Dressage medal winners
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.”