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Issue 07 | February 2017


From the Editor WELCOME TO THE SEVENTH ISSUE OF THE DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN Oh my goodness, my level of excitement is really on its way up heading into the FEI Pacific League World Cup Dressage Final at Manfeild on the 4th February. The Saturday night Spectacular Show will be a real treat for equestrian fans with a speed class jumping event, entertainment and the Grand Prix Freestyle. Get your tickets now from www.ticketdirect.co.nz. Doors open 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. While it is disappointing of course that there are no Australian contenders, New Zealand has eight combinations in the final, all of whom I believe are more than capable of holding their own in any Australasian Grand Prix field. Add to that a further five combinations in the national Grand Prix division and we have thirteen combinations contesting the Bates Grand Prix Championship and the Burkner Medal. This is a milestone for New Zealand and should be inspirational for many riders competing in the lower grades. If the quality of horses I have seen at events this season is any indication, there is absolutely no reason that New Zealand riders on New Zealand bred horses cannot achieve higher Grand Prix scores than ever before if the training has correct foundations. As shown at the recent Charlotte Dujardin Masterclasses, wonderful moving horses can sometimes mask the nitty gritty basics at the lower levels. If these quality young horses are to eventually produce high level international Grand Prix performances, the correct basics must be carefully nurtured in the early days. It is evident that there are many breeders who are producing some very classy dressage types using a variety of European bloodlines. These horses, along with an ever increasing number of experienced riders and availability of experienced coaches are our future. We can train horses well in New Zealand. We know it’s not so easy to get the international competition but that factor also applies to all other sporting codes. But so much of the successful training can be done at home in a wonderful environment for raising horses. Another factor to consider for the future is that dressage is largely an individual sport therefore it seems to be inherently more difficult to create a team culture. How can we create that team culture within a group of individuals each on their own goal? See you at Manfeild

Cover Image: Lucarne Dolley on Chicago Bay in the Elementary Freestyle at the Victorian U25 Youth Championships Photo Credit: Michelle Terlato Back Page: Corey Miln on Avante Garde at the AMDG Championships Photo Credit: Libby Law

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VICTORIA YOUTH DRESSAGE CHAMPS...

QUESTION OF THE MONTH...

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AN ALL NZL PAL FINAL...

THERE IS NO MAGIC WAND...

Mitavite question of the month, have your queries answered by the best in NZ...

Countdown to the Pacific League Final and the National Dressage Championships...

We reflect on the tips from Charlotte Dujardin at her recent NZL Masterclasses...

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FROM THE JUDGES BOX...

BREATHING;

STABLE OF STALLIONS

NATIONAL SERIES RESULTS

Sue Hobson reports on what our judges have been up to both here and overseas!...

the Holy Grail to Great Health, A Supported Spine & a Better Seat, by Debbie Rolmanis

It's not just about the boys, this month we look at the foals on the ground from these lovely stallions...

Who's leading as the season ramps up...

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INTERNATIONAL EVENT REVIEW

Melissa Galloway and BWS Cabaret Photo: Julie Wilson

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NZL U25 TEAM IMPRESS AT BONEO PARK Victoria Youth Dressage Championships Article by Kate Tobin

The New Zealand U25 team of Lucarne Dolley (Waikato), Melissa Galloway (Marlborough) and Kate Tobin (Wellington) met up in Auckland on Tuesday after flying in from our various locations across the country. After a 3.45am wakeup on Wednesday morning, we met up with our ‘camp mother’ and chef de mission Judy Alderdice and boarded a very early flight from Auckland to Melbourne using it mainly to catch up on our missed sleep! We arrived to a mild and overcast Melbourne day and drove straight from the airport to Boneo Park to meet our loan horses for the show. We were able to select from three horses of various levels, generously organised for us by Julia Battams. They were 7-year-old BWS Cabaret, a gelding with some experience at novice level dressage but who has been mainly used as a Grade 1A Para horse recently; Chicago Bay (Charlie), a 12-year-old with eventing experience up to 2* whose owner couldn’t ride at the show after unfortunately breaking her collar bone (playing polo!) and Nekarbo Wilbur, a 12-year-old gelding who has competed up to advanced level with his previous owner, but who hadn’t been out for two years before this show. We briefly rode all three horses, conferred as a team, and then made our choices – Melissa took on Cabaret, Lucarne would ride Charlie, and I took Wilbur. We had another morning ride on Thursday before it got too warm, allowing us to get more familiar with our horses before the competition started on Friday. Friday dawned windy and drizzly. Lucarne and I started in both elementary tests and Melissa had a day off. Lucarne did two very good tests for 9th in the 3.3 and an awesome 4th in the 3.2. Wilbur felt a little bit out of practice in his 3.2 and we had lots of mistakes, but he rallied in the 3.3 for 6th place. We did however get very wet in a downpour throughout both of our second tests! We all competed on Saturday with Melissa and Lucarne in the novice, Lucarne also doing the elementary freestyle, and Wilbur and I competing in the medium. Melissa and Cabaret performed creditably in the novice for a horse FEBRUARY 2017 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 5


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Continues from page 5... who mostly does walk-only tests, and Lucarne and Charlie did exceptionally well in the elementary freestyle, placing second with Lucarne’s own music and all new (unpractised) choreography, and then a 7th and a 2nd in the novice tests. Wilbur and I managed two pretty proficient medium tests for 6th and 4th amongst some quality horses. On Sunday I competed in the medium freestyle for a 6th place with Melissa’s fabulous music (that I hadn’t practiced at all beforehand or even listened to all the way through!) Melissa and Cabaret had their chance to shine in the novice freestyle where they were 4th using my level 2 music, which they also hadn’t practiced, placing 4th, and then scoring two fabulous 70%+ scores in the prelim for a 1st and a 3rd, which meant she won the preliminary championship overall. It was a great way to end a really fun and successful trip. Our team would like to extend thanks to Judy for coordinating our trip, to Julia for providing the horses and the owners for allowing us to borrow them as well as for their support in watching us compete, to Jan Smith for organising the event on the Victoria Dressage OC, and to our families for looking after our horses while we were away! We hope that this kind of youth rider exchange continues into the future to provide more young riders with international competition experience.

Team mates: Lucarne, Kate and Melissa

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RESULTS: INTERSTATE TEAM COMPETITION Victoria 201.476 1st South Australia 199.028 2nd New Zealand 190.366 3rd

MELISSA GALLOWAY - BWS CABARET Preliminary 1.2 70.96% 1st Preliminary 1.3 71.19% 3rd 1st overall PRELIMINARY CHAMPIONSHIP Novice Freestyle 65.18% 4th, Novice 2.2 64.28% 12th Novice 2.3 63.62% 10th LUCARNE DOLLEY - CHICAGO BAY Novice 2.2 69.07% 3rd Novice 2.3 64.91% 7th 3RD overall NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP Elementary Freestyle 67.87% 2nd, Elementary 3.2 63.96% 4th Elementary 3.3 62.19% 9th 6th overall ELEMENTARY CHAMPIONSHIP CATE TOBIN - NEKARBO WILBUR Elementary 3.2 55.69% Elementary 3.3 64.38% 6th 10th overall ELEMENTARY CHAMPIONSHIP Medium Freestyle 61.64% 6th Medium 4.2 64.10% 6th Medium 4.3 64.53% 4th 4th overall MEDIUM CHAMPIONSHIP


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Kate Tobin and Nekarbo Wilbur Photo: Julie Wilson

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Pictured from Left: Judy Alderdice, Kate Tobin, Mura Love, Melissa Galloway, Lucarne Dolley

BONEO REFLECTIONS with Judy Alderdice - Team Manager On reflecting on my involvement in the New Zealand Young Rider team at Boneo Park last week I have an overwhelming sense of pride. Proud to be a Kiwi, proud to represent Dressage NZ but most of all, proud of our riders. Riding borrowed horses with very little lead in was always going to be risky but all three riders understood the requirements of the competition, worked to the horses’ strengths, made light of the weaknesses and most importantly achieved remarkable results. It was a big show by any standards. The arenas were excellent; the competition was strong but the weather was awful with a fair amount of rain and wind. The show included FEI classes, open classes Preliminary – Advanced, huge participation classes (non-registered) in Preliminary

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and Novice and Inter Schools classes in Preliminary and Novice. Tests in most arenas ran from 7.30am – 6.30pm. Warm up areas were good and were marshalled by very helpful stewards who kept things running smoothly. Unmounted prize giving was held at the conclusion of each day on a covered stage area in the middle of the trade stands which encouraged shopping and attendance. The girls all rode in the open classes where the standard was high with some beautiful horses and ponies competing. I heard several whispers of “I’d like to take that one home”! The organising committee led by Jan Smith was extremely helpful and welcoming, they are very keen to “cross the ditch” and compete at our young rider champs. I hope we can offer the same level of hospitality that they extended to us.


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MITAVITE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

YOUR MITAVITE QUESTION OF THE MONTH QUESTION FROM MOLLY CARDNO: I have a thoroughbred fresh off the track and I just wanted to gain a bit of insight around the tools for 'retraining Ott's". How can we make them softer in the contact especially when they are running through the contact and getting heavy? Besides from just working them under saddle are there any tools on the ground that you might suggest to get him listening better to me? ANSWER FROM JODY HARTSTONE: Thanks for your question. First of all I think it is important to understand why your OTTB has a heavy mouth. If we look at how the reins are used on the track – more often than not the horse is held at a speed with the reins (no self carriage) and then the signal to accelerate is the loosening of the rein pressure. At the end of the race the reins are also used to pull up. Think about this from the horse’s point of view. One of the biggest challenges facing him is to understand how to get rid of mouth pain/pressure that the bit inevitably causes. If rein pressure sometimes means slow down, often means do nothing, and other times means speed up, the horse is left with two possible solutions to get rid of the pain. It sounds like your horse learnt to habituate to heavy pressures rather than displaying more active coping mechanisms such as shying or rearing. One of the biggest rules of learning theory (the Science of how horse’s learn) is that there must be only one possible answer for the horse to any one question/signal. If this rule is not followed the horse will most definitely show signs of flight/tension or shut down to the pain.

Ground work is a great way to start retraining the mouth of your horse. You need to realise that the heavy feeling you will get in the reins is not really about the mouth itself. It is actually the neck lengthening and / or the legs not slowing obediently that cause the heavy feeling in your hand. This goes for both in hand and when being ridden. It goes without saying that you will need to get any teeth and body issues assessed and worked on by an industry expert before commencing any training or retraining program. Once that has been done and you are happy the horse is free of pain the training can begin. You need to be able to fully train the following commands on the ground: • Stop (Including signals for slow down, shorten stop and step back) • Go (Including upward transitions, faster steps and longer steps) • Turn of the front and hind legs (yielding) • Head Down And most importantly for the horses relaxation and your safety – Park. Park is where you can walk away from your horse facing forwards or backwards, as well as walking all around him without his feet following your feet. He must learn to only move off when you use lead rein pressure for forward and back – not because your feet have moved. This alone will make his world far more predictable and he will become calmer. I always start with using a whip tap on the chest of the horse to mean step back (you may need to habituate him to the touch of the whip first). The horse will learn this through a process called Negative Reinforcement (pressure – release). Once he is light to this aid I put a backwards rein aid on immediately

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before I use the whip till he learns that the rein aid mean the whip is about to be used and he starts to step back lightly from the reins. This process is called Classical Conditioning (Pavlov’s Theory of Association). You will need to focus on not letting his nose pull out forwards (or shorten into his gullet) during all of your downward transitions as these infiltrate his stop response. It is vitally important to release your rein pressure at the precise moment that the horse slows stops or shortens his steps. Trot halt transitions in hand and “Bolt Stops” in hand may also be appropriate to resensitise the horse’s mouth and get him more obedient. Make especially sure that under saddle you do not push him forward with your legs when he is leaning. He leans because he runs so you need to slow him down and rebalance him and you may also need to lift his poll as you slow him to stop him bearing down on the bit. It might be worth looking into different bitting options from a company such as Bomber to find the right bit to help with the retraining process. If you are interested to know more I have a large number of training videos available on You Tube and some are specifically tailored to retraining racehorses. I wish you the very best of luck with your horse. Jody Hartstone is a professional horse trainer specialising in behavioural modification and training issues. She has an Associate Diploma in Equitation Science and is the Practitioner Representative on the council for the International Society for Equitation Science.


MITAVITE EQUINE NUTRITION

INTRODUCING COOL CRUSADA – SUPER FOOD FOR SPORT HORSES. Article by Gail Sramek BAppSc Agr– Nutritionist to Mitavite

Do you have a query regarding the care, maintenance or training of your dressage horse? Go to the DressageNZ Bulletin Facebook page and submit your training questions A question will be selected and sent to one of our participating coaches to answer for you! The winning question will receive a bag of Mitavite feed selected by the expert Mitavite team for your horse! Thank you Mitavite – for supporting Dressage NZ Congratulations Molly!

Mitavite® Cool Crusada™ is a new product now available in New Zealand which is perfectly suited for the athletic sport horse that needs the energy to perform, superior nutrition to maintain the best health and improve condition, but also needs cool energy to enable them to focus and progress with their training. Thoroughbreds off the track can provide unique challenges for their rider, and it is important that their nutrition does not impede their trainability and or ability to perform their tasks. Cool Crusada™ provides a unique opportunity to holistically meet nutritional needs but also support consistent performance and recovery. Mitavite® Cool Crusada™ raises the bar in the delivery of premium nutrition for sport horses and ponies across all performance disciplines. Adopting the latest research in equine nutrition and feed technology, Cool Crusada™ delivers across all measurables and provides additional support for horses’ critical systems including:

• Energy is provided by ingredients that are delivered via 3 separate digestive systems, providing a balanced combination of fast acting, medium and slow release energies. • Super-Fibres provide support for hind gut function whilst supplying a cool energy source. • Mitavite’s® revolutionary supplement Bonafide® is included to support bone and cartilage integrity, and assist in maintaining soundness. Cool Crusada™ is a highly palatable muesli style feed, and it is a complete feed, which means you just add fibre and/or pasture. It is nutrient rich with an economical feeding rate, which suits those looking for a total nutritional feed for the sport horse or pony in medium to hard work or competition. And being super cool…it won’t make your horse fizzy. Available in stores throughout New Zealand from February 2017, for more information please see www.mitavite. com or chat to your local supplier of Mitavite® feeds.

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NATIONAL EVENT PREVIEW

Julie Brougham and Vom Feinsten Photo: Dark Horse Photography

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ALL NEW ZEALAND PAL FINAL Article by Jess Roberts

It is almost two decades since NZ hosted the PAL final - back in 1998 at the Ti Papa indoor arena in South Auckland – where Australian Mary Hanna and the NZ-produced Mosaic took home the title after their 66.06 freestyle win.

Skip to 2017 and so much has changed: NZ boasts thirteen combinations entered at Grand Prix level, eight of whom have a start in the FEI World Cup Pacific League Dressage Final. Penny Castle and Magnus Spero (the very first members of the ‘70% Club’ at HOY 2015) have returned to the arena showing great form, winning the Int II at Taranaki on 69% and backing that up with a 67% in the Grand Prix and 69.95% in the Freestyle. Form good enough to take the Grand Prix Championship. Penny is really excited to have “Carl” back in action and is delighted with his form. There will be some newly-minted musicals on show: Vanessa Way has produced a new Kur for NRM Arawn with the help of Carl Hester, which is “the hardest I have ridden in a GP but also really cool!” she says. The dress rehearsal at Taranaki proved to be a winner on 70.54%. Wendi Williamson and Dejavu MH won’t be taking any prisoners in the tough field which features Abbie Deken and KH Ambrose, who showed some serious form last season, and 2016 Nationals Champion and Burkner Medal winner John Thompson on JHT Antonello. “The show should have all the feel of a true international competition,” says Williamson. “DJ’s preparation is going well and he’s feeling in good form. We have a new

musical layout so we’re hoping the judges and spectators enjoy it.” Add Julie Brougham and Vom Feinsten to the mix, fresh back from their Olympic performance in Rio, and you’ll need a crystal ball to know who to put your money on. Brougham also has a new freestyle ready to debut and is very happy to be back on home soil, saying “I am looking forward to Nationals and feeling very fortunate that Steiny has bounced back so easily to full work.” Steiny and Julie showed their class at Taranaki winning the Grand Prix with 70%. This pair still holds the Australasian Freestyle record on 76.3%

One combination to watch will be Tracy Smith and the oh so elegant, but very sensitive, Don Diego DC. Tracy has chosen to stick with the national division but showed a spark of their true capability in the Zilco Freestyle at Taranaki finishing 3rd on 67.38% The panel includes Germany’s FEI 5* judge Katrina Wuest, FEI 4* Cesar Torrente (Colombia) FEI 4* judge Anne Praine (France). Anne is also an FEI 5* Para judge and will be a valuable asset for the Para division of riders as she evaluates their performances.

Julie Brougham (Vom Feinsten), Penny Castle (Magnus Spero), Abbie Deken (KH Ambrose), Jody Hartstone (Ali Baba), William Millar (Raukura Satori MH) John Thompson (JHT Antonello), Vanessa Way (NRM Arawn), Wendi Williamson (DejaVu MH)

The CDI-Y FEI Young Rider class looks set to be a handbags-at-dawnstyle battle between the two alpha mares Devils Chocolate (ridden by Lucarne Dolley) and Frangelico F (ridden by Sophie Griffith), their last meeting at the World Dressage Challenge seeing the former just edging ahead. Not to be discounted are two brand new combinations to the Young Rider line up: Emma Turnbull, who has worked hard to produce her own horse, Axiom and Whakatane’s Hannah Van der Horst on Moby’ll Do. Irina Smith and the aptly-named Glamour Star complete the field.

Excitingly, the National GP division will be judged by the same panel of international judges as the CDI-W, meaning all GP combinations have the opportunity to contest the Burkner Medal for the NZL Grand Prix Championship.

“I’m super excited to give it a crack,” Hannah states. “I’m really looking forward to getting down there and giving it my best shot.” She counts herself lucky to have the opportunity to ride the Coast-bred gelding (owned by Helen Wells), saying he is the kindest of

The Cartown sponsored FEI Pacific Dressage World Cup League Final field is truly a tightly packed all New Zealand contest.

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NATIONAL EVENT PREVIEW horses and to compete him in the CDIY will be a special experience. 2017 also sees the Nationals offering the very first international Pony class to be held in NZ, the Equitak Excel FEI CDIP. The small-but-strong start list features some familiar names including Alison Addis, Isabella Chatfield, Lilly Jefferies and Morgan Beere. It’s also great to see the German Riding Pony stallion Hilken’s Denali entered with his new rider Caitlin DeLangen. This is their first season together after Caitlin’s mum Amy (literally) handed the reins over to her daughter last year. Caitlin has since experienced a rather steep learning curve into the world of dressage! 200 horses have entered for the Manfeild event, with substantial entries in both the Open and Amateur categories. Kieryn Walton has returned to the competition scene with a bang on her gorgeous Whisper gelding Wisdom WDS; based on current form could be the ones to beat in the Open L1 after a string of high-scoring wins this season. But Te Aroha’s Gaylene Lennard had her new youngster Jax Johnson on form at Taranaki scoring 79.038% in the Vetpro Super 5 and will be looking to put up a strong performance. Wisdom WDS will also be chasing the Elite Equine National Young Dressage Horse title, a class which will be most interesting to watch as it features a variety of horses: from Holly Leach’s ultra-modern Oldenburg stallion HP Fresco, to Christchurch-based Sophie Griffith who is presenting Hells Bells, a Clydesdale cross by Airthrey Highlander. The Level 4 promises to be a lottery – who will have the winning ticket? Rising stars Sophie de Clifford (Alamo BL) and Melissa Galloway (Windermere JObei W) are both proving themselves to be virtually unbeatable on their day, let alone having Vanessa Way and Wellington’s Chelsea Callaghan also hunting down the title. Even more elusive will be the Level 5 Powerball which boasts a wealth of experience Christine Weal, Vanessa Way, Kieryn

Walton, Susan Tomlin, Kallista Field, Jutta Rosenblatt, and Louise Duncan. Chanel Flyger also joins the line-up on her new ride Hot Chocolate MH owned by Jean Jeffs and previously ridden by Mihi Shepherd). A new generation of Advanced horses guarantees compelling viewing, although the impressive NRM Andreas, ridden by Vanessa Way, may prove difficult to beat. Tess Jacks and Campion KSNZ are the current Waikato Level 6 champions, and Victoria Wall (Letty Lei) enjoyed good form at the recent World Dressage Challenge and also scored the Level 6 championship title at Northland. Wellington’s Andrea Martin, has recently sold her Grand Prix horse Hawkstone Sandringham to Melbourne, but is lining up Hawkestone Fairytale. Local combination Toni Louisson and Astute have been models of consistency in both levels 6 and 7 all season, but it’s a strong field with three Marlborough Island combinations expected to challenge strongly namely Tessa van Bruggen (Fortunato) Melissa Galloway (Windermere Johanson W) and Sarah Wadworth (Faemoss BW) Steadily successful as they’ve worked up the levels, (they were last years’ L7

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Champions) Clevedon combination Sheena Ross and Parkridge Disco SW are contesting the L8 title this year. Nicky Pope (who has previously represented NZ at Grand Prix level) on Saskatoon make the journey from Kaukapaka and add in on form Melissa Galloway (Zeilinger) and Susan Tomlin (Dancealong). Watch for all these combinations in Grand Prix in a couple of years... Equibreed and West Kingston Stud have come on board to offer two new awards – Best Performed Super 5 Advanced Grade Mare (across the whole series) and the NZ Breeder Award for the Best Performed NZ Bred Advanced horse at the event – each award has a trophy and generous cash prize of $400. Generous long-time Nationals sponsor Bates are again gifting a brand new Bates saddle (worth $5,000) as a spot-prize for all ticket holders to be drawn at the Dressage Musical Spectacular on Saturday evening. The Spectacular will feature the Grand Prix Freestyle an action packed jumping competition, and a stunning long reining display by Jolmer fan Twillens and Floris from Glenrose Friesians.


Dressage Musical Spectacular 2017 Incorporating the FEI Pacific League World Cup Final and the Bates National Dressage Championships

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Katrina Wüest

Mary Seefried

Cesar Torrente

Anne Praine

FOUR FOREIGN FEI JUDGES ON THE PANEL KATRINA WÜEST (GER) FEI 5* - Katrina has been a dedicated dressage rider and judge throughout her life. She has trained many horses and competed very successfully up to international Grand Prix level, being part of the official German B-Team from the early 1970s to the mid1980s. She then gave up competing, dedicating time to her family and shifting her dressage focus more and more to judging. Katrina has been an FEI judge since 1994 and a 5* judge since 2006, judging many of the important international shows and championships on all levels including four FEI World Cup Finals. She was a member of the Dressage Task Force in 2009 - 2010 and helped to develop new ideas to modernise the judging system, such as half marks. A further result of her work has been the development of a new system for judging the Degree of Difficulty in the Grand Prix Freestyle, resulting in a greater transparency and accuracy in the assessment. This has been introduced for the FEI Western European League Dressage World Cup this year and will also be used in at the Final in Omaha in April. Katrina studied German, English and American Literature, combined with Communication Management as well as History of Arts in Perugia, Italy. Despite her full schedule Katrina never gave up riding and continues to work her horses when she is at home. Katrina will conduct a Freestyle clinic 6pm Thursday evening upstairs in the Manfeild suites. The new international scoring system for degree of difficulty in the Kur will be explained. All welcome but please register your attendance. Enquiries to Sue Hobson Judges Officer hobhorse@xtra.co.nz 16 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | FEBRUARY 2017

MARY SEEFRIED (AUS) FEI 5* - Mary is active in dressage judging around the world, having officiated as a national judge for 30 years and a FEI 5* dressage judge for 16 years. She is a former Chairperson of Equestrian Queensland and Equestrian Australia, and is currently chairperson of the Australian Dressage Committee. In 2013 Mary, was appointed to the FEI Judges Supervisory Panel making her one of the most influential Judges in the world. Mary judged at Sydney Olympics in 2000 was appointed reserve Judge for the London Olympics in 2012 has officiated at two FEI World Championships, FEI World Cup Finals and also the Asian Games. Mary is a regular and popular visitor to New Zealand international events. CESAR TORRENTE (COL) FEI 4* - A native of Colombia, Cesar started riding at the age of 12 and rode his first grand prix before he turned 20. Since then he has ridden and trained horses up to Grand Prix level and has been the Colombian National Champion at all levels over several years. Cesar has successfully competed in 3 Pan Am Games and 2 Central American Games. In 2010, he earned a Team Gold Medal at the South American Games held in Colombia and a 2nd Team Gold Medal at the Central American Games held in Puerto Rico. Cesar started judging at Colombian national shows in 1980, after a Dressage Judges Seminar with 5 times Olympic Judge Mr Jaap Pot. In 2010, he decided to start his international career as an FEI judge. Despite traveling the globe to judge worldwide, he is a corporate lawyer by profession and maintains the precarious balance between his career and his


NATIONAL EVENT PREVIEW passion for horses with apparent ease. Best of all, Cesar exudes warmth and is most often found with a smile on his face.

ANNE PRAINE (FRA) FEI 4*/5* PARA - Anne started to ride when she was aged 10. She competed in eventing and show jumping, but became much more interested in dressage in her 20’s when she was competing at Novice, Young Horses and Medium level till 1993. In 1986 -1987, she trained with Lucien Grüss’ and gained experience riding Grand Prix horses. Anne started to judge in 1980 and was nominated as a national Grand Prix Judge in 1990, Candidate International (3*) in 2005 and International Judge (4*) in 2008. Anne has since judged at the

2009 European Championships for Junior and Young Riders in the Netherlands, the 2015 and 2016 North America Championships for Young Riders and the 2010 European Championships for Ponies in Great Britain. She has also been involved in Para Equestrian Dressage since 2001. She judged the World Para Dressage Championships in 2003 (Moorsele), 2007 (Kristiansand), 2010 (Lexington), 2014 (Caen) and the Paralympics Games in 2008 (Hong Kong), 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio). The FEI Judges Panel is completed by New Zealand’s Sue Hobson and Helen Hughes-Keen (both 4*) and Linda Warren-Davey (3*)

AUSTRALIAN FEI STEWARDS TO SUPPORT RIDERS CATHIE DRURY-KLEIN (FEI LEVEL 3 STEWARD, STEWARD GENERAL – DRESSAGE, AUSTRALIA) Cathie began riding as a child undertaking stock work and competed in Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage through her formative years. Dressage is her passion with an ongoing drive to provide the greatest opportunities for competitors to gain their “personal best”. Cathie has competed small tour at several CDIs and continues to enjoy both riding and training talented young riders. Based in Millthorpe (NSW), Cathie served on the Dressage NSW dressage committee for 20 years and the inaugural Australian Dressage Committee for six years. The development of the National Stewards Accreditation scheme was largely driven by her enthusiasm. In addition to riding, Cathie brings her infectious and professional approach to managing events includes from grass roots level to international (CDIs) and was intrinsic in the development of the only regional CDI 3* in Australia, ‘Dressage With Altitude’. Her modus operandi is – “how can I help riders in our sport, dressage”. TREVOR KLEIN (FEI STEWARD LEVEL 1, EA MCP) While growing up, Trevor thought that he rode horses while undertaking stock work. However, as an adult he became acutely aware that horses were such wonderful creatures that they kidded him, and did his job while carrying him about. Fortunately that realization led him to enjoy the wonderful talents of both riders and

horses, and the combinations that bring amazing beauty to the dressage arena. With an avid interest in riding out the joys and disappointments that is our sport, Trevor became part of organizing committees at local, regional, state, national and international level. As a general dogs body, Trevor makes every effort in stewarding, draws, scoring, medication control etc. to ensure that organising committees, officials and most importantly, competitors are able to get on with their tasks and enjoy every event. The stewarding team is completed by Jane Robertson (FEI Level 3) and Murray & Karen Anderson (FEI Level 1) Robyne Naylor (Para Equestrian Steward) John Wall (National Steward) and Jos Gresham ( Stable Manager/ National Steward)

TECHNICAL TEAM Marcia Bayley acts as Technical Delegate assisted by Ian Childs

Trevor Klein

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CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN MASTERCLASS

Dujardin Charlotte, GBR, Valegro Olympic Games Rio 2016 Photo: Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans

'THERE IS NO MAGIC WAND' Article by Wendy Hamerton

“If you don’t win, you don’t lose, you learn” Some words of wisdom from the world’s best. New Zealand was privileged to host Charlotte Dujardin in Christchurch and Hawera during her January holiday from the UK. 18 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | FEBRUARY 2017


CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN MASTERCLASS

What did we expect to see? A new and magical method of training that we haven’t seen or of heard before that has made it possible for Charlotte to produce the super star Valegro? The hundreds of fans who attended fans would have been bitterly disappointed if that’s what they were expecting.

IN THE OPENING FEW MINUTES, THE AUDIENCE HEARD SOME VERY BASIC MESSAGES... “The horse must learn that the legs mean go and the reins mean stop” “The horse must be straight - the nose in front of the chest” “Always ride the transitions forward never backwards” “Use your voice in the transitions - just make sure the judge can’t hear you in a test” “Why are you carrying a whip? The horse must learn to go from the leg, not the whip. If you don’t need it, don’t carry it”

“Riders must be accurate with the aids” “Riders must be fit themselves, ride in a good balance and make it easy for the horse to carry themselves” Perhaps there is nothing new to learn about dressage - perhaps we just need reminding on a more regular basis of the simple things that work and not make training unnecessarily complicated. Being able to watch the effect of applying these basic principles was very valuable. Thanks to the following riders who bravely put themselves forward as demonstration riders. In Christchurch: Diane Wallace, Nicola Maley, Tessa van Bruggen and Melissa Galloway. In Hawera: Renee Etherington, Chelsea Callaghan, Sophie de Clifford, Liz Hutson and Jacqui Thompson So what were the most valuable messages the riders tuned into? Read closely. There are some common themes.

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DIANE WALLACE: KP DEXTER (L2) WALK: With a young horse, don't collect the walk. TROT: Ride forward with neck up. Always get a reaction forward. Don't do

sitting trot; keep horses back loose by rising.

CANTER: To maintain a good canter,

send horse forward. Use shoulder fore, shoulder to inside, don't bend the neck, keep the suspension in front. TRANSITIONS: To help young

horse cope with tension, do plenty of transitions. Use your voice in downward transitions. Don't ride in one phase for too long. RIDER POSITION: Look up, sit tall,

hands forward and send him forward on circle. Throughout a downward transition the rider hands must stay forward - no pulling back! Keep shoulders back with upper body behind you. Always reward the horse - "Pat him like you love him"

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MELISSA GALLOWAY: WINDERMERE J'OBEI W (L4) & WINDERMERE JOHANSON W (ADV) It is very hard to pinpoint the one most important thing I learned from the Masterclass. There were so many things I took away to learn from. But the biggest thing that stood out to me on J'Obei W, my Level 4 horse, was the attention to detail and accuracy. Charlotte has the most amazing eye and could pick the smallest things that were not perfect and it would make the biggest difference. For me it was particularly the preparation for movements. For example the half pass in trot. She said I went from a 6 to an 8 or 9 just by having better preparation and maintaining an even tempo. My second horse Johanson (Level 6/7) was a good example that half halts can be learnt through transitions in the pace and that the horse has to go forward first to be able to collect in self carriage.

RENEE ETHERINGTON: BL ALL BY CHANCE AKA OSCAR (L4) This was not only a chance to ride with the best in the world watching us but also to expose Oscar to a crowd by himself in a controlled environment. Oscar was a little overwhelmed to start with but Charlotte soon had us busy working and the crowd was quickly forgotten! The start of my lesson was basically to get him going (forward) and keep his frame up. Being a young horse in a different situation Charlotte encouraged me not to stretch him to start for both safety reasons and the fact he wasn't going to do a proper stretch when he was tense. This (stretching) was saved to the end of the lesson when he had worked the correct muscles and was relaxed enough to give his body. We did loads of upwards and downwards transitions during our session both into another pace and within the paces and they had to be uphill and sharp not take forever to get around to it! During our ride Charlotte mentioned that in a test that doesn’t quite go to plan we still learn a lot to go out and better ourselves the next time which I found really good advice to not dwell on what went wrong but rather how can I make sure it doesn’t happen again! Good advice. Thank you to all involved with bringing Charlotte to NZ and allowing Oscar and I to shine with the world’s best!

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NICOLA MALEY: ASTEK GALAHAD (L5) Straight away she (Charlotte) put me at ease. She is very bubbly and natural. One of the main things that really hit home for me from my lesson was the “forward” that I need and the "uphill and round!! Don’t let him come down to go round”. And how an “ok transition is NOT ok..... it has to be a forward transition Every Time”. She had some very good exercises that I will definitely be using to help train the canter pirouette. The main exercise is half pass to the centre line then proceed down entre line shoulder fore, then half circle 10 metre in quarters in then half pass to the centre line again. Then as you get better at it you start to make the circle smaller. But most of all we just need to have more of everything, and be stricter on myself in every way.  She also told my 5yr and 7yr daughters that while she wasn’t here that they should stand out with me and teach. I now have to budding Charlotte’s to watch me ride. Things can only improve!!!!

SOPHIE DE CLIFFORD: BL ALAMO (L4) Knowing Charlotte quite well, I was prepared for a pretty full on lesson! Elmo can get quite hot and being so short coupled, he can hold himself when he gets excited or nervous. The lesson focused on the importance of self-carriage and riding forward whilst maintaining the uphill balance and softness over the topline. Having ridden some of Charlotte’s horses, I know just

how light, sensitive and responsive she expects the horses to be!

TESSA VAN BRUGGEN: FORTUNATO (GRAND PRIX)

When I rode a terrible canter-walk transition, Charlotte reminded me of the importance of repetitions and that mistakes should be corrected promptly. This teaches the horse that the only way is the correct way. We have to be so self-disciplined and focused on every moment that we are in the saddle. She also emphasized the importance of straightness. She explained that for a horse to be straight, he has to have his head and neck in front of his chest.

The major thing that has stuck with me after the lesson is that Charlotte kept drilling into me the importance of riding forward into each movement and not allowing the horse to get behind the leg. I have been told this before and have read this in many books, but I really felt the result of "ride forward" in her masterclass.

Elmo is currently learning his sequence changes. We rode these on the wall to help keep the straightness. When we made a mistake, Charlotte didn’t make an issue of it, we just kept going, pointing out that the more you make an issue of it, the tenser the horse becomes, and then the changes become a problem. It was a great refresher and fun to show Charlotte my current team of horses during her quick visit. I feel privileged to have been a part of it!

IMAGES 1. Diane Wallace - KP Dexter 2. Chelsea Callaghan - Sisters II Etta J 3. Melissa Galloway - Windermere JObei W 4. The audience at Taranaki 5. Charlotte Dujardin inspiring her NZL fans 6. The Canterbury audience of which many have travelled from both ends of the island. 7. Renee Etherington - BL All By Chance

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JUDGES BOX

FROM THE JUDGES BOX Article by Sue Hobson - Judges Officer

January has been a frantic month and all our judges are certainly being worked to the max!! We seem to have many regional shows clashing this year with sometimes three regional events across the country needing senior judges on the same weekend. However, it is all working out well and all events have been covered so I’d like to thank you all the judges who are travelling around the country each weekend without any let up.

Anne Praine (FRA) FEI 4*and Para Dressage 5* will be arriving soon to judge the Para Equestrian classes at our Bates National Championships at Manfeild, and is also on the CDIW an national panel. She will then travel south for the SI Championships in Gore and will be taking a Judges Clinic for all levels of judges, trainers and riders. This a must do for all judges so please don’t forget to register with Nolene Keen. Email keenfortune@clear.net.nz

Internationally also our judges are on the move with Mura Love invited to Boneo Park and the Victorian Under 23 Youth Championships. He then stayed on for the Boneo CDI to gain experience sitting in and writing for the International judges. I joined Mura at the Boneo CDI in Melbourne and had a full programme to judge.

Mary Seefried FEI 5* Australia will be joining us also for our Nationals and of course we always welcome Mary to our shores. Mary is a great supporter of Dressage in NZ and it is always good to have her experience and knowledge on our judges panel.

Helen Hughes-Keen has been invited to be on the ground jury at the Sydney CDI in early May, and Linda WarrenDavey has been invited as Reserve 3* Judge. This is very exciting for Linda as it will be her first foreign international competition since being promoted to 3*. It’s also very exciting for me that I have been invited by the FEI to be on the ground jury for the South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August 2017.

We also have a judge coming to our shores for the first time from Colombia, Cesar Torrente, newly promoted FEI 4*. Helen and I have judged alongside Cesar overseas and it will be great to welcome him to NZ and have him on the team at the Nationals. I am sure you will all enjoy meeting him. Last but certainly not least, we are welcoming FEI 5* Katrina Weust back from Germany. Most of you will remember Katrina from previous visits to NZ and we truly welcome her back. She will be coming in from judging

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CDI competition in Florida and the FEI Judges meeting (I have promised her good weather to match Florida - LOL). Katrina and Mary will be our two 5* judges and I am sure our riders will benefit greatly from their remarks.

KATRINA WEUST MUSICAL FREESTYLE CLINIC I would also like to remind ALL judges, riders and trainers about Katrina’s Clinic based on Musical Freestyles to be held on Thursday 2nd February at Manfeild from 7pm to 9.30pm. Everyone is welcome. We would urge you all to download the Registration Form from the DNZ website and complete and send to me urgently so that we can have an idea of numbers so that preparations can be made at the venue. Katrina will discuss the new judging system for FEI freestyles relating to the Degree of Difficulty, and will be also happy to discuss choreography and musical interpretation with trainers and riders so this clinic is a must for everyone. Please confirm with me ASAP your interest. Bye for now - Sue


TRAINING

Tip of the month Question to Carl Hester: "And the riders who sit behind the movement, particularly the ones with their shoulders back, they are never going to have self-carriage….?"

Carl Hester and Nip Tuck at the recent FEI World Cup - Olympia Photo: Tony Parkes

“No, because they are driving the horse down in front. If they sit too strong, behind the vertical, then they are pushing the horse down, through and into the hand. I was told by ‘Rocky’* when you go forward you bring your body forward and when you want to come back, you bring your body back. And it is amazing how most of us do the opposite to that. He always said to me, when you piaffe, you should be sitting over your knee, not sitting on your backside.”

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RIDER HEALTH AND FITNESS

Thankfully, remembering to breathe doesn’t have to be on our daily ‘to do’ list, or scheduled in our phones with a reminder alongside other chores; ‘10am groceries. 10.30am breathe ‘

BREATHING; THE HOLY GRAIL TO GREAT HEALTH, A SUPPORTED SPINE & A BETTER SEAT Article by Debbie Rolmanis www.dbmuscletherapy.com

Our day would be fraught with mundane chores interspersed with lifesustaining actions. I mean, imagine if you forgot.

it of toxic CO2 is damaging our health, the way we move our bodies and the way we sit and function in the saddle.

Whilst I am very grateful for evolution to have taken this responsibility away from me, there is a trade-off. Having something of such critical importance happen without any conscious thought tends to relegate it to the pile of low priority. The casual disregard for how we bring life affirming Oxygen into the body and rid

Eons ago, humans evolved to be predatory bipeds. Our ancestors were expected to hunt and gather; moving their bodies all day every day, performing all manner of movements; lifting, pulling, pushing, dragging, squatting, running, walking, climbing, hanging. To do this the body needed to be strong, flexible and well fed with

Sound dramatic? That’s because it is.

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oxygen from fully inflated lungs. We are still in bodies that are designed to do all of those things, and biomechanically we haven’t changed at all. Humans are designed to have a long, strong torso. The ribcage and abdomen should create a strong cylinder that supports the spine and enables the limbs to work independently. This is influenced purely by the mechanic of breathing.


RIDER HEALTH AND FITNESS THE MECHANICS OF BREATHING ‘…the skeleton is only able to do everything it is capable of if the lungs are inflated to their capacity…’ Read that again. Your limbs will only be independent when you have a fully expanded ribcage. Learning how to inhale to fully fill the lungs and to exhale by maintaining the expansion of the ribcage, will be of paramount importance to the way you are able to sit and function on your horse. We all know that breathing has a physiological component, but it is the mechanics of inhalation and exhalation that are the most relevant for riders to understand. Once we realise the impact on the body that correct breathing has, it is transformative for health, movement and riding.

BREATHING IN; INHALATION With every inhalation, the purpose is for the body to receive as much O2 as possible. For this to happen, the rib cage needs to expand and move away from centre to allow the lungs to inflate. One of the most primal processes in the body is the function of the diaphragm; this is a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, sitting below the rib cage. In a resting position, the diaphragm sits in a small dome shape.

To allow air into the lungs the diaphragm contracts. This flattens its’ shape and creates a space for the lungs to move down into. The ribcage should be lifted as high and wide as possible to allow the lungs maximum space to inflate inside this protective cage. This expansion also provides essential traction to the vertebrae, helping to stabilise the spine.

When the body is in full inhalation, with fully inflated lungs, the torso is at its strongest. It is here that the appendicular skeleton (limbs) can operate independently, where the spine is well supported due to an increase of intervertebral space and muscular recruitment, and it is the time when all the tissues are receiving the oxygen they need to keep functioning. The aim should be that this posture is maintained for as long as possible, which means the torso is kept in expansion during exhalation as well.

BREATHING OUT; EXHALATION For air to leave the lungs, the diaphragm returns to its relaxed, domed posture which helps to force air out of the lungs. This action is controlled by a contraction of certain muscles. These muscles are responsible for allowing the diaphragm to relax, but they should also be active in controlling the speed at which this happens. Correct exhalation involves maintaining the height and expansion of the rib cage for as long as possible, and this is done by controlling how much air leaves the lungs at any one time. It is similar to blowing into a small straw. By recruiting muscles to control exhalation spinal length is maintained, which is essential to function and effectiveness in the saddle. Unfortunately, the compressive postures common to modern living mean that the lungs are very rarely fully inflated, the diaphragm slumps quickly, and the muscles in charge of it are weak because they are never engaged. This means that the torso is not in expansion for long, if at all. The spine is constantly compressed and the relationship with the pelvis and hips is disrupted. Ultimately, the spine ends up taking on the role of the hip joints; that is to absorb the pressure of gravity, leaving you with a sore back and hips that don’t move! You might find yourself seeking treatment for these symptoms, not knowing that it all began with the way you were breathing.

IMPACT FOR RIDERS We now know that in order to be strong and stable through the torso (a requirement when riding), we have to be able to fully expand the lungs. This allows the limbs to work independently from the spine/rib cage and it allows us to be in better balance over the horse. Breathing out correctly is also crucial to the rider. There is a reason that some trainers encourage you to breathe out for downward transitions, so that you can increase your horses’ connection. Why ? Once you control an out breath you should feel why; you are now holding your own weight within your body. You have increased the stability of your position as you are maintaining the expansion of the torso, your spine is open and supported which enables your pelvis and hips to have more synchronicity with your horse. When you are in a more balanced seat, your horse is able to balance himself more correctly.

EXPANSION BREATHING - HOW TO Recommendation; 3-5 reps of expansion breathing 3 x daily. More if possible!

BENEFITS I have met very few people who breathe at their optimum, but for riders, being able to tap into the ability to breathe correctly is a massive secret weapon and here are a few of the benefits: • Lowers heart rate for you and your horse • By exhaling correctly you recruit trunk stabilising muscles, which will control downward transitions. • Muscles can work longer and more effectively with better oxygen supply • Expanding the ribcage to inhale improves upper body posture and the connection of spine, pelvis and hips. • Correct breathing maintains a long and strong torso which is essential for balance, independent aids and synchronicity with your horse

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Helps digestion, organ function and reduction of pain

TECHNIQUE Standing with feet hip width apart in neutral spine and back of the head lifted. Rock your weight back over your heels, and have a very small bend in the knee (soft knees). Place your little finger on the top of your pelvis and your thumb touching your bottom rib. To INHALE: Take a deep breath in and increase the space between your thumb and little finger. The rib cage should rise as the diaphragm flattens to allow the lungs to expand and to draw air in.

Your shoulders shouldn’t move, the movement should come purely from the ribs. Imagine that you are filling the lower back lobes of your lungs Try and breathe in to a count of 5. To EXHALE: Squeeze the abdomen inwards and try to let the air out of the lungs in incremental bits whilst keeping the rib cage lifted. You want to think about releasing the air from the top to the bottom of the lungs bit by bit. By doing this you will engage the muscles that will keep the torso in expansion for a beneficial amount of time. Try to breathe out for as long as you can. If you can breathe out to a count of 8 or 9 (or more if possible) you will start to strengthen the muscles of the trunk. Practice off-horse first, you may experience some slight light headedness

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initially, but persevere and this should resolve. Once you have done a few breaths on the ground, do it next time you are riding. Practice controlling your exhalation as you ask for a downward transition and see how you both feel. ‘…impeded breathing short changes everything else…disrupts the functions of the organs, slows metabolism, creates chronic pain and upsets digestion…’ When you consider on average, we all take 23000-25000 breaths every day, there is a lot of opportunity to improve our health, function and effectiveness in the saddle. Knowing how to breathe correctly might well be the best thing you can do for your body!


NATIONAL RESULTS Vay Snyman & Limonit Northland Dressage Championships Reserve Champion Level 8 Photo: Margie George

NORTHLAND DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS Abbotsburn Sash (turnout)

Brigitte Harper

Ocean Spirit

Hanoverian Award L1-3

Rebecca Donovan

Antoinette

Hanoverian Award L4+

Victoria Wall

Letty Lei

L1 OPEN CHAMPION

Kim WhiteleggÂ

Davrol Duchovny

RESERVE

Casey Burton

Piano Hill Precision

L2 OPEN CHAMPION

Brina Carpenter

Plutonium Lady

RESERVE

Nicoli Fife

Baliro

L3 OPEN CHAMPION

Rebecca Donovan

Antoinette

RESERVE

Greg Smith

Crystal Mt Cruzeiro

L4 OPEN CHAMPION

Hannah Burden

Decadance MH

RESERVE

Becky Benton

Nimbo Stratos

L5 OPEN CHAMPION

Julie Flintoff

Belladonna MH

RESERVE

Charmian Pearson-White

Wimborne Conniston

L6 OPEN CHAMPION

Victoria Wall

Letty Lei

RESERVE

Corey Miln

Avante Garde

L7 OPEN CHAMPION

Betty Brown

Neversfelde Rupert

RESERVE

Angela Lloyd

Ruanuku R

L8 OPEN CHAMPION

Nicky Pope

Saskatoon

RESERVE

Vay Snyman

Limonit

OVERALL CHAMPIONS

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NEWS

DRESSAGE NZ NOTICE BOARD NOTICE OF MEETING: DRESSAGE NZ PLANNING MEETING 2017 The Annual Planning meeting will be held at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington on Wednesday 12th April beginning at 9am and finishing at 4pm A one day meeting is being trialled for 2017 in order that delegates can spend less time away from their usual duties. Delegates are requested to organise flights to enable them to attend ALL of the one day meeting. Accommodation has been booked at the West Plaza if delegates do wish to fly in the day or evening prior.

REMITS 2017 All remits must be received by the Sport Manager no later than Wednesday 1st March at 5pm. Remits are discussed at the Planning meeting then taken back to areas for further consultation. The remits are then put to June Conference for a final decision. NO NEW remits are accepted for discussion at conference. Remit submission forms are available on the ESNZ website from 1 February

BOARD VACANCY MARKETING PORTFOLIO The retirement of Kat MacMillan at 31 Dec 2016 means there is still a Marketing portfolio Dressage NZ board vacancy. Expressions of interest for this position are invited. This position will be for three years from 24 June 2017, but consideration could be given to an earlier appointment date to fill the current vacancy. Contact the Sport Manager for a role description, or contact Kat Macmillan at dressagenzmarketing@gmail.com or

021 02392608 or contact Lynda Clark, Board Chair on 027 432 3286. Kat has offered support to a new board member to become established and can offer ongoing support where time allows. A reminder that board positions are voluntary and require some travel to Wellington and national events. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered. Board Election 2017: The Training and Development portfolio currently held by Judy Alderdice will come up for election at Conference 2017 with the successful candidate being appointed for three years. Board Appointment 2017: Marketing portfolio as above In 2018 the appointed position of Finance Officer and elected position of Judges Officer will become vacant and appointed/elected for a three year term from 2018 In 2019 the appointed position of Rules Officer and elected position of Chair will become vacant and appointed/elected for a three year term from 2019

NEW HELMET STANDARDS & HELMET TAGGING: Riders with helmets that meet the new standards will be able to get these “red tagged” at the Bates Nationals and Harper Horsecoaches SI Champs. Get in early and save the spring rush. Enquire at the event office if you wish to get your helmet tagged. All Dressage officials on the ESNZ list are authorised to red tag helmets. In addition there will be further authorised “taggers” at the events.

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RIDER HEALTH AND FITNESS

“ Notice that the stiffest tree is the most easily cracked, while the bamboo willow survives by bending in the wind” - Bruce lee At first glance, the above quote may sound completely irrelevant to the topic being discussed, however, when applied to human movement this hits the nail on the head. We all know “that person” (that person may be us!) who constantly suffers from back, hip, shoulder or neck discomfort and their most athletic endevour of the day sometimes may be simply getting out of bed or going out to get the mail (although not likely for those of you workaholics in the Equestrian community).

Our bodies are incredibly versatile and will adapt in order to cope with the everyday stressors placed upon it. The problem with most of the movements we go through in everyday life is that they aren’t considered normal movement patterns or “functional movement”. Take your average day, Do you sit at a desk for 8 hours a day? If not how much of your day would you spend sitting, standing or lying in one spot? Even if you do exercise for an hour a day its what you do during those other 23 hours the body will need to adapt to in order to cope. This is where people develop imbalances such as back pain from slouching, neck and shoulder pain from being at a desk, tight hips from excessive sitting etc. Our body becomes very accustomed to being in these positions and once we step out of our normal environment to perform any movement considered “functional” our body isn’t as mobile as it should be therefor we show signs of pain or discomfort or in worst case injury in certain areas. We as humans are built to move through many different planes of movement such as squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, hinging and twisting. The following are my 5 favourite mobility drills encompassing a great range of movement, these can be performed 1-2 times daily throughout and will take less than 5 minutes to do with no equipment required. 10 mins broken up throughout everyday for a week is 70 minutes total, not a lot of time with numerous benefits including: • Decreased pain/Discomfort across all joints • Increased flexibility/range of motion • Increased blood flow/Lubrication of joints • Improved mood and athletic performance

PAIN RELIEF AND INCREASED MOBILITY Article by Ricki Jacobs

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KNEE TO WALL MOBILIZATION 1. Start in a lunge position with your front heel on the ground and a thumb an fist width between your front foot and wall (have a pad for your back knee if needed) 2. Slowly rock back and forth keeping your front heel on the ground feeling a stretch in your archilles and calve area 3. Repeat 10 times each side

CROUCH STRETCH WITH MOBILIZATION 1. Start in a lunge position with your front heel and back knee on the ground with your back heel elevated on a bench or by holding it (the higher the ankle the more intense the stretch) 2. Contract your glutes and keep a neutral spine 3. Slowly rock back and forth into the lunge whilst keeping glutes engaged and heel down

SQUAT TO STAND 1. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, toes straight ahead 2. Keeping your head up, heels down, knees wide and spine neutral, squat down and grab your toes 3. Pull your hips down into the squat feeling a stretch, then raise your hips high to stretch the hamstrings 4. Repeat 10 times

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2. Keeping your shoulder blades retracted, make a “W” position with your arms on the wall with hands, elbows and shoulders all making contact (if mobility limits you doing this simply take a wider stance ) 3. Press upward making a “Y” formation keeping all points of contact on the wall and return to the starting position 4. Repeat 10 times Most of these will seem difficult at first, but if you maintain good form throughout and stay consistent they will become easier and you will reap the rewards.

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SUNRISES 1. Lie on your side with your top leg bent over at 90 degrees and both arms ontop of each other in line with your shoulders 2. Keeping your top knee and thumb on the ground, exhale whilst 'drawing' an arc around your head like a sunrise Inhale at the end of each arc and exhale whilst moving, be aware of your bent knee as it should stay on the floor, repeat 10 times on each side

Add this sequence to your daily routine just as you would cleaning your teeth... yes it really is that important, just as you ensure your horse is supple and well in his/her body you also must take care of your personal movement, posture and well being. This can be done first thing in the morning, before exercise, during the day or if you have trouble sleeping even perform these prior to bed, this will relax your muscles and your breathing which will aid you in falling asleep. Now that you've taken 5 minutes to read this article, go on and take 5 minutes to put it into practice, as the great Tony Robbins says "if you don't have ten minutes for yourself.... you don't have a life." Happy mobilizing!

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NATIONAL RESULTS

What a special treat to have Charlotte Dujardin at the Taranaki Dressage Championships Photo: SH Productions

TARANAKI DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS Pony Champion

Lilly Jefferies

Prima Magneto

Young Rider Champion

Grace Castle

Achilles ll

Masters Champion

Raewyne Passey

Henton Distinction

Hanoverian Award L1-3

Kieryn Walton

Wisdom WDS

Hanoverian Award L4+

Susan Tomlin

Dancealong

L1 AMATEUR CHAMPION

Leanne Stokes

Don Royale

L2 AMATEUR CHAMPION

Taylar Morrison

Cardonal Rewa Kid

L3 AMATEUR CHAMPION

Tania Smith

Donnerbella ll

L1 PONY CHAMPION

Grace Farrell

Almost Legal

L1 OPEN CHAMPION

Kieryn Walton

Wisdom WDS

RESERVE

Gaylene Lennard

Jax Johnson

L2 OPEN CHAMPION

Tania Smith

Donnerbella ll

RESERVE

Jutta Rosenblatt

Vollrath Gershwin

L3 OPEN CHAMPION

Abbie Deken

Giuliani

RESERVE

Sophie de Clifford

Kinnordy Golda

L4 OPEN CHAMPION

Vanessa Way

NSC Pronto

RESERVE

Chelsea Callaghan

Sisters ll Etta J

L5 OPEN CHAMPION

Vanessa Way

NRM KH Arion

RESERVE

Mandy Littlejohn

Sparks Will Fly

L6 OPEN CHAMPION

Vanessa Way

NRM Andreas

RESERVE

Raewyne Passey

Henton Distinction

L7 OPEN CHAMPION

Toni Louisson

Astute

RESERVE

Louisa Ayres

Playmate

L8 OPEN CHAMPION

Susan Tomlin

Dancealong

RESERVE

Vaughan Cooper

Kiteroa Leila

L9 OPEN CHAMPION

Penny Castle

Magnus Spero

RESERVE

Abbie Deken

KH Ambrose

OVERALL CHAMPIONS

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Robin Potter presenting Betty Brown with her awards at the recent Waitemata Championships. Photo: Nicole Hilder

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BONEO CDI

Mary Hanna has continued her recent domination at Grand Prix level in Australia At the recent Boneo Classic CDI 3*, the Statene Park stable stars Boogie Woogie and Sancette held off the challengers in the Grand Prix. Boogie Woogie won the Grand Prix on 69.94%, and Sancette second on 66.94%. Mary elected to start Sancette in the Freestyle scoring 71.76% just ahead of Rozzie Ryan and Jarrah R (70.09%) and Lesley-Anne Taylor on Amicelli Gold (69.82%). Eight combinations started in the Boneo Freestyle. Boogie Woogie won the Grand Prix Special on 71.588 % again heading off Rozzie Ryan who started Adonie for 67.314% and runner-up. NZL was also represented by a pony rider Jasmine Haynes on Steendieks Champ of Glory. Based in Victoria but riding on a NZL passport,

Jasmine started the show with a fourth place in the Pony Team Test, was second in the Individual Test and then won the Freestyle on 67.875%. These placings earned them reserve champion pony in the CDIP. We look forward to watching the progress of this pair. NZL 4* Judge Sue Hobson officiated at the event

IMAGES: STEPHEN MOWBRAY 1. Grand Prix prize giving with the judges and officials including Sue Hobson NZL 2. Mary Hanna - Sancette 3. Lesley-Anne Taylor - Amicelli Gold 4. CDIP Championship Jessica Hivon (Garraboo Scoobie Doo) 1, Jasmine Haynes (Steendieks Champ of Glory) 2, Caitlyn Porter (Marena Display) 3

NORTH LOBURN EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

SUMMER DRESSAGE SERIES Dressage for everyone

Jan 15th, Feb 19th & Mar 19th // Rangiora Showgrounds download the schedule at WWW.NLEC.CO.NZ | email: info@nlec.co.nz | phone 03 313 1247 A relaxed and friendly atmosphere with classes for everyone, from new partnerships to the more experienced combinations. We welcome junior riders and encourage riders to “Give it a Go” with our judge assisted Training classes available at all of our days.

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'THE MANE EVENT' A CELEBRATION OF THE HORSE Armistice Day, 11 November 2017, Claudelands Showgrounds, Hamilton The Waikato Combined Equestrian Group’s War Horse Board combined with TOTI Charitable Trust would like to invite your group to put on a display for our special event showcasing Horses in History later this year. Please confirm interest to us by 12 March Please email noelinejeffs@orcon.net.nz if you are interested. This special event will be held on Armistice Day, 11 November 2017, and will follow on from the unveiling ceremony of the War Horse commemorative statue at Memorial Park. All horse groups are being invited to display

their activities eg pony club games and rides. We are also seeking special performances for the main arena – max 20 minutes each. The purpose of the event is to pay tribute to the war horses who served alongside our military men and women with such courage and faithfulness – within New Zealand in our Land Wars, and in the Great Wars overseas. During the First World War, over 10,000 horses were shipped overseas and only four returned home. We also want to show how important horses have been to us throughout history, and the roles they still have in our lives today.

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KENTUCKY HORSE PARK WITHDRAWS BID FOR WEG 2022

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted on January 13th to withdraw from consideration for hosting the ninth International Federation for Equestrian Sports World Equestrian Games, to be held in 2022.

think it would be economically feasible for the park to host the 2022 games.”

Commission members expressed concerns regarding staging of the games and the potential conflict that hosting would create with the long-term goals of the Kentucky Horse Park, including limitations on potential Horse Parkgenerated revenue opportunities.

“We have had an open dialogue with the public through several visioning sessions and we’re hearing good ideas about long-term strategic growth at the park,” said Don Parkinson, secretary of the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet. “Additionally, a recent survey of the park’s assets found $12 million in deferred maintenance expenses, and we recognize the need for immediate and near-term investments in our facilities.”

“We are committed to being good stewards of the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Tandy Patrick, chair of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission. “We do not

The Kentucky Horse Park, located in Lexington, is a 1,224-acre equestrian facility dedicated to “man’s relationship with the horse.” Each year the park is

host to a number of high profile events and horse shows. The park is home to the International Museum of the Horse, the most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to exploring the important history of all horses and their impact on human civilization It is unknown at this point if the FEI will reopen the bidding or allocate the event to the remaining bidder Samorin, Slovakia.

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OVERSEAS RIDER REVIEW

Anita Barton and Jaybee Jaffa

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OVERSEAS RIDER REVIEW

ANITA BARTON - Australia Anita Barton (nee Scampton) moved to Australia in 1993 after living in the Northland area of New Zealand for most of her life... we caught up with her recently. WHAT RIDING EXPERIENCE DID YOU HAVE IN NEW ZEALAND BEFORE MOVING?

“I started out volunteering at the Northland Riding for the Disabled in 1991, helping out taking out trail rides and assisting with the disability classes in exchange for riding a horse at the end of the day. I purchased my first pony, a palomino called Lady, from the riding school because she was too green and unreliable to be used as a school horse. The day I announced I was buying her she bucked me off, and proceeded to do so on a frequent basis for the first few months of our partnership. Lady and I attended Pony Club at Kamo Pony Club in Whangarei, and competed regularly in open ribbon days, so long as they were within a days riding distance, as we didn't own a float. We also did a little bit of eventing and showjumping, but definitely no boring Dressage. I sold Lady just prior to moving to Australia” Once in Australia Anita realized she didn't have the nerve to be a top level eventer (or even a low level eventer for that matter!) and so focused her interests on Dressage. Her first horse in across the Tasman was a grey Anglo Arab called Missy that she competed in preliminary level Dressage for scores around the low 50%'s. She then sold Missy and purchased a grey exracehorse called Trevor.

“Trevor was my first 'real' Dressage horse” says Anita. “We competed through to medium level with a lot of success, including being selected on the Queensland Young Rider Dressage Squad”. Unfortunately she had to retire Trevor, but was given the opportunity to ride a very tricky 12year old grey Holsteiner gelding called Zephyr, who was trained to elementary level. “Zephyr was very spooky and upside down, but also very trainable, and in four short years we did our first Grand Prix. He was a fantastic Grand Prix horse, and although he remained very spooky and unreliable, he was a lot of fun. We were members of the Queensland State Dressage Squad for many years and competed in CDIs all around Australia” And from the trio of greys, Anita branched out to a “big” bay and then a very orange one, aptly called Jaffa. “I started riding my husband's purebred Clydesdale, Chieftain, whom I still have. He has competed to PSG level, but is trained in Piaffe and onetempis, despite very intermittent work. In 2008 I was very fortunate to be offered a young Jazz mare from Jaybee Warmbloods to campaign. After a week of having her home I declared I could never part with her, and was eventually able to arrange to purchase her. Jaffa is my current competition horse, and has also been a member of the Queensland Dressage Squad. We started competing in the FEI Medium Tour (Inter A/B) in 2016, although a very miserable pregnancy put a lot of my competition plans on hold due to constant illness and vertigo. Despite that, we continued to train on and hope to compete at Inter II and maybe Grand Prix in 2017.

YOUR CURRENT INVOLVEMENT IN DRESSAGE APART FROM RIDING AND COMPETING?

“In 2015 I passed my Australian A level judge's exam, which means I can judge National Grand Prix, and also passed my young horse judging exams. In 2016 I commenced prerequisite work towards FEI 3*, but my recently born second little girl means I'll likely put those plans on hold until I find my feet again. I have been involved in the Dressage Queensland committee, our state Dressage authority that oversees running of the sport in Queensland for 6 years, the last two as Chair. I have also been a member of the Queensland Festival of Dressage committee since its inception 10 years ago. I have acted as Queensland Chef d'Equipe at the National Championships on many occasions, and have also previously been the Queensland Dressage High Performance Manager for three years YOUR GOALS?

My current goals are to compete Jaffa at Grand Prix level, and to undertake my FEI 3* judging exam. Once family life is a bit more settled after having my new baby I would also like to find another horse to bring on and hopefully train through to Grand Prix. I also really want to finish my PhD, which is looking at timing and workload of exercise when training young horses (mainly TBs) to reduce bone strain injuries.

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STABLE OF STALLIONS

1.

STABLE OF STALLIONS The Stable of Stallions is a co-operative fund raising venture between Stud Owners and Dressage giving mare owners the opportunity to secure discounted service rates and support Dressage Dressage NZ wishes to thank the following studs who so generously supported the Stable of Stallions this season. Your involvement in this fundraising project has been simply

amazing and will make a huge difference to the events you have supported, the Central Dressage Festival CDIW 2016, the Bates National Championships and the Equestrian Entries U25 Championships 2017. Thank you all. For those of you coming to the nationals drop by the Stable of Stallions display centre and talk to our fabulous owners. Find out if one of these stallions should be on your service purchase list for spring 2017. It’s not too early to be giving your mare’s mate some serious thought.

AIRTHREY HIGHLANDER

SPORTHORSE - CLYD/ TB X

lmoughan@xtra.co.nz

www.airthreylodgesporthorses.co.nz

CACHASSINI II

HOLSTEINER

sales@highfieldstud.com

www.highfieldstud.com

CRYSTAL MT XODO

FRIESIAN

sandy@crystalmountain.co.nz

www.crystalmountainstud.co.nz

DONNERUBIN & ROHDINGER

jacindayounger@xtra.co.nz

www.donnerubin.co.nz

EQUIBREED & WEST KINGTON STUD

lee@equibreed.co.nz

www.equibreed.co.nz

FLORIS & JOLMER FAN TWILLENS

FRIESIAN

marianne@glenrosefriesians.co.nz

www.glenrosefriesians.co.nz

FUGATO SW

OLDENBURG

sheenamross@gmail.com

www.sterlingwarmbloods.co.nz

GOLDEN STRIKE

GERMAN RIDING PONY

adponystud@hotmail.com

A D Pony Stud - Facebook

GOSS GREEN MIRAGE

WARMBLOOD/BRITISH SPORTHORSE

info@gossgreensporthorses.com

www.gossgreensporthorses.com

GT JAKE

BY JAZZ (KWPN)

info@roystonequine.co.nz

www.roystonequine.wordpress.com

GYMNASTIK STAR

HANOVERIAN

pwjmatthews@xtra.co.nz

www.matthewshanoverians.co.nz

HP FRESCO & JHT CHEMISTRY

OLDENBURG

hpequine@vodafone.co.nz

www.hollywoodparkequine.com

WORLDLY

HANOVERIAN

renai@riverparkfarm.co.nz

www.riverparkfarm.co.nz

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STABLE OF STALLIONS

3.

Stable of Stallions Gallery 1. Fugato SW - first season sire. Owner Sterling Warmbloods 2.

2. Highfield Stud: First Cachassini II foal born in NZ. Owned by Highfield Stud. 2016 Filly Cachmere HS. Dam: Blytheburn Briar / Gryffindor (Gymnastic Star) 3. Hit the Lights - by Golden Strike from AD Pony Stud/Welsh C mare. Owner Sara Hull 4. Frisque by HP Fresco / Gymnastik Star mare. Owner Julie Fraser. Stallion owner JHT Equine 5. Jade SW - by GT Jake and out of Siriana SW (Sir Donnerhall/Anamour). Owner /Breeder Sterling Warmbloods. Stallion owner: Royston Equine 6. Hells Bells by Aithrey Highlander - now competing as a five year old with Sophie Griffith. Owner Tony Herstell

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FOCUS ON: OUR SPONSORS

CATCHING UP WITH OUR SPONSORS Victoria Wall of Elite Equine You can just hear Victoria Wall from Elite Equine and Elite Dressage Horses (EDH) bubbling over with enthusiasm when you talk to her about anything dressage or breeding dressage horses So sponsoring the national Young Dressage Horse title, the South Island Young Horse title and also supporting the new Future Stars show with a presentation rug for the overall champion is a perfect fit. Breed them, ride them, nourish them! Her current competition mount is the nine year old Hanoverian mare Letty Lei (Limonit /Grand Vitesse xx) who has just successfully stepped up to Level 6 winning the Northland Championship in 42 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | FEBRUARY 2017

mid-January. But this mare is special for another reason - she is the dam of Diamonds Forever EDH a four year old almost black gelding (Doringcourt x Letty Lei). He’s a big horse, standing at 17hh as a four year old. “He’s a very sensitive, a bit over reactive in body and brain” says Victoria. “We broke him in as a three year old and then turned him out to mature. I won’t compete him as a four year old - he’ll come out when he’s five. He has so much power when you ride him - it’s really exciting. I like my horses to be a bit hot and the ones I’ve bred have a good % of thoroughbred in them”


FOCUS ON: OUR SPONSORS

EDH bred four mares last year but next season plan to downsize to one. “Breeding is not an easy game” muses Victoria, “and you really need well set up facilities to cope with lots of young ones” With foals of the quality of Bliss EDH (Buckingham/Smittenxx) and Bella Mink EDH ( Bretton Woods/x Pyranees xx) pictured, if Victoria doesn’t produce these horses herself, there are going to be other very lucky riders with the reins.

EQUITAK EXCEL AREA TEAM CHALLENGE As of the fifteenth of January Waikato continues to dominate the Equitak Excel Area Team Challenge with Wellington now moving into second place. Taranaki were the leading points scorers on their home turf at Hawera but have slipped to sixth place despite that good showing Waikato 535 1 Wellington 420 2 Canterbury 367 3 Central Districts 312 4 Auckland 288 5 FOLLOW THE SERIES ON http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/dressage/competition/national-dressage-series/series-results/

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CIRCUIT

KEY DRESSAGE EVENTS 2016/17 NORTH ISLAND RE, ICH & INT EVENTS 2016/17

Venue

Qualifiers

28 Oct

Pryde’s Easifeed FEI World Dressage Challenge

Manfeild Park

INT

N

28/29 Oct

Kieffer/Equiscan CDIW & Heritage Equine CDIY

Manfeild Park

INT

N

28/30 Oct

Central Districts Dressage Champs

Manfeild Park

RE

Y

11/13 Nov

Dressage Waikato Festival

Kihikihi

RE

Y

12/13 Nov

Wellington Dressage Champs

Masterton

RE

Y

19/20 Nov

Gisborne Dressage Champs

Gisborne

RE

Y

27/28 Nov

Northern Hawkes Bay Dressage Champs

Hastings

RE

Y

3/4 Dec

Southern Hawkes Bay Dressage Champs

Dannevirke

RE

Y

9/11 Dec

Waitemata Dressage Champs

Woodhill Sands

RE

Y

17/18 Dec

Taihape Dressage Champs

Taihape

RE

Y

13/15 Jan

Taranaki Dressage Champs

Hawera

RE

Y

14/15 Jan

Northland Dressage Champs

Whangarei

RE

Y

20/22 Jan

Auckland-Manukau Dressage Champs

Clevedon

RE

Y

21/22 Jan

Wairarapa Dressage Champs

Masterton

RE

Y

1/5 Feb

Bates National Championships CDIW/Y/P

Manfeild Park

NCH/INT

Y

1/4 Feb

Pacific League World Cup Final

Manfeild Park

INT

N

7/12 Mar

Horse of the Year Show

Hastings

1/2 April

Equestrian Entries U25 Youth Champs

Taupo NEC

NCH/INT

Y

NCH

AMS only

SOUTH ISLAND RE, ICH EVENTS 12/13 Nov

Otago Dressage Champs

Mosgiel

RE

Y

19/20 Nov

Ashburton Dressage Champs

Ashburton

RE

Y

3/4 Dec

Canterbury Dressage Champs

McLeans Is NEC

RE

Y

9/11 Dec

Southland Dressage Championships

Gore

RE

Y

21/22 Jan

Malborough Dressage Champs

Blenheim

RE

Y

28/29 Jan

Nelson Dressage Champs

Rough Island

RE

Y

10/12 Feb

Harper Horsecoaches SI Dresssage Champs

Gore

ICH

Y

1/2 April

Festival of Future Stars Championships

Canty Ag Park

RE

QUALIFICATION TERMS

RE (Qualifying scores for NCH but not series finals. Squad eligibility scores) REQ (Qualifying scores for NCH, HOY series finals. Squad eligibility scores) Series = Super 5 League, Zilco Musicals, Prestige Futures, AMS Pony & YR Performance League ICH = Island Championship (also REQ) NCH = National Championship CDIY = International Young Rider Event CDIP = International Pony Rider Event YDH = Elite Equine YDH Championships 4,5,6 yr old horses PAL = FEI Pacific League WC™ PALF = FEI Pacific League WC™ Final

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CIRCUIT

WHAT’S ON JANUARY | NORTH ISLAND 31

Dressage Rotorua Anniversary Day Show

JANUARY | SOUTH ISLAND LE

FEBRUARY | NORTH ISLAND 1/4

FEI Pacific League Dressage WC Final / CDIY

3/5

Bates National Championships & Para Dressage Champs

INT NCH

28/29

Nelson Championship Tournament

28/29

South Canterbury/North Otago Dressage

LE

Canterbury Dressage New Year Opener

LE

29

FEBRUARY | SOUTH ISLAND

5

Tauranga Dressage Group

LE

4/5

12

Northern Hawke’s Bay Grading Day

LE

10/12

19

Tobin Equestrian Summer Series

LE

12

Dressage Northland

LE

18

Gisborne Dressage Summer Tournament

LE

19

Taupo Dressage Group

TE

19

Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group

LE

26

Tobin Equestrian Wellington Summer Series

LE

4/5

26

Warkworth Dressage

LE

MARCH | NORTH ISLAND 4 7/12

Waikato Equestrian Centre Autumn Show

LE

Dressage Otago Competition

LE

Harper Horsecoaches South Island Championships

ICH

19

North Loburn Equestrian Centre

LE

19

Marlborough Training Event

TE

26

Northern Equestrian Group

LE

MARCH | SOUTH ISLAND Dressage Otago Autumn Championship

LE

5

Canterbury Autumn Series Day 1

LE

19

North Loburn Equestrian Centre

LE

26

NEG Autumn Series Day 1

LE

26

- INT/HOY, ZILCO FINALS APRIL | SOUTH ISLAND Dressage Waitemata LE 1/2 Southland Dressage Group MTDG March Dressage Tournament LE 2 Canterbury Autumn Series Day 2 Horowhenua DG Autumn Tornament LE 2 Marlborough Training Event Warkworth Dressage LE 1/2 Festival of Future Stars Championships Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group LE 9 SCNO Dressage Group Taupo Dressage Group TE

26

Gisborne Dressage Autumn Series #1

12 18 19 19 26

Horse of the Year Show

LE

APRIL | NORTH ISLAND 1/2

REQ

LE LE RE/YDH LE

16

North Loburn Equestrian Centre

LE

23

Ashburton Dressage

LE

NCH

30

NEG Autumn Series Day 2

LE

2

Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group

LE

30

Nelson Winter Series #1

LE

2

MTDG Autumn Non-Graded Ribbon Day 1

TE

8/9

Equestrian Entries U25 Dressage Champs

LE

Dressage Northland

LE

9

NHB Winter Series Day 1

LE

16

Dressage Waitemata

16/17

Dressage Rotorua Championship Show

LE/YDH LE

23

Gisborne Dressage Autumn Series #2

LE

23

Solway Dressage Autumn Series #1

TE

23

Warkworth Dressage

LE

25

Dressage Taranaki ANZAC Day Event

LE

For more details of each event & venue, and contact details go to www.nzequestrian.org.nz/dressage/competition/calendar

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NATIONAL SERIES LEADERBOARD

NORTH ISLAND SUPER 5 LEAGUE INCLUDES POINTS FROM ALL EVENTS TO 14TH JANUARY

VETPRO LEVEL 1 1

Wisdom WDS

Kieryn Walton

Bay of Plenty

50 (max)

2

Oranoa Morepork

Anne Webster

Wairarapa

27

3

Don Vito MH

Wendi Williamson

Waitemata

20

MATTHEWS HANOVERIANS LEVEL 2 1

Presley MH

Wendi Williamson

Waitemata

37

2

HP Fresco

Holly Leach

Waikato

27

3=

Donnerbella

Tania Smith

Taranaki

21

3=

Winslet

Paula Brown

Wellington

21

BATESON TRAILERS LEVEL 3 1

Giuliani

Abbie Deken

Taranaki

44

2

Kinnordy Golda

Sophie de Clifford

Waikato

41

3

Garavani

Sharon Dixon

Wellington

33

DUNSTAN HORSEFEEDS LEVEL 4 1

Alamo BL

Sophie de Clifford

Waikato

36

2

NSC Pronto

Vanessa Way

Taranaki

30

3

Sisters II Etta J

Chelsea Callaghan

Wellington

27

FIBER FRESH FEEDS LEVEL 5 1

Reflexions

Susan Tomlin

Central Districts

38

2

NRM KH Arion

Vanessa Way

Taranaki

34

3

Vollrath Leila

Carole Christensen

Wellington

31

HOBSON HORSECOACHES PRIX ST GEORGES 1

NRM Andreas

Vanessa Way

Taranaki

34

2

Astute

Toni Louisson

Central Districts

33

3

Georgio

Jacqui Thompson

Wellington

26

CUSTOM LOGISTICS LEVEL INTERMEDIATE I 1

Astute

Toni Louisson

Central Districts

33

2

Playmate

Louisa Ayres

Wellington

24

3

Donnerheim

Vanessa Fenemor

Auckland

22

ANDREA RAVES DRESSAGE INTERMEDIATE A 1

Zinstar

Julie Pearson

Central Districts

20

2

Aztec Lad

Paula Stuart

Waikato

15

3

Parkridge Disco SW

Sheens Ross

Auckland

14

SUPERIOR RUBBER SURFACES GRAND PRIX 1

Ali Baba

Jody Hartstone

Waikato

26

2=

K H Ambrose

Abbie Deken

Taranaki

21

2=

Raukura Satori MH

William Millar

Waikato

21

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NATIONAL SERIES LEADERBOARD

SOUTH ISLAND SUPER 5 LEAGUE INCLUDES POINTS FROM ALL EVENTS TO 14TH JANUARY (SI riders are allocated points at NI events) VETPRO LEVEL 1 1

Southern Hit

Hielke De Graaf

Otago

27

2=

Beechcroft Absolut

Hannah Johnston

Otago

17

2=

Count Griffyn

Sharon Chambers

Otago

17

MATTHEWS HANOVERIANS LEVEL 2 1

Fernlea Diamond Day

Lorraine Ward-Smith

SCNO

40

2

Zactac Dun-for-Fun

Jodi Gardner

SCNO

19

3=

Sartorial Hit SW

Jackie Thomas

Otago

17

3=

Parkridge Luke

Marlene Parkinson

Southland

17

BATESON TRAILERS LEVEL 3 1

Solo

Rebecca Rowlands

Canterbury

37

2

Chocolate Noir

Amanda Waddell

Ashburton

19

3=

Gymnastik Gift

Rhiannon Moss

Canterbury

17

3=

Greenmoor Euphoria

Dani Simpson

Canterbury

17

DUNSTAN HORSEFEEDS LEVEL 4 1

Alliarna

Sonya McLachlan

Otago

34

2

Chocolate Ice

Nicola Sim

Ashburton

21

3

Windermere JObei W

Melissa Galloway

Marlborough

20

FIBER FRESH FEEDS LEVEL 5 1

Kintore Romany

Kirsty Schist

Canterbury

22

2

Luna Rosa

Adelle O’Neill

Otago

16

3

Sylvan Antics

Rosie Hore

Southland

8

HOBSON HORSECOACHES PRIX ST GEORGES 1

Leo Dreams Of Gold

Fiona Sharp

Southland

26

2

Greta

Deborah Rutherford

Otago

13

3

Windermere Johanson W

Melissa Galloway

Marlborough

12

CUSTOM LOGISTICS LEVEL INTERMEDIATE I 1

Rossellini

Barbara Chalmers

Otago

26

2

Gammon Ks

Joy White

Canterbury

9

3

Faemoss BW

Sarah Wadworth

Marlborough

5

ANDREA RAVES DRESSAGE INTERMEDIATE A 1

Kinnordy Gambado

Kirsty Schist

Canterbury

15

2

Zeilinger

Melissa Galloway

Marlborough

10

3

Hollywood Superstar

Siobhan Fauth

Canterbury

2

SUPERIOR RUBBER SURFACES GRAND PRIX 1

Glenview Caballero

Judy Nickolls

Southland

4

2

Furst Jupp

Tessa Van Bruggen

Marlborough

3

3

AJK Carronade

Soo Wells

Canterbury

1

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NATIONAL SERIES LEADERBOARD

ZILCO NORTH ISLAND DRESSAGE TO MUSIC LEADERBOARDS INCLUDES POINTS FROM EVENTS UP TO 15 JANUARY ZILCO LEVEL 2 1

Presley MH

Wendi Williamson

40

2

HP Fresco

Holly Leach

30

3=

Donnerbella II

Tania Smith

24

3=

Luminate

Kim Coghlan

24

3=

The Lovable Rogue

Chanelle Walsh

24

ZILCO LEVEL 3 1=

Giuliani

Abbie Deken

47

1=

Kinnordy Golda

Sophie de Clifford

47

3

Garavani

Sharon Dixon

35

ZILCO LEVEL 4 1

Alamo BL

Sophie de Clifford

38

2

Sisters II Etta J

Chelsea Callaghan

37

3

Salute

Lucy Robertshawe

28

ZILCO LEVEL 5 1

NRM KH Arion

Vanessa Way

37

2

Sparks Will Fly

Mandy Littlejohn

31

3

Reflexions

Susan Tomlin

28

ZILCO ADVANCED 1

NRM Andreas

Vanessa Way

37

2

Astute

Toni Louisson

33

3

Ashanti

Sophie de Clifford

21

ZILCO LEVEL 8

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1

Zinstar

Julie Pearson

20

2

Dancealong

Susan Tomlin

14

3=

Parkridge Disco SW

Sheena Ross

12

3=

Aztek Lad

Paula Stuart

12

ZILCO GRAND PRIX 1

K H Ambrose

Abbie Deken

32

2

Dejavu MH

Wendi Williamson

30

3

NRM Arawn

Vanessa Way

24


NATIONAL SERIES LEADERBOARD

ZILCO SOUTH ISLAND DRESSAGE TO MUSIC LEADERBOARDS INCL EVENTS UP TO 15 JANUARY (SI RIDERS GAIN POINTS AT NI EVENTS) ZILCO LEVEL 2 1

Fernlea Diamond Day

Lorraine Ward-Smith

40

2

Sartorial Hit SW

Jackie Thomas

20

3

Kapua Jack

Alexandra Clarke

12

ZILCO LEVEL 3 1

Solo

Rebecca Rowlands

40

2

Chocolat Noir

Amanda Waddell

24

3

Three Aces

Tiffany Ottley

19

ZILCO LEVEL 4 1

Alliarna

Sonya McLachlan

31

2

Windermere JObei W

Melissa Galloway

20

3

Southwell Rendevouz

Rebecca Rowlands

15

ZILCO LEVEL 5 1

Kintore Romany

Kirsty Schist

21

2

Luna Rosa

Adelle O’Neill

20

3=

Golden Centaur

Joyce Lee -Murdoch

10

3=

Sylvan Antics

Rosie Hore

10

ZILCO ADVANCED 1=

Leo Dreams Of Gold

Fiona Sharp

24

1=

Rossellini

Barbara Chalmers

24

3

Greta

Deborah Rutherford

15

ZILCO LEVEL 8 1

Kinnordy Gambado

Kirsty Schist

13

2

Zeilinger

Melissa Galloway

12

3

Hollywood Superstar

Siobhan Fauth

3

ZILCO GRAND PRIX 1

Glenview Gaballero

Judy Nickolls

6

2

AJK Carronade

Soo Wells

2

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NATIONAL SERIES LEADERBOARD

PRESTIGE Equestrian

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www.prestigeequestrian.co.nz

PRESTIGE EQUESTRIAN /PRESTIGE ITALIA DRESSAGE FUTURES PRIZE HORSES UP TO 10YRS. RIDERS UP TO C7 (TO 14/01/17) 1

Sophie de Clifford

Kinnordy Golda

(Waikato)

41

2

Lorraine Ward-Smith

Fernlea Diamond Day

(SCNO)

40

3

Susan Tomlin

Reflexions

(Central Districts)

38

4

Rebecca Rowlands

Solo

(Ctby)

37

5=

Sophie de Clifford

Alamo B

(Waikato)

34

5=

Alliarna

Sonya McLachlan

(Otago)

34

AMS SADDLERY PONY & YOUNG RIDER PERFORMANCE AWARDS RIDERS 20YRS AND UNDER AT 1/8/16 COMPETING IN AMS LEVELS 1 & 2 OR SUPER 5 LEAGUE LEVEL 3 AND ABOVE (TO 14/01/17) 1

L3

Prima Bella

Isabella Chatfield

Bay of Plenty

37

2

L2

AD Dennache

Isabella Chatfield

Bay of Plenty

33

3

L3

Alpha Beta

Willa Aitken

Northern Hawke’s Bay

30

4

L1

So Dun

Melissa Beech

Southern Hawke’s Bay

29

5

L5

Prima Magneto

Lilly Jefferies

Wellington

28

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DRESSAGE DIRECTORY Dressage Area Group Websites and other useful links.

Equestrian Sports NZ/Dressage www.nzequestrian.org.nz/dressage www.facebook.com/Dressage NZ www.facebook.com/Equestrian Sports NZ www.facebook.com/DressageNZ U25 Championships www.facebook.com/Stable of the Stallions Dressage Bay of Islands www.sporty.co.nz/bayofislandsdressagegroup Dressage Northland www.sporty.co.nz/dressagenorthland

Dressage Central Districts www.sportsground.co.nz/dressagecentraldistricts

Dressage Waitemata www.dressagewaitemata.co.nz

Dressage Taranaki www.dressagetaranaki.co.nz

Dressage Warkworth www.warkworthdressage.webs.com

Dressage Wellington www.dressagewellington.org.nz

Dressage Auckland - Manukau www.amdg.org.nz

Dressage Horowhenua   www.horowhenuadressage.com

Dressage Waikato www.dressagewaikato.co.nz

Dressage Wairarapa www.dressagewairarapa.com

Dressage Morrinsville -Te Aroha www.mtdg.co.nz

Dressage Nelson    www.nelsondressage.webs.com

Dressage Gisborne www.gisbornedressage.org.nz

Dressage Marlborough www.sporty.co.nz/marlboroughdressage

Dressage Bay of Plenty www.dressagebayofplenty.co.nz

Dressage Canterbury www.freewebs.com/canterburydressage

Dressage Eastern Bay of Plenty www.sportsground.co.nz/ebd

Dressage Otago www.dressageotago.webs.com

Dressage Rotorua         www.sportsground.co.nz/dressagerotorua

Dressage Southland www.dressage-southland.com

Dressage Tauranga        www.dressagetauranga.co.nz 

National Equestrian Centres www.nzequestrian.org.nz

Dressage Taupo www.sportsground.co.nz/taupodressagegroup

Tielcey Park Equestrian Centre www.tielceypark.co.nz (Manawatu)

Dressage Northern Hawkes Bay www.sportsground.co.nz/dressagenhb

North Loburn Equestrian Centre www.nlec.co.nz (Canterbury)

Dressage Central Hawkes Bay www.sportsground.co.nz/chbdressage

Northern Equestrian Group www.freewebs.com/northerneq (Canterbury)

Dressage Southern Hawkes Bay www.sportsground.co.nz/shbdressage

Northgate Lodge www.northgatelodgeequestrian.com (Northland)

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NATIONAL EVENT QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATION FOR NATIONAL EVENTS 2016/17 BATES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2-5 FEBRUARY (OPEN & AMATEUR) Entries Close 16 Dec on Equestrian Entries Qualification Criteria: The following scores must be achieved at a Regional, Island or National Championship or Horse of the Year between 1st January 2016 and 30th January 2017. Levels 1 - 2: One total score of 63% and over Levels 3 - 5: One total score of 60% and over Levels 6 - 9: One total score of 57% and over  (A total score is the final combined marks of all judges) Level 6 - 9, Championships: Grading points at date of close of entry (16th December 2016). Level 6: PSG Championship for horses that have gained not more than 60 points in Level 7 Level 7: Int I Championship for horses that have gained not more than 60 points in Level 8 Level 8: Inter II Championship for horses that have gained not more than 60 points in Level 9 Note: Level 6 & 7 Freestyles at the NCH will be ridden as separate classes. Level 6 horses will be restricted to level 6 movements using the Dressage NZ Advanced Freestyle (ie 3x and 4x tempi changes and canter half pirouettes only). Level 7 will ride the FEI Int I Freestyle. HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW 7-12 MARCH 2017 Entries Close 24 January on Equestrian Entries HORSES Level 1: Horses must have gained one score of 63% or more in a graded ESNZ test at a Regional, NI or SI Championship or Young Rider Championship show. Level 1 Horses that have qualified in a Zilco Level 2 Musical Freestyle Qualifier may enter either the HOY Level 1 Horse Title OR the HOY Level 2 Title classes. Level 2: 63% (1 score) in a Zilco Musical Qualifier. Level 3 and Level 4: 63% (1 score) in a Zilco Musical Qualifier. Level 5 and 6/7: 60% (1 score) in a Zilco Musical Qualifier. Level 8: 58% in a level 8 or 9 test (not FS) at a RE, ICH or NCH Grand Prix (CDI 3*) 58% in a Grand Prix, or GPS at a RE, ICH or NCH CDIY 60% in Test 6B, PSG/YR, Int I at a RE, ICH, YRCH or NCH PONIES Ponies do not qualify in a Musical Freestyle. Levels 1, 2 & 3 must have gained 60% or more in a graded ESNZ competition since 1 August 2016 at the level they are entering. The Dressage Pony of the Year Title is run under Dressage NZ Article 465 Special Conditions. Ponies with more than 30 Level 5 points or above are eligible. All ponies compete on equal terms. The Dressage Pony of the Year Title will be decided at Level 4 and will be open to ponies that have gained 60% or more in a Level 3 or above graded competition since 1 August 2016. Downgraded ponies are eligible EQUESTRIAN ENTRIES U25 DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS Taupo NEC 1/2 April 2017 New for 2017: The Waldebago Trophy for the NZ Young Rider Championship will be contested at Level 6, not Grand Prix. There will be a new U25 Championship introduced at Grand Prix level. Riders from 16-25yrs may contest the U25 GP level Championship No prior qualification necessary for any class at this event 52 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | FEBRUARY 2017


NATIONAL EVENT QUALIFICATIONS

BATES NZ DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS & FEI PACIFIC LEAGUE WORLD CUP FINAL™ 2-5 February 2017 | Manfeild Park – Feilding

Entries Close Friday 16 Dec 2016 on Equestrian Entries: Qualification Period 1 from 1 Jan 2016 • CDIW and Young Rider & Pony International Events (CDIY/P) • Bates All Grade Championships, Super 5 League Finals. • Elite Equine NZ Young Dressage Horse Championship • Amateur Rider Championships and Masters Championships • Para Dressage National Championships • Dressage Musical Spectacular Sat 4th March. Door sales from 5.30pm NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE BATES NZ DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Amateur Championship at levels 1 to 4 will be run alongside the Bates Open Championship at the Bates National Dressage Championships as separate classes. Amateur Awards will be awarded in higher grades based on Championship points earned in the Open classes. Eligibility is based around rider categories. Qualification for the Championships will be at Regional Events with the same qualification for both championships. The term “Amateur” is connected to rider category status and bears no reference to the term amateur vs professional in terms of earning income in the sport.

HARPER HORSECOACHES SOUTH ISLAND FESTIVAL OF DRESSAGE Gore |10 – 12 February 2017

Entries close on 31 December at www.equestrianentries.org.nz

SI JUDGES CLINIC WITH 4* FEI JUDGE ANNE PRAIN (FRA) Gore|Monday 13th Feb Details SI Festival Dressage Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ SIDressage/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

SUPER 5 DRESSAGE LEAGUE

The 2016-17 Super 5 League comprises a points series in each island at all graded Levels 1-9 (top 5 points only to count) plus an island final at both the South Island Festival of Dressage and the Bates National Championships. National Super 5 rankings will be determined from % in each level at both these events. Tests used for Super at Regional and National Events: Levels 1 to 5 - C Tests, Level 6 - FEI PSG v 2015, Level 7 - FEI Intermediate I v 2015, Level 8 FEI Intermediate A v 2015, Level 9 Regional Events - FEI Intermediate II or Grand Prix 2015. South Island Festival of Dressage & Bates National Championships SRS Final - FEI Intermediate II 2016.

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NATIONAL SERIES

NATIONAL SERIES ZILCO MUSICAL FREESTYLE SERIES

perform at International Dressage level. The Elite Equine National Young Horse Dressage Championship & Age Group Championships will be held at the Bates National Championships, 2 –5 Feb 2017 at Manfeild Park.

The series includes Levels 2 to 9 (Advanced levels 6/7 combined) With an increasing number of riders competing inter-island the series conditions for 2016/17 have been amended in order not to disadvantage riders competing outside their island of origin

The Elite Equine South Island Young Horse Dressage Championships will be held at the Festival of Futures Stars Championships, Canterbury Agricultural Park, 8/9 April 2017

Only the top 5 points will count • Combinations earn points in their Island of origin Leaderboard regardless of the venue of the competition • The SI Leaderboard will complete at the South Island Championships. • The NI Leaderboard will complete at HoY • South Island based riders can earn points for the SI Leaderboard at any RE or ICH except HoY. • South Island riders will not earn Leaderboard points at HoY, but can be placed in the class. • North Island based riders can earn points towards the NI Leaderboard at any RE, ICH or HoY • North Island Leaderboard points will be attributed to the top 5 placed North Island combinations at HOY. • Scores of 70 plus % - gain 10 points • Scores of 65 to 69.99% gain 7 points • Scores of 60 – 64.99% gain 5 points • Scores of 57 – 59.99% gain 3 points. • Scores less than 57% gain 1 point. • Bonus points will be added at the South Island Festival of Dressage and at Horse of the Year - 2 extra points per placing for scores achieved. ELITE EQUINE YOUNG DRESSAGE HORSE CHAMPIONSHIPS The purpose of the competitions are to select the best young horse which is progressing on the correct way of training, with the potential to capably 54 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | FEBRUARY 2017

PRESTIGE Equestrian www.prestigeequestrian.co.nz

Ltd.

PRESTIGE EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE FUTURES PRIZE

The Prestige Equestrian Futures Prize will be awarded to the best performed combination competing in the Super 5 League at Regional & Island events from October 2016 – February 2017 and meeting the following eligibility conditions. 4-10 year old horses competing at Levels 1 - 7 with CN - C7 riders at 1 August 2016 (Riders not to have ever earned grading points at Level 8 or above as at 1 August 2016) AMS SADDLERY PONY & YOUNG RIDER PERFORMANCE LEAGUE

AMS Saddlery Pony & Young Rider Performance League aims to increase participation at a Pony & Young Rider level and to establish a culture where these riders compete against their peers of a similar age and experience. Every Regional Event, the Pryde’s Easifeed South Island Festival of Dressage and North Island Championships will run Pony and Young Rider classes at Levels 1 and 2. The league will culminate at the U25 NZ Pony & Championships in April 2017. Competitors must be 20 years or under at 1 August 2016 to participate. Scores will be taken from Super 5 tests at Level 3 and above. League winner to receive a fabulous dressage saddle.


NATIONAL SERIES

NATIONAL SERIES EQUESTRIAN ENTRIES NZ U25 DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS (PONY RIDERS & RIDERS 16-25 YRS) 1-2 April 2017 | Fiber Fresh

31st March 2017. The competition is open to Category CN - C5 riders aged 21yrs and over as at 1 April 2016 (C5 riders have never earned grading points at any level above Level 5) Riders must be annual competitive members of the ESNZ. All participating horses must be registered and pay start levies for graded competitions.

National Equestrian Centre Taupo

HORSE SPORTS YOUNG RIDER AMATEUR TOP TEN LEAGUE

Featuring the Hyland Pony Championship & Waldebago Young Rider Championship, York Corporation Inter-Island Team Challenge plus the final of the AMS Saddlery Pony & Young Rider Performance League. Classes for riders up to 25yrs and including pony and young rider nongraded section up to 21yrs. No prior qualification required. www.facebook. com/NZ Pony & Young Rider Dressage Championships.

Pony & Young Riders who have never earned points at level 5 or above, and are competing on horses or ponies up to Level 4 at 1/8/16 can compete in the Horse Sports League. All participating riders, ponies & horses must be fully ESNZ registered. Scores from 1/8/16 until 10/4/17 will count towards the Horse Sports League. Level 1 horses & ponies must be competed by riders with no Level 3 or above points, Level 2 by riders with no Level 4 or above points and Level 3 & 4 and above by riders with no points at level 5 and above as at 1/8/16.

FLYING HORSE MASTERS TOP TEN LEAGUE

This competition is designed to promote dressage competition and participation for Masters Riders. The Flying Horse series provides an opportunity for riders to compete against peers at five different levels at all levels of events and competition regardless whether riders compete locally, regionally or nationally. The competition will be open to riders 50 years & over as at 1 April 2016 and is run in five main divisions plus special awards from 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2017. ALLINFLEX AMATEUR TOP TEN LEAGUE

The AllinFlex Amateur Top Ten League extends from 1 April 2016 until

The top 10 scores in graded competitions will count. There will be rosettes for the top placed horse and top placed pony in each area, plus national champions and reserves in all six divisions. PRYDES EASIFEED SOUTH ISLAND YOUNG RIDER HI-POINTS SERIES

Each of the seven South Island Regional Events will offer a Hi- Points Qualifier class with the finals being decided at the  South Island Festival of Dressage in 10/12 Feb in Gore. Riders must be max 20yrs as at 1 Aug 2016. There is no minimum age limit for pony riders. Riders on horses must be at 12yrs in the calendar year 2016

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