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Issue 18 | January 2018

Bates & NZ Dressage Nationals - a twenty year collaboration!

19 SIMPLE TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP VALUABLE MARKS

Jonny Hilberath - Masterclass part two


EDITORIAL

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2018 – what will it have in store for us all ? As individuals will we achieve our goals and see our dreams come to fruition? As a sporting organisation will we achieve the collective goals and targets set as a result of strategic planning? Sport is defined in the dictionary as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”. Competing against each other in dressage ….perhaps not generally considered to be entertainment except at the highest levels, but more a snapshot of performance at any given time against the standard set by the sport. That performance can be subject to many external factors including the horse’s reactions to any number of things too lengthy to list here. So ultimately the “sport” of dressage is about competition. Internationally, the FEI as the governing body of international equestrian sport, sets the rules and the standards which are adopted in principle for use nationally world wide. But Dressage is also a French term meaning training and its purpose is “to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm supple and attentive to his rider” Any rider can train any horse in the fundamentals of dressage without ever going near a competition arena. Dressage by definition has nothing to do with “sport” until we decide to test ourselves against the standards set for that sport at any given level. As a “sport” do we mix the two in the right way? To be honest I couldn’t define what the right way is because I think that is a very individual choice. Riders choose to compete for many different reasons.

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An interesting discussion resulted on the SI Rider Rep Facebook page over the New Year after the revelation that 98% of riders spoken to did not feel happy after their tests. Drilling into this a bit further it seemed that most riders simply wanted to perform better against the standard set by the sport, that we need to have a fair playing field within reasonable boundaries for horses and riders of similar ability and experience, and that as a sport we need to have a welcoming, encouraging and supportive culture. As a sport, is it possible to structure our competitions in such a way that participants have a greater feeling of satisfaction -what can be done to alleviate this feeling of discontent? or do we consider the status quo is OK? The 2018 Planning Forum is set for April. This is when your area delegate has the chance to have input into making our sport sustainable for the future. We would love to hear from you on this subject. Letters to the Editor. dressage@nzequestrian.org.nz Wishing all our members, volunteers and fans a wonderful New Year

Cover Image: Greg Smith and Avant Garde with sponsor Rachel Gradowski-Smith Photo Credit: Ashleigh Cornelius Back Image: Niketa Osborne and Alacatraz Photo Credit: Libby Law

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NATIONAL NEWS

FAREWELL JK L'AMOUR

From across our wonderful country - both inside and outside of the arena...

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We remember the wonderful career of this talented mare...

BATES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOW TO KEEP VALUABLE MARKS

Celebrating twenty years together...

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Top tips compiled by judges...

MITAVITE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

WHAT'S ON

Developing a topline...

List 1 Judge Mura Love being promoted to FEI 3*...

The calender of upcoming events on the NZL dressage circuit...

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SERIES LEADERBOARDS Who's in the lead and who's on the way up?...


Photo Mason Bennett

NATIONAL NEWS

John Thompson, Julie Brougham and Wendi Williamson at the recent Canterbury Dressage Championships

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE NICKY & WITH WEG CONTENDERS HAMISH SAY “I DO” Report by Michelle Zielazo

NZ representative rider, Nicky Pope and fiancé Hamish Daulton were recently seen at the hitching rail at Waimauku’s Hunting Lodge. But the bride didn’t arrive on horseback. Nicky, her bridesmaids and father Laurie (a long time supporter of Dressage) arrived by helicopter to greet the 130 guests including many friends from the equestrian world, and friends and family from the UK and Majorca The ceremony was conducted by celebrant Rosemary Sutton who also has a strong equestrian connection.

WEG UPDATE Next qualifying competitions in NZL: CDI 3* at the Bates National Championships and CDI 3* at Horse of the Year Show. Flights for Horses to Tryon: Have been booked out of Europe in anticipation of a team being in Tryon. This is the best option for quarantine on arrival in the USA as team vets will have access to the horses immediately on arrival and fits well with a European campaign leading up to selection.

Riders at the December Canterbury Dressage Championships had a unique experience to mingle and meet our three top ranked dressage riders who have indicated that they are intending to campaign for selection and New Zealand representation at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon USA, September 2018. ESNZ, High Performance Sport and Dressage NZ have confirmed that they are committed to sending dressage riders to the WEG – be it one rider or a team of 4 – so this was an incredible experience to meet them and understand their journey better. Julie Brougham, Wendi Williamson and John Thompson spent the day supporting riders with fundraising ‘warm-ups’ before their tests, and then in the afternoon a select group of spectators were entertained by a ‘Lounge Session’ compeered by Dressage NZ Marketing and Communications Manager Michelle Zielazo.  This session proved to be incredibly popular as the riders talked about their personal journeys,

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experiences and goals. There were moments of hilarity, sombre reflections, incredible inspirational stories and deeply touching moments, but always the camaraderie and dedication of this ‘team’ shone through. Competing at WEG is largely a self-funded venture, which means that there is a huge financial commitment for individual riders to follow their dreams…and forward the future of dressage in New Zealand.  This day out was a great opportunity for people to meet them and hear about their experiences, as well as start to pool their support behind the exciting adventure that they are about to undertake. It’s been 20 years since NZ had a team represent them at WEG (Rome 1998), and we are looking forward to supporting these riders on this next wonderful adventure.  If you would like to donate or support them in any way, please do not hesitate to contact Dressage NZ.  


NATIONAL NEWS

SUPPORT FROM STERLING WARMBLOODS SECURES FUTURE STAR FOR ABBIE DEKEN Dermott and Sheena Ross are supporters of the Dressage NZ Stable of Stallions through their super young sire Fugato SW, and now in addition to this, they have a vision to support the future of the sport in another way. Taranaki’s Abbie Deken and Sterling Warmbloods have come to an exciting agreement which means Abbie is the proud new owner of Furst Dancier SW ( Fugato SW/ Discotheque SW). The mare is a full sister to Sheena’s Level 8 competition horse, Parkridge Disco SW. “It is an exciting sponsorship for us as we believe she is getting a wonderful

NEW ZEALAND WINS FEI WORLD DRESSAGE CHALLENGE

and talented foal with loads of potential for the big ring in the future. We believe she will do an amazing job to produce him. Abbie is a very popular and hard working rider on the circuit. We wanted to recognize her achievement last season in winning the Grand Prix title at the 2017 Horse of the Year show. She has taken Ambrose through the grades herself and has improved her scores over the years steadily. She has a great support crew in Vanessa and Brooke and we want to join her team of supporters to help her reach her goals in the future” said Sheena. Abbie is thrilled with her new purchase. “I am really grateful to Dermott and Sheena for the opportunity. When I went to look at him I saw his sire Fugato SW in action in the arena and thought he was the type that would suit me, so I am really looking forward to getting the little chap home after Horse of the Year Show. It’s going to be fun working with him and seeing him grow up. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to secure such a well bred horse”. NZL is on top of the world having been confirmed as the winners of the 2017 FEI World Dressage Challenge World Team rankings. 39 countries competed across ten zones worldwide. Congratulations to our team, Lauren Haig, Melissa Galloway, Nicola Maley and Millie Thompson and Chef d’Equipe Christine Lovelady. 1 New Zealand (239.842), 2 Kyrgyzstan (239.526) 3 Australia (239.132) View full results here. A huge thanks to team and naming rights sponsor Livamol, Syncroflex, Hatton & Lilly Horse Floats, Zilco NZ and Exclusively Yours who enabled us to deliver an event that gave our riders the best chance to perform. http://inside.fei.org/fei/events/fei-world-challenge/dressage/results

Team NZ from left: Melissa Galloway, Lauren Haig, Kerrin Beatson, Christine Lovelady, Nicola Maley, Millie Thompson.

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NATIONAL NEWS

SAVE THESE DATES 2018 DRESSAGE NZ PLANNING FORUM

NEWS

The 2018 Planning Forum will be held at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington on Tuesday 10th & 11th April 2018 beginning at 5.30pm. A Dressage Board Meeting will be held from 9am – 3.30pm. Delegates and interested members should plan to arrive in time for a 5.30pm welcome and dinner followed by an evening session until 9pm. The meeting will recommence on Wednesday 11th at 8.30am and finish at 3.45pm The Planning Forum will receive remits for rule changes and other topics for discussion. Remits which are passed at the Forum will go back to areas and come forward again to conference for ratification Templates for remits and other submissions will be available on the website from the first of February 2018.

2018 DRESSAGE CONFERENCE & COMMITTEE MEETING

2018 NI FUTURE STARS - NEC TAUPO APRIL This fabulous four day event will incorporate the Elite Equine NI Future Stars (Young Dressage Horse Classes for 4-7 yr old horses and 4-6 yr ponies) and the Livamol FEI World Dressage Challenge on Thursday/Friday 19th /20th followed by the Equestrian Entries U25 Championships on Saturday / Sunday 21st/22nd Sarah Giekie (FEI 4* USA) has been secured for all four days of the event and will be the President of the Ground Jury for the FEI World Dressage Challenge. National Judge is Judith Cunningham.

LOAN HORSES/PONIES REQUIRED

The 2018 Dressage Conference & Committee meeting will be held at the Distinction Palmerston North Hotel (Cuba St) on 30th June & 1st July. Accommodation is available at the Distinction Hotel as follows: • $109.00 incl. GST per room based on single, twin or double share occupancy. • $125.00 incl. GST per room including full cooked buffet breakfast based on single occupancy. • $139.00 incl. GST per room including full cooked buffet breakfast based on twin or double share occupancy Conference will begin at 9.30am on Saturday followed by the Awards Dinner. Committee meeting will commence 9am Sunday and complete no later than 3.45pm. Booking details to follow.

Dressage NZ is again looking to the generosity of members to secure borrowed horses/ponies for both an InterIsland team and a TransTasman exchange team in conjunction with the U25 Champs. If you would consider loaning a horse or pony at any graded level, please contact Jo Telfer, NI Young Rider Convenor on 0274732306

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR RIDER & OC’S From 1/1/2018, all FEI tests, whether ridden under Dressage NZ national rules or FEI rules at CDI events will use the FEI version valid 1/1/2018. These can be downloaded at no cost from http://inside.fei.org/fei/your-role/organisers/dressage/tests The only exception to any directive on the tests, is that when run under Dressage NZ rules, a permitted snaffle bridle may be used instead of a double bridle.

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IN MEMORIAM Jenny Scotter and JK L'amour at the 2005 National Championships Photo Jeni Bassett - Equine Attitude

FAREWELL JK L'AMOUR A former top NZ dressage horse was laid to rest in December 2017 with the passing of Jenny and Louise Scotter’s mare, JK L’amour at the age of 26. Bred by Keith Atkinson of JK Holsteiners, JK L’amour (Lady to her friends) was acquired by Jenny and Louise as a 4 year old. Jenny had recently returned from training in Germany and was keen to find a young horse with quality, temperament and movement, to train and compete. Slow to mature, and best described as a weakling, Lady suffered a number of paddock injuries, so as a nine year old she was re-started, with a view to checking out the trainability of the mare prior to breeding from her. This never eventuated, as Lady went from strength to strength, winning at her first competition, and continuing to compete successfully up the grades. She won the Advanced grade championship at the

Bates NZ Dressage Nationals in 2005 (her first ever start at Inter 1) and was also awarded the Rakaunui Stud Trophy for the best performed mare, going on to win this national trophy four times. Jenny & Lady performed successfully at Grand Prix over a four year period, winning the South Island Championships several times, placing second in the Grand Prix CDI3* at HOY in 2009, and being named as the NZ team reserve for the Olympic Qualifying event in 2008. Lady was a courageous but sensitive horse, and owing to her late start and relatively low mileage, she was seldom comfortable in a high-pressure atmosphere but always gave her best and was a regular and popular

“entertainer” at A&P shows and demos. Jenny and Lady were also a very familiar combination riding in many masterclasses and clinics with visiting international judges and trainers. She was a generous and kind natured horse, and would happily stand for hours letting children pet her and feed her treats, which she would delicately nibble with her front teeth – and spit out if they were not to her liking! JK L’amour was retired from competition in 2012, still at the top of her game, but as a 21-year old, it was time to step back. She enjoyed a happy retirement with Jenny, and is buried on her home property alongside JK Lancaster, her “big brother” and Jenny’s other former Grand Prix horse.

BUCKTON TUMBLEDOWN

The DressageNZ Bulletin would also like to acknowledge the recent passing of the dressage pony Buckton Tumbledown, bred by Janna Green

and owned by the French Family of Marlborough. We will pay further tribute to this special mare in our February Issue.

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NATIONAL NEWS

HERITAGE EQUINE DRESSAGE WAITEMATA CHAMPIONSHIPS A REAL HIT Report by Jane Hilton Photos by Heather Hilder

Entries for the Heritage Equine Dressage Waitemata Championships were high with over 150 horses and riders participating over the weekend. This year, the riders were rewarded with perfect weather - a perfect pre Christmas event. The venue was at the newly acquired Woodhill Sands Trust who along with many volunteers had ensured that the pens and ground conditions were working well. The Championships were well supported with sponsorship - Heritage Equine supplying luxurious rugs that proved to be hotly contested.Â

Local rider Wendi Williamson showed the crowd the benefit of her international experience winning Level 2 champion on Don Vito MH, the Level 3 Championship on Bon Jovi MH and Level 9 Championship on Don Amour MH. Her daughter Rebecca is following in her hoofprints winning Level 1 Champion on the elegant Don Tobio. North of the Harbour Bridge riders showed good results; Nikita Osborne winning Level 8 champion on Alacatraz and Julie Flintoff on Belladonna MH riding some beautiful tests to win Level 6 champion. Greg Smith, although

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recently moved to Drury, still maintains strong links with Waitemata and easily secured the Level 7 Champion on Avante Garde. Balancing the north / south divide - there were good performances from the beautifully presented HP Fresco, ridden by Holly Leach to win the Level 5 Champion while Betty Brown won both the Masters Level 1-4 champion and the Level 5-9 Champion. It was a great weekend, full of good sport. Thanks always to the volunteers who helped to make this show a success.


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1. A wonderful aray of spectators were enjoying the Dressage on display 2. Young Rider Nicole Sweney (Flute Noir) and Ali Addis (Whistledown Kristopha) with judge Jobina Kennedy (AUS) 3. Julie Flintoff Belladonna MH and Robin Potter 4. Robin Potter from Hanoverian Society presenting Hanoverian Sash level 5-9 to Wendi Williamson on Don Amour MH 5. Victoria Wall and Letty Lei 6. Rachel Gradowski Smith from Heritage Equine with Level 1 Pony Champion Grace Purdie on Taurimu Renaissance, Reserve Piper Crake on Rebel Ricochet

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RESULTS

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WAITEMATA CHAMPIONSHIPS MASTERS LEVEL 1-4 Betty Brown and Hot Gossip Reserve Kathryn Corry and Boom Chica Boom

L2 OPEN CHAMPION Wendi Williamson and Don Vito MH RESERVE John Thompson and JHT Chemistry

MASTERS LEVEL 5-9 Betty Brown and Neversfelde Rupert RESERVE Chris Beach and Showcase BC

L3 OPEN CHAMPION Wendi Williamson and Bon Jovi MH RESERVE Haydee Wells Parmenter and Royal Dream

L1 AMATEUR CHAMPION Natasha Hatton and Ma Shareef RESERVE Elizabeth McKay and Leo Debonnaire

L4 OPEN CHAMPION Laura Saamu and Astek Rhapsody RESERVE Betty Brown and Hot Gossip

L2 AMATEUR CHAMPION Sachleen Kaur and HPH Levitate RESERVE Georgia Gibbons and LSH Constantine

L5 OPEN CHAMPION Holly Leach and HP Fresco RESERVE Christine Weal and Schindlers Liszt

L1 PONY CHAMPION Grace Purdie and Taurimu Renaissance RESERVE Piper Crake and Rebel Ricochet

L6 OPEN CHAMPION Julie Flintoff and Belladonna MH RESERVE Christine Weal and FIS Lucifer

LEVEL 2 PONY CHAMPION Bella Small and Kingslea Busy Bee RESERVE Emily Hastings and Glendale Nightline

L7 OPEN CHAMPION Greg Smith and Avante Garde RESERVE Carolyn McCree and Antipodes

YOUNG RIDER CHAMPION Nicole Sweeney and Flute Noir RESERVE Alison Addis and Whistledown Kristopha

L8 OPEN CHAMPION Nikita Osbourne and Alacatraz RESERVE Toni Louisson and Back on Track Astute

L1 OPEN CHAMPION Rebecca Williamson and Don Tobio RESERVE Hannah Burden and Georgia MH

L9 OPEN CHAMPION Wendi Williamson and Don Armour MH RESERVE Paula Stuart and Aztek Lad

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NATIONAL NEWS

NEW FORMAT FOR YORK CORPORATION YOUNG RIDER INTER-ISLAND TEAM The national dressage selectors have named a strong team to contest Round 1 of the Richmond Saddlery York Corporation InterIsland Team Challenge at the South Island Festival of Dressage in Christchurch from 26-28 January. This is year one of a new format where the South Island Festival of Dressage and the Equestrian Entries U25 Championships will each host a round on borrowed (or own) horses to determine the winner of the coveted York Corporation Inter-Island Challenge. Auckland riders have dominated the North Island selections for round one to be held at the Christchurch NEC. They each bring a wide range of experience to bring to the team. The youngest is sixteen year old Georgia Gibbons who currently competes the nine year old LSH Constantine in level 2. This combination was part of the winning NZL team who competed against the team from Dressage Victoria at the 2017 U25 Champs in Taupo. Twenty year old Nicole Sweney is a commerce student majoring in Economics and Commercial Law. She is no stranger to winning team competitions having been a member of the top placed Auckland team at the 2017 U25 Dressage Champs and more recently represented the NZPCA

in America as part of the Inter-Pacific Exchange where she won the Individual Kangaroo Cup (Dressage Test & Derby course). Nicole currently competes Flute Noir at level 4. Current NZ Prix St Georges Young Rider Champion with RM All About Me, nineteen year old Amy Sage completes the team. This combination also won the 2017 AMS Saddlery Young Rider Performance League. Amy was also in the 2016 NZ showing team which traveled to the UK. Amy is particularly looking forward to this trip as she really enjoys meeting other young dressage riders and "rarely to we get the opportunity to meet South Island riders" This opportunity is made possible by the generosity of SI horse owners and supporters Clinton Day from Richmond Saddlery who is sponsoring team sashes for winners and runners up, prize vouchers for both teams. SOUTH ISLAND TEAM STILL TO BE SELECTED Selectors will confirm the South Island team from riders entered at the SI Festival and matching classes entered from the NI team. There will be a warm

up class and then three classes to count for the team score. The team result will be determined by adding the % from each team test which means riders will have a lot of fun keeping tally during the weekend. FINAL ROUND The final round 2 of the InterIsland Challenge will be held at the NZU25 Dressage Champs 21/22 April 2018. Expressions of Interest will be called in the New Year for SI riders on their own mounts, and to ride borrowed horses to form a SI Team, and NI riders who would like to be considered for the NI team. Start planning now as the 2018 Livamol FEI World Dressage Challenge (NZL) will be held on the 19/20 April at Taupo directly prior. Points will accrue from each island team in round 1 and will carry forward to Round 2 where points will be allocated on the same basis and added to give the overall winner.

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EVENT PREVIEW

The 2017 level 1 - 4 National Champions Photo Libby Law

CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF COLLABORATION WITH BATES SADDLES The 2018 Bates Saddles NZ Dressage Championships are nearly here and the event again promises to deliver a world class event. It will be a very special occasion for the longstanding partnership between Bates Saddles and Dressage NZ, featuring the 20th consecutive year of Bates Saddles loyal support as naming rights sponsor. The longevity of such a partnership is unique and Dressage NZ acknowledges not only David Jones-Parry who has been instrumental in the partnership, but also Ron Bates and the Australian based team. The Saturday night Dressage Musical Spectacular will feature the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music and various entertainment acts which are sure to be crowd pleasers. Riding high on this list is the Intersport Equine Challenge which is sure to be a fun interlude. There will also be a Para Equestrian demonstration which will be truly inspirational. General Admission Tickets, Ringside Dinner tables, and Day Table Bookings (non-catered) are available. Cafe on site. Buy tickets from EventFinda @$14pp – Under 10’s free

The four days of competition includes an international component comprising a CDI 3* (which is also an FEI World Games 2018 Qualifier) for the first time a CDI 2* at Intermediate Level (NZL Level 8) which will assist riders in the transition to International 3* and Grand Prix, a CDIY for the Under 21’s and a CDIP for the pony riders. At national level there are Open Grade Championships, Masters, Amateurs, Para Equestrian Championships, and Super 5 League NI Finals which are the Final round of the National Super 5 League series. A great line up of international judges has been secured including Eddy De Wolff van Westerrode 5* FEI Judge (NED) for the event, Elke Ebert (GER) 4* FEI Dressage and Para Dressage Judge, Ricky MacMillan 4* (AUS), plus our own experienced NZL line up, 4* Sue Hobson and Helen Hughes-Keen, 3* Dressage and 3* Para Dressage Mura Love, and 3* Betty Brown and Linda Warren-Davey .

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PROFILING Eddy De Wolff van Westerrode, 5* FEI Judge After graduating from school in the Netherlands, Eddy went off to the UK to improve his command of the English language a year and there found his life calling in working with horses. He enjoyed the work with Jumpers, Eventers and Hunting. Next stop was the famous Westphalia Riding and Driving School in Munster, Germany ( dir. the late Major Paul Stecken) and after three years of study, passed his “Bereiter” exam in Warendorf. After his experiences in England and Germany, he encountered his third


EVENT PREVIEW major influence, the late Colonel GĂŠza von Hazslinszky, during his military service at the Dutch Royal Stables in The Hague and he was thoroughly impressed by the Hungarian classical training methods. His newfound mentor was the former leader of the Spanish Riding School in Budapest. This fundamentally influenced both thinking and his teaching and instructing methods. Upon leaving the military service he worked with young Hanoverian approved stallions in Adelheidsdorf and later instructed at the establishment of Dutch International Judge Jan Nijland. Eddy earned his best competition results with Monarch, a Dutch bred Grand Prix Stallion, the pair winning the 1981 Dutch Championship at Prix St Georges /Intermediate I level. More recently, he works freelance as a riding instructor, but mostly he is judging competitions worldwide, the most noteworthy among these being the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. In 2018 he will again be on the panel at the World Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo.

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EDUCATION

19 simple tips on HOW TO KEEP VALUABLE MARKS Article: Equestrian Australia Judges Committee 2018

Joao Victor Macari Oliva (BRA) Photo: Tony Parkes

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EDUCATION

Geometry - General • Know the geometry of the arena and be very accurate with the size and placement of circles etc (circles and serpentines have no corners) • Hind quarters should be controlled on curved lines as often they are to the outside of the fore print track and scored down according to the severity • Ride to the marker • When a halt or rein back is included, the rider’s body should be aligned with the letter

Halt & Salute • Find X! • Immobility – should be for at least 3 seconds • Be more direct in the depart after the halt – no walk steps and vice versa into the halt (unless Preliminary) • Only need to salute the C judge - you won’t lose marks though if you salute the others

Circles / Half Circles • When the 20m circles are at E and B you DO NOT TOUCH L and I • When the 15m circle is at A or C the circles should be placed so that there is an equal half on either side of centerline. Smaller doesn’t give you extra points

Diagonal Lines • If the test says HXF then the horses shoulders should leave the track at H and touch the track at F. You lose points when you drift and arrive on the long side at the RSVP letters

Corners • Use them! • Corners offer the opportunity for you to prepare your horse, incorrect bend and flexion through these will result in the opposite. • 1/2 10m circle right followed by a 1/2 10m circle left – Needs to be straight on CL for 1-2 steps and show clear change of bend and flexion

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EDUCATION

19 simple tips on how to win valuable marks... Continued

Transitions • Transitions - make them clear and direct at markers, not too progressive • Medium/Extended paces – don’t fade away - ride transitions • Canter diagonal with change through trot over X – only 3-4 steps of trot • Transitions should always remain with a soft back and the horse willing forward and responsive in a rounded frame, not against the hand or thinking backwards • Downwards transitions. Vague, not shown. If you actually show a good transition back to working or collected pace the judge will love you for it!

Walk - Free/Extended • Collected walk should not overtrack, no more than into the fore print • The reins need to be long! Not looping but need to keep control of the poll • Allow the reins long to allow the horse to open and swing the back, not held in the frame Sonke Rothenberger & Cosmo Photo: Libby Law

Trot/Canter- Collected • Collected is not just a slow trot or canter! • Collection should be light and mobile on the forehand with freedom of the shoulders • Collected canter has to be uphill

Trot/Canter - Extensions • Medium and extended - Know and show the difference clearly within the paces, • don’t ride them both the same

Flying Changes • Flying change after a diagonal of medium or extended Canter – must be on the diagonal line when the horse’s nose reaches the marker and after collection has been achieved - don’t do the change on the long side or use the corner • Sequence changes – place centrally on the diagonal line • Must count

Helen Langehanenberg & Damsey FRH Photo: Libby Law

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Simple Change Must show 3-5 clear walk steps. Transitions canter/ walk and walk/canter must be direct for high marks


EDUCATION

19 simple tips on how to win valuable marks... Continued

Half Pass

Freestyle

• Half passes should have clearly visible bend and positioning with the face of the horse and rider looking towards the end marker • Circle followed by Half Pass – Finish the circle • if you go more sideways and arrive early, judges do not give you extra credit, we actually take point off. If it says go to M, then go to M.

• Know what movements are permitted and what are not for the level you are competing at • The rules clearly state that if the movement or transition is not in the technical test of the level it is not allowed unless specifically listed under the allowed list • If you are performing a half pirouette, then you need to show a clear line of where you are starting it and where you are finishing it. Do not come down the quarter line and turn and then immediately head on the diagonal. This is a 3/4 pirouette and if you do it the same way both direction the judge will know it is intentional not just a loss of control. • Walk - In so many freestyles the judges are left guessing as to which walk is being ridden.

Pirouettes/Turn on Hindquarters • If you are doing a Turn on the Hindquarters or a Walk or Canter Pirouette, please read the description of the movement in the EA Rulebook. If you counter bend the horse you will lose points.

Pirouette - Walk • Walk pirouettes should remain in walk rhythm and the same tempo, check they don’t become lateral • Walk pirouettes should retain flexion toward the direction of the pirouette throughout

Rein Back • Should be initiated with the body aids, not by pulling the rein backwards • The tempo in the rein back should be the same as the walk tempo, not hurried • If the halt into the rein back is not square, it is nearly impossible for the first step back to remain diagonal in rhythm • The contact should ALWAYS remain light and elastic with the poll remaining the highest point • Don’t lean forward to take the weight off the saddle to start the rein back, this is ugly to watch and incorrect aids

Shoulder-In • Shoulder-in on centre line – hind legs must be on centreline • Should be straightened when it is finished on centreline or coming into a corner

Rider • Riders should be quiet with their aids, horse in front of the leg, and not use noisy nagging and repetitive aids. Sit still • Self carriage is achieved with a light and elastic contact, the horse should remain moveable with only small indications by the rider • Impulsion should always be available at the rider’s will, the feel should be you can allow it out rather than it having to be created throughout

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MITAVITE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

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I have a young eventer who also competes at Level 3 Dressage. I would like to be able to develop more top line on her as the work becomes increasingly demanding. What do you suggest? ANSWER BY: GAIL SRAMEK BAPPSC (AGR)

Top line is the finish that many horse owners want to achieve and gives horses the appearance of fitness and athleticism. Top Line and Muscle is the development of the long, well-defined muscle found along the neck, chest and shoulder region at the front of the horse, and the loin and rump region at the back of the horse that is built by good nutrition and a correct exercise regime. Good top line and muscle has a positive influence on the horse’s soundness and athletic ability. A wellmuscled neck, shoulder, back and loins helps to keep the horse balanced and the muscle in the loins carries the power from the hindquarters forward – ever important for the dressage horse. Condition and Cover is attained by feeding a high carbohydrate, high fat ration that will put cover and fat onto a horse. It will fill the horse out, but does not give the appearance of strength or good muscle development.

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NATIONAL NEWS From left Sandra Smith - Argentina, Joanne White - Canada, Mura Love - New Zealand

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

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This month we celebrate New Zealand List 1 Judge Mura Love being promoted to FEI 3*.Wendy Hamerton caught up with Mura Love on his return from a successful journey to Moscow. To be an FEI Dressage Judge requires a huge personal commitment. There is the time and cost involved to meet all the exam prerequisites and then there is getting to the exam somewhere in the world – there are not a lot of opportunities each year to sit the promotion exam. Mura made the commitment to go to Moscow in early December last year, leaving NZL sweltering in 30 degrees and arriving finally at Domodedovo International Airport to minus 10! “As I expected it was the middle of winter and there was snow everywhere” muses Mura. The exam was scheduled for the Maxima Park Equestrian Centre, in conjunction with a CDIW (World Cup Qualifier) some 150 km from the airport. Maxima Park is a privately owned establishment, and can house 300 horses permanently, with sufficient stabling for 500. Everything was indoors; the stabling, horse walkers, lunging areas, 7 indoor schools, and the grand hall where the main dressage competitions took place. There was also a horse hospital, full vet clinic and services, all fully self sufficient and functional. For the people, attached to the complex was a full gym and spa, accommodation and a huge dining hall, which stayed open till 10pm. This became the main meeting point for the exam participants. “This was actually a really nice part of the experience as every day we’d all take our meals together and talk through things”. The candidates were from many different countries. Connie Bookless from Queensland and Mura were the only candidates from the southern hemisphere, all the others predominantly from Europe and two from the USA. Of the 14 candidates, 5 were 3* seeking promotion to 4*, and the remainder were National Grand Prix Judges hoping to be 3*.


NATIONAL NEWS The course directors were Katrina Wuest (GER) and Mariette Withages (BEL). There was a quick round of introductions, then a brief slide show of the judges’ role by Mariette. Then it really got serious. The first session was the judging of the Grand Prix movements Katrina had prepared showing horses doing tests. “There was a mixture of tests, some good, some not so good, and some with big mistakes and resistances. When it was your turn you had to give your mark and remarks. We then individually had to judge sections of movements from the GP from a big screen. Questions regarding your marks and comments were also discussed amongst the group which made you question what you were doing and saying” Following that session was the written exam, which was not an open book. The test consisted of practical questions, rules in general, freestyle rules, scenarios and describing movements. Candidates were given an hour to do this and then papers collected. Suddenly, day one was over. Day two was the shadow judging of the Grand Prix. “We drew positions where we were to sit, and once in place were met by our writers/scribes. There were 18 horses in total demonstrating a range of abilities. Some showed good quality and some not so. One was belled for lameness and one belled for being unable to fulfill the requirements. We had about two minutes between each horse to check our sheets and make our summary. Papers were collected promptly at the end of each test. After lunch there was a chance to relax so we went on an excursion

into central Moscow. We took in Red Square, the Kremlin, Basil’s cathedral, and the feeling of a white Xmas was everywhere. That evening we attended a dinner held by the Russian Equestrian Federation and amongst the festivities, we all took part in some Russian dancing singing, and a little vodka drinking! “ Day three, the candidates sat an oral exam and underwent an interview. This was to question the candidates about the written exam and other areas the examiners felt the need to discuss from throughout the course. “We were each allocated a time, and at the completion of the interview we were to be told if we had been promoted. We all felt anxious as we waited for our time. Everyone was waiting for you to come out of your interview to hear the result. I had a really positive interview, and once I was told the good news of being promoted, it was the best feeling ever. There were

hugs and tears outside the room and no matter what the outcome was for each one of us we were all there supporting each other and sharing the moment. It was quite an emotional time. Once all the interviews were finished, the first bottles of champagne arrived and the celebrations flowed into the evening. It was the most rewarding moment” Mura thanks Dressage NZ for their support of his aspiration to become an international judge and at the same time, Dressage NZ recognizes the commitment from Mura, congratulates him on his success, and welcomes him to our ever increasing team of FEI qualified judges. And there is more good news to hand. NZL has just received notification that the FEI has fast tracked Mura to a 3* Para Dressage Judge.

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MASTERCLASS

This is the second of the three part series of the Equitana Equitak Excel Dressage Masterclass with Jonny Hilberath. Nikita Osborne and her Anamour gelding Alacatraz.

JOINING THE DOTS WITH JONNY HILBERATH Article by Jess Roberts Photos by Libby Law

This month we feature two more riders. The first is North Auckland’s Chanel Flyger. They are a relatively new combination, and now competing their first season at Prix St Georges, Chanel having taken over the ride from Northland’s Mihi Shepherd early in 2017. Our second rider is Northland’s Nikita Osborne and her Anamour gelding Alacatraz. Nikita has owned this horse since he was a youngster, and just recently had her first Grand Prix start. 22 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | JANUARY 2018


MASTERCLASS CHANEL FLYGER AND HOT CHOCOLATE MH Chanel and ‘Milo’ (owned by Jean Jeffs) were third in the Young Rider Level 5 at the U25 Championships at Taupo earlier this year. Hilberath thinks Hot Chocolate MH really is the stamp of her sire, His Highness. “A little bit of a lighter version,” he says, adding that he has one in his own stable back home in Germany. “This horse is very light on her feet and is very feminine in her expression, so I would say it’s a very charming and expressive picture when the horse comes into the arena. Which for sure helps when you ride dressage!” he laughs. “But at the end of the day it’s also the production of the exercise or movement. “Chanel has one thing she would like to work with, and that is that you can see the horse is very light on the leg but almost a little bit thoroughbred-y, a little bit fast in her movement, so we will work, through transitions, to get a little bit more cadence, a little bit more expression into the trot in general.” They start by doing some simple transition between walk and trot. “Do that transition with a bit more energy,” he requests. “Do it again. Just have a natural and normal connection to the horse so the horse stays together and in balance. The arm should not get too high, otherwise we lose our horse – we believe [by lifting the arm] the horse may be better connected but in a way the horse doesn’t swing anymore to the reins, he runs under the contact. So the height of the hands has to do with the mouth of the horse. That’s a much better contact,” Hilberath notes. “Don’t do too many metres of forward trot, [this exercise is] to get the horse more alert, so it’s a little bit more onoff. So. And go. And make sure when you do your transition that you have a proper horse on the bit. That’s it. Fine,” he praises. “And walk again. So that the topline of the horse gets like a bow, and the nose-line is on the vertical. The horse is in balance. And you can see by comparing that with the first trot, that the horse is a little bit more free in the shoulder. As I said with the first horse, when you get a bit more energy into the

body, the horse produces a completely different mechanic in the gaits.” Hilberath then asks Chanel to start with some shoulder-in and lateral work. “Try to keep the energy – be brave enough to tell the horse, this is the trot I want to have. Better. Because the horse might not be used to going with a bit more tempo and with longer strides, they can be shyer. It’s a little bit the same as with us humans - we do any kind of sport and we try to extend whatever we do, at first we get a bit unsecure, because we get out of our zone of comfort. It’s the same with horses. So you have to dare – even when the horses make mistakes or lose the tempo - you have to try to see what kind of feedback the horse gives you. There is a very, very big, nice trot in this horse,” he observes. “But she is a little tense in the back, in the poll and has also a little too much tendency to go downhill. So just bring her up a little bit Chanel, but keep the hind legs active. Both of you go to sleep just a little bit! That’s it, well done! “We have to be very careful with our hands. If we get too strong, the horses just get the idea of slowing down and getting heavy on our hands, which is counterproductive for our training and unpleasant for the horses. Energy and impulsion creates freshness and an uphill tendency, it’s not created by our

hands. It’s something you use always – when you feel the horse gets too much on his shoulder, don’t get too strong with your hands, put a little bit more engine on from behind.” Hilberath asks Chanel to show how she brings her horse into a canter pirouette, where Milo gets a bit excited. “Because she’s green, she struggles to get her body the right way. Just massage the rein a little, not to bring her neck down, but a little bit together. There! Can you see? It can be the tiny details that have a big impact,” he reminds everyone. “Don’t forget that for all kinds of collection we need energy. Don’t mix up riding slowly with collection. It is not a question of tempo; it is a question of elasticity and energy. Now we can see already how much the horse gets more confident,” he says, as the pair repeats the exercise with considerable improvement. “I like that, well done Chanel. Stretch her out – you can do it in canter, just let the reins out a bit. Super. Just finish with a bit of trot and we can see if there is a difference,” he says, as their session comes to an end. “Very good – look at the tail, if the tail is swinging left and right, left, right, that shows how much more bounce the back has created. Chanel, this is the right moment to finish our lesson. Thanks so much for coming!”

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MASTERCLASS Grace Farrell & Jonny after her lesson were all smiles. Photo: provided

“The subject is not the tempis, the subject is the canter. Take your time.” Chanel said she was very grateful to have had the opportunity to ride with Hilberath. “How many people get to say they’ve trained with the German Olympic coach? How exciting!” She says he was incredibly knowledgeable, inspirational, supportive and fun to work with. “I loved how he wanted to improve the basic training of all our horses before we moved on, and that we as riders had to focus daily on ourselves, communication with our horses and not default to the reins in the first response. My lesson was about improving the quality of my trot and making Milo more athletic through her body. I found some gears I hadn’t felt before which is very exciting!”

in-between bridge between the Small Tour/Prix St George, and Grand Prix, and thinks this will be good to demonstrate with Nikita and Alfie. “I imagine that there are many horses in the country that do a fairly good small tour programme and are ready to go on to more advanced tests. What I like a lot about this horse is the very

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good elasticity and energy, he is off the ground which makes the front of the horse and his shoulder more free,” he points out. He begins the workout by asking Nikita to bring her horse onto her seat and the aids. “Now you can see this horse is a little bit… how do you say it… extra. This strong beat that the horse shows in trot makes it more


MASTERCLASS

"Bring the energy from the extension to the passage."

easy for the rider to keep the horse in balance and rhythm. The only thing that Niki struggles with a bit, is the self carriage of the neck,” he notes, and decides to work on some transitions in and out of passage from trot. “It’s a little baby passage, which is absolutely correct and right because when the horses learn new, we call it tricks, they have to learn with confidence,” he reminds the audience. “Don’t be too ambitious as a rider, don’t get too fast. Just read the horse. You could see in her last strides the horse got a bit irregular, and that’s a sign that a little bit of energy got lost. So, Niki, try to keep the energy and have less hands – almost have hanging reins. Good! Now go out. “So when you start to collect the horses more and the basic trot rhythm is not there in piaffe and passage, be very, very careful. If you work with this irregularity for too long it can become a habit. You ride a little bit too much backwards when you try the passage,” he warns. “You should not believe that the tempo makes the quality, it’s elasticity. So next time when you collect for the passage, bring a little bit more

energy. So! Bring the energy from the extension to the passage.” Nikita’s next attempt brings a big improvement. “Walk and pat him. Well done,” Hilberath praises. “If you have to ride a lot on your own, sure, you are sometimes not 100% sure you are doing the right thing. But regularity and rhythm of the trot has to go on, through the piaffe and the passage. And if you feel the horse gets heavy, use the forward energy to help. So in a way there are clear rules that can save you from making too many mistakes,” reassures Hilberath. “Just go always back to the basics and you will be always rather safe, even when you are not so experienced as a rider.” Next, the pair begin to play with some piaffe, and Alfie gets a little excited and the steps become irregular. When this happens, Hilberath asks Nikita to stop and halt. “Pat him. That is what I do when the horse is not 100% regular in the piaffe, it’s a matter of co-ordination, of insecurity. I stop the horse and get them [square] on their four legs, safe. When I have the feeling that I have the horse under my seat, over the back and into my hand then I go on.” One of the main steps up from PSG to Grand Prix is the introduction of one-tempis, so Hilberath moves on to flying changes. “Start with the twos. Good. So now, just do one one-timechange down the long side, left right. Well done!” he smiles, as the pair receive a round of applause. Nikita

increases the ones to seven or eight in a row, which earns her a gentle tellingoff from the eagle-eyed Hilberath. “So that was a super super example of how you should not do it!” he scolds. “I said before: ride with quality. Don’t think ‘I’ve got it; I will have it again, and again.’ The basics were totally lost, the canter was gone and the horse was totally on his shoulder, not on your aids anymore, so it’s actually just a waste of time and energy for the horse to go on like that. “The one-tempis take a lot of energy from the horse; there are not endless rounds of energy in the horse. So what Niki just got there, six to eight onetempis in a row, was actually the best what could happen for today. So if you have a goal, don’t think today I will ride 25! It will not happen, I guarantee you. So what we do is to make just 3 or 4 one tempi changes, but with a better canter.” He pauses to make his point. “The subject is not the tempis, the subject is the canter. Take your time.” Nikita does several more lovely one-tempi changes. “Thank you very much for showing us, Niki. I think we all can enjoy looking at good tests or whatever, but the daily work at home is totally different, because we all have problems to solve. Well done!” he smiles. Next month we will feature three riders, Carolyn McCree (Antipodes), Wendi Williamson (Don Amour MH) and Sheena Ross (Parkridge Disco SW)

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WATER – THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT Article by Dr Lucy Waldron PhD RNutr RF

We often take water for granted, especially for our animals, but it is the number one nutrient in all living things, and its provision and quality are very important. For example, humans can live for three weeks without food, but only three days without water. In this very dry hot summer, water is even more important than ever. Horses need to consume around 6 litres of water per 100 kg body weight – so a typical 500 kg thoroughbred (not in work) needs around 30 litres intake per day. During hot weather or hard work, this increases dramatically – up to 300% more under extreme conditions (90 litres per day). Keeping your horses hydrated when working or at competitions can be difficult. If your horse doesn’t like drinking away from home then mixing it with feed can help. A major issue this season in NZ is the hot weather following the mild weather over winter time. Frosts and cold weather help to kill off the pathogens and algae in water supplies, making their growth slow to resume in hotter seasons. However, most of the 2017 winter was mild and wet, hence algae were still growing in troughs in August and September, giving a good colony base for an explosion of growth (known as ‘algal bloom’) in the spring. Dams on farms were showing blooms as early as September. Algae is typically seen as green or black slime, and the latter can be hard to see in plastic troughs.

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This spring, many rivers and water courses have already been placed under the ‘danger’ category by councils and monitoring agencies for people and animals, due to the levels of pathogens present. I have been involved with research on water sanitisers and disinfectants since 2010. From samples taken from New Zealand farms with troughs fed by treated town water, three types of toxic algae plus harmful campylobacter and pseudomonas were identified – and that was in a cooler year. Certain algal species produce toxins (similar to mycotoxins, in that they are hard to remove or destroy), and so the control of algal growth is essential to prevent toxins being exuded into the water. These toxins can affect the nervous system, which may cause symptoms akin to rye-grass staggers, and build up in the liver, leading to permanent damage. Some toxins may cause rashes or skin irritation, which have yet to be confirmed in horses, but certainly horse owners are well aware there are some odd skin conditions that occur in summer in New Zealand. Long term (six year) research trials with grazing cattle showed that exposure to dirty water sources, contaminated with algae, reduced milk yield by an average of 1.4 litres per day in cows, and impaired growth rates in young stock by between 22-30%, depending on age. This hasn’t been tested in horses, but it could be assumed that similar problems would exist, and pose a particular risk for pregnant mares and those with foals


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Water is a major source of pathogens for animals and humans alike. It can contain a variety of bacteria, fungi, viruses and algae, all of which have a detrimental effect on animals. THE TABLE BELOW ILLUSTRATES THE EXTENT OF WATER-BORNE PATHOGENS, FOR HUMANS AND ANIMALS.

at foot. For those of you with dogs, do take especial care of what water they are drinking as toxic algae consumption can be fatal, causing seizures, vomiting and breathing problems. Incidences of affected dogs have already been reported this year. The picture below shows how toxic algae initially can m infest in troughs. Over the summer period, unused troughs or storage tanks on farms when people are away can heat up to favour increased pathogen growth, increasing levels of bacteria and algal growth. So, keep an eye on your troughs, dams and stores of water for your animals, and make sure they have clean, plentiful water at all times.

Dr Waldron started working in the animal feed industry in 1991, after completing a BSc degree at the University of Lancaster, UK, where she studied biological sciences, specialising in animal physiology, biochemistry and microbiology

PROBLEM

CAUSES

Listeria monocytogenes

Transferred into milk – harmful to pregnant women and young animals

Salmonella spp.

Gastroenteritis – invades gut lining and causes haemorrhage

E. coli

Gastroenteritis – often from faecal contamination. Can be fatal in young and old

Campylobacter jejuni

Severe gastroenteritis – leading cause of food poisoning in NZ

Shigella sonnei

Severe dysentery often from faecal contamination

Staphylococcus aureus

Invades respiratory tract, wounds and organs. Causes cellulitis, skin diseases/impetigo, abscesses, pneumonia, meningitis, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome and sepsis

Streptococcus dysgalactiae

Major cause of mastitis on udders and teats, but also causes joint inflammation (joint-ill) and meningitis

Klebsiella pneumonia

Respiratory infections including pneumonia, gut and skin infections, fever and mental confusion

Yersinia enterocolitica

Appendicitis-like symptoms as well as liver and spleen abscesses and involved in bloat in ruminants

Faecal coliforms

Gastroenteritis of varying severity in all animals

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Potentially fatal diseases of the lungs, urinary tract and kidneys. necrosis in wounds, gastrointestinal infections, pneumonia and septic shock/gangrene. If in gut under low phosphorus/unbalanced feed conditions will secrete lethal toxins

Clostridium spp.

Wound infections and gastroenteritis – including necrotic enteritis which destroys the gut lining

Giardia lambia

Protozoan parasite characterised by ‘explosive diarrhoea’, flatulence, bloating and abdominal pain – can be fatal

Cladosporium spp.

Respiratory disease especially in animals housed in poorly ventilated conditions

Aeromonas hydrophila

Gastroenteritis in young mammals, cholera symptoms and necrotising fasciitis. Antibiotic resistant.

Avian influenza virus

Pathogenic infection in birds and can be transferred to humans. High mortality

Toxigenic algae

Produces neurotoxins (attack the nervous system), cytotoxins (cellular death), endotoxins (causing skin rashes, allergic-type reactions, gastrointestinal and respiratory disease) and hepatotoxins (liver damage)

Leptospira interrogans ser. Icterohaemorrhagiae

Invades through skin injury or ingestion and colonises kidneys and liver, resulting in fever and flulike symptoms, with high risk of mortality from renal and hepatic failure

Citrobacter freundii

Infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, blood and intestinal disorders, as well as causing brain abscesses and meningitis

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Germany’s Dorothee Schneider and the elegant Sammy Davis Jr. Credit Tony Parkes

Article by Louise Parks

Two more legs of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2017/2018 Western European League have been completed at Salzburg in Austria, and the GBR favourite Olympia in London.

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Photo Cara Grimshaw/FEI

STARS SHINE IN THE WESTERN LEAGUE FEI WORLD CUP


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slotting into runner-up spot just 0.155 percentage points behind the super Swede who is now well on his way to the Final in Paris (FRA) next April. Kittel has had a great run, and with 75 points on the board is sitting pretty. But after tonight’s electrifying victory gallop during which he “high-fived” loads of spectators on his tour of the iconic Grand Hall, he said, “I take my hat off to the showjumpers, I don’t know how they do it - I’ve done three shows in a row and now it’s give me a glass of champagne and get me to bed, because I’m totally exhausted!” This win means even more to him because his only other visit to the London venue was a disaster. “The last time I was here was 13 years ago and I finished last. I went home in the lorry feeling really bad but my wife, Lyndal, said you have to go back, Olympia is an amazing show and you can’t leave it another 13 years!”   Fourth-last to go, it was Edward Gal’s score of 79.340 that Kittel was chasing when second-last into the ring. The Dutchman’s big moving stallion, Glock’s Zonik who topped yesterday’s Grand Prix, produced some breathtaking extensions and mesmerising trot-work, but the nine-year-old lost balance at times, and mistakes including a break in the one-tempi changes left them looking vulnerable. In total contrast Kittel and Delauney, produced a flawless performance. Kittel insisted he didn’t expect to win, “but my horse is such a trier”, the Swedish star said.  Faurie threw down a powerful challenge with a sensational test from the handsome stallion Delatio and set British Dressage fans’ hearts fluttering with excitement all over again. The expression of near-disbelief on the face of the three-time Olympian and

European team gold medallist when his score was announced said it all. “I’m in shock at the percentage score, not the performance, he was so great in the ring and I’m in love with this horse!” he said. “I was hoping to go one better than yesterday (when they finished fourth). I don’t know him that well yet because I’m only riding him a few months and I just wanted to do him justice”, he added. “I had too many mistakes tonight, but I’m pleased with Zonik” Gal said. Like all the other riders he heaped praise on the London fixture. “You don’t have an atmosphere like this anywhere else” he pointed out. “There was one woman screaming so loud I was wondering what’s happening here, do we need to call an ambulance or something?!”  Kittel meanwhile is already planning ahead. “I’ll take my other horse, Deja, to Amsterdam because he’s the one I want to ride at the Final” he explained. The Dutch city will host the next leg of the series when the action resumes at the end of January. 

RESULTS: 1, Delaunay OLD (Patrik Kittel) SWE 80.560; 2, Delatio (Emile Faurie) GBR 80.405; 3, Glock’s Zonik (Edward Gal) NED 79.340. STANDINGS IN THE FEI WORLD CUP™ DRESSAGE 2017/2018 WESTERN EUROPEAN LEAGUE AFTER ROUND 5 AT LONDON OLYMPIA (GBR): 1. Patrik Kittel SWE – 74 2. Dorothee Schneider GER - 55 3. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER - 42 3. Morgan Barbancon Mestre ESP - 42 5. Belinda Weinbauer AUT - 38 5. Fabienne Lutkemeier GER - 38 7. Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI - 37 8. Hayley Watson-Greaves GBR - 31 9. Daniel Bachmann Andersen DEN - 30 10. Madeleine Witte-Vries NED - 26 Photo Cara Grimshaw/FEI

Germany’s Dorothee Schneider and the 11-year-old gelding Sammy Davis Jr. nailed it with the harmony they showed in their tango-themed test in Salzburg. "Sammy wants to present himself and he loves to dance, so he’s the perfect Freestyle horse! He’s good-looking with a character to match, and today was our best score so far - it’s exciting because we are coming together as a pair more and more!" Schneider and Sammy blew the class wide open at number eight, putting 83.415 on the board. “I could feel in the warm-up that he was in really good shape - he’s been doing an amazing job over the last month!” Schneider said of her horse who finished individual 11th spot at the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg. They have the World Cup Final in Paris in their sights, but Schneider is not taking qualification for granted. She knows Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Fabienne Lutkemeier are snapping at her heels and that it’s far from done and dusted yet. “Sammy is going to have a rest over Christmas and then maybe we will go to Neumunster (GER) because I want to get Paris too, but it’s not going to be easy!”, she said. THEN IT WAS ON TO ROUND 5 AT LONDON’S OLYMPIA HALL. It seemed Sweden’s Patrick Kittel already had it in the bag, but along came the home side’s Emile Faurie with a last-to-go ride that almost overtook the league leader. Scoring 80.405, the British rider took even himself by surprise when

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RESULTS

Cherie Pearson & Black River Baroness

CANTERBURY CHAMPIONSHIPS

L1 PONY CHAMPION Maria Hendry and Willow Spring Jubilant RESERVE Emma Copplestone and Roselea Hearts Desire

L3 OPEN CHAMPION Lorraine Ward-Smith and Fernlea Diamond Day RESERVE Dianne Wallace and KP Dexter

L2 PONY CHAMPION Millie Thompson and Maxwelton Sunday Sam

L4 OPEN CHAMPION Rebecca Rowlands and Solo RESERVE Jan Morice and Denmark

L3 PONY CHAMPION Charlotte Thomas and Farview Free Spirit RESERVE Emma Copplestone and Dinky Di Doff L4 PONY CHAMPION Millie Thompson and Rifesyde Prancer RESERVE Meila Picard and Buckton Denniston L1 OPEN CHAMPION Jane Crichton and D Malia RESERVE Wendy Butler and Sisters II Whitney H L2 OPEN CHAMPION Sophie Logan and Vollrath La Vida RESERVE Holly Merritt and Geppetto

L5 OPEN CHAMPION Julie Fraser and Arnage Rhumba RESERVE Sonya McLachlin Alliarna L6 OPEN CHAMPION Melissa Galloway and Windermere JObèi W RESERVE Nicola Maley and Astek Galahad L7 OPEN CHAMPION Gillian Edgar and Cordacious RESERVE Lauren Haig and Westford Lanciano L8 OPEN CHAMPION Melissa Galloway and Windermere Johanson W RESERVE Barbara Chalmers and Rossellini

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RESULTS

Janelle Sangster-Ward & SWE Sandera

Lorraine Ward-Smith & Fernlea Diamond Day

Jane Jackson & Astek Galileo

Anna Gale & Bloomfield Royal Allure

Rilee McMeekin & Solitar Storm

Helen Trotman & Bugsy Malone

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Kieryn Walton & Shimmer VP

TAIHAPE CHAMPIONSHIPS HANOVERIAN SASH LEVEL 1-3 Kieryn Walton and Wisdom WDS HANOVERIAN SASH LEVEL 4-9 Kieryn Walton and Rosari Don Carlos L1 AMATEUR CHAMPION Grace Purdie and Taurimu Renaissance RESERVE Julia Dodds and Dorissimo L2 AMATEUR CHAMPION Jenny Clark and Mon Bleu Ciel RESERVE Kay Vercoe and Don Quintin YOUNG RIDER CHAMPION Emma Dickons and Scottish Lad RESERVE Grace Purdie and Taurimu Renaissance L1 OPEN CHAMPION Kellie Hamlett and Astek Geronimo RESERVE Rochelle Speirs and Furstin Feliciana L2 OPEN CHAMPION Kieryn Walton and Wisdom WDS RESERVE Lilly Jefferies and Baltic Zena K

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L3 OPEN CHAMPION Ann Webster and Oroana Morepork RESERVE Tania Smith and Donnerbella II L4 OPEN CHAMPION Willa Aitken and Alpha Beta RESERVE Emma Dickons and Sir Oakridge SF L5 OPEN CHAMPION Peter Barke and Parkridge Donnamour RESERVE Carol Bloomfield and Mercury Arisen L6 OPEN CHAMPION Paula Brown and Vollrath Le Vivre RESERVE Liz Hutson and Hapsburg PSH L7 OPEN CHAMPION Kieryn Walton and Rosari Don Carlos RESERVE Rosanne Rix and Lindisfarne Laurette L9 OPEN CHAMPION Debbie Barke and Lucrative SW RESERVE Julie Pearson and Zinstar


RESULTS

Fenella Nevill & Donner Rouge

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER

WHAT’S ON JANUARY 2018 | NORTH ISLAND 13/14

Taranaki Championships

Back on Track Premier League

Egmont A & P SG

17

Wairoa Riding Club

Local

Wairoa A & P SG

18

Wairoa A & P Society

Local

Wairoa A & P SG

19/21

NICH & AMDG Festival

Back on Track Premier League

Clevedon A & P SG

20/21

Wairarapa Championships

Back on Track Premier League

Solway SG Masterton

27/28

Waikato Festival of Dressage

Back on Track Premier League

Taupo NEC

29

Dressage Waitemata Local Day

Local

Woodhill Sands

FEBRUARY 2018 | NORTH ISLAND (** Amended date) 4

**Dressage Rotorua Anniversary Day Show

Local

Riverdale SG, Ngongotaha

10

Te Puke A&P 112th Lifestyle Show

Local

SG Rd, Te Puke

11

Dressage Waitemata Local Day

Local

Woodhill Sands

11

Dressage Wellington Summer Series

Training

Trentham Memorial Park

11

Northland Dressage Fundraising

Local

Barge Park SG

15/18

Bates National Championships

Back on Track Premier League

Manfeild Park

18

Taupo Dressage Group Accumulator

Training

Taupo NEC

25

Autumn Series Day 1

Local

Clevedon A & P SG

25

Gisborne Dressage Summer Tournament

Local

Gisborne SG

25

** Warkworth Dressage Group Local Day

Local

Warkworth A&P SG

MARCH 2018 | NORTH ISLAND 4

Dressage Wellington Summer Series

Training

Trentham Memorial Park

4

Waikato Equestrian Centre Autumn Dressage

Local

Waikato Equestrian Centre

13/18

Horse of the Year Show

INT/NAT/YDH Back on Track Premier League

Hawkes Bay A & P SG

18

Warkworth Dressage Group Local Day

Local

Warkworth A&P SG

25

Gisborne Dressage Autumn Series #1

Local

Gisborne Showgrounds

25

Taupo Dressage Group Accumulator day 2

Training

Taupo NEC

JANUARY 2018 | SOUTH ISLAND 13/14

Nelson Championships

Back on Track Premier League

Rough Island Equestrian Park

13/14

Southland Dressage Summer

Local

Gore A & P SG

21

NLEC Summer Dressage

Local

Rangiora A & P SG

26/28

South Island Festival of Dressage

Back on Track Premier League

McLeans Island NEC

28

NEG Summer Series

Local

Harrs Road

FEBRUARY 2018 | SOUTH ISLAND 10/11

Otago Festival of Dressage

Local

Otago Taieri A&P SG

17/18

SCNO Summer Championship

Local

Winchester SG

18

NLEC Summer dressage

Local

Rangiora A & P SG

25

Dressage Marlborough Summer 3

Local

Marlborough Equestrian Park

25

NEG Day 2 Summer Series

Local

Harrs Road

MARCH 2018 | SOUTH ISLAND 4

Dressage Canterbury Autumn Series Day 1

Local

McLeans Island NEC

10/11

Dressage Otago Tournament

Local

Taieri A&P SG

17/18

Dressage Southland

Local

Gore A & P SG

18

NLEC Summer Dressage

Local

Rangiora A & P SG

25

NEG Day 3 Summer Series

Local

Harrs Road

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER

WHAT’S ON SOUTH ISLAND BACK ON TRACK PREMIER LEAGUE EVENTS 9/10 Dec

Southland

Gore SG

13/14 Jan

Nelson

Rough Island Equestrian Park

27/28 Jan

SI Championships

Christchurch NEC

NORTH ISLAND BACK ON TRACK PREMIER LEAGUE EVENTS 8/10 Dec

Waitemata

Woodhill Sands

16/17 Dec

Taihape

Taihape SG

16/17 Dec

Northland

Barge Park - Whangarei

13/14 Jan

Taranaki

Egmont SG - Hawera

19/21 Jan

AMDG Festival & NI Championships

Clevedon SG

20/21 Jan

Wairarapa

Solway SG - Masterton

27/28 Jan

Waikato Festival of Dressage

Taupo NEC

15/18 Feb

Bates National Championships CDI 3*/Y

Manfeild Park - Feilding

13/18 Mar

Horse of the Year Show CDI 3*/ Y

Hawkes Bay SG - Hastings

21/22 Apr

NZ U25 Dressage Championships

Taupo NEC

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

JAN MITCHELL APPOINTED AS NATIONAL DRESSAGE SELECTOR Canterbury’s Jan Mitchell has been appointed as the SI based national selector, replacing Robin Haberfield who did not seek reappointment when his term concluded in late 2017. Dressage NZ pays tribute to Robin for his commitment, knowledge and integrity he bought to the role. Jan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role having been on the Judges List for forty five years including over fifteen years as a List 2. She trained and competed her own horse Kinross up to Intermediate I Level 7, where they were prominent over a six year period, winning the Canterbury Advanced Championship five times. They also won the South Island advanced Championship on numerous

occasions and competed at the National Championships in both islands. Jan is no stranger to international competition having competed at three World Challenges under the Samsung banner including Taupo in 1992. It was in that same year that the combination was selected to compete for NZL at Lochinvar in NSW at Australia’s first CDI along with Auckland’s Anna Hill and Fleur, Jan also being the groom on the plane flying with the horses During her competitive years, Jan attended many training session with

international coaches including Eric Lette, Col Niggli, Gisela Holstein, Lockie Richards and Melle van Bruggen. She has judged at the nationals and island championships in both islands many times. “It is a great honour to be part of the selection team and I am keen to give the position my best and hopefully add to our ongoing success” said Jan.

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SERIES LEADERBOARDS

SERIES LEADERBOARDS SOUTH ISLAND SUPER 5 LEAGUE

FIBER FRESH LEVEL 5

Includes: BOP, SCNO, OTAGO, ASH, MARL, CTBY, STHLD

Southwell Rendevouz

Rebecca Rowlands

22

VETPRO LEVEL 1

Alliarna

Sonja McLachlan

21

Sisters II Whitney H

Wendy Butler

31

Arnage Rhumba

Julie Fraser

17

D’Malia

Jane Crichton

27

Lodestar

Seija Parkkali-Glew

10

Lartego

Carol Pointon

14

HOBSON HORSECOACHES LEVEL 6

Solitar Storm

Rilee McMeekin

14

Windermere Jobei W

Melissa Galloway

20

Dell Boy LS

Helene Wylie

14

Caithness Masquerade

Anna Terrell

13

Florin

Kristen Anderson-Strang

10

Nicola Maley

7

MATTHEWS HANOVERIANS LEVEL 2 Corundum

Vivienne Young

24

Astek Galahad

Glenview Caballero

Estrella Mooney

19

CUSTOM LOGISTIC LEVEL 7

Belvoir

Linda Cocks

17

Cordacious

Gillian Edgar

19

Whispers Matapiro

Emma Rowe-Pledger

14

Rakaunui Embracing

Jude Nickolls

11

Flensburg DeLazio

Bailey Mcintosh

14

Gammon KS

Joy White

9

Frangelico F

Sophie Griffiths

7

HERITAGE EQUINE LEVEL 3 Fernlea Diamond Day

Lorraine Ward-Smith

40

ANDREA RAVES DRESSAGE LEVEL 8

Gurteens Velvet

Rachel Thomas

14

Rossellini

Barbara Chalmers

27

Te Puke

Charlotte Thomas

10

Windermere Johanson W

Melissa Galloway

12

Black River Baroness

Cherie Pearson

10

Il Divo

Gael Kofoed

5

Rosari Ringo Star

Tyler McKee

10

Leo Dreams Of Gold

Fiona Sharp

3

DUNSTAN HORSEFEEDS LEVEL 4

SUPERIOR RUBBER SURFACES GRAND PRIX

Solo

Rebecca Rowlands

28

Greenmoor Euphoria

Danielle Simpson

28

Katja

Beverley Uttridge

12

Denmark

Jan Morice

17

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SERIES LEADERBOARDS

SERIES LEADERBOARDS NORTH ISLAND SUPER 5 LEAGUE

HOBSON HORSECOACHES LEVEL 6

Includes: BOP, CD, WGTN, GIS, NHB, SHB, WAIT, NTHLD, THPE VETPRO LEVEL 1 Astek Geronimo

Kellie Hamlett

40

RM Suzie Q

Debbie Barke

37

Griffindor MH

Molly Lumb

20

HSP Soe

Henrike Puketapu

20

MATTHEWS HANOVERIANS LEVEL 2 Mon Bleu Ciel

Jenny Clarke

24

Sayonara FE

Kallista Field

20

Dolce Vita RB

Mandy Littlejohn

20

Real Flirty RE

Tracey Smith

17

Astronomical

Natalie Short

17

HERITAGE EQUINE LEVEL 3 Rustic Challenge

Ann Wester

28

Oranoa Morepork

Ann Wester

27

Donnerbella II

Tania Smith

21

Stoneylea Farrah

Louisa Ayres

19

DUNSTAN HORSEFEEDS LEVEL 4 Sir Oakridge SF

Emma Dickons

31

Summerstone Hit

Louisa Ayres

22

Hot Gossip

Betty Brown

21

Alpha Beta

Wila Aitken

19

Schindlers Liszt

Christine Weal

21

NSC Pronto

Vanessa Way

17

Alamo BL

Sophie de Clifford

17

Surreal BC

Angela Hooper

15

Wolkenstein BC

Louise Duncan

15

Craighaven Allanon

Nicola Essex

15

NRM KH Arion

Vanessa Way

20

Vollrath Leila

Carole Christensen

19

Hapsburgh PSH

Liz Hutson

15

Ardmore

Lucarne Dolley

14

CUSTOM LOGISTIC LEVEL 7 Vollrath Latimer

Rochelle Speirs

28

Lindisfarne Laureate

Rosanne Rix

27

Ruanuku R

Angela Lloyd

10

Atmospheric

Natalie Short

8

ANDREA RAVES FETTERMAN LEVEL 8 Back on Track Astute

Toni Louisson

27

Georgio

Jacqui Thompson

15

Playmate

Louisa Ayres

12

Furst Fellini

Julie Brougham

7

NRM Andreas

Vanessa Way

7

Saskatoon

Nicky Pope

7

SUPERIOR RUBBER SURFACES – GRAND PRIX Dancealong

Susan Tomlin

20

Zinstar

Julie Pearson

13

Don Amour MH

Wendi Williamson

12

Rosari Royal Gem

Caitlin Benzie

11

FIBER FRESH LEVEL 5

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SERIES LEADERBOARDS SOUTH ISLAND ZILCO DRESSAGE TO MUSIC SERIES LEADERS

NORTH ISLAND ZILCO DRESSAGE TO MUSIC SERIES LEADERS

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LEVEL 2

Includes: BOP, SCNO, OTAGO, ASH, MARL,CTBY, STHLD

Includes: BOP, CD, WGTN, GIS, NHB, SHB, WAIT,NTHLD THPE

Belvoir

Linda Cocks

24

Mon Bleu Ciel

Jenny Clarke

29

Geppetto

Holly Merritt

22

Aroha MH

Hannah Burden

20

Glenview Caballero

Estrella Mooney

17

HPH Levitate

Sachleen Jaur

17

Wishispers Matapiro

Emma Rowe-Pledger

17

Baltic Zena K

Lilly Jefferies

14

Mackpherson

Shelagh Nolan

14

40

Rosies Prince Charming

Geraldine Managh

14

Helen Young

14

LEVEL 3 Fernlea Diamond Day

Lorraine Ward-Smith

Three Aces

Tiffany Ottley

19

Floating Currency

Lavetta

Kerryn McLean

15

LEVEL 3

Gurteens Velvet

Rachel Thomas

12

Oranoa Morepork

Ann Webster

41

LEVEL 4

Rustic Challenge

Ann Webster

33

Greenmoor Euphoria

Danielle Simpson

41

HPH Prospero

Lucy Russell

24

Rifesyde Prancer

Millie Thompson

31

Donnerbella II

Tania Smith

24

Solo

Rebecca Rowlands

29

LEVEL 4

Fernando MH

Nicki Ford

17

Sir Oakridge SF

Emma Dickons

28

Denmark

Jan Morice

17

Hot Gossip

Betty Brown

24

Laila Dawn

Nicki Sunley

19

Willa Aitken

19

LEVEL 5 Southwell Rendevouz

Rebecca Rowlands

28

Alpha Beta

Alliarna

Sonja McLachlan

24

LEVEL 5

Lodestar

Seija Parkkali-Glew

19

Parkridge Donnamour

Peter Barke

21

Arnage Rhumba

Julie Fraser

10

Wolkenstein BC

Louise Duncan

21

Integrities Promise

Danielle Simpson

10

NSC Pronto

Vanessa Way

20

Grandiosie

Janna Greene

10

Alamo BL

Sophie de Clifford

20

Cordacious

Gillan Edgar

19

Lindisfarne Laureate

Rosanne Rix

35

Rakaunui Embracing

Jude Nickolls

15

Vollrath Leila

Carole Christensen

24

Windermere Jobei W

Melissa Galloway

14

Vollrath Latimer

Rochelle Speirs

21

Caithness Masquerade

Anna Terrell

12

NRM KH Arion

Vanessa Way

20

Rossellini

Barbara Chalmers

27

Back on Track Astute

Toni Louisson

25

Windermere Johanson W

Melissa Galloway

17

Georgio

Jacqui Thompson

17

Leo Dreams of Gold

Fiona Sharp

3

Playmate

Louisa Ayres

12

II Divo

Gael Kofoed

3

Donnerheim

Vanessa Fenemor

10

Stoneylea Gay Duchess II

Helen Williamson

3

GRAND PRIX

ADVANCED

ADVANCED

LEVEL 8

LEVEL 8

GRAND PRIX

Dancealong

Susan Tomlin

28

No scores to date

Rosari Royal Gem

Caitlin Benzie

17

Zinstar

Julie Pearson

15

BL About Time

Penny Castle

14

Don Amour MH

Wendi Williamson

14

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SERIES LEADERBOARDS AMS SADDLERY PONY & YOUNG RIDER PERFORMANCE AWARDS Ashhurst’s Emma Dickons retains a commanding lead in the quest chase for the AMS top prize – a dressage saddle. There are still a number of events in the series with double points to count at the SI Festival of Dressage and at the grand finale, the U25 National Championships at the NEC Taupo in April. Although riders can only count their top 5 scores in the league, their incentive is to keep competing to get better scores and get in the next bracket of points. Two of the current top 5 leaders will earn no further points as they are both heading off shore. Waipawa’s Willa Aitken is heading to the Mt St John Stud in the UK for work experience and Hannah van der Horst is heading to France on a Rotary Exchange where she will continue her studies at Saint-Pol-surTernoise approximately two hours north west of Paris. Sir Oakridge SF

Emma Dickons

L4

38

Alpha Beta

Willa Aitken

L4

30

Baltic Zena K

Lilly Jefferies

L2

27

Rifesyde Prancer

Millie Thompson

L4

23

Moby'll Do

Hannah Van der Horst

L6

23

Redwood Furst Affair

Morgan Beere

L1

22

L&P

Tylah Brown

L1

22

Willow Spring Jubilant

Maria Hendry

L1

21

Kingslea Busy Bee

Bella Small

L2/3

21

Plutonium Lady

Brina Carpenter

L3/4

20

PRESTIGE EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE FUTURES PRIZE It’s still tight at the top of this Leaderboard for 4-10 year old horses with last year’s winner Lorraine Ward-Smith(SCNO) and Kellie Hamlett and Astek Geronimo (Bay of Plenty) still locked at the top of the ome breathing space as the series progresses. Astek Geronimo

Kellie Hamlett

40

Fernlea Diamond Day

Lorraine Ward-Smith

40

Solo

Rebecca Rowlands

28

Greenmoor Euphoria

Danielle Simpson

28

Rustic Challenge

Ann Webster

28

Oranoa Morepork

Ann Webster

27

Mon Bleu Ciel

Jenny Clarke

24

FLYING HORSE MASTERS TOP TEN LEAGUE Ann Webster and Oranoa Morepork (Featherston) are having a fabulous season and now lead the North island Hi-Points with a maximum 100 pts from Jenny Clarke (Mon Beau Ciel) on 85. In the south, Canterbury’s Jane Crichton and D Malia have scored the maximum 100pts also and lead from Diane Wallace on KP Dexter with 85

ALLINFLEX AMATEUR TOP TEN LEAGUE CURRENT LEADERS: Section 1 Level 1 Riders CN - C3: Carla Harcourt & Ricker Ridge Zachary Section 2 Level 2 Riders CN - C4: Vivienne Young & Corundum Section 3 Level 3 Riders CN - C5: Lorraine Ward-Smith & Fernlea Diamond Day Section 4 Level 4 Riders CN - C5: Dani Simpson & Greenmoor Euphoria Newcomer: Diane Elliot & Golden Moment Amateur Owner: Lorraine Ward-Smith & Fernlea Diamond Day

HORSE SPORTS PONY & YOUNG RIDER TOP TEN LEAGUE CURRENT LEADERS: L1 Ponies: Grace Purdie & Taurimu Renaissance L2 Ponies: Emily Hastings & Glendale Nightlight L3 & 4 Ponies: Bella Small & Kingslea Busy Bee L1 Horses: Rilee McMeekin & Solitar Storm L2 Horses: Georgia Gibbons & LSH Constantine L3 & 4 Horses: Brina Carpenter & Plutonium Lady NI Top Score 12yrs & Under: Grace Purdie & Taurimu Renaissance SI Top Score 12yrs & Under: Brooklyn Crow & Rifesyde Firefly Newcomer: Grace Purdie & Taurimu Renaissance

DRESSAGE TOP TEN LEAGUES The link to the rules for the Top Ten Leagues are here. Enter the Top Ten Leagues on Equestrian Entries. This is your opportunity to compete against other riders from all over New Zealand : http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/dressage/competition/rules/series-rules/

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SEASON PREVIEW

NEW SEASON UNDERWAY BATES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 15 -18 February 2018 SATURDAYhttps://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/dressage-musical-spectacular-2018/feilding NIGHT DRESSAGE SPECTACULAR TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT EVENTFINDER Join us at Manfeild for this fabulous celebration event and anniversary party following the Saturday night Musical Spectacular Entries will close Friday 19th January 2018 on www.equestrianentries.co.nz No entry will be accepted unless payment is recorded in the Dressage NZ account by Monday 22nd January. This rule will be strictly enforced for 2018. No payment reminders will be issued It is also the rider responsibility to ensure that all rider and horse regos are current until 18 February. It is recommended that these are current to at least that date at the time of entry. Riders competing in CDI***/**/Y/P should ensure their horse and rider 2018 FEI registrations and horse passports where required are also current at time of entry and have these processed in plenty of time via ESNZ office. Entries are now open on Equestrian Entries where you can also view the schedule and qualifications. International Judges include: Eddie de Wolff van Westerrode (5* NED) Elke Ebert (4* GER) Ricky McMillan (4* AUS) HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW Hastings 13 -18 March 2018 This event features a CDI 3* / Y plus Young dressage horse classes for 4-7 year olds for the first time. Qualifications can be viewed on the ESNZ/Dressage website http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/dressage/whats-new/news/2017/november/bateshttp://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/dressage/whats-new/news/2017/november/bates-nationals-horse-of-the-year-qualifications/ nationals-horse-of-the-year-qualifications/ International Judges include: Mary Seefried and Maria Schwennesen (5*AUS) Hennning Lehrmann (4*GER) SI FESTIVAL OF FUTURE STARS NEC Christchurch 14/15 April 2018 Hosted by Dressage Canterbury – schedule to be advised NI FUTURE STARS FESTIVAL Taupo 19/22 April 2018 Incorporating the Elite Equine Young Horse Festival, the 2018 FEI World Dressage Challenge and the Equestrian Entries U25 National Dressage Championships Schedules to follow EQUESTRIAN ENTRIES NZ U25 NATIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS April 21/22 2018 - Taupo NEC Featuring the Hyland Pony Championship & Waldebago Young Rider Championship, York Corporation Inter-Island Team Challenge and the final round of the AMS Saddlery Pony & Young Rider Performance League. No prior qualification required. Entries only on www.equestrianentries.co.nz 40 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | JANUARY 2018


SEASON PREVIEW SUPER 5 DRESSAGE LEAGUE The 2017-18 Super 5 League comprises a points series in each island at all graded Levels 1-9 (top 5 points only to count) plus an island final at both the South Island Festival of Dressage and the Bates National Championships. National Super 5 rankings will be determined from % in each level at both these events. Tests used for Super 5 League at Premier League Events: Levels 1 to 5 - C Tests, Level 6 FEI PSG v 2017, Level 7 - FEI Intermediate I v 2017, Level 8 FEI Intermediate B v 2017, Level 9 Regional Events - FEI Intermediate II or Grand Prix 2017. South Island Festival of Dressage & Bates National Championships SRS Final - FEI Intermediate II 2017. Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ ZILCO MUSICAL FREESTYLE SERIES The crowd pleasing Zilco Musical Freestyle Series will be a feature again this season. The competition comprises two Island Series contested at Premier League Events (Top 5 scores to count). The North Island Series completes at the Horse of the Year Show and the South Island Series completes at the South Island Festival of Dressage. The series includes Levels 2 to 9 (Advanced levels 6/7 combined). Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ. Note: If events choose to split the 6/7 musicals into separate classes because of large numbers, then Leaderboard points may be awarded for each division subject to there being a minimum 15 starters in each class. If not the 5 highest % across both classes will be awarded points. ELITE EQUINE YOUNG DRESSAGE HORSE CHAMPIONSHIPS The purpose of the competitions are to select the best young horse which is progressing on the correct way of training, with the potential to capably perform at International Dressage level. The Elite Equine National Young Horse Dressage Championship & Age Group Championships will be held at the Bates National Championships 15 –18 Feb 2018 at Manfeild Park. Elite Equine are also naming rights sponsors of the Young Horse Festival at Taupo NEC 19/20 April to be held in conjunction with the 2018 FEI World Dressage Challenge PRESTIGE EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE FUTURES PRIZE The Prestige Equestrian Futures Prize will be awarded to the best performed combination competing in the Super 5 League at Premier League Events from October 2017 – February 2018 and meeting the following eligibility conditions. 4 -10 year old horses competing at Levels 1 - 7 with riders who have no grading points in Level 8 or above on any horse. The prize is a fabulous Prestige Saddle. (Riders may only win the saddle prize once) Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ 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 Premier League Event, will run Pony and Young Rider classes at Levels 1 and 2, plus scores will be taken from Super 5 tests at Level 3 and above. The league will culminate at the U25 NZ Pony & Championships in April 2018. Competitors must be 20 years or under at 1 August 2017 to participate. AMS League winner to receive a fabulous dressage saddle prize generously sponsored by AMS Saddlery (Auckland). Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ

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NEW SEASON UNDERWAY ...Continued

FLYING HORSE MASTERS TOP TEN LEAGUE This competition is designed to promote dressage competition and participation for Masters Riders. The Flying Horse series provides an opportunity for riders to compete against peers at five different levels at all levels of events and competition regardless whether riders compete locally, regionally or nationally. The competition will be open to riders 50 years & over as at 1 January 2017 and is run in five main divisions plus special awards from 1st August 2017 until 30th April 2018. View full conditions and enter on www.equestrianentries.co.nz Entries only on www.equestrianentries.co.nz ALLINFLEX AMATEUR TOP TEN LEAGUE The AllinFlex Amateur Top Ten League id held from 1 August 2017 until 30th April 2018. The competition is open to Category CN - C5 riders aged 21yrs and over as at 1 August 2017 (C5 riders have less than 15 Level 6 or above points) Riders must be annual competitive members of the ESNZ. All participating horses must be ESNZ registered and have an annual dressage for Dressage. View full conditions and enter on www.equestrianentries.co.nz Entries only on www.equestrianentries.co.nz

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HORSE SPORTS YOUNG RIDER AMATEUR TOP TEN LEAGUE Pony & Young Riders who have earned less than 15pts points at level 5 or above, and are competing on horses or ponies up to Level 4 at 1/8/17 can compete in the Horse Sports League. All participating riders, ponies & horses must be fully ESNZ registered and horses and ponies must have an annual start for dressage. Scores from 1/8/17 until 30/4/18 will count towards the Horse Sports League. Level 1 horses & ponies must be competed by riders with less than 15 Level 3 or above points at 1/8/17, Level 2 by riders with less than 15 Level 4 or above points and Level 3 & 4 and above by riders with less than 15 points at level 5 and above as at 1/8/17. The top 10 scores in graded competitions will count. In the event of a tie, the ave Top 10 score will win. There will be rosettes for the top placed horse and top placed pony in each area, plus national champions and reserves in all six divisions. View full conditions and enter on www.equestrianentries.co.nz Entries only on www.equestrianentries.co.nz

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DIRECTORY

DRESSAGE DIRECTORY Dressage Area Group Websites and other useful links.

Equestrian Sports NZ/Dressage www.nzequestrian.org.nz/dressage www.facebook.com/DressageNZ www.facebook.com/EquestrianSportsNZ www.facebook.com/DressageNZU25Championships www.facebook.com/StableoftheStallions Dressage Bay of Islands www.sporty.co.nz/bayofislandsdressagegroup Dressage Northland www.sporty.co.nz/dressagenorthland

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

Dressage Waitemata www.dressagewaitemata.co.nz

Dressage Taranaki www.dressagetaranaki.co.nz

Dressage Warkworth www.warkworthdressage.webs.com

Dressage Wellington www.dressagewellington.org.nz

Dressage Auckland - Manukau www.amdg.org.nz

Dressage Horowhenua   www.horowhenuadressage.com

Dressage Waikato www.dressagewaikato.co.nz

Dressage Wairarapa www.dressagewairarapa.com

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

Dressage Nelson    www.nelsondressage.webs.com

Dressage Gisborne www.gisbornedressage.org.nz

Dressage Marlborough www.sporty.co.nz/marlboroughdressage

Dressage Bay of Plenty www.dressagebayofplenty.co.nz

Dressage Canterbury www.canterburydressage.co.nz

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

Dressage Otago www.dressageotago.webs.com

Dressage Rotorua         www.sporty.co.nz/dressagerotorua

Dressage Southland www.dressage-southland.com

Dressage Tauranga        www.dressagetauranga.co.nz 

National Equestrian Centres www.nzequestrian.org.nz

Dressage Taupo www.sporty.co.nz/taupodressagegroup

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northgate Lodge www.northgatelodgeequestrian.com (Northland)

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