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1 2 2011 Bates EA Australian Dressage A record number of horses entered the Grand Prix tests, Championships and CDI-W 10 in the CDN and 29 in the CDI-W. 6 horses across the two categories scratched but still a large field of horses. The event ran very well with no major hiccups or problems other than the Qantas shut down on Saturday which Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster were on form threw us a few challenges having to re-schedule flights winning all three Grand Prix competitions, a remarkable for judges. The weather was fine for most of the time with achievement especially considering Rachael has been sunny weather throughout the competition days. out of action with a bad back for some time and the combination had not competed since the Sydney CDI This was our second year with Bates as the sole naming in April. Rachael’s score in the Special 71.083% is rights sponsor, however they have been involved for the the highest that I can find recorded at a National last 6 years and we are very grateful for their support. Championships (in 2008 the combinations scored 68.24% The SIEC venue team is fantastic and provided us with in the GPS which was the highest up to that time). great support to ensure a smooth running event. The Riders are taking more interest in the Special and for the venue is well maintained, looked great and the arenas first time we had a full field with reserves. The ADC is rode well in the main with few complaints. We had a few now considering increasing the maximum allowed in the issues with overwatering in some arenas, which affected Special to 15 (instead of 12). the riders at the start of the draw. Other riders that featured often in the line up on the The number of horse entries for championship competitions podium included Brett Parbery, Matthew Dowsley, Dave (226) were similar to last year. All states except Tasmania McKinnon, Heath Ryan, Nicole Tough and Jayden Brown were represented. Not all combinations that entered got from Queensland, Louisa Hill from New Zealand. a start due to the maximum number of entries accepted for each level and some horses fell just short of the performance required to get a start. The highest number of entries this year was at Novice level with 63 horses entered. The withdrawal rate was fairly normal for this event and in most cases we still had reserve horses to fall back on. Interesting to note that the competition with the highest number of entries, Novice, had only one scratching whereas the Advanced had the highest (9). The Regional Team Assessment for the London Olympic Games – held in conjunction with the Grand Prix - was an added highlight and NZL certainly impressed and has qualified along with Australia for London. The judging panel for the Regional Qualifier included: Mr Stephen Clarke, 5* Judge from Great Britain; Mr Gotthilf Riexinger, 5* Judge from Germany; Mrs Susan Hoevenaars – 5* Judge from Australia; Mr Raphael Saleh, 4* Judge from France; Mrs Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel, 4* Judge from the Netherlands. National judges from Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales judged at the Championships. 1) Grand Prix, Maree Tomkinson and Rodrigo III 2) Grand Prix Freestyle Presentation 3) Grand Prix, Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello 3 Photos: Franz Venhaus 19


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