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Issue 37 | October 2019

Developmental Orthopaedic Diseases in Young Horses AUSTRALIAN INTERSCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Kiwi judges succeed in Warendorf NATIONAL COMPETITION CIRCUIT

Holly A CHAT WITH HOLLY MOORMAN


EDITORIAL

FROM THE EDITOR WELCOME TO ISSUE THIRTY SEVEN OF THE DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN

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YOUR BUSINESS COULD BE HERE sarah@snaffledesign.co.nz

ove it or hate it, Facebook is a fascinating beast. It takes the blame for a lot of bad behaviour, which is not the fault of the platform, but directly attributable to the individuals posting the inappropriate content. I see questions and comments about dressage and our organization being posted which often result in a variety of answers many of which are far from factual. These in turn have the potential to create more problems than they solve, creating further misinformation and confusion. If you have a question? Please just ask us directly. But that issue aside, nearly every day I see posts asking for volunteers at events. The most sought-after volunteers seem to be writers, arena teams and runners. All of these tasks are vital to the competition delivery and can be carried out in part by willing competitors. A recent comprehensive volunteer study shows that • The factors particularly strongly associated with recent volunteers continuing to volunteer include enjoyment, making a difference, not feeling pressured and not having too much of their time taken up. • The most common negative experiences include too much time being taken up, being out of pocket and being pressured to do more. • Volunteers who feel pressured to do more or that too much of their time is taken up are less likely to carry on volunteering. • Of those interested in future opportunities, opportunities to dip in and out appeal more than giving time on a regular basis. The key message for our sport is that we cannot rely on the same volunteers, show after show, year after year. This applies to area group administration, event management and tasks at events. The key message for competitors is that if you want volunteers to keep giving up their precious free time for you, please be seen to be doing some volunteering yourself in order that you can continue to enjoy participating in the sport you love. Think hard when you get to the box on the online entry form asking you to give a little of your time.

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NEW TESTS Q&A

MITAVITE NUTRITION

AUSTRALIAN INTERSCHOOL

THE PERFECT SURFACE

Each month we will debunk your questions around the new tests and movements...

Mitavites discusses the Developmental Orthopaedic Diseases in Young Horses...

Championships, where the girls made us proud, very proud indeed...

Staying on top with expert arena builder Trevor Kouwenhoven...

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GERMAN YOUNG HORSE CHAMPS

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN

SOUTHLAND WINTER FESTIVAL

OUR PEOPLE

Elite Frozen Foals NZ bring you the latest news from across Europe...

DNZ & Dressage Taranaki have teamed up to deliver a three-day Festival of Dressage...

Plenty to celebrate and lots of smiley faces from Dressage Southland...

Harvey Bell & Jos Gresham are this months Official and Volunteer of the month...

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NATIONAL NEWS

SELECTORS NEWS

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he national selectors terms of reference provide for a four-year term for each of the three members on a rotational basis in order that not all selectors retire concurrently. Judy Alderdice decided not to make herself available for a further term from 2019. A huge thanks to Judy for the leadership, dedication and time you contributed to this national selector role. Judy retains the role of ESNZ High Performance Selector until after Tokyo 2020.

KAREN ANDERSON APPOINTED AS NORTH ISLAND BASED NATIONAL SELECTOR Bay of Plenty based Karen Anderson has been appointed to the three strong national selectors panel. Karen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. She feels honoured to have been appointed, looks forward to working with her fellow selectors and riders. Karen has been a longtime dressage competitor (recently retired) and has produced several horses, the most notable being Komplete Kaos that she bought as an unbroken two-year-old and produced to Grand Prix with success both nationally and in Australia. She is also an FEI Level 1 steward so is accustomed to working alongside riders in a competition environment. “I look forward to bringing a wide range of knowledge, experience & understanding to the role.

MARGS CARLINE ELECTED CHAIR OF SELECTORS When the Chair of Selectors retires, the new panel of selectors appoints their own Chair. The 2019 panel has appointed Waikato based Margs Carline. On her appointment Margs had this message: “After only a short time on the selection panel I am now in the position of heading our small team. In the role of Chief Selector I am supported very capably by Jan Mitchell from the South Island and recently appointed to the team Karen Anderson in the North Island. Karen’s appointment was due to the retirement of Judy Alderdice, whose experience, leadership and input will be greatly missed. Part of my role is also as a member of the Performance Committee who are currently working on some exciting new ideas for helping to shape the future of our sport. It is the intention of selectors to make the best use of the limited resources available to support riders and their coaches to maximise performance, help riders set and achieve goals and further encourage the “correct way of going”. In the future the selection of combinations and teams for available positions may be by application where riders will be asked to outline their aims, philosophies and to list their recent results. Please be mindful that presentation of applications is important when there are several to be assessed these should be clear, concise and cover the required information. I will be present at many of the Regional Championships and when time permits, am willing to discuss any issues or ideas riders and their support team may have around selection processes. We are working together to improve the standard of dressage in New Zealand so that we may be better recognised on the International stage and importantly to present graceful and harmonious pictures to our interested public.” OCTOBER 2019 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 5


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BONE DENSITY & SOUNDNESS In Youngstock & Performance Horses

Bonafide® explained: The active ingredient in Bonafide® is Quinaquanone, a water soluble, bio-available form of Vitamin K1 & K2. Vitamin K1 & K2 has a critical effect on the function of osteocalcin, the bone protein that binds the mineral and protein in bone together. Without sufficient Vitamin K the binding process is incomplete and low density or defective bone and cartilage are produced. There is an established correlation between bone density and the incidence of OCDs and DODs in yearlings and DMD (shin soreness) in 2 year olds and trials have proven a marked increase in bone density on Bonafide® treated 2 year olds. The Mitavite® range of super premium breeding and race feeds now contain Bonafide®. These include the market leading race feeds Formula 3®, Athlete Plus™ and XLR8®, our trusted breeding feeds Breeda®, Promita® and Yearling Prep®, our specialty feed for old horses Gumnuts® and our muesli concentrate Munga®.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Q&A ESNZ DRESSAGE TESTS 2019 Since the introduction of the new tests, there have been some rider and judge queries about some of the new movements. Here are some tips for Advanced Medium 6A & 6B from a full document of explanatory notes which can be found at www.nzequestrian.org.nz/disciplines/dressage/resources/dressage-tests/ ADVANCED TEST 6A: MULTIPLE CHANGES ON THE DIAGONAL, MOVEMENT 24:

HXF Change Rein – Three single flying changes of lead, near first quarter line, at x, and near last quarterline Directive for Execution: The directive is that judges do not need to count strides, but just follow the directive of the placement of the changes (near quarter line, near X, near quarter line. There is no reward for 4x changes, etc., but also no punishment. The main concerns of the judges are: • The quality, balance, collection and control of the changes and that they are placed as per the movement near the quarter line, near centre line, near quarter line. If the rider does not meet the directive of the placement then there are reasons for a negative effect on the mark

ADVANCED TEST 6B: QUARTER WORKING CANTER PIROUETTE, MOVEMENT 17 HX On diagonal develop very collected canter, Approaching X Working pirouette left toward the letter M

MOVEMENT 20: MX On diagonal develop very collected canter, Approaching X Working pirouette right toward the letter H • This is less than a half pirouette in size, (a quarter pirouette) as the rider comes in on one diagonal and goes out on another • Rider should accentuate the collection and control whilst executing this pirouette • Horse should clearly take weight over the quarters and stay in a clear canter rhythm and balance with slight bend to the left/right • Diagonals should be precisely ridden lines.

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NUTRITION

DEVELOPMENTAL ORTHOPAEDIC DISEASES IN YOUNG HORSES Article by Gail Sramek BApplSc Agr – Consulting Nutritionist to Mitavite

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OD or Developmental Orthopaedic Diseases is a term given to a range of conditions that occur in the growing horse. They generally encompass conditions such as physitis, oseochondrosis, angular limb and flexural deformities, and vertebral and tarsal bone malformations. The occurrence of DOD is associated with irregularities of skeletal growth that is linked with how the cartilage is converted to bone by a process known as endochrondral ossification. The typical time for the onset of physitis and osteochondrosis is from approximately 3-20 months for osteochondrosis and 4-12 months for physitis. These are critical times where the formation of good, solid bone needs to be achieved to minimise the incidence of the disease. There are some key factors that when combined can contribute to DOD.

These include: • Excessive growth • Feeding an unbalanced ration • Genetics - some breeds are more susceptible to bone growth disorders • Trauma and exercise - excessive exercise may contribute to bone disorders. Free paddock exercise in a paddock no smaller than 5 acres will allow young horses to develop muscle to support the bone and build bone density • Hormonal factors

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Nutrition can have a large impact on the incidence of DOD particularly in the areas of energy intake and correct mineral balances. The growth rate of a horse is related to the energy a young growing horse receives. It is important that optimal growth rates are obtained, not maximum when growing out young horses. Research on DOD has suggested that rapid growth is a major contributing factor to DOD in some horses. Feeding excess energy levels above approximately 130% of


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maintenance have been shown to induce skeletal abnormalities and disturb the metabolism of the growth plate cartilage, in some horses. Feeding the correct amount of macro and micro minerals and vitamins help to build good strong bone. Minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper and zinc are needed in the correct amounts and in the right ratios. In a study it was reported that oesteochondrosis was more prevalent in foals with a lower bone mineral density. Feeding too much of a mineral is just as bad as not feeding enough. Feeding excess levels of Phosphorous for instance can disrupt the calcium:phosphorous ratio influencing the strength of the bone. Excess levels of Zinc can affect the uptake of Copper as these minerals use the same transport mechanism in the small intestine. Research on the Dietary Cation Anion Balance (DCAB) in a ration has shown how DCAB can have an impact on bone related disorders. Studies have suggested rations with a low or poor DCAB can cause an increase in urinary excretion of chloride and calcium. This can contribute to a metabolic acidosis and cause the horse to be in a negative calcium balance. If this type of ration is fed over a prolonged period demineralisation can occur and the skeletal system can become weakened. New research on the function of Vitamin K1 has found it has an integral role in the formation of strong, dense bone. A protein in the bone called oestocalcin needs Vitamin K1 to stick the major components of bone together, Collagen and Hydroxyapatite. Without adequate levels of Vitamin K1 the oestocalcin cannot bind the major components of the bone together to build bone with good structure and density. Research by Ray Biffin and his associates have shown that there has been a reduction in the incidence of bone diseases in

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young growing horses supplemented with Vitamin K1. The bone density of these trial horses has improved over the period of supplementation. We would strongly suggest that any diet for a young growing horse should contain Vitamin K1 to ensure good bone density and geometry. When formulating a ration for young growing horses correct bone growth is of primary importance. The foundations of the bone are being set in the first twelve months of the horses life which need to be correctly formed and strengthened to minimise injury and promote soundness during training and racing. When feeding horses that have been diagnosed with DOD we suggest feeding a diet that is correctly formulated and balanced. The ration detailed below is suitable for horses post surgery or for horses with positive x-rays to minimise the need for surgery. Promita is a fully steam extruded concentrated, nutrient dense, premium breeding feed that is low in sugar and starch and fed at low rates, but will still provide the protein, vitamins and minerals young growing horses need to build good skeletal structure and lean muscle. Promita contains Bonafide to correctly form strong dense bone. Some studs like to ‘double dose’ on Bonafide by feeding an additional 10g with the Promita ration to enhance the building of strong bone. This ration is a broad guideline and you may need to make adjustments depending on the response of the horse to the ration and your assessment of the horse.

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NATIONAL NEWS

RACHEL MCCALLUM APPOINTED AS DRESSAGE STEWARD GENERAL

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s we say thank you to Jane Robertson who has taken her final salute as ESNZ Dressage Steward General, we must recognize the huge contribution Jane made to the stewarding aspect of our sport, creating a positive vibe between riders and stewards, always working together. She was honored with the Dressage Chair’s Award for Excellence in 2019 for her work in the role. Lynda Clark aptly described Jane as “walking the talk” of the stewards’ mantra Help, Prevent, Intervene. Jane is still on the list of national and FEI stewards and will be there in a support role for Southland’s Rachel McCallum newly appointed to the role. Rachel is an FEI List 1 Steward and national steward, having officiated at many major events in New Zealand More recently she participated in an exchange to the Sydney CDI to further her knowledge. Rachel is passionate about stewarding and the role stewards can play to assist riders, promoting fair sport and the welfare of the horse. Stewards work long hours, often in less than ideal conditions but Rachel is always smiling - this photo snapped in the early hours of a misty old morning at the 2019 Horse of the Year Show. From left to right: Robin Savage and Rachel McCallum Photo: Dressage NZ

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

From left to right: Skipp Williamson (sponsor) Back row: Wendi Williamson, Rozzie Ryan Front row: Robert Schmerglatt, Alycia Targa, Pauline Carnovale, Louise Curran and Sue Hearn.

SUCCESSFUL SPRING CDI FOR BONEO PARK Article by Wendy Hamerton Photo by Stephen Mowbray

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tate of the art venue, Boneo Park on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria hosted the first Australasian CDI for the new season in late September. There was more than one New Zealand connection at the event with Sue Hobson on the FEI Ground Jury, Wendi Williamson and Don Amour MH contesting the Grand Prix, and KH Arawn, produced to Grand Prix in New Zealand by Vanessa Way winning the U25 Grand Prix Freestyle (70.083%) in the hands of new owner Sarah Farraway. With 42 classes and 230 combinations across 3 days of competition, the event allowed a great number of dressage enthusiasts to enjoy the thrill of being involved in a CDI.

It was not quite the results Wendi had hoped for with Donny following their successful campaign in Sydney earlier in the year. As husband Jon put it, “he seemed a bit like a hibernating bear coming out of his cave after winter”. Wendi has reflected on the leadup and the competition and is philosophical. “After the soul-destroying disappointment of the World Cup in Omaha, this seems a small glitch in this horse’s career by comparison. I’ve learnt more about the travel and preparation, especially about taking a horse on their own, and being alone in the CDI stables without others for several days. When everyone else arrived he just seemed to breathe a sigh of relief, but I think he became

mentally tired in the lead up”. None the less, their performances were good enough to push New Zealand to the top of the Olympic Group G ranking at the 1st October, edging out Korea represented by Young-Shik Hwang and Despino by just three points. This combination is currently competing in Europe. At the 31st of December, the two nations on the top of the FEI Olympic Group G rankings list will earn an individual place at Tokyo. Should New Zealand earn a place, then riders will still have to meet the New Zealand Olympic Committee qualifications. On the Olympics Wendi said “It’s great my rankings give New Zealand an opportunity to qualify a rider for Tokyo. If Olympic qualification and participation become totally unattainable, then dressage in New Zealand no longer becomes a sport, rather just a hobby. Our top riders and aspiring young riders want international representation to be attainable as it is in other countries where dressage is a developing sport.” FOR THE FULL LIST OF BONEO RESULTS, CLICK HERE Good luck to Wendi and Donny who now go on to compete in the CDIW at the Australian Championships in Sydney from 17-20 October where eighteen combinations line up in the Grand Prix. Follow this www. event here

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Rebecca Mobberley and Tsarina made a beautiful combination. Photo: © Oz Shots

AN AWE-INSPIRING TEAM EVENT IN SYDNEY Article by Karen Anderson - Chef D'Équipe Photos by Oz Shots

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his is a huge event on the Australian calendar for all school aged riders. We were not quite prepared as to how big it actually was, full of pride, passion and emotion, riders competing in Dressage, Showjumping, Showing, Combined Training, Showhunter and Eventing with teams from every state. Team Tasmania made the long trek with their horses which included a nine-hour ferry ride on top of all the road travel. Competitions were split into Primary, Intermediate and Secondary levels. The New Zealand Dressage team of Central Districts Emma Dickons (captain) Alyssa Harrison (Auckland), Meila Picard (Nelson) and Rebecca Mobberley (Wairarapa) had an early start on Friday morning, along with the four showjumping riders and their supporters, our flights all leaving Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch around 6.30am allowing us to arrive in Sydney at similar times. After picking up our cars we checked into the hotel then headed out to SIEC to meet the horses that had already arrived, Alyssa had to wait until Saturday afternoon to meet hers. The horses were well matched to our riders, this was done by the OC who did a super job. We had 3 rides prior to competing and each day the riders and horses made improvements, the girls did a super job rising to the challenge of riding a new horse. Alyssa of course

had only 2 rides to get to know her lovely horse. Saturday was opening ceremony and what a spectacle it was, it was held in the fantastic indoor arena, the stands full of parents and supporters. There was so much pride and passion from the riders competing for their state, lots of chanting, mascots, flags and much cheering, each team RAN into the arena to a song they had preselected (ours was Aotearoa by Stan Walker) when we ran in we received a rapturous round of applause and much cheering, it felt pretty special. The team captains came together and read an oath, they were followed by the judges and officials and the oaths were completed by a parent

L to R Back Libby Rayner (SJ Chef d'Équipe) Georgia Allison, Lilly Carpenter, Olivia Prendergast, Ella Rutherford & Karen Anderson (Dressage Chef d'Équipe) L to R Front Dressage Team Emma Dickons, Alyssa Harrison, Meila Picard, Rebecca Mobberley

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Meila Picard and Artes Fliegende

Emma Dickons and Arligton Park FM

on behalf of parents and supporters, what a great idea. This was followed by the Australian National Anthem then we were underway. The stable areas became a sea of colour, a lot of effort was put into decorating each team’s area with Banners, streamers all sort of decorations to make their campsite “the best” it was fantastic to see. We were made to feel very welcome by the organisers and fellow competitors, with members of most teams making time to come and introduce themselves and wish us well, sport spirit was high on the agenda of all competitors. Our travelling parents arranged breakfast for us at the stables and

one of our owners (who supplied two of our horses) lent us chairs, an “esky” and pretty much anything else we needed including stable forks, barrows etc... Monday morning our competition started, today we rode the Preliminary tests, Meila was first up and did a great job on an unsettled “Fizz” who became a little anxious in the arena; Emma had a challenging first test on a rather hot “Zac” and rode tactfully & sympathetically to get through. Rebecca and “Rina” had a tidy test with no real issues. Alyssa was our last rider of the day to go and she too had a few challenges with “Max” having an occasional difference of opinion. All in all

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though a good start. The afternoon tests showed improvement but still Meila’s horse became anxious and again she rode extremely well to help him cope. Tuesday we rode the Novice tests. The girls and their horses were starting to really gel and showed some super work in the warmup but as we all know it’s not so easy to get that work consistently in the arena, however they did show glimpses of what we got in the warmup so that was pretty exciting. All girls felt that their fourth and final test was their best and they were just really getting to know their mounts. They would have loved one more day together. After the closing ceremony


INTERNATIONAL NEWS EMMA DICKONS My journey started with a call from the Dressage Sport Manager telling me I made the team; my dream was becoming a reality. The preparation began with fundraising and riding different horses so I was better prepared for whatever pool horse I was allocated. Luckily, I scored a lovely big 17-year-old chestnut gelding, Arlington Park FM, who although hadn’t been out for 3 years, still knew his stuff. Test one didn’t go exactly according to plan but our partnership grew to do some lovely work that I was really proud of; the improvement was a highlight of the trip for me. Captaining the team and the exposure to the venue at an international competition made the trip all the more memorable, something I will dream to do again. 

Alyssa Harrison and Penton Maximus

everyone headed out for the evening to Darling Harbour to enjoy a bit of down time before flying out the next morning. It was a terrific trip where new friendships were made, old ones rekindled, and lifetime memories were made. I want to thank the girls for being wonderful ambassadors for New Zealand. I was proud to be your manager. I’d also like to acknowledge Andra Mobberley,

Rebecca Mobberley and Tsarina with owner Matilda Seppelt

Debbie Dickons and Nic Picard, the parents who travelled with us and helped out in every way. To the owners who generously lent their horses, we thank you, Sally Emperingham who brought Alyssa’s horse, Matilda Seppelt who brought both Rebecca and Emma’s horses, Rebecca and Alex Golowenkowho brought Meila’s horse. Next year is in Toowoomba and I highly recommend the experience for anyone thinking about it!!

REBECCA MOBBERLEY It was challenging to have three rides on a horse and then to compete at such a notable competition. I had to work smart, to adapt quickly and  to create new solutions. Tsarina tried her very hardest for me. Matilda and her family were very kind, supportive and fun. I valued the positive competition environment. The Australian competitors were welcoming and they were good sports. The competition was designed especially for young people. The organisers recognized how much effort we put into our sport and how dedicated we are. This opportunity demystified the experience of competing internationally at a large and prestigious venue.  MEILA PICARD Representing New Zealand was a dream come true. Attending the event was a huge eye opener to international dressage and inspired me to continue pushing myself to become the best rider I can be. The experience of riding a borrowed horse was hugely valuable; it was challenging but very rewarding when I saw an improvement in both my horse’s way of going and my own riding. The improvement you can make and the bond you can build with your loan horse in such a short period of time is very special.

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THE PERFECT SURFACE TREVOR’S SAYS “Maintain the arena. Horses are very heavy animals. They constantly change the surface of any area they constantly travel. Along with the effects of weather, your surface will be greatly effected unless a proper grooming routine is followed”.

THE PERFECT SURFACE - STAYING ON TOP Article by Trevor Kouwenhoven

Maintaining an arena surface can be difficult with many facilities subject to all manner of manmade and environmental factors. Expert arena builder Trevor Kouwenhoven provides some insights into practical and best care strategies to keep your surface in perfect order.

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WHERE DID MY SURFACE GO? All too often arena ownership starts off with great expectations and hope that the surface will remain in the same condition it did when you first rode on it. The reality is a lot different, with most arenas changing immensely over the course of their lifespan. So, after years of use (often with a touch of neglect and abuse) your first hint or suspicion that something has changed will be indicated by a visual variation in the surface structure or appearance. If left, costs to fix and replace start to spiral as other problems are accentuated. As we stated in the opening, mainly two types of factors impact on arenas: • Man-made or Horse-made • Environmental We will examine each and provide some practical ways to limit their effect on your surface to help extend its use and save you money.


THE PERFECT SURFACE PEOPLE AND HORSES As soon as a horse steps a hoof on to an arena, they start the process of deteriorating the surface structure. They introduce contaminates, compact and crush sublayers, displace air, move sand particles and remove moisture. This process is repeated time and time again over a vast area yet condensed into “micro-pockets” where the animals hooves land on the surface Every stride your horse takes will interact with the surface and frequently with double the concentration as the horse’s track up and land in the same spot. The massive weight loads the ground experiences as the horse lands, transfers weight and momentum, then takes off are just incredible and place huge pressure on the underlaying base - all within the area no bigger than the average hand. The “ride” is clearly the entire reason you use an arena but understanding what is happening under your animal will not only help you to preserve your surface but reduce possible injuries to your horse. HELPFUL HINTS: 1. Groom your arena after every use. Not only will it look nice but keep the surface levels even across the entire useable space. 2. Check your depths. Watch out for areas where sand may have shifted to create low and high spots. 3. Pick up poo. Horses eat grass and you definitely don’t want that in your arena. Keep the surface as clean as possible and remove any contaminates immediately.

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THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT A majority of the arenas we see in NZ are outdoor and uncovered. This allows riders to take advantage of our glorious weather but unfortunately exposes the surface to the elements and the damaging effects these can cause. These include: • Sun. Heat, especially combined with dry or low humidity, draws moisture out of the surface and is often the biggest contributor to creating dust particles. • Rain/Water. Drainage and the removal of water from the surface is important however it’s just as vital to retain moisture within the sand surface. The water molecules attach to the sand molecules to retain good moisture content for the perfect ride and dust reduction. • Wind. Probably the biggest contributor to surface loss as it occurs while the arena is both in use and vacant. Wind will literally “pick up” your surface and blow it away! Wind is the quickest dryer of sand surfaces. HELPFUL HINTS: 1. Drainage. Ensure your drains are clear of silt build up and grass/weeds. 2. Irrigate. Dig down 10-15mm into the surface and check the surface layer is retaining a level of moisture. If not, spray with water to dampen the area. A more permanent solution could be to install a simple irrigation system. Note: Seek advice before heading down this path. 3. Aerate. Air is your best friend. With proper grooming technics you can introduce air into the surface creating “flurry” textures and volume. Aeration allows water to move through the surface particles for both moisture retention and dispersal. TREVOR SAYS: “Walk around your arena and start feeling to what its telling you. Check depth consistency to determine whether it feels comfortable. Feel for high and low areas that could affect performance and possibly injure your horse.” GET A WOF As specialist arena builders it is extremely frustrating to come in after the fact and being asked to effectively “rebuild” established surfaces. This can be avoided. Just like your car, Arenas have working parts that need to be serviced and maintained. At Horsearenas.co.nz we can ensure the design of an arena continues to function and provide expert advice to keep on top of problems before they arise. Don't leave it until the last minute! – depending on the level of traffic moving through your arena you may only need to get it inspected once every 2 years. OCTOBER 2019 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 17


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

KIWI JUDGES SUCCEED IN WARENDORF ACCREDITATION Article by Helen Hughes-Keen

The happy pupils; Helen Hughes-Keen and Sue Hobson celebrate their new qualifications

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s we set off, we were thinking “we're far too old for exams”, but nonetheless Sue Hobson and I headed off to Warendorf, Germany to attend an FEI Young Horse Seminar with Exam in early September. The course and exam were held over three days during the 2019 Bundeschampionate - the German Young Horse Championships at the DOKR/FN headquarters in Warendorf. We arrived several days ahead of the course giving us time to turn our lives upside down and settle into the northern hemisphere of long light days. Course directors were Dieter Schüle (GER) and Ghislain Fouarge (NED), two very respected and experienced FEI judges. The course got underway on the Friday evening with a get together at the Hotel Mersch in Warendorf. This involved an introduction to the seminar and exam and an official dinner put on by the German NF. It was certainly an international gathering with thirteen participants from nine different countries. Saturday morning began with a theory session and videos on the principles of judging Young Dressage horses. Here we learnt the three most important aspects of this are: • The paces • The standard of training • The general impression. The paces must be absolutely regular and without tension; impulsion is developed from the hindquarters with a swinging back and an active hind leg showing a natural self-carriage. We


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also need to see a freedom of the shoulders and the ability to maintain the same rhythm and natural balance after transitions within the paces. The standard of training is according to the training scale. The general impression is based on: • The quality of the paces. • The potential and suitability as a dressage horse which includes temperament, conformation and expression (appearance, charisma, presence, natural charm) being a prominent factor. Then armed with headsets we watched the 6-year old Dressage Horse Finals. We each had to mark and comment on one horse through the microphone; our marks and commentary being assessed as part of our exam. Time to relax… oh no. We then had the written exam, which had been bought forward from the following day. Last minute panic and cramming as we settled into answering questions on paces, conformation, rules etc. It was a very long and stressful day. Sunday followed a similar format with theory and videos on judging the seven-year-old horse, followed by a commentary on the five-year-old Dressage Horse Finals. Monday was the practical exam. With the show now over, thirteen tables were set up around the arena. We all had to judge eight horses. Fortunately we were all assigned excellent English-speaking scribes from the German NF. This was followed by an individual session which involved oral questions and a discussion on our practical judging marks and comments, our written exam and commentaries from the first days. The stress was now building with some pacing the corridors of the German NF like expectant fathers. As Sue and I were not leaving until

the next day we drew the last places... a very tense few hours but began to relax as each person came out with a smile and that valuable piece of paper. THE BUNDESCHAMPIONATE The Bundeschampionate is the annual German Young Horse Championships for ponies and horses in dressage, show jumping, eventing and driving and can be counted as the second busiest horse event that Germany hosts each year. I believe this year there were over 800 horses and no less than 35,000 spectators. The five-year-old dressage horse class was the biggest division in dressage at the event. No less than seventy-three combinations competed in the qualifier and twenty one qualifying for the finals. Eva Möller and the Dutch bred Westfalian licensed stallion Valverde reigned supreme in this competition capturing the five-year-old Dressage Horse title for 2019. The top of the bill, the six-year-old Dressage Horse final, was won by a Dutch rider on a German bred horse. Robin van Lierop steered Oldenburg stallion Zum Glück (by Zonik x Florestan) to a convincing victory with a 9.30 total. Judges rewarded the dark bay stallion with a 9.5 for walk, 9 for

trot, 10 for canter, 8.5 for submission and 9.5 for general impression. Over the course of the competitions we saw 10’s given for each of the paces, submission was often the lowest mark as they are very strict on the contact and mouth. We were given a guided tour by the event director visiting what seemed an endless amount of indoor arenas and stable blocks, outdoor arenas and a fantastic cross country course. We were always surrounded by amazing young horses and ponies all beautifully turned out and attentive to their work. A very strong focus on the Welfare of the Horse was very evident and always being monitored. All competitions were held outdoors. In the time leading up to the Exam we were able to watch some of the Eventing and Show Jumping all set out in an amazing venue nestled among trees and of course a very large Trade Village…well visited. EDITOR NOTE Congratulations to Helen and Sue on becoming accredited as FEI Young Dressage Horse Judges and for their commitment to our sport. It will be a future requirement for all new 4* FEI Dressage judges to attain this qualification.

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ELITE FROZEN FOALS - EUROPEAN NEWS Eva Möller and the super five year old stallion Valverdes Photo: © LL Photo

STUNNING YOUNG HORSES ON SHOW AT THE 2019 BUNDESCHAMPIONATE Article by Eurodressage Photos by LL Photo

The German Young Horse Championships (Bundeschampionate) hosted at NF Germany Headquarters in Warendorf attracted more than 35,000 spectators. www.

Thanks to Eurodressage. For more details and results go to the full Bundeschampionate report on Eurodressage

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he show included a wide range of classes for the dressage enthusiast including three year old riding horses (mares & geldings), three year old riding horse stallions in their own division, these same divisions for riding ponies, all repeated for four year olds and then the real crowd pullers, the five and six year old dressage ponies and horses. A massive seventy-three combinations lined up in the fiveyear-old qualifier, the biggest class of the event, with twenty-one qualifying for the final round, the top fourteen from the preliminary test and seven from the consolation final. The finals on Sunday were judged by Kerstin Holthaus, Harry Lorenz and Ulrike Nivelle and they saw a clear winner in Eva Möller on Valverde (by Vitalis x Ampere). They were the only combination to score


ELITE FROZEN FOALS - EUROPEAN NEWS over 9.0 and were clear leaders from runners up, Federer, 8.6. Valverde was bred by Eugene Reesink and Rob van Puijenbroek (NED) and owned by Norwegian Grand Prix Cathrine Rasmussen and Danish horse dealer Andreas Helgstrand. The bright bay stallion received spectacular 9.0 for trot, 9.5 for walk and canter. This horse was fourth at the 2019 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo, but the 2016 Westfalian Licensing Champion ruled on home turf at Verden. Judge Dietrich Plewa provided the public commentary during the 5-year old finals and stated that “we saw a horse with exceptional movement quality. The horse has already shown how much willingness to collect is in him.” The silver medal went to Portuguese rider Carlos Caetano on Federer, a Westfalian gelding owned by Rhenania Pferde, the equestrian centre of Andrea Klüfers and Matthias Fieseler in Alpen, Germany and bred by Ansgar Reyering. The dark bay gelding got 9.0 for walk, 9.5 for trot, 8.0 for canter and submission and 8.5 for general impression. Anna Sophie Fiebelkorn on Axel Windeler’s Hanoverian Don Mateo earned bronze on total of 8.5. The horse scored 8.5 for walk, 9 for trot, 8.5 for canter, 8 for submission and 8.5 for general impression. The class that always attracts a huge interest, the six year old Dressage Horse final didn’t disappoint. Robin van Lierop (NED) guided the German owned Oldenburg stallion Zum Glück (by Zonik x Florestan) to a convincing victory with a 9.30

total. Judges Elke Ebert, Horst Eulich and Katja Westendarp rewarded the dark bay stallion with a 9.5 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 10 for canter, 8.5 for submission and 9.5 for general impression. Zum Glück was bred by Ullrich Kasselmann. Trained by the team at Hof Kasselmann, the stallion subsequently sold at the 2017 PSI auction as a price highlight for 850,000 euro to Dutch pharmaceutical entrepreneurs Saskia and Jacques Lemmens. Van Lierop took over the training and ride on the stallion and competed him at the 2018 and 2019 World Young Horse Championships. This year he finished 9th in the Finals in Ermelo after ranking third in the preliminary test. However, the pair hit the jackpot at the 2019 Bundeschampionate and won the German title and gold medal as only pair to score above 9.0. Lierop described the prize giving ceremony as “the moment when you realize that your dream has come true” and referred to it as “a milestone” in his professional career. The silver medal went to Lars Schulze Sutthoff aboard his father Bernard’s home bred Wesfalian gelding Rock Revolution (by Rock Forever x Davignon) with a total 8.8, and the bronze to Melanie Tewes and Sissy Max-Theurer’s show jumping bred Holsteiner stallion Caracciola MT (by Chin Champ x Calido), the cute grey stallion scoring 8.6.  

5-YEAR OLD DRESSAGE HORSES VALVERDE (by Vitalis / Ampere), Eva Möller - 9.30   FEDERER  (by Franziskus / Damon Hil), Carlos Caetano - 8.60 DON MATEO  (by Don Juan de Hus / Royal Highness), Anna Sophie Fiebelkorn - 8.50 QUIANA  (by Quaterstern / Rubinstern Noir), Nicole Wego - 8.40 ESTERO  (by Escolar / Desperados), Beatrice Buchwald - 8.40 VIDAR  (by Viscount / Edward), Catja Thomsen - 8.40

6-YEAR OLD DRESSAGE HORSES ZUM GLÜCK (by Zonik / Florestan), Robin van Lierop - 9.30 ROCK REVOLUTION  (by Rock Forever I / Davignon), Lars Schulze Sutthoff - 8.80 CARACCIOLA MT (by Chin Champ / Calido), Melanie Tewes - 8.60 BALLANDO  (by Benicio / Le Primeur), Eva Möller - 8.40 DA COSTA  (by Dimaggio / Coriander), Janina Tietze - 8.40 ROCK’N ROLL BOY (by Rock Forever I / Sir Donnerhall), Nuno Palma Santos 8.30

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OLYMPIC PREVIEW

CHALLENGING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR TOKYO 2020 Article and Photos courtesy of FEI

With optimising performance in challenging climatic conditions high on the agenda during the numerous Ready Steady Tokyo test events, the FEI had already put in place a major research study aimed at identifying best practices and management of horses training and competing in hot and humid environments.

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OLYMPIC PREVIEW A major research study aimed at identifying best practices and management of horses training and competing in hot and humid environments was conducted by the FEI during the Ready Steady Tokyo test event.

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ong travelling times and distances, time-zone disruptions, and heat and humidity pose specific challenges to horses and of course to human athletes. Monitoring of the combined effects of all these factors was put in place prior to the horses’ departure from their home countries en route to Tokyo and throughout last week’s equestrian test event in the Japanese capital. Data collected will be used to provide the FEI, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (TOCOG) as well as National Olympic and Paralympic Committees with detailed information on equine performance in these conditions.  

“High level equestrian competitions are increasingly taking place in parts of the world where the climate poses health challenges for both humans and horses,” FEI Veterinary Director Göran Akerström said.  “The study plays a crucial role in guiding the TOCOG and other Organising Committees on appropriate facilities and support, and will be used to advise and guide athletes and National Federations on the preparation of their horses in the build-up to and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”  The study monitored horses before, during and after their journey to Tokyo, with data collected through under-tail temperature monitors and sensors that measure stable and travelling activity, as well as thermal comfort. SaddleClip sensors were used to record gait, speed and distance, and heart rate monitors were used on the horses prior to and during competition. The technology for the data collection was made possible through the FEI’s partnerships with Epona Biotec, Arioneo, Equestic and Polar.  Findings from the study will

build on the existing framework for implementing measures to run equestrian sports in hot and humid climates that was developed for the Games in Atlanta 1996 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Olympic test events prior to Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 also included organised monitoring of competing horses. To ensure that NOCs and NFs are fully aware of the climatic challenges, the FEI included an information session on climate mitigation protocols aimed at minimising the effects of heat and humidity in the official Observers Programme, which ran concurrently with the test event. During next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, equestrian sport will be held at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park and Sea Forest venues. Baji Koen, which hosted the Olympic equestrian events at the Tokyo Games in 1964, has been extensively refurbished by the Japan Racing Association, while the cross country venue at Sea Forest that will be shared with rowing and canoe sprint is on reclaimed land and will be turned into a park post-Games.

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NATIONAL NEWS

NURTURING THE STARS OF TOMORROW Photos by © Libby Law

The 2020 version of the Under 25 Dressage Championships will undergo an exciting rebrand to better reflect its inclusiveness for all youth riders.

Robert Abel-Pattison and Lancewoods Copper Delight

2019 Level 3 Pony champions Sam Gradowski-Smith and Heritage Don Quilla and (Reserve) Sophia Blackbourn and Champions League

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2019 U25 Grand Prix Champion, Lucarne Dolley and Ardmore

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he event has evolved over the last five years into a true festival for the next generations of dressage riders to pit theirs skills against each other within the white planks. Security of sponsorship has played an important part in the event’s delivery and evolution; 2020 will be the fourth consecutive year of Equestrian Entries support. Vicki Lawson from Equestrian Entries said she, her husband John and daughter Yvette are pleased to be able to support the event again, recognising that youth riders are so important to the future of Dressage. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to put something back into the sport”. The event now offers a wide variety of classes from lead rein and non-graded under twelve years right through to Grand Prix. Rider equitation classes, which focus on the quality of riding (rider position, empathy, correctness of aids) have also become also a firm favourite. Classes for all grades of Para Dressage competitors are scheduled, serving as the national youth championships for this discipline, and for the first time in 2019, competitions for Special Olympics riders were included. These will be on the schedule again for 2020.


NATIONAL NEWS NEW EVENT MANAGER ANNOUNCED

Taupo based Cathy Vennell has been secured as the 2020 event manager and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Cathy (nee Wakeling) grew up in the NZ Pony Club Assn Head Office, as her mother Judy was the national secretary for many years (1979 – 1995). This introduced an insight into what was involved behind the scenes in equestrian administration. Her event management experience started assisting at ‘The Crossing’ Horse Trials in Putaruru. This lead on to the Taupo Three Day Event Championships for many years, extending to the Horse Trials at the National Equestrian Centre, the Young Horse SJ Show and the Taupo Christmas Classic; a very impressive list! A highlight in her career to date was the Sydney Olympics test event, then the following year she spent several

months in Aussie for the 2000 Olympic Games on the equestrian management team for all three disciplines of Eventing, Dressage and Jumping. Cathy is no stranger to the Taupo venue, and brings a valuable local knowledge and network to the role alongside her event management experience. When children came along she stepped away from riding for a time, directing her energy went into the family commercial printing business and family. But she returned to the equestrian world two years ago, through Pony Club once again when her daughter got her first pony, and this year has seen her return to the saddle, recently competing in her first dressage competition for twenty -five years. “I am super excited about the Dressage NZ Youth Festival, as my first passion when riding myself was always dressage, and to be involved in an event for our young riders ticks all the boxes for me. I look forward to working with a wonderful group of

Special Olympics Competitor Charlotte Aroa riding Motu and Mum Kara Lockhart

support people to roll out an exciting Dressage New Zealand Youth Festival for our young riders in take part in.” said Cathy. If you would like to offer assistance or sponsorship for this inspiring event, please contact Cathy at dressageyouthfestival@gmail.com Out of respect to the copyright of our photographers any 'Screenshot' photos posted on Social Media that are taken from the Dressage NZ Bulletin will be directed to the photographer for invoicing.

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DRESSAGE UNDER THE MOUNTAIN Dressage NZ and Dressage Taranaki have teamed up to deliver a three-day Festival of Dressage under the mighty Mount Taranaki. The co-presented event will include the Elite Equine Nutrition North Island Future Stars Festival and the Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Taranaki Dressage Championships.

Shannon Brien and Blanchview Whimsical (South Island YR Team 2015) Photo: © Libby Law

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he action starts on Friday with round one for the young horses and ponies ages four to seven. Scores for the second round will be taken from classes over the weekend. Friday will also feature the Grand Prix, which will provide the opportunity for combinations at that level to all three Big Tour FEI tests under their belt prior to the CDI’s later in the season. Dressage Taranaki will run a full programme of Back on Track Premier League classes including the Super 5 Leagues, Zilco Musical Freestyles, Pony, Young Rider and Masters Championships. The everpopular amateur championships will sit alongside the open divisions from Preliminary to Elementary. Para Equestrian riders with be catered for with a test of choice option on Saturday and Sunday. Victoria Wall of Elite Equine Nutrition has been a long-term sponsor of the Young Dressage Horse Championship and two years ago that support expanded to the North Island

Future Stars Festival. Elite Equine uses minerals that are the most bioavailable and body friendly form available - they are high end minerals that are more expensive to include in formulations, which is why Elite Equine Nutrition is the only company who exclusively uses organics in their formulas. When advised of the new partnership between Dressage NZ and Dressage Taranaki, Victoria commented “I am thrilled to be associated with the Elite Equine Nutrition Future Stars again. This was a standout show last year and so important for the growth of our sport. It is a wonderful show for young horses, the tests are lovely and flowing and its great mileage. Super exciting to have a sneak peek of the stars of the future! Looking forward to it!” Waikato Equine Vet Centre is dedicated to excellence in equine performance, their team has unrivalled experience and expertise in caring for a large variety of equine athletes, making them an excellent

choice when dealing with variety of equine issues. The business is led by a highly skilled and experienced team of equine veterinarians, assisted by qualified equine veterinary nurses. With an excellent indoor surface, adjacent warm up surface, a wellmaintained grass oval and some of the best stabling on the country, our equine friends are well catered for at this venue. With the event being held in the school holidays, there is plenty to do in the area for the rest of the family, the swimming pool is a 5-minute walk and the town centre with multiple cafes just a 10-15 minute walk from the showgrounds. For those not wanting to stay on site there are a number of motels in easy walking distance. The Dressage Taranaki event committee led by president Margo Verveer always run a slick event and with the support of Dressage NZ this show will be one to watch out for early on the 2020 calendar.

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NATIONAL RESULTS

Jayna Dinneen and Blytheburn Highlight

SPRING SERIES KICKS OFF AT WOODHILL SANDS Article by Angela Nobilo Photos by © Hannah Comrie

It was great for the Woodhill Sands Festival of Dressage and Show Hunter Series to be one of the first shows to kick off the new 2019 Dressage tests for New Zealand in mid-August. The festival shows then ran fortnightly with the final rounds held on the 14th & 15th September

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e were lucky with the weather. Apart from the first weekend which was to be fair “a bit damp” we had light breezes and sunshine for the most part of the second and third event – this was a small miracle with the amount of rain Auckland experienced August and September. The dressage format saw riders in non-graded classes competing on the Saturday and the graded tests on Sunday. Show Hunter also runs alongside the dressage with many riders competing in both disciplines. A strong pony field was very pleasing with a lot of very promising young combinations turning their hand to the discipline.

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NATIONAL RESULTS

RESULTS PONY SPRING CHAMPION 1 - Caitlin Shore and Zeze Hokey Pokey 2 - Georgia Mullins and Our Candyman 3 - Piper Crake and Glenvar Bramble 4 - Lainey Clayton and Jackson PRELIMINARYÂ SPRING CHAMPION 1 - Suzy Craies and Jarl 2 - Charlotte Barraclough and Mr Wick 3 - Sophie Barton and Black Silhouette 4 - Natalie James and Zee Bee NOVICE SPRING CHAMPION 1 - Rachel Gillon and Camaro KSNZ 2 - Sarah Revis and Triple Star Puzzled By Time 3 - Michelle Norgrove and My Time To Shine 4 - Sara Wheeler and Out Landish

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ELEMENTARY SPRING CHAMPION 1 - Jayna Dinneen and Blytheburn Highlight 2 - Charlotte Barraclough and Jolis Coeur 3 - Kylie Richards and Gucci MH 4 - Nicola Kitcheman and Royal Flirt RE 4 - Samantha Wells and Gangnam Style MEDIUM SPRING CHAMPION 1 - Karla Tarr and Parkridge Bolero 2 - Shaun Addison and Celtic Masterpiece 3 - Samuel Gradowski Smith and Heritage Don Quilla 4 - Stephanie Baker and Popstar MH 4 - Nicky Daulton and Crystal Mt Cruzeiro

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ADVANCED- MEDIUM SPRING CHAMPION 1 - Bella Small and Kingslea Busy Bee 2 - Cate Wilson and Kinnordy Ravel 3 - Karla Tarr and Reuben CHS 4 - Bella Small and Bulgarian Rose 1. Nicola Kitcheman and Royal Flirt RE 2. Georgia Mullins and Our Candyman 3. Cate Wilson and Kinnordy Ravel 4. Samantha Syme and Kingslea All Klass 5. Karla Tarr and Parkridge Bolero

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 2019 | NORTH ISLAND 13

Waitemata Dressage Group

Woodhills Sands

Local

13

Gisborne Dressage Group

Poverty Bay A&P Show - Dressage

Local

18/20

Equidays

Mystery Creek

RE

23

Hastings Dressage Group

Hastings Show Grounds

Local

26/28

Bay of Plenty Dressage Group

National Equestrian Centre (Taupo)

Premier League

27

Northland Dressage Group

Dargaville

Local

27

Warkworth Dressage Group

Warkworth

Training

NOVEMBER 2019 | NORTH ISLAND 3

Waitemata Dressage Group

Woodhills Sands

Local

3

Morrinsville/Te Aroha Dressage Group

Waihou Show Grounds

Local

3

Taupo Dressage Group

National Equestrian Centre (Taupo)

Training

9/10

Wellington Dressage Group

Solway Show Grounds

Premier League

10

Tauranga Dressage Group

Taurange

Local

14

Waipukurau Dressage Group

Waipukurau

Local

15/17

Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group

Clevedon Show Grounds

Premier League

16/17

Gisborne Dressage Group

Gisborne Show Grounds

Premier League

17

Bay of Islands Dressage Group

Kaikohe

Local

17

Warkworth Dressage Group

Warkworth Show Grounds

Local

21/24

EQUITANA NZ

Auckland Showgrounds

RE

23/24

Northern Hawkes Bay Dressage Group

Hastings Show Grounds

Premier League

30/1

Southern Hawkes Bay Dressage Group

Dannevirke Show Grounds

Premier League

DECEMBER 2019 | NORTH ISLAND 1

Bay of Islands Dressage Group

Kaikohe

Local

1

Morrinsville/Te Aroha Dressage Group

Waihou Show Grounds

Local

1

Taupo Dressage Group

National Equestrian Centre (Taupo)

Local

1

Warkworth Dressage Group

Warkworth Showgrounds

Local

7

Taranaki Dressage Group

Egmont Show Grounds

Local

7/8

Waitemata Dressage Group

Woodhill Sands

Premier League

13/15

Northland Dressage Group

Barge Park

Premier League

14/15

Taihape Dressage Group

Taihape

Premier League

15

Auckland-Manukau Dressage Group

Clevedon Show Grounds

Training

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER

OCTOBER 2019 | SOUTH ISLAND 12/13

Otago Dressage Group

Taieri Show Grounds

Local

13

Ashburton Dressage Group

Ashburton Show Grounds

Training

19/20

North Loburn EC

Rangiora Show Grounds

Local

26/27

Marlborough Dressage Group

Equestrian Park - Blenheim

Premier League

27

Northern Equestrian Group

Harrs Road - Eyreton

Training

NOVEMBER 2019 | SOUTH ISLAND 2/3

Southland Dressage Group

Gore Show Grounds

Local

3

Canterbury Dressage Group

McLeans Island

Local

3/4

Nelson Dressage Group

Rough Island

Premier League

9/10

Otago Dressage Group

Taieri Show Grounds

Premier League

16/17

Ashburton Dressage Group

Ashburton Show Grounds

Premier League

17

North Loburn EC

Rangiora Show Grounds

Local

24

Northern Equestrian Group

Harrs Road

Training

30/1

Canterbury Dressage Group

McLeans Island

Premier League

DECEMBER 2019 | SOUTH ISLAND 6/8

Southland Dressage Group

Gore Show Grounds

Premier League

15

North Loburn EC

Rangiora Show Grounds

Training

22

Northern Equestrian Group

Harrs Road

Training

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OVERSEAS RIDER

Holly and Bonsport's Jackpot, a 8yo Johnson Gelding, the duo have competed at M level recently in Germany.

CATCHING UP WITH HOLLY MOORMAN Article by Jess Roberts Photos by Jana Wi

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NATIONAL NEWS OVERSEAS RIDER

The Bulletin catches up with 24-year-old Holly, who is based with Warwick and Carolina McLean of McLean Reitsport in Germany. She’s been there for 18 months now, where she began as a Working Student but has now moved up to the position of Rider. We find out what life is like working on a professional European dressage yard. WHERE IN GERMANY IS MCLEAN REITSPORT BASED? It’s in Tonisvorst, near Dusseldorf in West Germany, close to the Holland border. It’s flat, rural countryside – surrounded by farmland and crops of straw, corn, potatoes, cereals, strawberries and there are some fruit orchards. WERE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE MCLEAN METHOD AND EQUITATION SCIENCE BEFORE YOU WENT TO WORK FOR THEM? Yes, I’ve been involved with the McLean family and their methods of training for many years. I first started working for Andrew and Manuela, Alistair and Rikke McLean at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre near Melbourne – that’s Warwicks father and mother, brother and his partner. I was 19 and it was my first working student position, which was for six months. I carried on this way of training when I came home by working for Jody Hartstone, based in Raglan. She’s the NZ representative of Equitation Science and while with her I also studied my Diploma in Equitation Science. Then from there I went to work for Kieryn Walton, and

that’s when I became more interested in dressage. DESCRIBE THE YARD FOR US… It is a busy training stables with 45 horses and wonderful facilities. It has a small indoor hall of 40 x 20m, a big indoor hall of 80 x 30m and an outdoor arena of 60 x 30m! There is also a covered round pen, 6-horse walker, tack room with cross ties, 30 turnout paddocks of grass and sand for summer and winter turnout, a big hay field and quiet country roads for hacking. There are a few stable blocks, which are traditional German brick barns.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I live in an apartment above the stables with other working students who come from all around the world. There are four riders in the stables – including myself – and between four to six working students. Warwick is Australian and his wife Carolina is Finnish so it’s a very international stables! WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT WORK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? Well, it’s busy and long: as usual with horses! But we have a great team. Starting in the morning we share the stable chores, feeding hay and breakfast, mucking out, turning horses out and then start riding. Just before midday the morning turnout horses come back in for lunch, and the afternoon horses and stallions are turned out. We continue riding before finishing with evening stable chores. Then we are rostered onto a night check. The days are around 10-12 hours and we work six days

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OVERSEAS RIDER a week. I have a day off on Sunday and the horses do too, unless they are at competitions. HOW MANY HORSES DO YOU RIDE EACH DAY? Between 7-9, ranging from 3-yearold breakers and young horses to more established dressage horses. So I have a varied day! Working with young horses, doing groundwork, breakers, and developing my riding by schooling the more experienced ones. It is wonderful to work in a professional stable with other riders because you can get training advice and help. HAVE YOU BEEN TO ANY COMPETITIONS YET? Yes, I competed in my first show last weekend – I was riding an M level class at a local dressage and jumping show. That’s equivalent to L5 with half pass, single flying changes and walk pirouettes. I rode an 8-yearold Johnson gelding called Bonsport’s Jackpot, he is owned by Warwick and Carolina. The show went well, it was my first time for both competing at that level and in Germany. It was a big class with around 40 horses in it. I had a couple of mistakes but was happy with how it went. Jackpot is talented and sensitive and I feel privileged to be riding him. I’m looking forward to doing more competitions, and there are other horses in the stables that I will have the opportunity to compete in the future. HAVE YOU BEEN HOMESICK AT ALL? I do miss my family and our farm at home [Taupo], and the NZ lifestyle. But I have my Christian faith and belief in God that really helps me in the more quiet times when home feels a long way away. I attend a fantastic church called Hillsong in Dusseldorf and this greatly encourages me, I’ve made some lovely friends there as well as in the stables. I’m also thankful to be able to talk with family and share photos so I can keep up to date! Plus I came back in March for a visit to see my family and horses. HAVE YOU HAD TIME TO EXPLORE WHILE YOU’VE BEEN OVER THERE? Yes, I’ve been on a two-week trip up to Scandinavia with family – Copenhagen (Denmark) and through Sweden and up to Oslo and Alesund (Norway). I also went for a week to Barcelona to visit family travelling there. We’ve driven to competitions throughout Europe and we have a staff car to use, so on my days off I go visiting tourist attractions and different towns! Dusseldorf, Cologne, Aachen, Munster, Maastricht to 34 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | OCTOBER 2019


OVERSEAS RIDER

Holly and Wisdom WDS (who was owned by Kieryn Walton, now sold) were the NZ Young Rider Level 2 Champion 2018 just prior to leaving for Germany Photo: Libby Law

name a few. I love exploring the history, old buildings and many churches they have in Europe – and visiting castles. All the shops in Germany are shut on a Sunday so I drive across the border to Holland to do my shopping! Driving on the other side of the road took some getting used to but now it feels normal. TELL US A BIT ABOUT LIFE IN GERMANY! Well, in the stables we all speak English so I haven’t learned much German! The popular food is more winter food, bratwurst (sausage), kartoffel (potatoes), brotchen (bread). There’s fresh produce and I go to the local hof (farm) for free range eggs and raw milk. It snows in winter and ice-skating is popular here, which is much harder to do than it looks! We’ve had some 40-degree summer days and there are extensive bicycle lanes through the countryside. The Europeans love to cycle and I do too, on my days off. I loved visiting the Christmas markets around Germany and Holland in December, it was my first European winter Christmas. I really enjoyed the food, atmosphere, decorations and of course the hot chocolate in the souvenir mugs!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING FOR MCLEAN REITSPORT? It is a great mix of the two things – high level dressage training; and the starting young horses, working with difficult horses and groundwork using the Equitation Science methods. ARE YOU PLANNING TO COME BACK TO NZ ANY TIME SOON? I have a wonderful opportunity here at the moment and I keep learning and developing, so for now I am continuing over here and seeing where it takes me. I’d love to see more places while I am over here and do some more travel in Europe before I come back home. I do plan to come back home one day to work on the farm and with the horses – and I’ll

have a few nice young horses waiting for me in the paddock too! [In February this year Holly’s Whisper broodmare had a colt by GT Jake, and is in foal again to Chacco Silver, due next March]. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND YOUR EXPERIENCE TO OTHER ASPIRING YOUNG RIDERS? I would encourage others who are thinking of coming to Europe to find a good stables, go for it, and try to stick at it if you have the chance. It really is the way to develop yourself a long way in a short time – be immersed in the professional stable environment and be eager, open to learn and take opportunities. I’ve groomed for Warwick at international dressage shows and it’s been great experience, I’ve been to Aachen and Luxembourg, and it’s fantastic to be a part of it.

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NATIONAL NEWS

WELCOME BACK JULIE BROUGHAM Photo by Š Equidae Photography

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ou could hear a pin drop in the arena when fans, friends and family gathered to watch Julie and Vom Feinsten make their first competition appearance almost a year to the day since their 2018 World Games Grand Prix. Julie’s journey back has been nothing short of tortuous as she has battled chemotherapy and very

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difficult surgeries to overcome the rare form of cancer diagnosed soon after the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA. Their win in the Grand Prix at Manfeild was an emotional eight minutes, spectators truly respecting the courage and determination behind this performance.


NATIONAL RESULTS

Matthews Hanoverians Novice Super 5 L to R: Donna Wellington, Catherine West, Lucy Russell, Rosanne Rix, Molly Lumb

PRELIMINARY OPEN CHAMPION Jacqui Thompson and Dillinger LS RESERVE Penny Castle and Jester RE

CENTRAL DISTRICTS CHAMPIONSHIPS Photos by © Equidae Photography Out of respect to the copyright of our photographers any 'Screenshot' photos posted on Social Media that are taken from the Dressage NZ Bulletin will be directed to the photographer for invoicing.

PRELIMINARY AMATEUR CHAMPION Brigid Gray and The Keeper RESERVE Brigid Gray Mt Tulloch Royal Legend NOVICE OPEN CHAMPION Molly Lumb and Griffindor MH RESERVE Rosanne Rix and Lindisfarne Danseur NOVICE AMATEUR CHAMPION Lucy Russell and Donneroyale RESERVE Pamela Payne and Winstar Go for Gold ELEMENTARY OPEN CHAMPION Rachael Sutton and Derreen Park Jiselle RESERVE Cindy Wiffin and Santana MH ELEMENTARY AMATEUR CHAMPION Ellie Greaves and Pistachio RESERVE Nicole Bours and First Lady DHU

Zilco Int I Freestyle L to R: Liz Hutson, Penny Castle, Laura Brown Chelsea Callaghan

Zilco Grand Prix Freestyle L to R: Catherine West, Cooper Oborne, Melissa Galloway

MEDIUM CHAMPIONSHIP Anna Williams and Tuahu Gemma RESERVE Becky Corlett and True Donnar ADVANCED MEDIUM CHAMPION Vanessa Way and NRM Timbermill Prequel RESERVE Kellie Hamlett and Astek Geronimo ADVANCED LEVEL 6 CHAMPION Lilly Jefferies and Lindisfarne Laureate RESERVE Nicki Sunley and Laila Dawn SMALL TOUR LEVEL 7 CHAMPION Chelsea Callaghan and Sisters II Etta J RESERVE Penny Castle and BL About Time MEDIUM TOUR LEVEL 8 CHAMPION Vanessa Way and NSC Pronto RESERVE Cooper Oborn and Revelwood Showtime GRAND PRIX LEVEL 9 CHAMPION Melissa Galloway and Windermere J'Obei W RESERVE Melissa Galloway and Windermere Johanson W

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NATIONAL RESULTS

Allie Harper and Woodhill Gossip

SOUTHLAND WINTER FESTIVAL Photos by © Kristel Mack Sanders

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uring the chilly months Dressage Southland held a Winter Dressage Series, it ran over a day a month in May, August and September with riders accruing points over the three days. The committee are thrilled with its success and the support received from riders. Catering for a different demographic they hosted lead rein classes as a new initiative, and said it was great to see the wee kids in these classes as they are our future riders. Competitors took the opportunity to introduce their young horses to the sport and there were many new faces having a go at Dressage. The stalwarts took a crack at the higher levels to segue into the season proper, many coming away with high percentages, which is exciting for Dressage in Southland. The group are grateful to Dunstan Horse Feeds for sponsoring the series with bags of feed for special prizes and champions.

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RESULTS LEAD REIN CHAMPION Brooklyn Armour and Super Syd RESERVE Michaela Argyle and Super Syd BEGINNER HORSE CHAMPION Melanie Goble and Spice RESERVE Anna Wilson and Mr Nobody BEGINNER PONY CHAMPION Addalyn Proctor and Amberfields Red Rascal RESERVE James Rowlands and Windermere Wanderlust PRELIM HORSE CHAMPION Brooklyn Ferns and Astek Galee RESERVE Harriet Luxton and Dream Alitte PRELIM PONY CHAMPION Annabelle Peters and Leonardo RESERVE Kate Stalker and Prima Magneto NOVICE HORSE CHAMPION Kim Bennett and She's a Drama Queen RESERVE Kim Maude and Cortina NOVICE PONY CHAMPION Sophie Greenaway and Riadorn RESERVE Briar Irwin and Kraka ELEMENTARY CHAMPION Tyler McKee and Corrida RESERVE Casey Ross and GT Dreamy MEDIUM CHAMPION Corrine Ward and GT Rhythm RESERVE Di Elliotte and Golden Moment ADVANCED MEDIUM CHAMPION Helen Boyd and Sylvester MH ADVANCED AND ABOVE CHAMPION Rebecca McKee and Solo RESERVE Fiona Sharp and New World Finesse


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OUR PEOPLE

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH HARVEY BELL Sponsored by AllinFlex

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Harvey Bell and granddaughter Aria Photo: Libby Law

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arvey is a behind the scenes kind of a dude, there is never a fanfare associated with him, he just pops along to a Dressage show and gives a hand. Residing in the Manawatu he has been involved in the Bates Nationals almost every year it has been hosted there. Announcer, sponsors and judges host, app creator, errand runner, driver, Harvey has been a bit of a go to guy, his local knowledge being invaluable at times. His considered tones have also been heard over the PA system at Dressage Central District events as well as the occasional horse trial or A&P Show. Harvey’s involvement in Equestrian sport was fostered by his late wife Philippa, when they moved to New Zealand from the UK. Philippa rode stock horses on the farm, then daughter Natasha got in on the action as a six year old going through the Pony Club ranks competing at all disciplines including Dressage. Harvey was Tash’s number one supporter, acting as fence judge, test caller, truck driver, groom and bacon sandwich maker, Tash said this was her “breakfast of champions” for years. For five years Harvey drove the horses to the local RDA every weekday so Tash could ride. Both Philippa and Harvey acted as President of Manawatu Pony Club, and Philippa as district Commissioner of Manawatu West Coast. She was fully supported by Harvey during that period of time. When not chasing after horses, the whole family including brother William were part of a Feilding singing group with Harvey singing solo at Regent Theatre on occasion. Tash reported that he was always the naughty kid that was told off for talking too much! He is pictured here with his beautiful granddaughter Aria. Both grandchildren are keen horse riders following family tradition. Continuing in his role as chief supporter of the family’s riding career, he has been to all three of Aria’s first shows and lovingly endures the tanty younger sister Cadence has when removed from her pony! Harvey is the recipient of this months AllinFlex Volunteer prize. Check out their range of products at www.allinflex.co.nz


OUR PEOPLE

OFFICIAL OF THE MONTH JOS GRESHAM Sponsored by AR Dressage

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ressage Central District have nominated Jos this month. They say Jos is a multitalented woman, and they are bang on the money! Jos is the national calendar and series points co-ordinator, stable manager for the Bates Nationals, Equestrian Entries Under 25 Champs, Elite Equine Future Stars. She is not only stable manager at the Central Districts Champs but also their event manager. She has also now been stewarding for four years and quickly became accredited as an FEI steward. The tasks of stable manager and stewarding require tact and diplomacy as well as putting in long hours at the show venue, Jos has these attributes in spades, making her extremely popular with competitors and other volunteers alike, her infectious smile is very well known in our Dressage community. Jos can always be relied upon to be the first one to hit the ground on show morning, opening gates, unlocking buildings and doing her stable rounds, she is reliable and carries out everything she is tasked with to a very high standard. The roles of event manager and points co-ordinator require great organisation skills, attention to detail, patience and efficiency, all which Jos excels at. Growing up on a Rangitikei farm, horses were part of her childhood life. She was a member of the Rangitikei Pony Club and participated in hunting. An OE took her to the UK where she spent a large chunk of her young adult years before returning to a Bulls lifestyle property 2007 with husband Jon and two daughters. She took up riding again as her daughters were riding, gravitating to dressage as a less scary option than hunting or jumping. Jos was never a competitive rider but enjoys watching the progress of others and spending time with a good group of people. When not occupied by volunteer and official work, Jos enjoys working around her home and immerses herself in reading for relaxation. She would like more people to help share the load but loves what she does and hopes to keep going as long as she can. Jos’ competency, willingness and effort has been rewarded in the past winning volunteer of the show at the

Celine Filbee and Jos Gresham Photo: Libby Law

Bates Nationals and a Sport Manawatu Volunteer Award. Jos is generous to a fault and is the very deserved recipient of this month’s AR Dressage Official’s prize. For further information on AR Dressage contact Andrea at tetch@xtra.co.nz OCTOBER 2019 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 41


NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER

WHICH EVENTS AND SERIES ARE FOR YOU THIS SEASON? EQUESTRIAN ENTRIES NZ U25 NATIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS January 25 - 27 2020 - TAUPO National Equestrian Centre (NCH /RE) ESNZ National Titles (NCH) Hyland Pony Championship (Pony FEI tests – Medium level) the Waldebago Trophy for Young Rider Championship (Young Rider FEI tests – Prix St Georges level), and the KH Arvan Trophy for the U25 Grand Prix. All other grades and/or age group competitions will be designated Premier League (RE) status and will include event championship titles. The York Corporation Inter-Island Team Challenge will also be held. No prior qualification required. There are plans to host a Pony & Young Rider educational forum on Monday 27th January (Details TBC) Entries only on www.equestrianentries.co.nz

FEI DRESSAGE WORLD CHALLENGE 2020 The date and venue for the 2020 FEI Dressage World Challenge will be confirmed during 2020 and will not be held prior to 1st August 2020.

SERIES For more information about series go to: https://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/disciplines/dressage/competition/dressage-series-classes/

For information about Rider Categories refer to ART DR Art 462.5 https://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/esnz/rules-regulations/dressage-rules/

ZILCO MUSICAL FREESTYLE SERIES The crowd pleasing Zilco Musical Freestyle Series will be a feature again this season from Novice through to Grand Prix. Refer to the 2019 Test Book for the new Freestyle Tests from Novice (L2) through to Advanced(L6). Small tour (L7) uses the FEI Int I Freestyle. Go to the FEI web site for guidelines for these tests. https://inside.fei.org/system/files/FEI%20Freestyle%20Directives%20for%20Judges_final-19.04.2017.pdf

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. Points table managed directly by Dressage NZ

SUPER 5 DRESSAGE LEAGUE The 2019-20 Super 5 League comprises a points series in each island from Preliminary Grand Prix 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: Preliminary to Advanced B Tests; Small Tour – FEI Int I; Medium Tour FEI Intermediate B; Big Tour Grand Prix or Grand Prix Special. Points tables managed directly by Dressage NZ

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER BATES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS & TRAINING FORUM 26 -29 March 2020, Taupo National Equestrian Centre

The Bates National Championships are being held after the Horse of the Year Show in 2020 in order not to clash with the FEI Dressage Forum and Willinga Park CDI 4*(near Sydney) in midFebruary. The event will include a CDI3*, CDIY, CDI P, Young Horses, Bates National Open Championships from levels Preliminary to Grand Prix, National Amateur Championships from Preliminary to Advanced Medium. New for 2020, Open Pony Classes will be offered at Elementary & Medium in addition to the CDIP. Foreign International Judges confirmed are Henning Lehrmann (5*GER) Maria Schwennesen (5*AUS) Sandy Hotz (4* USA) and Ricky McMillan (4*AUS). A Training Forum for Riders, Judges & Fans will be held on Sunday with Sandy Hotz.

NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE BATES NATIONALS

Amateur Championships from Preliminary to Advanced Medium will be held as separate classes. Eligibility is based onrider categories and horse grades. Qualification for the AMCH. The term Amateur is defined by rider category status. Amateur Riders are C5 and below (ie - not more than 15pts in level 6 or above) DR Art 462.5 Eligibility NCH 2020: (Graded competitions only) From 1 Jan 2019 – Date of close of Entries If excessive entries are received, wait lists and balloting will be implemented Open & Amateur

MES

Preliminary & Novice

63%

Elementary - ADV

60%

Elementary & Medium Ponies

60%

CDIP (Medium Level)

60%

CDIY & Small Tour (PSG /Int I)

57%

Medium Tour (INT A/B) & GP

57%

Event Classification

Premier League, ICH, U25CH, NCH or HOY

Young Dressage Horse Classes No prior qualification. Proof of age of horse must be supplied with entry.

HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW 2020 (DRESSAGE SECTION) Title Classes Eligibility HOY 2020: (Graded competitions only) From 1 Sept 2019 – 16 Feb 2020 LEVEL

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EVENT CLASSIFICATION

Preliminary Horse

64%

Premier League Preliminary or Zilco Novice

Novice Horse

64%

Premier League Zilco Novice

Elementary Horse

64%

Premier League Zilco Elementary

Medium Horse

64%

Premier League Zilco Medium

Advanced Medium Horse

60%

Premier League Zilco Advanced Medium

Advanced Horse

60%

Premier League Advanced

FEI Small Tour Horse

60%

Premier League Int 1

FEI Intermediate Horse

58%

Premier League Int A, Int B or Int II

FEI Grand Prix (FEI 3* / Nat)

58%

Premier League GP or GPS

CDI Y (FEI Young Rider)

60%

Premier League: PSG or Int I

Title & Non-Title Pony Classes Eligibility Preliminary Pony

60%

Any Preliminary graded competition

Novice Pony

60%

Any Novice graded competition

Elementary Pony

60%

Any Elementary graded competition

Pony of the Year FEI Pony Tests

60%

Any Medium graded competition

Non-title classes Horses Eligibility HOY 2020 Preliminary Horse

64%

Premier League

Novice Horse

64%

Premier League Novice or Zilco Novice

Elementary Horse

64%

Premier League Elementary or Zilco Elementary

Young Dressage Horse Classes No prior qualification. Proof of age of horse must be supplied with entry.

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER PRESTIGE EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE FUTURES PRIZE

The Prestige Equestrian Futures Prize will be awarded to the best performed combination competing at KiwiArena Rakes Premier League Events from 1 September 2019 - 16 February 2020 and meeting the following eligibility conditions. Horses 148cm and over, 4 -10-year-old and 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) Enter online at Equestrian Entries by 1/12/19

Enter online at Equestrian Entries by 1/12/19

EXCITING NEW AMS SADDLERY PONY PERFORMANCE LEAGUE & AMS SADDLERY YOUNG RIDER PERFORMANCE LEAGUE

There will be separate AMS Saddlery Leagues for Pony Riders and Young Riders this season with more opportunities to earn League points. Points will be earned from graded classes at KiwiArena Rakes Premier League events. The Pony League is for riders 16yrs or under at 1 August, but if a rider turns 17 on or after 1 August, they may continue to compete in the Pony League. The Young Rider League is for riders 20yrs or under at 1 August but if a rider turns 21 on or after 1 August, they may continue to compete in the League. The AMS Saddlery Pony & Young Rider Performance Leagues aim 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.

TOP TEN LEAGUES All Top Ten Leagues accrue points from 1/8/19 - 30/4/20

Riders love the Top Ten Leagues for a number of reasons but the biggest draw card is that they can simply enter online with no fee attached and then can see how their performances are stacking up against other riders in the same league and category from throughout New Zealand. And then of course there is the chance to win stylish sponsor rosettes at area level and fabulous sashes and rugs at national level. So get across to Equestrian Entries and choose the series that are just RIGHT for you and horse or pony. Chances are there is more than one. Conditions for each of the leagues are on both Equestrian Entries and the ESNZ website www.nzequestrian.org.nz/disciplines/dressage/competition/dressage-series-classes/ Entries for all Top Ten Leagues close on 1/12/19

THE STERLING WARMBLOODS SMALL STARS TOP TEN LEAGUE

For horses over 148cm and not exceeding 163cm (verified by RAS height certificate by 1/12/19) Riders must turn at least 12yrs in the calendar year of the beginning of the competition. Points accrue from 1 August 2019 until 30 April 2020, in three divisions. Bronze (Levels 1 & 2) Silver (Levels 3 & 4) Gold (Level 5 & above)

QUIN BUILDINGS DIRECT MASTERS TOP TEN LEAGUE Riders at least 50yrs as at 1/1/19

Pewter (Area and National) For CN – C2 Riders on horses (or ponies) competing at Preliminary and above Bronze (Area and National) For C3 & C4 Riders on horses (or ponies) on competing Novice and above Silver Area and National) For C3 & C4 Riders on horses (or ponies) competing at Elementary and above Gold (Area and National) For C5 - C9 Riders on horses (or ponies) competing at Preliminary, Novice and Elementary Platinum (Area and National) For C5 - C9 Riders on horses (or ponies) competing at Medium and above

EQUISSAGE AMATEUR TOP TEN LEAGUE

The competition is open to riders 21yrs and over at 1/8/19 and over and is run in four National divisions plus special awards, with twenty area winners. Bronze Area & National Level 1 Riders CN - C3 at 1/8/2019 Silver Area & National Level 2 Riders CN - C4 at 1/8/2019 Gold Area & National Level 3 Riders CN - C5 at 1/8/2019 Platinum Area & National Level 4 Riders CN - C5 at 1/8/2019 Newcomer (First year member) Rider no grading points in Dressage prior to 1/4/2019 Island Hi-Points Award Highest Score in each Island Amateur Owner Horse with zero grading points at date of purchase by current owner and may not have earned any grading points with any other rider at any time.

EQUIZEE PONY & YOUNG RIDER AMATEUR TOP TEN LEAGUE

Ponies: Riders 16yrs and under at 1/8/19 Pony Bronze: Level 1 ponies Riders CN – C3 at 1/8/2019 Pony Silver: Level 2 ponies Riders CN – C4 at 1/8/2019 Pony Gold: Level 3 & 4 ponies Riders CN – C5 at 1/8/2019 Horses: Riders must turn at least 12yrs during 2019, and be 20yrs or under at 1/8/19 Horse Bronze: Level 1 horses Riders CN – C3 at 1/8/2019 Horse Silver: Level 2 horses Riders CN – C4 at 1/8/2019 Horse Gold: Level 3 & 4 horses Riders CN – C5 at 1/8/2019 Top Score Rider North Island 12yrs & under at 1/8/19 Top Score Rider South Island 12yrs & under at 1/8/19 Newcomer ESNZ graded Dressage rider. Must have never earned any dressage grading points on any horse or pony prior to 1/4/18

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER

PREMIER LEAGUE CALENDAR 19/20 OCTOBER 2019 26/27

Marlborough Championships

Marlborough Equestrian Park

26/28

Bay of Plenty Championships

Taupo NEC

NOVEMBER 2019 2/3

Nelson Championships

Rough Island

9/10

Wellington Championships

Solway SG (Masterton)

9/10

Otago Championships

Taieri SG (Mosgiel)

15/17

Auckland-Manukau Championships

Clevedon SG

16/17

Ashburton Championships

Ashburton SG

16/17

Gisborne Championships

Gisborne SG

23/24

Northern Hawkes Bay Championships

Hastings SG

30/1

Canterbury Championships

McLeans Is NEC (Christchurch)

30/1

Southern Hawkes Bay Championships

Dannevirke SG

DECEMBER 2019 6/8

Southland Championships

Gore SG

7/8

Waitemata Championships

Woodhill Sands

13/15

Northland Championships

Barge Park (Whangaerei)

14/15

Taihape Championships

Taihape SG

JANUARY 2019 10/12

Taranaki and NI Festival Future Stars

Egmont SG (Hawera)

18/19

Wairarapa Championships

Solway SG (Masterton)

25/27

Equestrian Entries Youth Festival

Taupo NEC

FEBRUARY 2020 7/9

South Island Championships

Gore SG

14/16

Waikato Championships

Taupo NEC

MARCH 2020 29/1

SI Festival Future Stars

Mcleans Island NEC

10/15

Horse of the Year Show (CDI 3*/Y)

Hastings SG

26/29

Bates NZ Dressage Championships (NCH – CDI 3*/Y) Taupo NEC

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NATIONAL COMPETITION CALENDER

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 Waitemata www.dressagewaitemata.co.nz Dressage Warkworth www.warkworthdressage.webs.com Dressage Auckland - Manukau www.amdg.org.nz Dressage Waikato new website coming soon! Dressage Morrinsville -Te Aroha www.mtdg.co.nz Dressage Gisborne www.gisbornedressage.org.nz Dressage Bay of Plenty  www.dressagebayofplenty.co.nz Dressage Eastern Bay of Plenty www.sportsground.co.nz/ebd Dressage Rotorua         www.sporty.co.nz/dressagerotorua Dressage Tauranga        www.dressagetauranga.co.nz  Dressage Taupo www.sporty.co.nz/taupodressagegroup Dressage Northern Hawkes Bay  www.sporty.co.nz/dressagenhb

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Dressage Central Hawkes Bay www.sportsground.co.nz/chbdressage Dressage Southern Hawkes Bay www.sportsground.co.nz/shbdressage Dressage Central Districts www.sportsground.co.nz/dressagecentraldistricts Dressage Taranaki www.dressagetaranaki.co.nz Dressage Wellington www.dressagewellington.org.nz Dressage Horowhenua   www.horowhenuadressage.com Dressage Wairarapa www.dressagewairarapa.com Dressage Nelson     www.nelsondressage.webs.com Dressage Marlborough www.sporty.co.nz/marlboroughdressage Dressage Canterbury www.canterburydressage.co.nz Dressage Otago www.dressageotago.webs.com Dressage Southland www.dressage-southland.com National Equestrian Centres www.nzequestrian.org.nz Tielcey Park Equestrian Centre www.tielceypark.co.nz (Manawatu) Northern Equestrian Group www.freewebs.com/northerneq (North Canterbury) North Loburn Equestrian Centre www.nlec.co.nz (North Canterbury)

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