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3 4 The second event was held on the 16th and 17th of The marathon day was fantastic and volunteers rolled January 2010 at Witwood in Bungendore in New South up in huge numbers with friends and family members Wales. To start with this was not just an international coming from the Southern Highlands, Crookwell and even event that went over two days but also incorporated two Bathurst. In the official horse section Elizabeth Lawrence additional events, an FEI judge‟s school and a Boyd Exell had the upper hand. The unofficial pony section saw driving school. The weather was very variable and much Sarah Keavers and Max Pearce again fight it out for first more pleasant than it could have been at this time of the place, and Rhiannon Damsma came a close third. year. We were also delighted to have Franz Venhaus, then CEO The FEI judge‟s school was run over two days specifically of Equestrian Australia and his wife Toni attend the lunch at this time to take advantage of Mark Weinten, from on Sunday and help with prize giving. Belgium, who we had invited to Australia to be the head The overall final results were 1st to Elizabeth Lawrence, judge and president of the ground jury for the following 2nd to Michelle Jones and Bill Wicks was eliminated in event. Marsoe LaRose was also invited out to Australia the official single horse class. In the official single pony from Canada as the foreign judge and was able to arrive a class Anne Robertson was the winner and in the unofficial day early to have input into the school tandem class Caroline Blakeley was eliminated. The We had about 25 participants who came from across unofficial single horse class was won by Kim Leibowitz the country and all participants found the school and Melisa Jones came second. Sarah Keevers came incredibly useful. There were a number of new rules that first in the unofficial pony single class with Max Pearce needed clarification and this school provided the perfect in second and Rhiannon Damsma in third. The unofficial opportunity to do so. pony pairs class was won by Chuckie Englesman with David Searle second and Phil Marshall was eliminated. For the event we had 16 competitors with one late scratching. The event started with the dressage in the After the success of last year’s Carriage Driving morning and the cones after lunch. Again the cones Development School at Shibumi we were able to convince course was tricky and caught a few competitors out with Boyd Exell to be a part of another school in Australia, the twists and turns. In the open horse competition, while he was over for Christmas visiting his parents with Elizabeth Lawrence had a lovely dressage test with a Preetha, James and Olivia. How we went from one school total of 41 penalties but it was Michelle Jones that to three is still a slight mystery to me but Boyd was very provided the most spectacular cones course of the day agreeable. with total penalties of 20.16. Michelle’s cones round was The first school was held at Witwood after the National amazing to watch. Unfortunately Bill Wicks’s horse was a EA CDE. This enabled many of the competitors to stay little fresh and was eliminated. on at Witwood and have lessons or fence-sit. This year The competition in the unofficial pony section was also we had a modified junior drivers’ school that enabled the heating up with the lead changing a number of times junior drivers to watch more of the other lessons as well between Max Pearce, Sarah Keavers and Rhiannon as have private lessons of their own. Damsma. 21


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