As Melbourne draws to the end of one of the mildest summers that I can ever
recall, the weather on the 24th February was absolutely perfect. 23 degrees,
filtered sunlight and just a gentle sea breeze to keep the flies at bay and riders
Dressage Club's Premier Championships always attract good entries of horses, competing
well at their particular level. Most will be taking the opportunity to get some
'match practice' for the Dressage Festival (State Championships) which take place in
exactly one months time.
It must be enormously gratifying
for the organisers and officials who have been involved in the sport for quite some time
to see 9 horses entered for the Grand Prix. It shows that the sport is on the move
and that riders are prepared to get out there and give it a go!.
The organising team for the
Westernport club deserve a big pat on the back for conducting such a pleasant and
efficiently run competition with a special mention to Gwyn Coulthard who was the main
contact point for the day. Competitors need to thing about the huge commitment that
is involved in taking the phone calls, accepting entries and collating them into a
workable draw - it is a huge job - well done Gwyn.
I saw some lovely test, with
many of the horses that I have watched on the way up having now attained an excellent
standard of good quality work.
I have captured just a little of
the action for you and I hope that you can share some of the day through my report.