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1 2 2010 will go down in Carriage Driving NSW history as As per usual Sheryl, Trevor, Kim and Lee Leibowitz had our most ambitious to date. In 2009 we decided that we Shibumi looking spectacular, and it didn’t even rain! would run international events to allow Australian drivers The Saturday comprised of dressage and cones. This was to qualify for the 2010 World Single Horse Championships the first chance for many of us to see the FEI Test 7 for that were held in Italy in July of 2010. I don’t think any of the single horse, which included a canter. It was amazing the organising committee really had any idea how much to watch and all three competitors completed the canter time, money and help was required to run these events. and the test in spectacular fashion. However, twelve months after the first event was held, I think all the members of the committee agree that it was The cones was not an easy course but enabled those well worth the time and money. that were hoping to qualify at the next event to compete overseas, get a taste of what to expect. The times were In 2009 Max Pearce approached Southern Carriage still good. Driving Club (SCDC) suggesting that there were a number of Australian drivers that were keen to compete overseas The Sunday comprised of the marathon stage. It in the upcoming single horse championships being held was extremely windy and made the conditions quite in Italy, July 2010. Max suggested that SCDC run two challenging for many of the competitors. The obstacles FEI events with internationally qualified judges. After were fantastic, being a mix of the Southern Highlands discussing the costs associated with these events, the Carriage Club (SHCC) and Shibumi obstacles. It was the SCDC decided that with help from Equestrian NSW and first time that I had ever been a steward on an obstacle Equestrian Australia that we would be able to run these and I learnt an awful lot. With the wind being an issue the events. This was a huge decision for a small club that walk section of the marathon turned into a real tussle for has only been around for less than 5 years. We enlisted control around the bunting. the help of the chairperson of the EA National Carriage The final overall results were 1st in the official single Driving Committee – Judy Meredith, Shibumi Equestrian horse for Michelle Jones, second for Bill Wicks, and Centre owner and judge – Sheryl Leibowitz, and Witwood unfortunately Elizabeth Jones was eliminated. In the owner and judge – Dot Wilcoxson. Along with the official horse pairs class Ty Nichols was the winner and committee and members of the SCDC, we were off and Caroline Blakeley was eliminated. The winner of the running. unofficial horse single class was Kim Leibowitz with The first event was run at Shibumi Equestrian Centre Melisa Jones coming second. The unofficial pony single at Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of New South class was hotly contested with Rhiannon Damsma Wales on the 21st and 22nd of November 2009. It was a eventually coming first, Bill Grey coming second and Kerri great success with 15 competitors coming from across Izzard coming third. The unofficial pony pair class was Australia. While we were unable to hold this as an FEI won by Phil Marshal after David Searle was eliminated. event to help people qualify for overseas events, we still held it based on the FEI rules. This was a great help to a number of the competitors who had not competed under these rules in the past. We ran both official and unofficial classes to cater for all competitors. 1 Boyd Exell at WEG/FEI Rinaldo de Craen 2 Michelle Jones/Franz Venhaus 3 Elizabeth Lawrence/Franz Venhaus 4 Anne Robertson/Franz Venhaus 20


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