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Issue 01 | August 2016

From the


Wendy Hamerton

WELCOME TO THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN The current energy levels within our sport are just fantastic and your new free digital magazine represents the emergence of a new era of dressage in New Zealand as we enter a significant phase of growth in interest, participation and performance. Dressage (defined as the art or method of training a horse in obedience and in precision of movement), is the fundamental basis for success in equestrian sport and so Dressage NZ invites riders from other codes to also enjoy our magazine. Our goal is to continue to inform, inspire and educate members and fans about our sport at local regional, national and international level. The DressageNZ Bulletin will offer a monthly link for our community, keeping us all engaged (excusing the pun). Dressage NZ welcomes ideas and contributions for future editions. This can include letters to the Editor, articles about training and coaching, sports science, event reports and photo galleries, rider and official profiles, feature articles of interest, advertorials and perhaps in the future a market place and equine professional listings We cannot all help but be inspired and excited about Julie Brougham and Vom Feinsten being selected to represent New Zealand at Rio Olympics. Good luck Julie and wishing you the ride of a lifetime. The first day of dressage in Rio is Wednesday 10th August. Julie’s campaign in Europe has demonstrated that we can be competitive against our global counterparts. International standards are achievable training and competing in New Zealand. We are building up pool of top qualty horses right here New Zealand and it’s a wonderful country and environment for them to develop. But to be the best, athletes in all sports must compete against the best, and the biggest challenge of all for New Zealand based riders. To everyone participating in our sport in every way and every level, I wish you a satisfying and enjoyable season ahead.


Cover Image: Julie Brougham with Vom Feinsten wave to the crowd at CHIO Aachen 2016.

Editor: Wendy Hamerton Email:

Photo Credit: Libby Law

Design and Production: Graphic Design: Sarah Gray Email: Sales & Advertising: Jeremy Gardiner Email: Copyright © Snaffle Design and Dressage NZ 2016














A fitting send-off for Karen Trotter...


We chat with Julie Brougham in her preparation for Rio...

for New Zealand coach Andrea Raves...


Sue Hobson reports in with the latest news from our judges...









ID CLINICS 2016...

With Chris Rogers...

claims Grand Prix Gala glory at Festival as Hartpury holds its breath...

find out about the latest news and changes from NZ and around the globe...



The Manawatu rider has spent the last two decades training various horses from level one upwards, and three of those to grand prix level. Others she parted with earlier for one reason or another – sometimes because they grew too big for a petite rider.

... But then came Vom Feinsten, and Julie and husband David, realised they had at last found that special horse that could potentially fulfil a dream. Their campaign in the lead up to Rio has been somewhat of a home-coming for the feisty German-bred chestnut. Fittingly his breeder Rudi Henn and family were in the crowd at Aachen CHIO to watch his protégé. “Placing seventh in the CDI 4* Musical Freestyle was a thrilling end to being part of one of the world’s greatest shows,” says Brougham. “Competing in Europe has been a little harder than I thought it would be,” she says. “We have been coming here for nine years, watching competitions and soaking it all up, but it is a completely different story to actually get your horse to the start line, fit, well and competitive.” Sitting on the sideline on one of her many visits she often thought, ‘I could do this... I could be competitive in this class’. But now she knows how challenging that is to put into practice. “We have been very competitive in other shows we have been to here, but Aachen... well, that is the next level.” But Brougham knows Aachen has been ideal preparation for her next big step – the Rio Olympics. “I feel this is almost harder than the Olympics will be,” she says, “because

Europe is just so strong in dressage. I have learned a lot from competing here at Aachen which will be beneficial for Rio.” And Vom Feinsten has learned too. Known for his hotness, Steiny coped well in the Aachen stadium. When not competing, Brougham was watching... very intently. “When I am riding in the practice arena, I am constantly looking at how those top riders do things,” she says. So with a little tweak here and there, Brougham is putting into practice all sorts of small things. “It has been harder than I expected here. It is a team orientated competition and being a sole rider is challenging.” But she knows that just making the start list was in itself a huge achievement. “Getting in was a real high point,” she says, “It was a big feat to do that and it only happened thanks to some great help, particularly from Ton de Ridder.” She and Steiny have been based at the de Ridder’s yard for their German campaign. Brougham is hopeful her efforts at Aachen will pave the way for other Kiwi riders in the future. “It’s not just about having marks that are good enough to get you in, there is so much more. The event was oversubscribed this year and a qualifier for both the German and Spanish teams, so


“I feel this is almost harder than the Olympics will be,” she says, “because Europe is just so strong in dressage. I have learned a lot from competing here at Aachen which will be beneficial for Rio.”


they could bring as many riders as they wanted.”

The experience continues to be a real eye-opener too.

The Broughams made the decision to campaign in Europe a year ago.

“I am continually amazed at what I see. We talk about Valegro, but there are lots of Valegros here, and the next tier down is also full of fabulous horse flesh. It is mind-blowing there are just so many of them.”

“I don’t regret it for a minute,” says Brougham, “but it has been hard going sometimes.” Central to everything Brougham and Steiny do is David – Brougham’s husband who is also a co-owner of the horse. He is the calming influence for both horse and rider, the eyes on the ground who help in every way across the campaign. “In hindsight I would absolutely do it again... some things I would love to redo differently though!” “I feel Steiny has been on good form and I am very lucky to have my support team here.” That includes coach Andrea Raves as well as David. “Andrea has the history of knowing Steiny so well,” says Brougham, “and David, well he is my rock.”

It also makes her think about home and what needs to be done across the discipline to move dressage in New Zealand forward. On August 2, Brougham will fly to Rio with Steiny to begin the next part of a very exciting phase of her life. Life may just start at 60! DID YOU KNOW … The oldest-ever Olympian was Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who was 72 years and 281 days when he competed at the 1920 Olympic Games. Japanese dressage rider Hiroshi Hoketsu had hoped to claim that honour at Rio, but the 75-year-old won’t be there after his horse fell ill.


GRAND PRIX SPECIAL ROSE You can still support the Dressage NZ Rio Campaign right up until the event starts in August by going to the Matthews Roses web site Matthews Roses have pledged that profits from website sales of the Grand Prix Special Rose before that date will be added to the Dressage NZ fundraising project to support NZ participation at Rio. Thank you Matthews Roses for this support.


SEVEN FLIGHTS TO RIO TOUCHDOWN Written by Sarah Dalziell - ESNZ High Performance Manager

So I write this from my lap, on the first flight of seven that will eventually land me in Rio for the Olympic Games as the team manager for the New Zealand Equestrian Team – both Eventing and Dressage. With less than one month to the Opening Ceremony, all hands are ondeck to ensure that we have every detail of the campaign planned. Warrick Allan (HP Operations Manager) has worked tirelessly with our riders, coaches, grooms and support staff to arrange their accreditations, police checks, flights, accommodation, in addition to meeting the onerous requirements around the horses, including having detailed lists of each of the horses’ feed, supplements and every item of gear that will be accompanying them – right down to hoof picks. And without a doubt, our riders and their teams will also be doing everything they can to fine-tune their performances over the next few weeks.

The fiercely contended competition for the single dressage spot at Rio between John Thompson and Julie Brougham is one that I think has been really inspiring... not only did both Julie and John clearly lift their performances to meet the percentages required to even be eligible for nomination, but they both did so with such consistency that they have set an increasingly high bar for anyone wanting to become high performance dressage contenders in New Zealand. It was no easy decision for our selectors who were well across both John and Julie’s performances - I can assure you, they deliberated long and hard over mark ranges, highest marks, lowest marks, median marks, the calibre of judges providing those marks and the competitions at which they were awarded those marks. Unfortunately we were only able to send one competitor to the Games, so we thank John and JHT

The New Zealand Equestrian Team. Clarke Johnston, Julie Brougham, Jock Paget, Jonelle Price and Sir Mark Todd. Credit Libby Law


Antonello for making this such a tightly fought contest – and wish them all the best in their preparation for the Pacific League FEI World Cup Dressage Final 2017 and for 2018 WEG. So the plan from here is that I meet up with Julie and Steiny in their current home-away-from-home, Aachen where we will firm up the final plans ahead of Rio. Over in Rio, Julie will have her core team, in David Brougham and Andrea Raves and I will be there as the Dressage Chef D’equipe. My role will be to ensure that both Julie and Steiny’s team are in a performance-focussed environment that enables and supports a personalbest performance from them. In the Rio environment, there are bound to be obstacles that will distract and detract, but I’m confident that with the great support from the New Zealand Olympic Committee and our High Performance team, with the experience of Julie’s Eventing team-mates and with the huge support that Julie has from home. Julie and Steiny will do us proud in August!


From L: Cindy Kent, Louisa Ayres, Helen Hughes-Keen Chair of Selectors Credit Sarah Flitcroft - Lox Stud

PUSH PLAY Written by Jess Roberts

This year’s winner of the St Georges Trophy for first year advanced went to Louisa Ayres and her chestnut gelding Playmate (owned by Cindy Kent) The pair only competed during the second half of the season, rearing to go after arriving home on Christmas day last year after 11 months training at Clemens Dierks’ yard near Sydney. The Horowhenua rider jumped straight up into the ribbons, winning reserve champion PSG at both the North Island and National championships, and finishing with 4th placings in the CDI-Y Freestyle and Rider of the Year at HOY. She also won her gold incentive award for a 63%+ score in an advanced test with a List One judge. Playmate (By Dream Boy out of a Witzbold mare) known as Dash to his friends – is a cousin of Kent’s late horse Playskool, whom she competed on at the World Equestrian Games in Rome, 1998. Kent is mentor and coach to the 21-year-old Ayres, and says she has come a long way in a short time. “Dash is a super generous gentleman who tries hard to help her, Lou is learning to dig deep when things go wrong and can’t rely on his talent alone. She is fun to teach even in her lovely blonde moments! She has some pearlers that are truly hysterical!”

Ayres currently has three horses in work, on top of her job at family-owned packaging business Ayrpak. “You’re assuming I have a life!” she jokes when asked if she has time for any other hobbies, although it must surely be less intense than her stint in Australia, where she says at one point there were 25 “imported and expensive” horses on Dierks’ yard, including six stallions. She’d like to be at Grand Prix by the end of this year, with a view to heading across to the Sydney CDI in a year or two’s time. Ayres has ridden since she was three years old, has evented, showjumped, and was a successful show rider before turning her hand to dressage (Why? “It’s safer!” chips in mum Anita; “the challenge!” counters Louisa) on none other than Ngahere Romeo, the ultimate dressage pony who went on to win further titles with Mihi Shepherd and Alena Dorotich. The future looks bright for Ayres: she is well supported with a close-knit team around her and we look forward to watching her progress. Congratulations Louisa! AUGUST 2016 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 9

A DREAM COME TRUE FOR NZ COACH Written by Diana Dobson

Dressage coach extraordinaire Andrea Raves may have been born in Germany, but the silver fern of New Zealand is firmly etched on her chest. She heads to the Rio as the first New Zealand based coach to have an athlete compete at the Olympics. Her star is Julie Brougham, who fought off a very determined John Thompson to take New Zealand’s sole dressage spot. She is just the third Kiwi to represent New Zealand in dressage at an Olympic Games. Brougham and Raves teamed up quite by chance in 2013. Raves asked Brougham to be the demo rider at a judges’ clinic. The rest, as they say, is history. “She wanted a lesson to know just what I wanted at the clinic and we just seemed to click. Vom Feinsten is quite a quirky character... but there is some chemistry there that makes us work well together. Actually there are four of us in this together because David (Brougham) is key part of Team Brougham.” Raves is as proud as punch of her star pupil. “The whole thing is just so special,” she says. “It is a dream come true... to be part of the New Zealand Olympic team is just out of this world.” She describes Brougham as a student who always puts her heart and soul into everything. “She always gives 150% and is completely focussed on getting things better, trying new things and giving things a go. I love the way she does her daily work.” Raves felt her combination had “ticked all the boxes” in their quest for Rio. For her – and Brougham – the journey proper started at HOY 2015.

“Winning the title there (Dressage Horse of the Year) was when everything really came together. For me that was a very proud moment. She pulled things together in the Grand Prix Special then they broke the record for the Australasian Grand Prix Freestyle to Music, the next day and all of a sudden that was it... it was the proudest moment.” Now, is the next step. “I know he has 70% plus in him for the Grand Prix ,” she says. “Absolutely that is in him... but it is about getting it all together at one time. He has proven he can do it and hopefully we can get to that point soon and in Rio”. And it would be a dream continued for the combination to make the second round. “That is the top aim. It is very, very tough and it depends how high the others get, but Steiny (Vom Feinsten) is absolutely capable.” Raves started riding as a nine-year-old. Her mother was sick with cancer and her father and grandmother decided horses were a better option than “ending up on the streets”. “They wanted me to have something to focus on,” says Raves. “They didn’t realise it would end up my profession.” She started – as most did there – on the lunge, graduating to more serious lessons, which led her to dressage. “I liked it more than jumping. My grandmother leased a horse for me and then we owned one.” However, while they were keen on her “focussing” on something, they also said


Raves had to have a profession before moving full time into horses. She chose chemistry and on completion of her degree went back to school to chase a higher qualification but then realised her heart lay somewhere else. She graduated as a Reitlehrer FN, the highest coaching qualification in Germany and was then tempted Down Under by fellow coach Philip Oxenius. “He was here and suggested New Zealand needed another good dressage coach. “I came and ended up staying... that was 29 years ago,” she remembers. “I have now been here longer than I have in Germany and I don’t regret it for a moment.” Once here, she quickly found her feet and was hugely successful, representing New Zealand three times in Australia, winning the Dressage Horse of the Year at the Horse of the Year Show twice and winning Nationals twice at Grand Prix level on Fetterman. She was based with Helen HughesKeen and her husband Tony at Greendowns Training Centre in Wellington. It was there she teamed up with the mighty Fetterman which was owned by Helen, and together they certainly made their presence felt in the Australasian dressage scene. Fetterman was her “one in a life time” horse. But she had other good horses which also won many national titles, including Greendowns Laredo, a “little trekking horse” Tony had. “He was just 15.2 hh but rode big and we won the National Advanced Championship together,” she said. “He

went on to be quite a young rider horse for many starting out too.” Now Raves coaches all over the country – from Whangarei in the north to Dunedin in the south. “It’s very important for me that I continue to come to events like Aachen to see all the good riders and do some training with other trainers,” says Raves. “It is crucial I keep my eye in and keep learning myself so I can bring it back to New Zealand and pass it onto all my pupils in New Zealand ” But for now, all her focus is on just one pupil... the one who has taken her all the way to the Olympic Games.

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NEW FORMAT DRESSAGE AGM AND CONFERENCE FOR 2016 Taranaki hosted the 2016 Conference at New Plymouth and what a great job they did - thank you. 53 Delegates and members attended the first AGM and Conference structured and organised as per the new ESNZ By-Law for Dressage administration. A copy of the new By Law can be viewed at SO WHAT WERE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES? 1.

Election of Officers held on the first day.

2. Elected and appointed Board Member positions for a three year term, however in the first year terms are staggered to ensure a degree constancy of governance 3. Sub-committees are now appointed the Board. Terms of reference for these appointments will be confirmed and advised to the April 2017 Planning Meeting for implementation in June 2017 4. Minimal time discussing rules and calendar as these had been worked through at Planning Forum. No new remits now accepted at conference. These must come to April Planning Forum to give more time for consultation re any proposed rule changes or policies ELECTIONS & APPOINTMENTS Role





Lynda Clark


Three Years

Judges Officer

Sue Hobson


Two Years

Training & Development

Judy Alderdice


One Year

Marketing & Comms

Kat Macmillan

Appointed (only candidate)

Three Years

Rules Officer

Gen Denize

Appointed (only candidate)

Two Years


Sara Bright

Appointed (only candidate)

One Year

Dressage NZ Patron

Pamela Gilmour

Board Appointment

One Year

Judges Sub-Committee

Linda Warren-Davey

Board Appointment

One Year

Judges Sub-Committee

Judith Cunningham

Board Appointment

One Year

Rules Sub-Comittee

Alicia Collin

Board Appointment

One Year

NEC Taupo Rep

Peter or Debbie Barke

Board Appointment

One Year

NEC McLeans Is

Soo Wells

Board Appointment

One Year

Dressage NZ Steward General

Jane Robertson

Board Appointment

One Year

Annual Reports were presented and accepted with little discussion (these are available on the website


Financial Report (Subject to Audit) : The Finance Officer was pleased to note an actual operations surplus of $18,541 compared with a budgeted surplus of $4,250. This is the first full year that TE have paid T & D levies. There has been a greater use of flexi-starts. There was an increase of 1300 graded tests ridden. A total of 24,204 tests are recorded as having been ridden (16009 graded/8195 non-graded) An adjustment to the ESNZ policy for calculation of income in advance was resulted in approx $4,000 surplus being recorded compared with the 14/15 year.

Following these formalities, there were a number of Workshops held and Christine Lovelady, Catwalk Relationship Manager gave an informative presentation about the One in a Million campaign about to be launched by CatWalk.


Leaving you with this thought from one of the workshops...


Ear Covers: Art 477.3.7 : Resolved to be same as 2016 FEI rules

2. Hats/Helmets: Art 480 : ESNZ has resolved in principle to follow NZ Pony Club rules. Safety standard EN1384 is to be phased out. More detail regarding this rule and time frames to follow 3.

Judge Codex re Training of Horses & Riders Art 440.5.1: Resolved to be same FEI Codex, but the definition of “training” & “day” to be clarified

4. Level & Placement of Judges: Some paras have been simplified bringing consistency to the levels of judges who can judge at RE. ie no longer separate conditions for Super 5 (previously Challenges) Refer to rule Book effective 1/8/16 5.

Amateur Championships at Nationals: Separate classes to be held up to Level 4. Champion & Reserve Amateur a Level 5 and above to be determined from Open Class results

6. Resolved to give Rules Officer mandate to correct any renumbering and referencing necessary in the 2016 version of the Rule Book

Topics included the Dressage Performance Pathway, The Future of Dressage, a Media workshop, the Dressage Growth Plan & Vision, How to Maximise Funding Applications, Health & Safety and a Panel Discussion about rider development (more on this next month).

Dressage NZ Vision “Supportive networks working together to positively grow and encourage, not only the future generations, but the aspirations of today’s riders - across the grades” THE ENTERTAINMENT! The Saturday night Prize Giving and Awards Dinner attracted 140 members, friends & family who were clearly there to enjoy themselves with some pretty fancy rock’n’roll and rock chick outfits on show. THE BULLETIN The Dressage Taranaki skit, “On the Cover of the Bulletin” backed by local rock’n’roll band On Yer Bike, had been written before the demise of the Bulletin was known. But they’re a resourceful lot that team and the final bulletin cover read “BULLETIN - RIP’ It was an unexpected and appropriate tribute to a publication that had been first published in late 1964 and became ritual for many members for nearly 52 years. Out thanks to Chris Hobin, Dana Haszard, Brenda Bellringer & Michelle King - you were great



The trophy – awarded for outstanding contribution to dressage – was presented to Karen Trotter at the 2016 DNZ AGM in New Plymouth last month, where she stepped down as Chair of Dressage after 13 years service. Karen Trotter has not only been Chairperson for Dressage; she has held many other important positions within ESNZ – including acting CEO – as well as working with Sport NZ and the NZ Olympic Committee. She’s also been a judge and member of numerous business awards panels: it surely sounds like she has earned some time for herself? “Good question! I’m not quite sure what to do with it all really, maybe a chance for a bit of a break to focus on my health and my own horses,” she says. The England-born Trotter (she moved to NZ almost forty years ago) says she is “honoured and humbled to have received the Fissenden Trophy, especially when I look at some of the names engraved on it.” Last years recipient was the Anamour Syndicate, represented by Gary and Wendy Freeman and the late Pat Dalrymple. It must also be satisfying to see another dressage rider make it onto the Olympic team this year… “Of course, I am delighted to see Julie (Brougham) make it into the Olympics – she has shown amazing dedication and worked hard, she absolutely deserves it and I will be cheering for her,” replies Trotter. “I am proud to have had two ‘possibles’ and would have proudly supported either Julie

or John (Thompson). I know the selection criteria was harder and the selectors’ final decision was difficult to make.” Trotter certainly won’t be disappearing from the dressage scene: as well as her Grand Prix horse Flamenco G, she has two other horses to compete this coming season, one by Sandreo - who has already had some wins in the Hunter ring – and a 5-year-old by Donnerubin. Riding at Grand Prix is a far cry from her humble equestrian beginnings in the UK where, after some riding lessons gifted to her from Santa as a young child, she then worked at the stables to earn herself lessons, getting to the yard on her own via “two buses and a long walk!” She reckons Flamenco (a striking bay gelding with four white socks, splashy blaze and distinctive blue eye) is “without a doubt the naughtiest horse I have ever owned, but I adore him! He was always just called Flamenco in Germany so that’s it… his other paddock names probably shouldn’t go in print! He will be back out next season, he is feeling great – causing trouble as always! It is only me that has prevented us competing over the last year or so.” Whilst it hasn’t been without its tribulations – Trotter says it winds


her up when people are overly critical without providing new ideas, solutions or alternatives – she hopes that dressage overall “continues to improve. I know the walls that our riders put up when things appear more difficult but raising the bar is the only way forwards. 64% used to be good but when the good nations are doing so well, around 80% plus, it isn’t quite so acceptable – but look what happened! Everyone’s marks came up, even those not aspiring to Olympic (level), it was great.” As she steps down after more than a decade, Trotter says her role “wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support of my husband Peter, who never once complained when I disappeared to meetings and shows. For someone who prefers rallying he has never quite understood the time we put into horses for five minutes in a competition!” She says the various people who served on the board with her over the years have become firm friends and “of course special mention of a special friend, Wendy (Hamerton) who has been a tremendous help and support and confidante.” Thank-you Karen for your truly outstanding contribution to dressage – best wishes for your new adventures and we will see you in the arena!

Performed to the backing of “Thank you for the Music”

She’s something special, in fact she’s a bit of a star If she tells a joke, you’ve probably not heard it before and she is a talent, a wonderful thing ‘Cause everyone listens when she starts to say we’ve got a lot to get through at our meeting today (CHORUS) So we say Thank you Karen Trotter, for chairing meetings Thanks for all the joy you’ve brought them Who can live without you, we ask in all honesty How would they be? Without you there at our dressage meetings? So we say thank you Karen Trotter For giving fifteen years Her Mother says she was a rider before she could walk She says she began to say horse long before she could talk And we’ve often wondered, how do those fingers nails stick? How do they stay looking so fresh and complete unlike most rider’s hands? Well, whatever it is, we are fans CHORUS Thank you Karen Trotter, for chairing meetings..... We’ve been so lucky, she is the girl with golden hair we wanna sing it out to everybody What a joy, what a life, what a chair! CHORUS So we say thank you Karen Trotter For giving fifteen years AUGUST 2016 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 15

LYNDA CLARK ELECTED AS CHAIR OF DRESSAGE NZ Canterbury based Lynda Clark was elected unopposed as Chair of Dressage for a three year term at the June 2016 Dressage AGM - the first AGM to be held under the Rules for Administration of Dressage NZ (ESNZ By-law Number 17) “Election to the chair of DNZ is a privilege and I’m excited by the challenges and opportunities in front of the Dressage community. I acknowledge the huge contribution Karen Trotter has made to dressage and say a very big thank you. Dressage NZ is in good health and is well positioned to take off: there has been an increase of 14% in the number of tests ridden this last year. At the same time quality of performance has also improved as


supported by the increase in percentages being achieved. It is exciting to witness the year on year improvement and the lift in marks that is occurring across all levels. At the highest levels, DNZ extends congratulations to Julie Brougham who has been selected to compete at Rio thus becoming the third Kiwi to compete in dressage at Olympic level. And there could have been two with John Thompson qualifying and being

named as reserve. In fact, all squad riders have performed admirably – well done, continue to work hard and keep making good progress. My aim as chair is to help create an environment in which everyone associated with dressage has great experiences resulting in them wanting to come back for more. This applies to riders, squad members, officials, volunteers, sponsors and everyone Dressage NZ collaborates with. I’m conscious of the need to continue to place a high importance on the wellbeing of the horse. This is increasingly important and DNZ must support all players from breeders through to riders at the highest level. Having a sustainable business model is a primary focus. This will support the development of dressage, and contribute towards raising the bar at all levels. I’m very grateful for the talented team we have within Dressage NZ at a management level and around the Board table and I am excited to be working with such a great team.” Lynda is a member of the Institute of Directors in NZ (Inc) and APEN (Australasia-Pacific Extension Network Inc) and has extensive experience in many rural sectors in her career summary. These include General Manager, project manager, presenter, facilitator, lecturer and coach with a background in the Dairy Women’s Network, Dairy Sector organizations, Tertiary Agricultural Education, and Dairy Industry Training, Academic and practical animal husbandry experience, leadership and people management, farm management systems experience with a particular focus on dairy farming and its people. GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE • 2012 – 2016 Dressage NZ Board member Training and Development Officer portfolio • 2007 - 2012 Trustee, Network for Women in Dairying, trading as Dairy Women’s Network. • 2007 – 2013 Trustee, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. Proprietors Board Deputy Chair, Chair Finance Committee and Proprietor Board

Rep on Board of Trustees. Member of remuneration Committee and Disciplinary Committee. • 2002-2004. Trustee and Chair, Tamahere Model Country School, Hamilton. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT • Member of Canterbury Dressage • 2008-2015 Member Te Aroha Morrinsville Dressage group and Waikato Dressage group – Training and development committee. • 2008 - 2009 Managed Waikato Dio Cricket First X1 – toured Australia and took teams to Nationals • 2006 Tamahere Community Hall Committee member • 2000 - 2005 Coached Netball, Boys Indoor Basketball INTERESTS AND EQUINE CONNECTIONS Lynda has a love of the outdoors and quotes he favourite things as family, horses and actively competing in dressage, walking our Weimaraners, and enjoy the practical connection to the pastoral industries through our lifestyle block. “I have had a lifelong connection with horses. My youth was spent going to riding school for lessons and riding over the Port Hills in Canterbury. Once I was able to drive myself, and afford to purchase a float I began showing and have many fond memories of the Canterbury show circuit, in particular the excitement of competing at CHCH Royal A&P shows. I also competed at lower level ODE and developed a love of hunting. After moving to the Waikato I had a couple of nasty falls. Jumping is no longer an option and I have continued to pursue my love of training and having horses engage and perform well on the flat and in unison. I began competing nine years ago and competed up to Level 3 / 4 with Beamer, however due to injury he now enjoys hacking out at weekends. I have a young Salutation boy and am enjoying the journey with a young horse bred to dance!! “




From left: Karen Trotter, Isabella Chatfield & Wendi Williamson. Credit: Sarah Flitcroft - Lox Stud


“Sportsmanship to me is being humble, gracious, generous and respectful to your fellow competitors – all attributes that this year’s winner taught me.”



“Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I am very honoured tonight to be presenting the Karmargen Sportsmanship Award to a person who made a very special memory for me & taught me a valuable lesson. As a 12 year old young rider competing against adults can be both inspiring and challenging and sometimes also be very scary and daunting!!! In November at the Integrity Solway Festival of Dressage, hosted by Waikato I was so very lucky to win the L2 Zilco Musical Freestyle class – this was my first big win on Prima Bella in an open class!! The excitement of being told I was to be in my first mounted prize giving on my pony was overwhelming – I would get to be beside all those amazing riders & horses! When the show helpers came out with GARLANDS and put one around my pony’s neck, she looked so pretty!! – I was bursting with happiness!! However this was to be short-lived… There was one garland short for a champion, I wondered what had happened… after some confusion it turned out it was me that had accidentally been misinformed to be mounted and the garland was not ours to have…so off it came. I was heartbroken, and feeling most embarrassed to have to leave the winners circle while everyone looked on, I tried hard to hold back my tears… this is when this very special person on her big beautiful horse made my day. Graciously she insisted on giving Prima Bella one of her two beautiful garlands and told to me to stay beside her for the ceremony like I was always meant to be there. Afterwards I tried to give the garland back but she wouldn’t take it, telling my Mum I deserved to have it hanging on my bedroom wall – and this is where it is today. The biggest thing I learnt that day was winning is not always about the prize, but more about the people on your journey you get to share it with. Sportsmanship to me is being humble, gracious, generous and respectful to your fellow competitors – all attributes that this year’s winner taught me. From the bottom of my heart a big thank you and congratulations goes to the winner, Wendi Williamson” The Karmargen Sportsmanship Award is sponsored annually by Karen & Peter Trotter. The winner receives the Windsor Lad Trophy and $500 training grant. The 2016 winner was ESNZ High Performance Squad rider Wendi Williamson from Waitemata


Credit: Pip Hume Photography


After winning the award for their Regional show last year, they’ve done it again in 2016 – this time for hosting the North Island Championships. How do they do it?


“Our sport, like many others, relies on the generosity of sponsors to ensure its continuing growth and success – Wairarapa have set the bar high...”

From left: Ian Childs & Wendy Jeffery from Dressage Wairarapa with Brian Hobson - representing the sponsors Credit: Sarah Flitcroft - Lox Stud

“They’ve got a young, aggressive team of people that are riders as well, so they have gone through the system and realise ‘this is what we want to do and this is how we want to do it and this will meet the criteria’ that we have laid before them. And they look after their local sponsors really well,” says Brian Hobson. “Last year they said it was great, as now they can go to prospective sponsors and say, hey, we’ve won this award which shows we’ve been given recognition for looking after our sponsors, they’ve gone cap in hand and actually gotten it [sponsorship].” Hobson – who describes himself as self-appointed sponsorship spokesperson – started sponsoring dressage with wife Sue over 30 years ago, setting up

the accumulator series, now known as the Super Five. This system has been very successful, growing from just PSG level (which was the highest level in NZ at that point) to all levels. It is an attractive concept for businesses and DNZ has been able to refine and improve the service over the years, keeping sponsorship full for the last three decades.

glossy programmes, it was what they did behind the scenes.” Criteria includes basic, courteous care of sponsors: an ad in the programme, trade space available at shows, an invitation to attend the show and the prizegiving. “If they’ve got a really good system they’d send the programme and results to the sponsors if they couldn’t make it to the show, and have riders writing to give thanks,” adds Hobson.

Areas need to fulfil certain criteria to be eligible for the Sponsors Choice, and the award is decided by feedback from the sponsors themselves. “There were some areas that were just brilliant,” says Hobson. “It was not necessarily that because some have more money they are going to win, just because they had big

Our sport, like many others, relies on the generosity of sponsors to ensure its continuing growth and success – Wairarapa have set the bar high and we extend a warm thank-you and congratulations for hosting this years successful North Island Championships show.


FROM THE JUDGES BOX Article by Sue Hobson - Judges Officer

Linda Warren-Davey (Canterbury) and Judith Cunningham (Waitemata) have been appointed to the Dressage Judges sub-committee for a one year term. I welcome them both to this panel and I know we will all work well together, all reading from the same page. WOW!!!! – to the response to the AllinFlex Judge of the Year Award. Thank you so much to every area group who nominated a judge this year. It was the biggest number of nominations we have ever had. AllinFlex will support these awards again in 2017 so d please keep the nominations coming in as we have some fantastic judges out there doing a great job. The nominated judges were all of a very high calibre. I have just returned from a week in Seoul, Korea. This was my third visit and again it was a great experience. The improvement in the riding and presentation of horses in the two year period since my first visit greatly impressed me. It is significant the FEI have just signed am MOU with the Asian group of NF’s which will further

promote sport in the region. Clearly the 2020 Olympics scheduled for Tokyo is a driving force. The PSG and Inter 1 were won with over 70%, and the Grand Prix on 68%. The Koreans are not only importing seriously “readymade” competition horses but also riding them very well. Helen Hughes-Keen has also just returned from judging in the CDIW Melbourne in conjunction with the Melbourne 3DE. 5* FEI judge Mary Seefried (AUS)) will judge the WDC with Linda Warren-Davey, and will also officiate at the Manfeild CDIW / Y in October alongside Jane Ventura & Ginny Creed (AUS) and Jeanne McDonald (USA). Helen Hughes-Keen & myself complete the panel. This competition is running in conjunction with the Central Districts Championships so October is going to be incredibly busy with Equidays and the North Island Champs at Taupo the two weekends prior. Anne Prain (France) 4*FEI Dressage and Para judge will be coming to the


Bates Nationals and will also stay on for the SI Champs hosted in Gore by Dressage Southland the following week Anne will conduct an official judges clinic the day after the SI Champs. Watch this space for more details. Katrina Wust will be our FEI * at the Bates Nationals and will take a Musical clinic on the Thursday evening. This will be valuable for riders who should attend to learn about FEI Freestyle judging developments. Mary Seefried 5*, Cesar Torrente 3* from Columbia together with our own FEI judges complete the international panel. Judges Training: We are working hard on the ongoing process of judges training and it is hoped we can formulate a written and oral exam for any List 2 and above judges seeking promotion. This is more in line with other NF’s and the FEI. Hopefully any future judges wishing to promote to List 2 and above will be included in this new concept. It will also be adopted for any judges who have taken Leave of Absence for more than 1 year so that we can make sure they can go back to their level of competency or whether

we need to consider other options. These decisions will be made judiciously by the JSC The JSC: We have secured places for Leonie Coker and Tracey Johnson in the Queensland Exchange programme for October of this year and Leonie is working with Queensland re their judges coming to North Island Championships. The JSC will also be working with Victoria Dressage to nominate a judge to travel to Melbourne. The Exchange programmes are working well providing additional opportunities for NZL judges. That’s the round up for July - it’s looking like an exciting year ahead

Above: Sue Hobson, Marcia Bayley, Betty Brown & Susie Hoevenaars Below left: the trot up jury led by Jane Robertson Credit Libby Law Below: The breathtaking Korean venue



The recipients of the 2016 South Island Dressage Judge’s Scholarships are Barbara Chalmers and Melanie van der Pol. This five year scholarship was set up last year by an anonymous donor who recognised the increasing financial difficulty for officials in smaller areas to advance their knowledge and credentials in the dressage sport. The administrators are Linda Warren-Davey, Stuart Bishell, and Tedi Busch. Two $500 grants are to be awarded each year, one for List 2 and above, the other for List 5,4 and 3. The 2015 winners were Helen Christie (List 2, Waikaia, Southland) and Suzanne Inglis (List 3, Nelson.) Calls for next year candidates will be made in the autumn 2017. Competition was hot as there were hopefuls from an aspiring judge not yet on the panel, through all the lists including List One, and from throughout the South Island. They were all of a high standard and highlighted the dedication of dressage

Above: Mel van der Pol, List 4 Judge from Rangiora, Canterbury. Right: Mosgiel’s Barbara Chalmers with her advanced mare, Rossellini.


judges to personal development, staying up–to-date and furthering their own education. Barbara Chalmers (List 2, Mosgiel) stood out because of her passion, her dedication, her riding ability, commitment, and her future ability as a judge. Her competition days are totally filled with judging, plus writing or sitting in with top judges. Oh yes, and riding her advanced horse Rossellini. Barbara plans to use her prize to aid in funding her proposed trips to an Australian CDI and to Aachen in 2017. Being active in many community equestrian endeavours - from pony clubs, riding clubs and holding office at local level (as well as competing), Melanie van der Pol List 4, Rangiora) stood out for her endeavours to further her own knowledge. She particularly enjoys finding horses in her arena with a WOW factor, and the learning experience of discussing tests with other judges. She, too, plans to use her scholarship for Australian overseas education, as she loves learning how to improve and finding new things to think about.

camaraderie that is part of judging. There is a lot of sharing of knowledge (often over a glass of wine or a coffee) and it is a very supportive group. I’m not sure if this is a good thing but my fellow judges have nicknamed me the “Jack Russell” – I can’t imagine why but they say it’s a good thing! This year I have been one of the National Selectors. It has been interesting and exciting to be part of the Selecting Team and it has expanded my interest to include the international dressage scene. When I have to take a break from horses I enjoy bike riding, walking and gardening, mainly growing vegetables and trying to overcome the problems of growing anything in clay. I am a member of the local Crime Watch Team. It’s more of a observe and prevention thing (I do have flashing lights and various electronics but don’t have handcuffs or sirens). I have a peripheral (by osmosis) interest in vintage motorbikes. I have a husband who is very understanding about the huge amount of time that horse related things consume. This is because he has a similar or even greater time gobbler, which is restoring old motorbikes. He enthuses over rusty parts and timing in the same way that we get excited about horse sweat and paces.

NEW DNZ BOARD MEMBER JUDY ALDERDICE As I embark on this very exciting journey it is a good time to reflect on what has gone before, share some unknown facts with my colleagues and friends and maybe even think about what comes next. My husband, Peter and I have been married for 43 years and have lived together in the UK and Australia before returning to New Zealand in 1988. Both of us were born and grew up in Christchurch, which gives me a very good link to the Mainland. We have produced three offspring and… this is where I give my age away… five grandchildren ranging in age from 7 years to 21 years. We live in Whitford, a semi rural area (fast becoming lifestyle area) south of Auckland. We have been here for twenty-seven years, which is by far the longest, I have ever lived anywhere.

My interest in dressage started around the time we moved to Whitford. Of course we made the move to accommodate the kids ponies but as they went off on their own journeys I got more and more hooked on dressage. Since 1990 I have been part of the Auckland Manukau Dressage Group serving in various committee and volunteer roles. Last year they made me a Life Member which I guess means I will be around for some years to come. I have competed on and off and still enjoy training. We are so lucky in New Zealand that it is still possible for pretty much anyone to have a go at this sport. My involvement now is mainly with judging which I love. I am a List 2 National Judge and Judge Mentor. Judging takes me to various parts of New Zealand and that enables me to meet new people and see different horses. It is such a privilege to be able to watch the development of all those riders and horses. I really love the

In my past life I was a Psychiatric Nurse, a Business Administrator and for fifteen years owned and operated an equestrian related importing business. A lot of my adult life was spent as a stay at home mum. My most recent employment experience was working for ESNZ as the Para Equestrian Sports Manager. Para has always been a pet project. In a high-risk sport I have always thought, “there but for the grace of god go I”. It’s a “no brainer” to me that a person should be able to take part in their chosen sport no matter what physical disability or injury they have. I have always and will always endeavor to make this a possibility. My time at ESNZ was a huge experience in personal development and in gaining the ability to understand the framework of our sport. I was a bit of a one-man band for Para so that meant learning a lot of new skills and forming new contacts. I am hoping that this experience, more than any other will stand me in good stead for the Training and Development role.



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CELEBRATING SUCCESS IN 2016 Credit Sarah Flitcroft - Lox Stud



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“Pathway to the Top” Talent ID Clinic will be held in both islands

CRITERIA: Age – 12 -21 yrs

DATES: North Island : 1st -2nd Oct, Taupo NEC - Convenor Jo Telfer

These riders have proven over the past season they have talent and dedication to dressage and are focused on progressing competitively. Riders must be ESNZ full members and horses / ponies registered with an annual dressage start. Combinations should ideally be demonstrating competition competence at Level 2 or above, however applications from riders who have previously competed at this level may be considered. More information is available on the application link. Applications will be submitted to Dressage NZ via an on line link and forwarded to the nationals selectors for consideration. The link will be published via Dressage NZ Facebook page, Young Rider Champs Facebook page and http://www.

South Island 23rd – 25th September Christchurch (Indoor arena) - Convenor Julia Thomson CLINIC CONTENT: Individual training with experienced ESNZ accredited Coaches, assessment from a selector and sports science components including rider fitness with qualified clinicians. More detail on application forms Cost for the full weekend clinic including rider meals will be 270.00. Excludes Ground fees, stabling and camping Young Rider Vest or Soft Shell Jacket Garment (optional) Applications Close 9 August and Selections notified by 30 August VISION: For Dressage NZ to introduce and offer support to young riders who have shown dedication, talent and commitment in competitive dressage and help them begin to recognise the skills and pathways for progression whilst promoting the highest ideals of sportsmanship.


ATTRIBUTES OF RIDERS. • Passion for improvement and attention to detail • Competitive with a good work ethic • Good listeners and have appreciation of the benefits of feedback and information • Trustworthy - authentic - humble - gracious courteous • Empathy for others and their mounts, patience and self-control and with an understanding of selfresponsibility and horsemanship



My goal is to help you shine as a dressage rider and to be able to enjoy riding and achieve your dressage goals. This means then that we need to take care of our body and ensure we are doing things to keep our rider fitness and health in top form. To often we are just too busy being busy and we just coast along then we wonder why we are in the same position we were 12 months ago. Now there is nothing wrong with this if this is what you want. However if you are wanting to be the best rider you can be, then this does require more focus. So today I wanted to share with you some of my top steps on how to be a fitter healthier more focused rider. Build your stamina, strength and performance by caring for your body as much as you do your horses and go out there this season and take things up to another level. 30 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | AUGUST 2016

 To be able to enjoy your riding and have the focus and stamina to ride well, you need to be feeling good on the inside. Food builds the cells your live in. Eat whole real food. Ditch refined sugars, packaged processed foods and seek nutrient rich whole real food. IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
 If you are balanced, stable and strong this is going to have a huge impact on how you ride. Sitting in a desk job, driving lots and standing poorly will all affect how you sit in the saddle. Put time into how you sit and move your body each and everyday and put time aside to rebalance if your environment effects your posture.  For example a desk job can cause rounding of shoulders and really tight hip flexors. To improve this make sure your computer is set up ergonomically, take regular breaks at work, walk lots throughout your day and before you ride do stretches to help rebalance the body and avoid your job affecting your riding posture. GET FITTER
 The fitter and more energized you are the more focused you can be when you ride. Riding does require core strength and postural strength. Similar to that required for running, walking and simply standing. So if you find you are fatiguing while riding improve your fitness off the horse by doing some core strength training as well as some walking or running. Or just simply start by standing more throughout your day. A minimum amount of walking steps per day is 10,000 this is easily achieved for those who muck out daily and get in some form of walking each day. HYDRATE All of our bodies cells reactions need water. So if you are moody, feeling flat, lethargic and just lacking luster. Start with water first. Aim to drink 2 litres per day. A good way to start your day is with 500mls of water before breakfast with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in it and a pinch or himalayan salt. This helps set up the digestive system for the day and also rehydrate the body.

“The more attention you put into taking care of you, the more you can care for others. Including your horse.”

 To often I see people skip breakfast, eat minimal for lunch and then overeat at the end of the day. This is going to reflect in your waistline and how your body recovers and repairs at night time. Flip your meals around. Breakfast should be the biggest meal of your day, then lunch and dinner should be a small meal. Aim to eat your dinner 3 hours before bed to allow digestion to complete and melatonin to be able to be produced. This then gives your body the opportunity for optimal recovery and repair while sleeping. Ultimately then helping you wake up more energized and focused the next day. TAKE CARE OF YOU FIRST
 The more attention you put into taking care of you, the more you can care for others. Including your horse. Its very hard to do this when you are fatigue, grumpy and exhausted. So put you first and make it a priority to prioritize your health first. MOVE MORE
 One of the great things about horses and riding is that it does provide us with lots of movement opportunities such as mucking out, moving hay bales, carrying feed bags etc. All these things are amazing for keeping your body active, strong and healthy. However often we look at these as a hassle and for a lot of people we aren’t doing enough. Keep your body moving and active as much as you can each and every day, enjoy the active lifestyle keeping a horse creates and look for more movement opportunities in your day to day life. A good rule of thumb is to spend 50% of your day either standing or moving.

 Sleep is hugely under rated and I would love to see this change. Lack of sleep affects your blood sugar levels, cravings, mood, emotions, recovery and repair. So if you are having trouble losing weight, your mood is all over the show and your cravings are sky rocketing. Prioritize your sleep. Ensure you are sleeping in a dark black room and that you remove all electronic devices from your room as these have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Aim to get 8+ hours each night. VISUALISE AND GOAL SET
 This is a game changer. Failure to plan is a plan to fail. So set your self some weekly goals. Write down a schedule of how you are going to take care of you, when you are going to ride and combine that with healthy food choices. Then break down skills and techniques to allow you to visualize what you need to do to succeed. Each and every day revisit those and be focused on stepping closer to those goals each and every day. REPEAT Success equals dedication x commitment /time. Its not about just buying a flash horse and all the toys. In order for you to really shine as a dressage rider it means you want to take care of your body as well. Provide yourself with a platform so that you can succeed from. Don’t hold yourself back from your own success. Be the rider you want to be, by making daily choices to be better and to improve your rider health and fitness. This will make you a more focused and successful rider in the future. Learn more at


OVERSEAS RIDER ROUND UP SHIWON GREEN - UK “Not much going on to be honest” says Shiwon

winter shows at Elementary level and go from there.

Des (Da Vinci) is unfortunately not competing as planned at Hartpury this week due to a badly timed stone bruise and pulling a couple of shoes meaning he missed a couple of weeks work. He is totally sound now, but I’m not prepared to show him unless completely fit. We have re-routed to aim for the two High Profile shows remaining this year at Bury Farm in August and Vale View in October. We’ll kick on with training over the winter and a full Big Tour season next year.

Ekky (Ekaro) is humming. He has qualified for the regional champs at Novice level at the end of the month. He is training at Medium at home and as soon as we’ve done regionals will come out at this level while we perfect the flying changes with the aim of Advanced Medium next season.

Frankie (F 1) is in full work as well, although he, too has delighted in removing his own shoes in the mud. Won’t be far from coming out again - we’ll do the

Credit Libby Law Photography


I’ve got a full yard with a couple of clients horses in training and two permanent staff members which is making life easier. The next big challenge for us is applying for visa extensions, which is both horrendously expensive and nerve wracking.


Adjust your pace of training the horse to the pace of nature, whose secret is patience. We should beware of annoying a horse, especially a young horse, and choking his charming friendship by rude treatment. For this is like the scent/fragrance of a blossom. Once it is expelled, it never comes back again. A basic requirement of the rider is a true, sincere love of the horse—a glowing passion and a strong will to reach the highest performance level with utmost correctness. All this you must do without compulsion and violence or false ambition.

Dr. Josef Knipp Dr. Josef Knipp is a retired FEI judge who has bred and trained horses in Germany for more than 40 years. He received his training from master riding instructors Fritz Tempelmann and Gen. Albert Stecken and has officiated at several international championships


Heath Ryan riding one of the 2015 YDH finalists at the NZ Dressage National Championships Credit Libby Law

WHEN SHOULD I START WORKING MY YOUNG HORSE Written by Dr Chris Rogers Massey Equine, Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University INJURY AND LOST TRAINING DAYS Musculoskeletal injury (lameness) is the major reason for lost training days and inability to compete across most equestrian sports (dressage, show jumping or eventing) and across a number of countries, including New Zealand. It is therefore important for the rider to think about how to best prepare the horse for a competition career so the risk of musculoskeletal injury is minimised.

it will be exposed to later in life. As the animal ages and growth and development slow there is a proportional decrease in the ability of some part of the musculoskeletal system (e.g. cartilage) to respond positively to exercise.

WHAT IS THE OPTIMAL AMOUNT OF EXERCISE AND WHEN SHOULD WE START TRAINING HORSES Evolutionary the horse is a cursorial animal and is designed to get up and run soon after birth. Physiology data has provided us with the framework provided in figure 1 to show that at birth the horses musculoskeletal system is highly receptive to exercise and just waiting to be “primed� as to what exercise 34 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | AUGUST 2016

Figure 1 - Relative plasticity and responsiveness of equine tissue to exercise at different stage of life. From Rogers et al (2014). Early exercise in the juvenile horse to optimise performance later in life. In Horses Breeding, health disorders, and effects on performance and behavior

... performance records show a similar trend, with horses that start sport earlier (3 years for dressage and 4 years for show jumpers) having longer sport careers.

Fernlea Diamond Day - 2016 South Island Young Dressage Horse Champion. Owner/breeder/rider - Lorraine Ward-Smith Credit Pip Hume

EARLY EDUCATION AND INTRODUCTION TO SPORT The art of training is identifying the appropriate volume of exercise for the age and level of training. In both racing and equestrian sport analysis of injury and wastage data has identified a significant trainer effect. This relates to the volume of, and the timing of, the training load. Examples of poor timing of training and no response (A), correct timing and load and tissue response (B) and overload of tissue with training are presented graphically in Figure 1. The objective of the trainer is to ensure the programme best reflects diagram (B). To achieve this, the trainer must consider and constantly re-evaluate a number of parameters including: age of the horse, exercise history, health history, training facilities and genetic potential.

Figure 1 - Principle of training: training strategies. The response curve (dashed line) during different training strategies. (A) Regular training sessions with the same

Alicia Collins with the 2016 six year old champion Leo Donna Credit Libby Law

load and relatively long rest periods – no sustained response (B) Regular training sessions with increasing training loads with sufficient rest periods increase in response (the overload principle). (C) Regular training sessions with increasing training loads without sufficient rest periods - tissue fatigue / risk of injury. The most robust data on the benefit of an early education, and start of an athletic career, comes from the racing industry. In both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing the horses that start training at 2-years-old had longer and more successful careers than horses that started training at a later age. In equestrian sport it is harder to obtain large datasets of robust training information. However, analysis of sport registration and performance records show a similar trend, with horses that start sport earlier ( 3 years for dressage and 4 years for show jumpers) having longer sport careers. This pattern of early education and longer sport careers has been observed in the data from the major European equestrian nations and was also observed with the New Zealand data. The horse is a precocious cursorial animal and lameness is the major reason for lost training days and loss from sport. As trainers our goal should be how we can maximise athletic career and minimise lameness. One component of this is an appropriately designed early introduction to sport. AUGUST 2016 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 35



18 Sept

Dressage Rotorua Spring Spectacular Series 2016

Taupo NEC


Qualifiers N

22/24 Oct

Boeckmann Horse Floats NI Champs

Taupo NEC



28 Oct

Pryde’s Easifeed FEI World Dressage Challenge

Manfeild Park



28/29 Oct

Kieffer/Equiscan CDIW & Heritage Equine CDIY

Manfeild Park



28/30 Oct

Central Districts Dressage Champs

Manfeild Park



11/13 Nov

Dressage Waikato Festival




12/13 Nov

Wellington Dressage Champs




19/20 Nov

Gisborne Dressage Champs




27/28 Nov

Northern Hawkes Bay Dressage Champs




3/4 Dec

Southern Hawkes Bay Dressage Champs




9/11 Dec

Waitemata Dressage Champs

Woodhill Sands



17/18 Dec

Taihape Dressage Champs




13/15 Jan

Taranaki Dressage Champs




14/15 Jan

Northland Dressage Champs




20/22 Jan

Auckland-Manukau Dressage Champs




21/22 Jan

Wairarapa Dressage Champs




1/5 Feb

Bates National Championships CDIW/Y/P

Manfeild Park



7/12 Mar

Horse of the Year Show




1/2 April

U25 Youth Champs

Taupo NEC


AMS only


South Canterbury / North Otago Dressage Champs Winchester



12/13 Nov

Otago Dressage Champs




19/20 Nov

Ashburton Dressage Champs




3/4 Dec

Canterbury Dressage Champs

McLeans Is NEC



9/11 Dec

Southland Dressage Championships




21/22 Jan

Malborough Dressage Champs




28/29 Jan

Nelson Dressage Champs

Rough Island



10/12 Feb

SI Dresssage Champs




8/9 April

Festival of Future Stars Championships

Canty Ag Park


Y (YDH only)

See August issue for more details about qualifiers





Dressage Taranaki Winter Event


Dressage Waikato Spring Show Day 2


Canterbury Spring Series Day 1


Dressage Otago Spring Tournament


Waikato Equestrian Centre Winter Series Final Day


Woodhill Sands Dressage and Showhunter Festival


Tielcey Park Unregistered Dressage


Canterbury Spring Series Day 3




Dressage Taranaki Spring Fling


Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group


South Canterbury / North Otago Dressage


Horowhenua DG Ribbon Day


Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group


Dressage Rotorua Spring Spectacular Series - Day 1


Poverty Bay A&P Show


NEG Spring Series Day 1




NHB Training Day


Dressage Northland


South Canterbury/North Otago Dressage


Dressage Rotorua Spring Spectacular Series - Day 3




CHB Spring Tournament


North Loburn Equestrian Centre


Dressage Waitemata


Hawkes Bay A & P Show


NI Championships @ Taupo


White Horse Equestrian Goup


Pryde’s Easifeed FEI World Dressage Challenge


Equiscan/Kieffer CDIW/ Heritage Equine CDIY


Dressage Central Districts Championship Show


Nelson Spring Tournament


Southland Dressage Group


NEG Spring Series Day 3


Waikato Equestrian Centre Spring Dressage Show


Warkworth Dressage


Nelson Eyeopener Tournament


Woodhill Sands Dressage and Showhunter Festival


Canterbury Spring Series Day 2


Dressage Waikato Spring Show Day 1


Wairarapa Dressage Spring Tournament #1


Taupo Training Ribbon Day


Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group






Woodhill Sands Dressage and Showhunter Festival


Ashburton Spring Tournament


Gisborne Dressage Spring Tournament


North Loburn Equestrian Centre


Dressage Rotorua Spring Spectacular Series - Day 2


Wairarapa Dressage Spring Tournament #2


Horowhenua DG Spring Tournament


EBOP Winter Series Day 3 & Championship Show


NEG Spring Series Day 2

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CENTRAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL 28-30 OCTOBER AT MANFEILD PARK Incorporating the Pryde’s Easifeed FEI WORLD DRESSAGE CHALLENGE, Kieffer/Equiscan FEI CDI-W (World Cup Qualifier), Heritage Equine CDI-Y and Central Districts Championships FRIDAY 28 October Pryde’s Easifeed FEI WORLD DRESSAGE CHALLENGE International Judge: Mary Seefried (AUS) National Judge: Linda Warren-Davey (NZL) Note Important Changes to Format of this competition 40 horses / ponies plus 5 reserves will be named across the 5 section except that Dressage NZ reserves the right not to offer all 5 sections dependent on nominations received. This competition will be outdoors Nomination Close Date: 1 September 2016. Nominate on Equestrian Entries Acceptances and reserve list will notified by 20th September. Eligibility: Combinations must have competed at the Level nominated between 1 October 2015 and 28 August 2016 and be able to nominate two scores at the level nominated Grading points and all eligibility restrictions as at date of close of nomination Juniors: (From beginning of calendar year in which rider turns 12yrs until end of calendar year in which they reach 16yrs) Seniors: From beginning of calendar year in which a rider turns 16 yrs Ponies may be ridden in all sections SECTIONS & ELIGIBILITY: 1. PRYDES EASIFEED JUNIOR 12 -16 years. (NZL Level 3) Horses /ponies can be any grade, but should have competed at level 3 or above. FEI Children Competition Test ED 2015 2. MEDIUM Senior Riders (NZL Level 3/4). FEI Children Individual Competition Test ED 2014 Updated 2016. Horses / ponies may not have Level 5 pts at 28/8/16 3. HERITAGE EQUINE ADVANCED. Senior Riders (NZL Level 5) FEI Junior Team Competition Test ED 2009 Updated 2015. Horses may not have 30 or more pts in Level 6 or above at 28/8/16 4. SYNCROFLEX PRIX ST GEORGES. Senior Riders. Open to all Advanced Level horses, except that horses with more than 30 Level 7 or above pts at 28/8/16 may only be ridden by riders C7 or below. Test: FEI Prix St Georges ED 2016 5. Intermediate I. Senior Riders Open to Advanced level horses except those with more than 30 Level 8pts or any Level 9 points at 28/8/16 may only be ridden by riders C7 or below. Test: FEI Int I ED 2016 Arena Familiarization & Horse Inspection Thurs 27th October from 1pm


KIEFFER & EQUISCAN CDI-W & HERITAGE EQUINE CDI-Y PLUS CENTRAL DISTRICTS CHAMPIONSHIPS & DRIVE IN MOVIE A great team of international judges has been secured for both the CDIW/Y and Central Districts Championships including 5* Mary Seefried (AUS), plus 4* Jane Ventura (AUS), 4* Jeanne McDonald (USA), 4* Helen Hughes- Keen & Sue Hobson (NZL) and 3* Virginia Creed (AUS)

CDIW/Y Thurs 27th: Arena Familiarization & Horse Inspection Friday 28th: Grand Prix & Pryde’s Easifeed CDIY Individual Test Saturday 29th: Kieffer/Equiscan Grand Prix Freestyle & Heritage Equine YR Freestyle

CENTRAL DISTRICTS CHAMPIONSHIPS Friday 28th: Provisionally Zilco Level 2 & Level 8 Freestyle class on Friday Indoors. Sat 29th/Sun 30th: All other CD Championships & Series Classes

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: Saturday night after dark features a Drive in Movie on the Manfeild Lawn in front of the old A & P Grandstand. You will be able to take chairs over to watch this if you won’t have a car at the venue. Ticket sales to be advised.




The Flying Horse Masters League provides an opportunity for riders to compete against peers at five different levels at all graded competitions regardless whether riders compete locally, regionally or nationally.

The AllinFlex Amateur TOP TEN Rider League is designed to promote dressage competition and participation for Category CN - C5 riders who turn 21yrs and over in the calendar year beginning 1st January 2016

• All horses/ponies must be currently ESNZ registered and have an annual start for dressage.

• The competition is open to CN - C5 (C5 riders have never earned grading points at any level above Level 5 on any horse)

• The competition is open to riders who turn at least 50yrs in the calendar year beginning January 2016 and is run in five divisions plus special awards.

• A ll horses /ponies must be currently ESNZ registered and have an annual start for dressage.

• The Flying Horse Masters League period to accumulate points extends from 1 April 2016 until 31st March 2017. • Riders MUST nominate on Equestrian Entries to be eligible. Refer and http://www. for the rules and conditions. • Riders who nominate by 31 August will accumulate points from 1 April 2016. Riders who nominate after 31 August will only be able to accumulate points from 1st September 2016 • Riders may nominate more than one horse • Performance cards can be downloaded from the above link for riders to keep track of their points ELITE EQUINE YOUNG DRESSAGE HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP 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 perform at International Dressage level. The Elite Equine National Young Horse Dressage Championship & Age Group Champions will be held at the Bates National Championships 2/5 Feb 2017 at Manfeild Park. The Elite Equine South Island Young Horse Dressage Age Group Championships will be held at the Festival of Future Stars Championships at Canterbury Ag Park 8/9 April 2017.


• The AllinFlex Top Ten Amateur period to accumulate points extends from 1 April 2016 until 31st March 2017. • R iders MUST nominate on Equestrian Entries to be eligible. Refer and http://www. for the rules and conditions. • R iders who nominate by 31 August will accumulate points from 1 April 2016. Riders who nominate after 31 August will only be able to accumulate points from 1st September 2016 • R iders may nominate more than one horse • Performance cards can be downloaded from the above link for riders to keep track of their points 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 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 national Under 25 Championships 1/2 April 2017 at Taupo NEC. 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 new dressage prize saddle courtesy of AMS Saddlery.


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WAY & CASTLE SET FOR GRAND PRIX COMEBACKS Photos by Libby Law Photography A series of niggly injuries followed by a mysterious sporadic mild colic episodes made Vanessa Way decide to spell NRM Arawn in the autumn of 2015 following some podium placings at the Nationals and Horse of the Year Show But now this pair is on the comeback trail looking towards a return to the Grand Prix arena in the spring Chatting to Vanessa she says “ I am very excited and relieved to have NRM Arawn back in work , scanned and feeling great. Being so close to the beach has made for a great rehabilitation program with a fantastic surface and miles to train on a straight surface. This was the same program that I rehabbed NRM KH Arvan back into work after his injury in the UK. I am loving every ride on “Andy” and know that the best is yet to come having only competed for a limited time at the Grand Prix before his injury. I can’t thank Dressage NZ enough for there support in organising and working hard to secure a World Cup final on our door step , but also putting on a special CDW in October so people like myself who haven’t competed in the last 12 months and haven’t qualified are able to do so. With out their vision and support, talented horses and riders, new or back from injury to the Grand Prix would miss this incredible opportunity to qualify and compete in a World Cup qualifier . To be honest we may be a little competition rusty and with the exciting rise of talent in the Grand Prix last season will have to work hard to keep amongst the top spots, but to be back dancing with my beautiful boy again is all I can wish for” Good luck Vanessa with both Andy and your incredible team of young horses 42 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | AUGUST 2016

Penny Castle and Magnus Spero won the both the Burkner Medal Grand Prix Championship at the Nationals and the Grand Prix class at the 2015 Horse of the Year Show cracking 70% to earn the Seventy Per Cent Club $9,000 bonus which had been jackpotting for three years. But excitement for the immediate future of “Carl”” was cautioned with a feeling that he was not 100% physically so Penny has been concentrating on the talented BL About Time, producing him to Level 8. With the prospect of a CDIW in October, and the Pacific League final in February, Penny is looking forward to getting Carl competition fit again. While she has been in the UK in her role as Eventing coach, he has spent some time with good friend and equine physio Nikki Lourie walking 8km a day, tread mill and other rehab work. It is all this work that will determine when he’s back competing “It’s been great being over here, upskilling, looking at trends in eventing dressage in the UK, getting a feel for what the judges are looking for. Being immersed in this culture definitely energises and inspires you. There are some lovely types of horses being produced for eventing in the UK. The NZ riders are all riding and training so well and their quality of work is very impressive. Hartpury Dressage & Barbury eventing were on the radar and Penny also had the privilege watching Isobel Wessels training her own Grand Prix horse with Carl Hester in preparation for Hartpury. The highlight was watching the UK Dressage team for Rio compete at Hartpury and seeing Charlotte (Dujardin) perform her new Kur for 90%









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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 WHAT IS THE STABLE OF STALLIONS? The Stable of Stallions is a joint venture between Dressage NZ and stallion owners. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE STABLE OF STALLIONS PROJECT? The Stable of Stallions has four key objectives • For the Studs: To assist stallions owners promote their stallions in a cost effective way by utilising the marketing opportunities available via Dressage NZ • For the Breeders: To make available discounted stallion services from participating studs / stallions which makes the use of these studs more desirable and cost effective and with the knowledge they are also supporting the development of equestrian sport in New Zealand • For Equestrian Sport: The increased availability of quality purpose bred sport horses thus boosting the development of equestrian sport in all disciplines. • For Dressage NZ Events: Increased funds to further develop the major events on the Dressage Calendar, the National Championships and the Under 25 Championships HOW DOES IT WORK? All participating studs have generously donated ONE SOS service. The stud retains any booking fee and any usual applicable stud charges and Dressage NZ benefits from the service fee balance. The good news is we discount all services by $200 giving our fans a great deal. You must call the stud and use the promo code Stable of Stallions - and contact Dressage NZ if you are the lucky purchaser. Tell your friends - help us sell ALL these services AUGUST 2016 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 43


Dressage NZ and Equestrian Sports NZ lost one of its most devoted members in May 2016.

Pat Dalrymple was 95 years old and maintained a keen interest in all things dressage after a lifelong interest in many facets of horses and equestrian sport. She would still drive herself to Manfeild, catch up with friends and cast her observant eye over what was happing in the arenas . She was an inaugural member of Dressage Central Districts. Her good friend Barbara Hopkinson recalls 1975 when Pat took her along to a meeting at the Polo Grounds in Bulls. Amongst others who attended were Jude Simpson, Bev Wilson, Spin and Joan Sutherland. Pat and Bev talked about Dressage and wanted to form a group like others that were starting around NZ.  

Fissenden trophy presentation. From left - Karen Trotter (Dressage Chair), Pat Dalrymple, Gary Freeman, Judith Mathews, Wendy Freeman - all representing the Anamour syndicate.





“Pat was our instructor in those early days with occasionally Eric Ropiha or other visiting Instructors. We met at Dalrymple’s mostly and later down at the end of this road on the council ground by the river”.   For many years Pat was on the Dressage NZ Judge’s Panel. When she retired in 2004 she was presented with an Honorary Supporter’s Club Badge. One of the first Hanoverians that Pat bred was Waldebago, by Winnebago out of Ann Hill xx, Pat’s foundation mare. Daughter Katherin and Pat took Waldebago to Europe and Katherin competed on him  at the International Dressage Championship at Goodwood in England. Katherin was the first dressage rider from this country to compete in Europe. Pat & Katherin presented the Goodwood plaque received by Katherin to Dressage NZ and this became the national Waldebago trophy for the NZ Young Rider Champion Pat was also the inspiration to bring the Hanoverian stallion Anamour to our country in 1995. Anamour became hugely influential in the breeding of dressage horses in NZL, and in 2015 it was fitting that the Fissenden Memorial Trophy for an outstanding contribution to Dressage NZ was presented Pat for the Anamour Syndicate

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Pat married John Dalrymple, a farmer from Bulls.. The Bull’s Branch of the Rangitikei Pony Club held their rallies on the Dalrymple farm and Pat was their head instructor. Pat and John had two daughters, Katherin and Sally, and two sons, Hew and Roger. Sally was an Olympic silver medallist with the New Zealand eventing team riding Squirrel Hill. There are six grandchildren.

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Pat’ s life was never far from horses. She was a founder member of the North Shore Riding Club in Auckland and remembered travelling with her pony, Seagull, on the vehicular ferry to compete in shows and to go hunting. She also remembered riding from the North Shore to Muriwai for camping holidays with her riding friends. After leaving school, Pat trained with horses for a time in England and then came home to “ join in the showjumping and dressage revolution led by Duncan and Helen Holden.” as it was described by one writer, Joan Gilchrist.



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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro continued their phenomenal Festival of Dressage form as they premiered their new Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle to storm their class with a score of over 90% at last night’s sell-out gala evening. After claiming double gold at the London Olympics 2012 with a patriotic-themed freestyle, treble dressage world record holders Charlotte and Valegro have opted for a new piece of music with a distinct Rio carnival feel as they bid for medal success with the rest of Team GB at this year’s games in Rio. Performing their brand new routine – Charlotte’s seventh test of the day - during the packed gala evening, the pair wowed the 1000-strong crowd and the five judges with a spellbinding test in Hartpury’s international indoor arena. As the last to go, the spectators were kept waiting but they were not disappointed as the score came in for 90.625% - an amazing 17% ahead of second place. It followed a similarly sublime performance from the dazzling dressage duo on Friday, when they clinched the summit spot in the Grand Prix. Second place went to Henriette Anderson with Warlocks Charm, with a touch of Vanilla Ice in their music they kept their cool to come in for 73.875%. Roland Tong and Rybrook Ambience came in just behind them for 73.325% to take a podium spot for Ireland. Dujardin also won the other class of the night, the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St George Championship. Having won the qualifying class earlier in the week, Charlotte on Hawtins Delicato – owned by Ann Corry and her mentor and Hartpury equine academy coach, Carl Hester - scooped the top spot with 76.62%.

As in that qualifying class, Sonnar Murray-Brown and Erlentanz came in on 75.31% for second. Changing the order though, Michael Eilberg and SA Couer impressed the judges for 72.24% to claim third. The gala evening also saw an informative and fun demonstration from Charlie and Abi Hutton. The evening was rounded off with a chat with Carl Hester while waiting for the prizegiving for the Grand Prix. Informing the crowds about he and Charlotte’s final preparations for Rio, he also mentioned how important Hartpury has been in their build-up. Carl, who won team gold with Team GB at London 2012, said: “There is a complete Equine Therapy Centre here, which is incredible. We use the water treadmill here and I think it is an amazing way of getting horses fit. Another thing from the competitors point of view is that we are blessed with amazing surfaces at Hartpury. There are not many places in the world that can boast these facilities, so I would like to say thank you to Hartpury for hosting.”

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NEWS ASIAN EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH FEI The Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI, the world governing body for equestrian sport. The AEF, founded in 1978 in Bangkok (THA), is headquartered in Seoul (KOR) and has 34 member National Federations. “We are delighted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the FEI, reinforcing our vital bilateral collaboration,” said Mr Sang Jin Park, Asian Equestrian Federation President, Korea National Federation President and President of Samsung Electronics. “We have today discussed practical methods to promote and develop equestrian sports in Asia, and have reaffirmed the need to strengthen the role of the AEF as a representative of its 34 National Federation members.

“We look forward to attracting further high profile international equestrian events to Korea and the Asian continent working closely with the FEI.” Hundreds of international equestrian events will take place across the Asian continent this year, and in 2018 in Jakarta (IND) equestrian sport will celebrate its ninth appearance at the Asian Games, also known as the Asiad, which are held every four years in the middle of the Olympic Games cycle. “Equestrian sport has developed tremendously in Asia over the last decade, but this is just the beginning. The Asian continent represents a huge opportunity for equestrian sport to broaden its footprint, and the FEI is working hand in hand with the AEF and its National Federation members to make this happen,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.

“The biggest challenge is facilitating transportation of horses across borders. It is therefore important that we continue our efforts with the World Organisation for Animal Health [OIE] to make our High Health High Performance [HHP] horse concept operational. “Over the next five years, major sporting events including a number of 5* competitions, and of course the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be hosted in Asia. The FEI is looking forward to further developing our sport as part of this new and closer cooperation with the AEF, creating more opportunities for high profile equestrian events to be staged across the Asian continent and having more Asian athletes competing in our top competitions.”

(pictured left to right) Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Secretary General and FEI President Ingmar De Vos are pictured with Mr Sang Jin Park, Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) President, Korea National Federation President and President of Samsung Electronics and Mr Sunny Hwang, Secretary General of the AEF, Vice President of the Korea National Federation and Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing at Samsung Electronics at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the AEF and FEI in Seoul (KOR).Samsung Electronics at the signing




Reminder to National Federations Re Tight Nosebands Please remind all FEI Stewards of all disciplines to pay particular attention to ensure that nosebands are not overtightened. It must be possible to place at least one finger between the horse’s cheek and the noseband. Nosebands must never be used in such a way that they interfere with a horse’s breathing. Particular attention must also be paid to ensure that horses’ boots are not overtightened. DRESSAGE Working Group on Dressage Judging announced The FEI has announced the creation of a Working Group on Dressage Judging. The remit of this Working Group will include, but will not

be limited to, evaluating whether the measures introduced after the 2009 Dressage Task Force had a positive, neutral or negative effect on the quality of Dressage judging; evaluating the current Dressage judging system in general; creating a benchmark of various subjectively judged sports in order to define areas for improvement in the Dressage system; and issuing recommendations to the FEI Dressage Committee on ways to improve the Dressage judging system. The Working Group will be chaired by FEI Bureau member Frank Kemperman (NED) and will count Maribel Alonso (MEX), Richard Davison (GBR), Kyra Kyrklund (FIN), and David Stickland (GBR) as members. The FEI will also reach out to stakeholders and members of the community to encourage them to provide ideas and documents for discussion. The Working Group’s first teleconference will take place at the end of July.


FEI NATIONS CUP™ DRESSAGE: SWEDES TAKE SERIES LEAD WITH VICTORY ON HOME GROUND Written by Louise Parkes Team Sweden have made it something of a tradition to come out on top in the FEI Nations Cup Dressage™ leg on home ground in Falsterbo, and they did it for the third consecutive year when pinning their rivals and neighbours from Denmark into runner-up spot by a significant 18-point margin today. Falsterbo Horse Show, celebrating its 96th anniversary, presented the fifth round of this first official season of the series which previously ran as a pilot scheme. And it was the Russian team that slotted into third place ahead of Germany in fourth and The Netherlands in fifth and last spot. The result was decided over three competitions, and wins for Patrik Kittel and Delaunay in both Friday’s Grand Prix and today’s Freestyle, combined with success for fellow-Swede Rose Mathisen with Zuidenwind in today’s Grand Prix Special and third place for Jennie Larsson and Zircoon Spring Flower in the Grand Prix and Special, sealed it. Sweden has now overtaken the USA at the top of the series leaderboard ahead of next week’s final event in Aachen (GER). DRIVING SEAT Judges Andrew Gardner (GBR), Annette Fransen Jacobaeus (SWE), Susanne Baarup (DEN), Raphael Saleh (FRA) and Magnus Ringmark (SWE) awarded Kittel and the 10-year-old Delaunay the winning Grand Prix score of 73.300, and the Swedes were already in the driving seat when Mathisen slotted into third with a mark of 71.780 and Jennie Larsson claimed fifth spot with Zircoon Spring Flower on a score of 69.900. Denmark’s Rikke Svane and

Finckenstein TSF were runners-up (72.240) while Germany’s Nadine Husenbeth and Florida filled fourth place (71.040) in this class of 15 starters. There were 10 contenders in this morning’s Grand Prix Special won by Mathisen and her 12-year-old horse who posted 73.510 to pin German star, Helen Langehanenberg, into second spot with Damsey FRH on 72.506 while Larsson lined up third with a mark of 71.275 this time out. Denmark’s Helene Melsen steered the 11-year-old Trakehner, Aston Martin, into fourth ahead of Russia’s Ekaterina Maslova and Flashman in fifth place, while the Dutch partnership of Mirelle Kemenade-Witlox and Decor Vivaldo lined up sixth. But Kittel put the icing on the Swedish cake when topping the Freestyle with a score of 74.475. There were just five through to the Freestyle finale, and Denmark’s Svanne lined up a strong second on 74.175 while Husenbeth finished third on a mark of 72.250. BRILLIANT WIN It was a brilliant win for the host nation in their home leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series, and emotions ran high after yesterday’s official retirement of Kittel’s wonderful partner, the 17-year-old stallion Watermill Scandic. In a special ceremony organised during the interval of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping competition, the 40-yearold rider and his faithful horse drummed out that iconic piaffe/passage that earned them top marks wherever they competed. To a combination of cheers and tears,


Kittel paid tribute to the Dutch-bred horse that carried him to four European Championships, four FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals, two editions of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and the London 2012 Olympic Games. And the pair left the arena with the chestnut stallion wearing a specially designed blanket carrying the simple Swedish message - “Tack Scandiman” (thanks Scandiman). DOUBLE-SUCCESS Kittel had every reason to be pleased with his 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Delaunay’s double-success over the weekend, but he admitted that it didn’t go quite as smoothly as he had hoped today. “I was happy with my win and it is always a pleasure to ride in Falsterbo because here we have the best audience in world! But today Delaunay was surprised by the many photographers who were in the corner of the arena, and that made me miss my one-tempis - I had no reserve move to correct it and caused some tension, but overall I’m very pleased with him. We just have to practice and get better!” the Swedish star said. Denmark’s Lena Leschly Aamann was hoping for big things from her 13-year-old black stallion Goerklintgaards Fanero, but he was not on top form this weekend. However team-mate, Rikke Svane, was very pleased with Finckenstein and fellow-Dane, Helene Melsen, also expressed her satisfaction with the handsome Aston Martin. The Russian contingent had a long and arduous journey to the Swedish fixture, so Inessa Merkulova decided not to compete her Olympic ride, Mister X, and

Team Sweden celebrating on the podium after clinching victory in the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2016 series on home ground in Falsterbo (SWE) today - Jennie Larsson, Patrik Kittel and Rose Mathisen, with Chef d’Equipe Bo Jenå in relaxed mood! Photo: (FEI/LOTTAPICTURES)

instead opted for the 11-year-old Avans who certainly rose to the occasion. “I was very pleased with how he handled the environment” she said after slotting this stallion into fourth spot in the Freestyle ahead of The Netherands’ Marjan van der Jagt and Radetzky. A BLAST Sweden’s Rose Mathisen described her weekend as “a blast!”. Talking about her 12-year-old stallion, Zuidenwind, she said “it was really easy to ride him here in Falsterbo and he felt fantastic all weekend. We are in Olympic shape!” Patrik Kittel said all three Swedish team members performed at their very best. “We had good rides in all classes and that always makes winning feel better than just winning!” And Swedish Chef d’Equipe, Bo Jenå, pointed out that the his team all have a winning attitude. “We expect to win, we try to win, and we win as often as we can!” he said

RESULT: 1. SWEDEN 434.2: Delaunay (Patrik Kittel), Zircon Spring Flower (Jennie Larsson), Zuidenwind (Rose Mathisen) 2. DENMARK 208.744: Finckenstein TSF (Rikke Svane), Goerklintgaards Fanero (Lena Leschly Aamann), Aston Martin (Helene Melsen). 3. RUSSIA 207.434: Volk (Marina Aframeeva), Avans (Inessa Merkulova), Flashman 4 (Ekaterina Maslova). 4. GERMANY 206.485: Florida (Nadine Husenbeth), Damsey FRH (Helen Langehanenberg), Zinq Cabanas FH (Marcus Hermes). 5. NETHERLANDS 204.666: Radetzky (Marjan van der Jagt), Decor Vivaldi (Mirelle KemenadeWitlox), Catch Me (Margo Timmermans).


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DressageNZ Bulletin  

Issue 01 | August 2016

DressageNZ Bulletin  

Issue 01 | August 2016