We have had a busy round of competition over the last month starting with the Lockyer Equestrian Group weekend on the 22nd and 23rd May held at Gatton.
Elite Waldo Pepper very convincingly won the second round of the Audie Murphy Futurity preliminary class with a score of 72.8%. His test sheet was a straight line of either 7 or 8 - very nice indeed!
Remi London Belle came second in her second round of the Audie Murphy Futurity medium class with a score of 63.5% but won her associate medium class with 66.75% and also had her first ever start in an associate advanced class which she placed second in with 64%.
Over the three days of 28-30 May Toowoomba Dressage Club held its regional championships. As the first major regional dressage championships held in Queensland this event attracts massive entries. So much so that a qualifying score must be submitted to get a start and reserve lists are needed for the preliminary, novice and elementary classes.
This year attracted even bigger entries than last year. Preliminary to elementary were with maximum class sizes of 35 horses.
Elite Waldo Pepper placed in all 4 classes he contested. Third and fifth in the preliminary classes and he missed out on being reserve champion by .06% with another horse with whom he tied! The novice classes held on the Saturday were run in appalling conditions due to heavy rain. And it was freezing! Despite this he also placed fifth and sixth in these classes. We were very proud of him as he never put a foot wrong despite the trying conditions showing what a truly impeccable temperament he has.
Remi London Belle did a lovely smooth medium test in the very strong medium class on the Friday but was somewhat undermarked by one judge and ended up a still creditable 11th out of a strong field of 25 horses in her first official medium start. Her second test on the Saturday was in appalling conditions. Freezing cold and windy and she did not settle at all. Whilst she still got around the test it was not her best performance and was fairly marked at 57.6%.
However all was forgiven the next weekend at the PRARG Two star event. This event is run from medium to grand prix and is the equivalent of a regional championships in its rating as two star. It always attracts the top horses and both medium classes were very strong fields of 20 and 23 horses respectively. RLB did 2 lovely flowing tests and placed 5th in her first test with 62.778% and 4th in her second test with 63.37%. I have attached some pictures of her in action at that event. These scores should give her a start in the medium classes at the NSW Dressage Championships which are again to be held in Tamworth this year.
I was asked by a Hanoverian breeder who was watching her what we fed her to make her so dappled and shiny and I was happy to answer it was just hard work and her normal diet of Pryde's EasiResponse. I think she is a credit to both.