New events for dres­sage rid­ers

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.

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