Here we are almost December and at the end of a successful competition year. This time of year is exceptionally busy with only 12 weeks between three major competitions (NSW State Championships, Australian Bates Dressage Championships and Victorian Dressage Festival). My horses are looking fantastic on their Pryde's diets and have sustainable energy to keep them in top form throughout these huge events.
I have been fortunate to have an article on my time at Anky Van Grunsvens and finding motivation publishing on the On The Bit Website – it can be viewed at http://www.onthebit.com.au/content/item.php?cat=athletes&id=467
A couple of weeks ago, we had four horses qualify and compete at the Australian Bates Dressage Championships at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Every year, the competition standard at this event gets better and better. Jazzsong, owned by Madelaine Swan, had a great competition placing 6th in the Advanced Freestyle. Each horse performed very well in their individual tests, placing midfield or higher and show great potential for the future. My young rider pupil, Alexis Hellyer, also had a great competition on her horse Waca W. She placed 3rd in the Advanced 5B, 8th in the Advanced 5C and 5th in the Advanced Freestyle.
Jazzsong has also been awarded Dressage NSW Bronze Performance Medal for his achievements throughout the competition year. My competition horse, Kaludah Renoir who sadly passed away during May, also received a bronze medal for his success in advanced. He was such a special horse who had talent to burn and the right temperament to succeed... it is so sad that he never got to show Australia what he was really capable of. Three North Kaludah horses were also named on the 2010 Dressage NSW Annual Awards leader board. The awards are based on the average of the best five overall performances (percentages) achieved at a particular level during the qualifying period at official events held in NSW. At Advanced Level, Jazz Song was ranked 3rd in the state with an average official score of 66.8926 (only half a percent from the leader). Kaludah Renoir was ranked 5th in the state with an average score of 65.5536. Jeremy and Django of Cacharel were ranked 7th in the state on the FEI Small Tour leader board with an average official score of 64.3946%. These are very exciting results. Thank you and congratulations to the owners of Django (Lynn and Dick Jenkin) and Jazz Song (Madelaine Swan). Some of my students were also ranked on the leader board which was very exciting.
More recently, my partner Jeremy Janjic and his competition horse, Django of Cacheral (owned by Lynn and Dick Jenkin) have just returned from the 2011 Equitana. Django and Jeremy had a very successful competition placing 6th in the Prix St George and 3rd in their first Intermediate freestyle! These results are very exciting as the classes were very competitive. Jeremy also had a great time talking to people about feeding Pryde's feed at the trade stand.
Now we turn our focus to the Victorian Dressage Festival and developing our young horses. We have many outstanding young horses who are ready to commence their competition careers. Thank you to Pryde's for their ongoing support and for helping our team look their absolute best throughout this competition year!