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1 2 2011 Sydney CDI Competition Coming off a high base with several years of growth behind Our dressage future depends on having a supply of young us, expectations were high - we had a lot to live up to. horses going through the ranks, and the Sydney CDI has The wet weather provided us with challenges that we always attracted Australia’s best talent. This year was dealt with as best we could. The arenas, while not ideal, no exception with a total of around 180 horses and 140 were safe enough and most horses coped well with the Australian riders entered. conditions. The high scores in some tests confirm this. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) acceded Despite the far from ideal conditions, reports were very to our request to let riders participate in the Grand positive and the poor weather on Thursday and Friday Prix, the Special and the Freestyle, something that especially did not impact on attendance. It did, however, normally happens only at CDIO events, where national dampen the enthusiasm for shoppers to visit the trade teams compete. Our request followed the change of area on those days. On the upside, most exhibitors the team competition format at Olympic Games, which reported that sales on Saturday made up for the sluggish now includes the Grand Prix Special for the team start. Some new exhibitors wanted to book immediately classification. It will depend on the FEI as to whether we for next year which is a good indicator. can continue to offer this format at future events. As usual we had the full support and co-operation of the Brett Parbery recorded the highest Grand Prix score SIEC venue management and staff. The venue had received recorded in Australia - 71.306%, a fabulous effort given considerable rain prior to the CDI and the grounds were the wet conditions and the lack of competition practice very soft making some areas totally unsuitable for parking. that Brett had had with this horse in the lead-up to the This put a real strain on spectator parking especially on event. Saturday and the venue staff did a wonderful job utilizing A record number of 29 horses entered the CDI-W Grand every bit of useable parking space available. Prix and only one withdrew which is amazing as we The budget for the event is just under $300,000 and usually have several pull out for one reason or another. we are pleased to report that we made a small profit of around $7,000 (less than 3% - which really is not much and below what we need to make for the event to grow and develop). The prize money was increased this year to $36, 175. On top of cash prize money, around $8,000 in prizes (rugs, Kieffer saddle, Greystone arena rake and other product donations) were presented. All profits received from this event go into general revenue for Dressage NSW and are used to develop the sport. A portion is put back into the event. This year for instance we purchased new flag poles for the indoor arena, which means we no longer will need to hire them and, as they are all the same, the new poles make for a better presentation. The event ran smoothly and our visiting judges were impressed with the standard of competition and the professional conduct of the event. 1) CDI Grand Prix Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster 2) Farewell to Nations 3) Engaged CDI crowd Photos: Franz Venhaus 3 11


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