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Cyberhorse 2008
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Equitana Asia Pacific 2008 - CDIW International Dressage Competition


EQUITANA Asia Pacific 2008

Dressage Program
See Australia's Best Dressage Horses in Action

Story and Pictures Berni Saunders

The judging panel consists of:

Uwe Spenlen (Germany), Alison King (Hong Kong), Helen Hughes-Keen (New Zealand), Mary Seefried (Australia) and Susie Hoevenaars (Australia) will officiate what is hailed to be, the most exciting Dressage competition conducted in Australia.  The huge crowd at Equitana allows the sport to be introduced to a wider audience and everyone who steps in to watch our best international representative and the up and coming future Olympians, will marvel at the quality of the horses, talent of the riders and sheer majesty of their indoor performances.

Sicca van Schaardenburg from Equitana said,  "The new Royal Melbourne Showgrounds venue has been a real hit with the competitors as it gives them room to warm up and care for their horses without having to worry about confined spaces and limited access to the warmup arenas and other facilities.  All of the people involved with the organisation of this event are delighted with the response for the important participants - the horse people and we know that the spectators will love it too!"

The competition is an all important qualifier for the World Cup Dressage final which will be held in Europe next year. The three international visiting judges have all been to Australia before and clearly have a soft sport for us and our riders.


Uwe Spenlen

Alison King

Helen Hughes-Keen

Mary Seefried

Dressage
Judging
Panel.

Susie Hoevenaars

The dressage program is as follows

  • Wednesday 19/11 – at a time to be confirmed – arena familiarisation
  • Thursday 20/11 at 4pm – The Riders' Shoppe Inter I Freestyle
  • Thursday 20/11 at 5:30pm – Trot up for the IRT & IRT Insurance CDI-W
  • Friday 21/11 from 6:30 am to 8:30 am – arena familiarisation
  • Friday 21/11 at 3:00pm – IRT & IRT Insurance Grand Prix
  • Saturday 22/11 at 7:00 am – Music practice
  • Saturday 22/11 at 7:30 pm – IRT & IRT Insurance Grand Prix Freestyle

Lyn Gilbert from The Riders' Shoppe (below right, holding a Sommer Saddle) told me that she was delighted to be part of Equitana and even more pleased to be part of the Dressage competition.  She said, "I wanted to support the Intermediate 1 class as my daughter Hayley Gilbert is taking part on her imported mare Odiana K." (by Jazz and pictured right). 

Lyn added, "I recognise the importance of the Equitana competition as it will be a huge atmosphere and a very special event for everyone.  We know that there will be lots of spectators and I am sure that this gets close to the feel of the bigger International events.

"I am very excited to be able to showcase Australian riders and their wonderful horses to Philipp and Renee Sommer (from Sommer Saddles) who will be here to  help us on The Riders' Shoppe stand.  Visitors to Equitana will be able to meet part of the family behind the famous saddle making company in Germany. 

Renee's family established Sommer Saddles 1965 and today,  the manufacturing processes employed in their Germany factory harks back to the traditional craftsmanship that has been handed down through the family's long and respected involvement in manufacture of top quality leather goods.    Renee & Philipp will be able to answer your questions & provide information on the beautiful Sommer Saddles  at Equitana stand 97.  We are looking forward to introducing them to Australian enthusiasts, we are certain that our guests will be impressed with the development of the sport in Australia and just how knowledgeable our riders are."

 The Riders' Shoppe Intermediate I entries are:

1

Caroline

Coleby

William II

2

Caroline

Wagner

W S Nevada

3

Hayley

Gilbert

Odiana K

4

Samantha

Bartlett

Gershwin E

5

Rozzie

Ryan

Jive Magic

6

Shanon

McKimmie

Don Shiraz

7

Brett

Parbery

Welthill

 

Sorry no pic of
Don Shiraz

 
The IRT CDI-W - The following horses and riders have been accepted:

1

Pauline

Carnovale

Clifton Court Luccini

 

2

Charlotte

Pedersen

Come to Me

 

3

Rozzie

Ryan

DP Christopher

 

4

Sue

Hearn

Duntroon

 

5

Rachael

Sanna

Jaybee Alabaster

 

6

Kerry

Mack

Mayfield Pzazz

 

7

Nadia

Coghlan

Northern Campion

 

8

Blas

Lago

Northern Hector

 

9

Kate

Taylor-Wheat

Oscar B

 

10

Heath

Ryan

Regardez Moi

 

11

Mary

Hanna

Tango V

 

12

Lesley-Anne

Taylor

Weltklasse

 

13

Denise

Rogan

APH Romarn

1st reserve

14

Warwick

McLean

Chiaretto

2nd reserve

Many of these combinations recently took place at the Horseland/EFA National Dressage Championships and witnessed a spectacular freestyle event where Heath Ryan rising Regardez Moi was the victor by the smallest of margins -just .100 of a percent, from Rachael Sanna riding the new kid on the block Jaybee Alabaster.  Mary Hanna won the Grand Prix event and so the three will meet again and ensure that the competition will be hot and the horses beautiful.   If you missed the Nationals, be sure to catch the international dressage event at Equitana.


Clifton Court Luccini

Come to Me

DP Christopher

Duntroon

Jaybee Alabaster

Mayfield Pzazz

Northern Campion

Northern Hector

Oscar B

Regardez Moi

Tango V

Weltklasse

APH Romarn

Chiaretto

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displays, education and 100's of retail stalls
with your favourite items and lots of new releases
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Plan your Equitana Experience before the day
as there is almost TOO much to see.
 

Cyberhorse 2008 Berni Saunders

 

 

22 November 2017  
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