Saus­man and her horse Spritz re­turned home with gold and sil­ver from the RACQ in­surance North Queens­land games dres­sage com­pe­ti­tion in Mackay re­cently.

The pair trav­elled over 1700km to com­pete in the of­fi­cial event of Eques­trian Aus­tralia in the el­e­men­tary level, two lev­els be­low in­ter­na­tional level com­pe­ti­tion.

“Dres­sage starts with pre­lim­i­nary, novice level then starts to ex­e­cute dif­fer­ent moves and more com­pli­cated moves, which means a lit­tle more gym­nas­tics, flex­i­bil­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tion and a much more re­fined way,” she said.

“El­e­men­tary re­ally is the start of col­lect­ing them all to­gether and be­come a lit­tle bit more showy and then there are two more higher lev­els and now we’re train­ing at medium and hope to move into in­ter­na­tional level com­pe­ti­tions in a cou­ple of years.

“Spritz and I have been to­gether in part­ner­ship for three years now, this is our third com­pe­ti­tion.”

In pre­vi­ous years the NQ Games would add the two re­sults from the two days to­gether to get an over­all win­ner but this year they scored the com­pe­ti­tion per day, which meant two medals.

“If they had added the two scores to­gether he would’ve come up at gold but he had sec­ond place on Satur­day, which was down to me more than him,” Saus­man said.

“It was a long trip for all of us but

An­gela and Spritz Spritz worked hard and stepped up to the mark and he got to en­joy some well earned pad­dock rest be­fore con­tin­u­ing his train­ing pro­gramme.

“We’re now work­ing on our next com­pe­ti­tion in two weeks time, which will be the Cairns Show, the re­gional cham­pi­onships up here and just last week­end he took the blue rib­bon in Cairns and had some very en­cour­ag­ing marks from a vis­it­ing judge from Bris­bane.

“Our plans are to take part in the re­gional cham­pi­onships in the north then see whether we travel fur­ther south later in the year.”

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