New events for dressage riders
THE Elmore Dressage Championships provided an opportunity for riders in some of the newer competition categories to compete.
Amateur owner and pony performance sections have been introduced by Equestrian Victoria, opening up new options for members.
Amateur owner Karen Cook, who competed at Elmore, said she had rejoined EV because of the changes.
Her mare, Thalaba Ruby Dreaming, was champion preliminary level pony after winning her tests.
“I had lapsed my membership, but rejoined due to the change and have taken up the preliminary dressage membership,” Cook said.
“I am really enjoying the competition.”
She finished ahead of Olivia Onley and Silver Lining.
In the novice classes, Kristy Sparkes’s Welsh B Mithril Velocity’s consistency gave her the championship from Julie Scougal’s Royal Ballet RW.
Justine Greer took the preliminary championship for horses, with Wanghaven Houston and Jason Dins the winner of the novice tests with Bloomfield Ronaldo.
❝ I had lapsed my membership but rejoined due to the change...
— Karen Cook
Lou D’Elia and Flowervale Florencierre performed well to win the advanced tests and the championships on both days.
The elementary championship went to CJP Hot to Trot, ridden by Travis Cole, but Hayley Wright’s Stanmore Park Ruby won out with good scores on both days.