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Westernport Dressage Club
"The Premier Cup"
24th February, 2002 
Werribee Park - Page 1

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 comfortable.

The Westernport 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.

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Enjoying the beautiful weather is Marg England and her faithful hound Stella.

Marg is a very popular Victoria Dressage identify and one of the tireless workers for the sport.

Today she was supporting Tjandamurra who took part in the Prix St. George and Intern1.

Tjandamurra is owned by Marg and his rider Rob Clay.

int1thandamurra.jpg (15189 bytes) Rob Clay is here in the indoor arena taking part in the Intermediate 1 test.
1bbrentangoll.jpg (24026 bytes) Leaving the arena at a lovely Free Walk is PD Brentango ll and Katie Eggleton.

They performed very in the Preliminary classes

1bbrentangoll2.jpg (67836 bytes) PD Brentango ll and Katie Eggleton pose for the camera.
1bskansenduende1.jpg (17284 bytes) Joan O'Reilly on her lovely warmblood Skansen Duende.  Joan has put in the hard work and is now seeing very pleasing results - well done Joan.
1bdutchencounter.jpg (19059 bytes) Warming up for their Preliminary test is Debra Court on her striking warmblood gelding Dutch Encounter.

The horse shows lovely self carriage and is sure to progress nicely.

1bmagicflip.jpg (15162 bytes) Meg Clarke takes her afternoon ride in the Preliminary 1B on her good moving Magic Flip (I seem to remember that he is by Tintagel Magic who is by Wunder out of the Kilof mare Astrid McOhl)
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