Issue 50 | April 2021
SYNCROFLEX FESTIVAL OF FUTURE STARS ORO Dressage by the Lake Takapoto Estate
CELEBRATING 50 ISSUES OF THE BULLETIN! The Wendy Roberts Memorial show
FROM THE EDITOR WELCOME TO ISSUE FIFTY OF THE DRESSAGE NZ BULLETIN
he March deflation we all felt turned seems to have transformed into April elation.
The Syncroflex South Island Festival of Futures Stars in Christchurch which featured some very classy young horses, was also dubbed the Festival of Friends. This theme was also evident at the Wendy Richards Memorial event hosted by Dressage Rotorua at the Taupo NEC. There were personal bests galore across the levels and scores of 80% not uncommon on some simply stunning New Zealand bred horses. These events also served as a great lead in for anyone heading to Karapiro for Oro Dressage by the Lake at Takapoto Estate. This promises to be an event like no other on the Dressage calendar.
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What is the attraction? Aside from being close to a large demographic of equestrian fans and businesses in the Auckland and Waikato areas, the venue has a reputation that represents European style, able to provide an event experience alongside the sport. The phenomenal support received from so many sectors including sponsors and trade exhibitors, volunteers, a high standard of entries and indications that spectators and fans are travelling from the deep south is all very exciting. In today’s world, for any sport to survive and grow, it has to deliver on many different levels. Grass roots, development of athletes and officials, high performance, volunteer experience, organizational and external funding expertise. To attract spectators, sponsors and investors, sport needs to deliver high quality events that offer both high quality exciting competition, and an event experience that aligns with the culture of the fans. Dressage fans want to be able to socialize, shop, enjoy fine food…. and watch high quality performances from their sporting heroes. Not every dressage event can be like this, but some need to be for the sake of the growth of the sport.
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Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the longest serving FEI President (1964 – 1986) passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle in England. He was 99.
VALE HRH PRINCE PHILIP THE PASSING OF A LEGEND Article by FEI
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The modern equestrian world is perhaps unaware of the huge contribution that Prince Philip made to so many facets of international equestrian sport. He effectively opened the door to Endurance, Vaulting, Reining and Paralympic sport during his term as President of the FEI.
rince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away peacefully on the morning of 9th April at Windsor Castle in England. His death, at the age of 99, was announced by Buckingham Palace.
He was the longest serving FEI President (1964-1986) and was succeeded in this role by his daughter Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, for the following eight years. Some of Prince Philip’s own greatest sporting achievements came in the sport of Driving which he introduced as a new discipline in the FEI and helped to develop during his FEI Presidency. He helped standardise international rules and became a hugely successful competitor himself, winning team gold at the 1980 World Driving Championship and bronze in 1978, 1982 and 1984. He also placed sixth individually in 1982. Prince Philip strongly supported the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series, which is now one of the crown jewels in the Jumping calendar, and was hugely supportive of the launch of the FEI Jumping World Cup™ in the 1970s. He was also instrumental in the creation of the FEI World Equestrian Games™, having lobbied for such a competition for many years
before it was finally staged for the first time in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. An all-round horseman, he played polo during his time in the Royal Navy in the 1940s and became one of Britain’s top-10 players. His passion for all things equestrian was shared by his wife and passed on to their children, particularly Prince Charles who was also a keen polo player, and Princess Anne, who claimed individual gold at the FEI European Eventing Championships in 1971, and individual and team silver four years later, before becoming the first British Royal to compete at an Olympic Games when she rode in Montreal 1976. Prince Philip’s grandchildren have also inherited a love of horse sport. Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall took the Eventing world title in 2006 and was a member of the British silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Princes William and Harry are also regularly spotted on the polo field. Born in Corfu, Greece and educated in France, Germany and Great Britain, he was just 18 years old when he joined the Royal Navy in 1939. During World War ll he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets, and by the time he left the
service in 1952 he had reached the rank of Commander. At the age 26 years, he married the then Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth ll) in November 1947. “The passing of Prince Philip is a huge loss for equestrian sport and his legacy, particularly at the FEI, will live on for many many decades to come”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “I first met him in London at the FEI General Assembly in 2005, and again at the FEI Eventing European Championships in Blair Castle in 2015. He was a man of incredible energy and a great sense of humour and the FEI was honoured to have him as our longest serving President. “His dedication to equestrian sports cannot be underestimated and will never be forgotten, especially in the Driving community. He was born in the same year the FEI was founded and sadly he will not be with us to celebrate his own and the FEI’s centenary this year. We will celebrate his life and remember him as a great ambassador of our sport.” The FEI extends its deepest sympathy to the British Royal Family and joins the equestrian community in mourning the loss of this remarkable man.
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’ve continued my training as normal, so I guess I’m quite lucky in that respect. And because I don’t have any major competitions e.g. Tokyo Olympics to be thinking about, I haven’t stressed so much about the current situation. It is what it is, and I have enjoyed training at home working towards when the time when the season would eventually start! What has been most annoying is not really having any idea on when or what will go ahead this year, but since the British Prime Minister’s last announcement and timeline, we now have a much clearer idea on what will be possible!
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Shows got underway on 29th March and are now in full swing now which is really exciting! It’s been great that I have been able to keep up with regular training with Gareth (Hughes) and Dee from Dynamic Sports Performance as they are both so helpful. I feel like I have a good balance of training and am able to work on a lot at home. I took my young mare Koko (now rising six-year-old) to her first show for the season recently. We competed in an Elementary class to win on 77.32% and her first ever Medium test which she also won with a score of 74.05%. Plans for this year are to qualify for the regionals on both Koko and Hello and hopefully go on to the Nationals. I will also look in to doing some 6YO classes with Koko. Hello will be going out to a PSG in the next few weeks to get her used the competition scene again and then we will be working towards the Inter I and II over summer. Both horses are going really well in training so I’m excited for the year ahead! Now that I have my own yard I feel a bit more settled which is good feeling. I have a couple of youngsters (3 & 4YO) which I have started and will have a play with over this year. We are finally coming to the end of winter here and it is so nice to have sunny days again with the paddocks drying up! I have felt like I have been in New Zealand this past winter as the weather is quite similar here to back home - rain, rain and a bit more rain!
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SYNCROFLEX FESTIVAL OF FUTURE STARS Photos by Bella Maitland Please note out of respect to our photographers that screenshots of photos used on Social Media will be recorded and may result in payment for photo.
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DRESSAGE DEBUT AT TAKAPOTO Photos by Libby Law Photography
Oro Dressage by the Lake at Takapoto Estate (bordering Lake Karapiro near Cambridge) promises to feature two fill days of top-class dressage competition on the first weekend (1/2) in May.
ro Dressage by the Lake scheduled to run at Takapoto Estate on the 1st and 2nd of May will feature two days of top-class dressage competition. This will be the first dressage event to be held at Takapoto’s superb venue, which brings a taste of elite European riding to New Zealand.
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Takapoto owner Mitch Plaw is “a huge fan of all high calibre sport” and a great supporter of showjumping, cycling, rowing, motorsport and rugby. He explains, “I don’t know much about dressage just yet, however I am extremely happy that this event is being run at Takapoto, and hope that it may become a regular feature on our calendar.”
NATIONAL NEWS The event concept, to host an event like the Zilco North Island Freestyle to Music Series finals, rapidly became a reality when three of the most experienced event organisers, Waikato’s Debra Cowen, Kara Lockhart and Lisa Marcroft, with backing from Dressage NZ, put their hand up to put together a high-quality boutique dressage event at short notice. These three were feeling a bit shortchanged after the covid cancellation of the final day of the Oro Equestrian North Island Championships and saw this opportunity as their own payback to fate! Being close to a large equestrian fan base in the Waikato and Auckland, the event provides a unique promotional opportunity and season finale.
be held in the Ice Marketing Arena Number 1 under the Duncan & Ebbett Land Rover lights on Saturday evening from 5.45pm following the Williamson Water & Land Advisory Young Rider Freestyle, featuring our leading under 21-year-old riders. The Custom Logistic Grand Prix will feature Marlborough’s Melissa Galloway with her national champion Windermere J'Obéi W and multi time New Zealand representative Julie Brougham on one of our alltime favourites Vom Feinsten. The experienced North Island Champions, Vanessa Way and NSC Andreas can never be ignored and with a winning score of 73.4 at the North Islands and more recently 74.3% at
Dressage Rotorua they will surely be in contention. Both Melissa and Vanessa will both also show two of their superstar young horses at the event. Another feature on Saturday afternoon will be the NZ eventers heading off to the Sydney 3DE the following Monday. As part of their Olympic preparation, they will compete is a special class riding the FEI Olympic Short Eventing test. A great cross discipline collaboration. A full list of competitors and their start times can be viewed on Equestrian Entries in the week leading up to the event. Event admission is free so come and join us on the Fiber Fresh Equine lawn. There will be an amazing
The Takapoto venue features imported Ebb and Flow all weather surfaces, 300 portable stables plus superbly landscaped space for hospitality and trade marquees. Backing for the event from the equestrian community has been simply phenomenal with both existing loyal and many new supporters being secured. Four competition arenas will operate over the two days incorporating two musical arenas and what promises to be a spectacular two-hour Custom Logistic Services Grand Prix Musical Freestyle. This premier class will
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NATIONAL NEWS There’s plenty of shopping to be had while you enjoy the dressage – twenty sites in all with a wide range of high quality products and some never seen before. MAKE SURE YOU VISIT THE DUNSTAN VIP MARQUEE WHERE YOU WILL FIND Oro Equestrian Dunstan Horse Feeds Duncan & Ebbett Land Rover Kiwi Arena Rakes
TAKE A WANDER ACROSS TO THE FIBER FRESH LAWN AND THEN TO THE WADE GROUP TRADE VILLAGE WHERE YOU WILL FIND A FANTASTIC SHOPPING EXPERIENCE THANKS TO: variety of refreshments food and supplied by the Takapoto café and select food trucks, and take the chance to enjoy an amazing gin cocktail from the Takapoto bar. The Takapoto Cafe will be open all day Saturday and Sunday (from approximately 7am-3pm), along with the following onsite vendors: • Friday-Sunday: Kickstart Coffee • Juice Real will be onsite Saturday and Sunday • Saturday: Lechon • Saturday-Sunday: Miss Bangkok (Thai food) onsite Saturday and Sunday • Sunday: Chariot Pizza
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he ESNZ Game Changers programme has raised awareness that we can all change someone’s day for the better. Dressage NZ saw the TVNZ Seven Sharp clip about Canterbury dressage pony rider Maddie Collins whose dream to compete at the 2021 Land Rover Horse of the Year Show was shattered when it was covid cancelled. Maddie had entered for the major Pony of the Year title at Medium level. Land Rover have generously offered to support her trip for next year, but for Maddie, 2022 probably seems like an eternity away.
MADDIE & DENNIS TOUR TO TAKAPOTO WITH A TEAM OF GAME CHANGERS #Game Changers supporting MADDIE COLLINS
It was a moment in time when Dressage NZ saw the opportunity to become a Game Changer as a national organisation and offer Maddie and her pony Buckton Denniston (Dennis) a trip to Oro Dressage by the Lake. Support has quickly gathered with ESNZ partner, Majestic Horse Floats LP offering complimentary return travel for Dennis from Christchurch. Tayla Johns Marketing Manager for Majestic said “Providing transport for Dennis up to Cambridge is the least we could do. We wish Maddie every success and we hope she has a truly special time”.
Clare Austin from Oro Equestrian is supporting the venture with a contribution to costs and an Oro goodie bag, and Christine Weal Equestrian is providing accommodation and care for Dennis at her stables for a few days prior to the event to make sure he is well rested and on track for his Takapoto adventure. Dressage NZ is contributing to the cost of the adventure and also assisting the family with logistics.
Maddie was diagnosed in December 2008 with a kidney disorder, Nephrotic Syndrome. Maddie did not respond to any of the treatments to control the disease - high doses of steroids, 13 weeks of chemo and immune suppressing drugs. In August 2011 Maddie had her first kidney removed and started dialysis every night until a transplant was possible. Maddie’s second kidney was removed September 2012.
On being told about the trip, Maddie said. “I’m so excited to have been given such an awesome opportunity to compete at Takapoto it looks like such an amazing place to compete in. I’m so grateful to Dressage NZ for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to watch and learn from the other riders too”.
Over the years of Maddie’s disease developing to FSGS, Maddie has been on life support and required Air Ambulance transfers to a specialist child ICU unit in Auckland, numerous times required many surgeries and has spent many admissions lasting months in hospital. Maddie was not able to
Maddie Collins and Buckton Denniston Photo: Mel's Moments
have a normal childhood. In October 2012 Maddie’s dad Adam gave Maddie one of his kidneys. Unfortunately, Maddie’s disease was to return in her transplanted kidney. As Maddie’s disease returned so quickly and aggressively the family has been told that the chances of Maddie getting another transplant when this kidney fails (transplanted kidneys do not last a lifetime) that there is a high chance that New Zealand will not offer Maddie another transplant due to her not meeting the transplant criteria. Thus the family are trying to make every day count and on those well days giving Maddie as many opportunities to live life to the full and have many experiences as possible despite her daily routine of dialysis. APRIL 2021 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 15
NATIONAL NEWS Ella Cooper-Levin and Dapper Photo: Libby Law
Belinda Greenfield and L'homme du jour Photo: Libby Law
his season’s Dressage series competitors really stepped it up a notch, gaining many more points than accrued by the winners over the last few years. Young rider Ella Cooper-Levin, from Waikato, led the series on her lovely dark bay gelding Dapper (Volksraad/ Classic Affair/Classic Fame), where they competed in Medium all season, collecting points from many North Island events to finish on a score of 101. Dapper is 17 years old and raced under the name of Fort Bragg but was somewhat unsuccessful before his new career as a sport horse. Ella has competed in Dressage on Dapper since 2016, bringing him up through the ranks.
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In previous seasons 86 points would have been enough to claim the overall victory, but this year Belinda Greenfield and L’homme du jour had to settle for second place, a place up in the series from the previous season, also riding in Medium. L’homme du jour is a 10-year-old bay gelding by Fast ‘N’ Famous out of Ididntdoit (No Excuse Needed). He raced under the name of Sharpshooter, having some minor success as a four-year-old. L’homme du jour has the moves to go further in Dressage.
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Finishing third, and on 67 points, was Rock Man, ridden and owned by Donna Wellington. They competed in Elementary last season and gained some great scores. Rock Man is only seven years old so is another to watch out for in future events.
The ESNZ and NZTR Thoroughbreds in Equestrian Sport (TiES) series are held in Dressage, Eventing, Jumping and Show Hunter with eligible thoroughbreds collecting points throughout the season in each discipline.
A presentation for the TiES Dressage placegetters will be held at Oro Dressage by the Lake, Takapoto on Saturday 1st May.
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ENGAGEMENT CORNER With Christine Weal - Dressage NZ Performance and Development Board Member
arch was a month of ups and downs as we saw more COVID restrictions put in place and heartbreaking decisions made for event organisers around the country, including the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show. The North Island Championships were caught up between lockdowns in Auckland. Fortunately, we were able to compete for the first two days of the show before the cancellation of the final day of the competition. It was a massive disappointment for all. Particularly for the South Islanders who had made the long trip to compete at North Islands and Horse of the Year. A big commendation to the hardworking Dressage Waikato team lead by Debra Cowen, Kara Lockhart, Waikato president Vicki Gibbs. On the bright side, we now look forward to Oro Dressage by the Lake, a new event at Takapoto, which Debra and her team have also taken on the task of running at 18 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | APRIL 2021
short notice. It’s a great initiative to showcase the Zilco Freestyle to Music North Island finals with Dressage NZ and Oro Equestrian’s support. It’s excellent for dressage as it introduces a different range of sponsors to the sport along with the loyal ones we already have. It also gives dressage another way to showcase the sport to a diverse range of people and bring supporters old and new together. After Oro Dressage by the Lake, we will embark on a new squad incentive to provide five protocol days throughout New Zealand. These days will provide riders and their coaches with more information to improve dressage scores and pathways forward to achieving those goals. By including their coaches, we hope they will transfer this knowledge onto other riders that they coach, making the understanding go further. As there aren’t enough South Island squad riders to fill the two South Island clinics planned, we have an excellent opportunity to identify and
support riders that haven’t met the performance criteria but show talent for the future. It’s essential that we work together as a team, identify the horses/riders earlier, and get their team thinking more about bridging those little training gaps that might completely change how good that combination can be in the future. Another thing that has been on my mind for some time is how we can create more incentives for members to be involved in their dressage groups and give back to the members as well. A few years ago, I was involved in a great incentive put together by the Canterbury Dressage group, where they had an area squad. The idea at that time was to get more riders through to the higher levels with consistent regular training and support. For those with regular trainers, we worked as a team with the rider. The most significant difference was that it was regular training, once per month, which kept them focused on training and pushing themselves. Canterbury is now a strong area and are producing more and more talented riders and horses. Waikato has done something similar but was looking to give more encouragement to the rider that wasn’t quite getting to the next level. I’m also involved with this. They are given money towards regular lessons with their trainer and free test training during the season. In
return, they do some fundraising for the group, which brings them closer as a team, and they learn how the group runs. For some people taking the first step to be involved in the group is the hardest, and Waikato have picked up some very talented people to help within the group that probably would never have been involved otherwise. Looking over both squads, the important thing with these squads is to have a good manager. Waikato is very lucky with Sarita Kennedy, who goes above and beyond, gives the squad members each other’s times so they can support each other during the show. After the show, she congratulates the ones that have done well, again creating that team environment. One day, it would be great to have squads in each area and have a series or a team final at nationals or somewhere similar. That maybe somewhere in the future but a little bit of encouragement has been proven that can go along way in many directions to help the sport. The best of both worlds would have to be that the riders are getting the chance to have consistent training and support to push for their dreams and the groups are having more involvement from the riders to help the tired volunteers and give them more support. But one of the keys to do this well is we need more managers like Sarita…..
Vanessa Way and Timbermill Prequel Photo: Libby Law Photography
DEVELOPMENT SQUAD MEMBER
Vanessa Way (Taranaki)
NSC TIMBERMILL PREQUEL (PRESTIGE VDL/CRYSTAL/DREAM BOY ) HOW DID YOU GET INTO DRESSAGE? Bill Noble talked me
DO YOU PREFER TRAINING OR COMPETING? Training, competing
into it after I have fractured my back and my horse Roman Abby died in the rotational fall. After that my heart wasn’t in eventing as I felt I had let Roman down.
and all horsemanship.
OVER THE YEARS HOW HAVE YOU PUT BACK INTO DRESSAGE? Dedicating my life to learning all I can and bringing it back to NZ through coaching, masterclasses and articles.
HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR DRESSAGE CAREER? Coaching full time.
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL FOR THE FUTURE? To get 75% in the Grand Prix then I can retire.
FOUR PEOPLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE FOR DINNER? Christine Eaton, Brooke Hughes, Dan Greenwood, Carl Hester
WHAT IS ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOU? Fast. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SHOW? Aachen. WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? I have it. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PEARL OF WISDOM? It is important to always be on the constant never ending journey to learn and get better. APRIL 2021 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 19
Chelsea Callaghan and Sisters II Etta J Photo: Libby Law Photography
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Chelsea Callaghan (Wellington)
SISTERS II ETTA J (FRIESIAN - ZIEGFRIED/IMAN)
dressage champs team as well as teaching locally with an emphasis on encouraging young riders, with a little bit of local judging at the Ohariu Valley Adult Riding club.
HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR DRESSAGE CAREER? Currently I am working 4 days a week, teaching local riders on my days off and doing commissioned paintings at night or when I have a spare moment. In the not-toodistant future I will be running my own business from our family farm.
WHAT IS A GOAL YOU HAVE FOR YOURSELF IN THE FUTURE? To build a successful business that will support my riding for years to come!
WHO HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR EQUESTRIAN CAREER? Hands down, would have to be Andrea Raves my coach!
TRAINING OR COMPETING? Competing!! I do love the everyday training but competing is when I am most excited and filled with energy!! I like performing under pressure.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO DRESSAGE? So many things in my life have influenced me to go down the dressage path but the most prominent would be that I am lucky enough to grow up living down the road from Helen HughesKeen and Andrea Raves in Ohariu Valley. I remember when I was young being given a video of Isabell and Anky and was mesmerized by their musical freestyles, I probably watched it a hundred times and It didn’t take long until I was having weekly lessons with Helen and Andrea and developed a real love for the sport. 20 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | APRIL 2021
WHO INSPIRES YOU? Riders that inspire me would have to be Cathrine Dufour and Simone Pearce. And someone that inspires me in my day-to-day life would have to be my Dad, Bob Callaghan. He is the most hardworking person I know, an absolute perfectionist with his craft and can master anything he puts his hand to.
OVER THE YEARS, IN HOW HAVE YOU PUT BACK INTO DRESSAGE? Over the years I have donated original paintings to Dressage NZ be raffled for the sport. I have been the team coach for our area
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB? If it was a DREAM job... it would be to ride and paint full time on a balcony overlooking paddocks filled with beautiful horses. That would be living the dream!
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me every day is very different depending on what I have on! But often I will ride my two girls in the morning before heading off to work, and then after work I will probably be teaching and trying to get to the gym for a workout!
YOUR PEARL OF WISDOM? Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
ESNZ HIGH PERFORMANCE FUTURES SQUAD
Christine Weal and Schindlers Liszt Photo: Libby Law Photography
Christine Weal (Waikato)
SCHINDLERS LISZT (NZWB - VOLLR ATH LESSING/ ANNABERG)
HOW DID YOU GET INTO DRESSAGE? Well, I actually wanted to be a tennis player…. we lived on a dairy farm. Mum and Dad had racehorses and Mum won a lot in the jumping at the shows. My sister competed to International level in eventing, so it eventually happened that I started riding.
WHO INSPIRES YOU? I’ve been really fortunate over the years to work for some really amazing trainers in some pretty amazing stables around the world. During one stint at Kasselman’s I worked solely for Dr Ulf Moller who at that time with his wife Eva, were the best at producing horses for the young horse world championships. We had a lot of really big moving stallions that would come to us having got away with a bit, but he taught me with patience, good riding and feel you could really change how a horse moved and developed.
HOW HAVE YOU PUT BACK INTO DRESSAGE OVER THE YEARS? My parents taught me it’s good to put back into your sport. I give free lessons to the Waikato Dressage squad riders, I’m the vice president of Dressage Waikato and now on the Dressage NZ Board for Performance and Development. I sponsor at shows and have managed and trained the Waikato Pony Club teams over the years as well. It’s good to put back.
HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR DRESSAGE CAREER? I do a lot of teaching all over NZ as well as at home, ride horses and I’ve now got into breeding horses (not sure if that’s a good idea or not). But I wouldn’t be able to ride without having the consistent support of the farm.
WHAT’S A GOAL YOU HAVE FOR YOURSELF? I would like to take horses overseas and ride in Europe. I’ve done a lot of riding and training over there but never been in a position that I could do it with my own horse. I hope with the types of horses we are starting to get I will be able to do this one day.
WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOU MOST IN YOUR CAREER? Jude Simpson and Marcia Bayley. Both these people were amazing when I was a young rider competing at the shows. They especially taught me a lot about being in teams overseas, what to expect in High Performance sport and how to deal with the ups and downs.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? Producing talented well-trained horses and riders and being able to financially afford it. Seeing the sport go forward and helping to put a performance program together for the senior riders so we can get NZ competing on the world stage in Dressage. At the same time finding a balance so the amateur riders have programs for them, and the breeders’ owners and sponsors are looked after, and everyone feels included in the journey. Got to aim high!
YOUR PEARL OF WISDOM Riding is hard work. You’re going to take a lot of knocks. It’s really important to train well, be polite, not cut corners and some horses will take longer than others. You have to be patient and go at the speed that they are learning and the strength that horse has. A ribbon is not worth breaking a horse’s heart for. APRIL 2021 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 21
SLEEP - A MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT FOR ATHLETES Article by Jeni Pearce Performance Nutritionist HPSNZ
Jeni busts some rumours and provides performance nutrition strategies to help encourage an all important, good nights sleep. WARM MILK HELPS YOU TO GO TO SLEEP True! Drinking a mug or glass of flavoured or plain milk (add a little vanilla essence), hot or cold, along with other dairy products, improves sleep quality. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which supports the formation of proteins (serotonin and melatonin) and other compounds that support and assist sleep and mood. Tryptophan is found in reasonable amount in milk, yoghurt, cheese, and dairy products. A hot milk based drink before bed does help send you to sleep. If using soy and nut milks have a larger glass as these contain lower levels of tryptophan.
EATING CHEESE CAN GIVE YOU NIGHTMARES False. This could be considered an old fashioned myth based on personal beliefs. Cheese, chili, chocolate, and pickles have all been suggested to be linked with disturbing dreams, however research discounts the theory. Dairy foods such as cheese are linked to assisting good sleep.
COFFEE LATE IN THE DAY OR EVENING KEEPS YOU AWAKE True. This does depend on how sensitive the rider is to coffee or more correctly, caffeine. It is not just after dinner that can this effect. If the rider is sensitive to caffeine having a cup of coffee or consuming 22 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | APRIL 2021
food containing caffeine (energy drinks, cola beverages, black tea, some herbal teas, and dark chocolate) in the 6-8 hours prior to bedtime can affect sleep. Remember that de-caffeinated coffee also contains a small amount of caffeine (it is not caffeine free). Remember, habitual (frequent and regular) use can change a rider’s sensitivity to caffeine over time.
EATING LATE AT NIGHT KEEPS YOU AWAKE True. While going to bed hungry does not assist with getting a good night’s sleep, consuming meals late at night increases the risk of a disrupted night’s sleep. This is due to the digestive system being active in processing the meal. A high fat meal also delays (slows) the digestive process. Riders are encouraged to eat their last meal at least two hours before bed. This may not always be possible due to the timing of the competitive event. If a rider needs to eat late to assist recovery and to refuel choose food choices wisely.
ALCOHOL MAKES YOU FALL ASLEEP QUICKER True. But it is not helpful. The sedative effects of alcohol decrease the overall quality of sleep as it disrupts the balance between the various stages of sleep. This leads to a decrease the overall quality of sleep. On waking the rider will
feel tired rather than well rested. Remember the negative effects of alcohol on hydration status as a rider may wake dehydrated from a night of disturbed sleep after an evening or night of light social to moderate drinking of alcohol.
GOING TO BED VERY HUNGRY KEEPS YOU AWAKE True. This may occur when adjusting to different time zone due to travel as it is now known that the Gastrointestinal Tract has its own circadian clock. If you are in a different time zone and waking due to hunger have a light snack beside the bed – examples include; a glass of juice, banana, crackers and cheese, small sandwich, fresh fruit, nuts and dried fruit that can be easily eaten without getting out of bed. Stay in bed and have the snack close by.
DRINKING LOTS OF FLUIDS BEFORE BED HELPS YOU SLEEP False. A rider may wake up in the middle of the night for a toilet break due to fluid intakes close to sleep. Waking to go to the bathroom may disrupt sleep cycles and disrupt the quality of sleep, especially if the rider struggles to return to sleep. Riders are encouraged to aim to have their last drink of flavoured milk, hot chocolate, water, or sports drink in the one to two hours before bed. If you are waking in the night choose drinks which contain more sodium (e.g. milk, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages, and soups). The sodium assists to keep with fluid in the blood volume longer.
CHERRY JUICE MAY HELP AN ATHLETE FALL ASLEEP SOONER True. There has been a body of research on tart cherry juice concentrate (30mg shots) indicates its use may reduce the onset for falling asleep and may also increase sleep duration due to the ability to promote the synthesis of melatonin in the body. Care is needed to prevent taking high doses as this can induce disturbed sleep (nightmares).
From left: Peter Barke, Sarah Richards, Debbie Barke, Rachel Richards and Ottillie Upshall
DRESSAGE ROTORUA WENDY RICHARDS MEMORIAL SHOW Photo by Chontelle Honour - Your View Photography DRESSAGE ROTORUA AWARD NON GRADED Peter Barke & Dee DRESSAGE ROTORUA AWARD PRELIMINARY-NOVICE Andrea Hammond & Twigalicious DRESSAGE ROTORUA AWARD ELEMENTARY & ABOVE Ottilie Upshall & Mistadobalina WENDY RICHARDS TROPHY Debbie Barke & RM Suzie Q PRELIMINARY NON-GRADED CHAMPION Annette McPherson & Specs RESERVE Melissa Lovell & Spring Equinox PRELIMINARY OPEN CHAMPION Victoria Wall & Nations Hit EDH RESERVE Michael Morton-Beetham & South Pacific Phoenix NOVICE OPEN CHAMPION Vanessa Way & NSC Jolie DW RESERVE Andrea Hammond & Twigalicious ELEMENTARY OPEN CHAMPION Lucarne Dolley & HPH Sir Wolkentanz RESERVE Emily Lawrie & Davonte
MEDIUM CHAMPION Vanessa Way & NSC Furst Rock DW RESERVE Ottilie Upshall & Mistadobalina ADVANCED MEDIUM CHAMPION Amanda Berridge & GS O Jay RESERVE Katie Jones & Land N Sei ADVANCED CHAMPION Kathryn Corry & Anuschka PSH Reserve Debbie Barke & RM Suzie Q SMALL TOUR CHAMPION Vanessa Way & NSC Timbermill Prequel RESERVE Mandy Littlejohn & Dolce Vita RB MEDIUM TOUR CHAMPION Gaylene Lennard & Jax Johnson RESERVE Liz Hutson & Hapsburg PSH GRAND PRIX CHAMPION Lucarne Dolley & Ardmore RESERVE Vanessa Way & NSC Andreas PARA EQUESTRIAN CHAMPION Jodie Thorne & Ira Hayes RESERVE Nicola Essex & Mirako SP APRIL 2021 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 23
Morgan Beere and Redwood Furst Affair
PRESTIGE FUTURE TALENT AWARDED Photo by Libby Law Photography
The 2021 Prestige Equestrian Futures Series was a close fought contest to the end with sponsor Stephanie Liefting from Prestige Equestrian describing it as “a great result”. 24 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | APRIL 2021
he Prestige Equestrian philosophy behind the series is to encourage and reward those riders who have not yet competed at FEI Medium Tour or above to produce their own horses through the grades – riders who are still to develop their own performance profile which brings greater sponsorship opportunities. Horses are eligible up to 10 years of age. Riders may only win the saddle once but can still win the series on points. This year the series attracted ninety-four nominations with sixty-six combinations scoring points at Premier League events across the country.
Prestige saddles are synonymous for enhancing the performance of horses and riders
From fifth place in 2020, it was an emotional 2021 moment for nineteen-year-old Morgan Beere when it was confirmed she had won the coveted Prestige Saddle. “I cried… I don’t usually cry... but I did when I got the news that I had won a new saddle. It's such a great prize” A perfect said Morgan.
fit is a thing of beauty.
The young Waikato rider who is currently a member of theX-D2 Dressage K, Dressage saddle, very deep seat. NZ Youth Squad has followed a Entirely produced in Italy. pathway from ponies to producing her own Advanced horse, the now eight-year-old imported (AUS) PLACEGETTERS mare Redwood Furst Affair (Bella, a Hanoverian mare by Furstenball / Londonderry. Riding the at times opinionated Wemblybrook Sergio, Morgan won the Youth division of the NZ World Dressage Challenge in 2014 and 2016 and the Hyland Trophy for the NZ Pony Championship in 2017. Bella came to New Zealand as an unbroken two-year-old. Morgan started her and has done all the work on her progressing to Advanced level in their fourth season of competition. Highlights for the combination to date have been winning the Amateur Level 3 Title at the Nationals in 2019, 4th in the Advanced Medium Horse of the Year and the Advanced National title in 2020, and now the Prestige Equestrian Futures. “Bella is a cool calm horse and tries really hard to please. Her claim to fame is how fast
Redwood Furst Affair
Fernlea Diamond Day
Jalyn Special Effects
SWE Diamant Stern
Oranoa Night Owl
Joie De Vivre SS
she can eat a bucket of feed” muses Morgan. Morgan has her sights on the future - her next goal is to be achieving 67% plus at Prix St Georges, with a focus on developing the mare’s strength. Once established at this level, she would love to compete in Australia as a medium-term goal.
Runner up and just one point behind Morgan was a previous Prestige series winner, Lorraine Ward-Smith and Fernlea Diamond Day (Oamaru), who took the honours in 2017, and were also second in 2018, indicative of the consistency of this combination as they have moved through the grades to FEI Small Tour level. APRIL 2021 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 25
DRESSAGE REVITALIZED IN NORTH CANTERBURY Article by Jane Jackson Photos by Dannie Armstrong Photography
From left: Ken Wilson, Karen Withell, Jane Jackson, Corey Miln.
The goal is to provide a relaxed, supportive local dressage day that caters for everyone from the complete beginner wanting to have a go, to the more experienced rider that needs practice up the levels and yet still brings the feel of a bigger show, with experienced Canterbury Judges, a wide range of sponsors and wonderful prizes, raffles, and rosettes.
ollowing the nationwide lockdown in the first half of 2020, a tough decision was made by Alastair and Elaine Rutherford from North Loburn Equestrian Centre not to resume their very popular, regular dressage competitions in Rangiora. But roll on to the end of the year and a group of four local dressage enthusiasts - Corey Miln, Ken Wilson, Jane Jackson, and Karen Withell (plus some extremely helpful family members) calling themselves North Canterbury Dressage Committee (NCDC) signalled their dream to breathe life back into dressage in North Canterbury.
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NATIONAL NEWS Ken and Karen offer a wealth of experience between them. Ken has a been a scorer for Dressage Canterbury for ten years and considered a move into event management to be an exciting new challenge. Karen is enjoying a change from showing to producing and training her own dressage horses. Corey and Jane share a passion for keeping the sport of dressage alive from a grass roots level and also enjoy offering higher level classes to more experienced riders who often cannot get the local outings between Premier League events. Following discussions with Dressage NZ, NCDC has become an active branch of Dressage Canterbury. Judges from Dressage Canterbury and further afield are utilised and so the branch offers increased opportunities for judges to maintain their training and mentoring programmes. The Equestrian Entries platform framework is now being utilised to make it easy for competitors to enter online and keep track of their points and placings, a win for everyone. Many sponsors have been happy to put their hands up to help, supporting a wide range of classes with exceptional monetary sponsorship and prizes. “It is wonderful to have ongoing support from Canterbury businesses after such a tumultuous twelve months and competitions days like these could not happen without them”. Corey has a passion for
promoting dressage to the Junior Riders and has donated the Miln Trophy for Pony Clubs to contest by accumulating results from members who attend the club days and culminating with an annual Champion Pony Club named at the end of the Winter Series. The club will run two threeday series across the seasons with stunning Champion and Reserve sashes up for grabs in all class levels for combinations who have gained the highest points and complete at least two of the days in each series. Beautiful rosettes to sixth place and prize money is offered in all classes including the non-graded provide an added incentive. Record numbers participated in December and January events, including close to fifty U16yrs riders and significantly nearly 20% of those combinations were having a go under the ESNZ Casual Start system. An outstanding diversity of horse breeds filled up the classes, and with lots of positive feedback from the competitors, it really has been a whirlwind beginning. We hope to encourage the casual start riders to eventually join up with ESNZ dressage and keep attending local days in view of continuing their dressage as a sport.
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Dressage for all ages.
For more information on our exciting dressage competitions, results and photos look for North Canterbury Dressage on Facebook. Dressage for all disciplines.
With entries already flowing in for third and final day of the Autumn Series, considerations for bigger events and the ongoing support of a super number of sponsors, the future for the club and dressage in North Canterbury is looking bright.
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VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH KEN WILSON Sponsored by Big Barrel Article by Wendy Hamerton
en Wilson is the winner of the Big Barrel volunteer award for April. For over ten years he has been the chief dressage number cruncher for Dressage Canterbury. Let’s think about that for a moment and make some a few small assumptions. A quick browse around Equestrian Entries indicates about 2,500 tests were ridden in in Canterbury Dressage competitions so far in the 20/21 season. If each test has average one to two judges, sometimes more, that’s around 4,000 papers a year, times ten, that’s 40,000 papers. Now we’re not saying he did them all single handedly, but every ship needs a Captain Ken. Ken not only scores at events but is often seen collecting sheets from the judges boxes, taking back any sheets to note any errors or omissions for correction and all the time with a friendly smile and a kind word. Now that Ken has sold his business Rangiora Equestrian Supplies, he is turning his hand and extra time available to increased volunteer hours as a key member and event organiser for the newly formed North Canterbury Dressage Club which is proving to be a real bonus for Canterbury Dressage riders of all levels. Ken is yet another deserving recipient of the Big Barrel volunteer prize. For mates rates, exclusive offers and all your party needs visit your nearest Big Barrel and join their Mates Club. Or go to www. bigbarrel.co.nz to experience their Big Range and Big Deals.
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OFFICIAL OF THE MONTH MARGS CARLINE Sponsored by AR Dressage Article by Wendy Hamerton
he Dressage Waikato team have nominated Margs Carline as the AR Dressage April Official of the Month. Margs was the Technical Delegate for the Covid affected Oro Equestrian North Island Dressage Championships. Event Manager Debra Cowen describes her as “providing outstanding support to the OC when the event had to be cancelled on Saturday evening” Margs had judged all day Friday and acted as Technical Delegate on Saturday - a comprehensive role at any major dressage event ensuring that rules for the smooth running of the event are in place, anticipating and managing issues before they occur, and dealing with anything that may unexpectedly occur where the OC, officials or competitors may need sound advice. Margs has vast experience officiating in both Dressage and Eventing. When you realize her competitive equestrian background which is now transferred to officiating, it should come as no surprise that her expertise is in high demand, resulting in very few weekends at home. In addition to her varied sport officiating roles, Margs is Chair of Selectors for Dressage NZ, a member of the Dressage Performance committee and a valued member on local organising committees for both Eventing and Dressage Waikato arranging training, events, venues, mentoring and general support. Thanks Margs - another equestrian legend!
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM MARGS CAREER:
Photo: Bella Maitland
• Team Bronze 1988 Olympics Three Day Event • Individual 3rd Placing Dressage World Challenge at Prix St Georges level • International Equestrian Federation (FEI) 3*/4* Eventing Judge • Qualified International judge for Eventing Young Horse Competition and assessment • Equestrian Sport NZ Eventing – List 1 Cross Country Judge • Equestrian Sport NZ Dressage – List A Dressage Judge, Mentor and Educator • Recipient Prime Ministers Scholarship APRIL 2021 | DRESSAGENZ BULLETIN | 29
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