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1 2 3 Each year there is always one rider that hits the mark with most of their rides. This year, you would have to say Matthew Dowsley was the one that couldn’t do anything wrong. On day one, Matthew won the Needs for Steeds Prix St Georges CDI 3* on the big moving horse, Falstermeyer, with a score of 71.342 which is the second highest score for the history of the Sydney CDI (Prix St Georges). This same combination also won the Mulawa Performance Intermediate I. On day two, Matthew kept the pressure up and won both the IRT Advanced competitions on Linda and Beau Dowsett’s, gelding Flavio. He also secured a place in the top three for the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia 6YO Young Dressage Horse Championships on Cheryl Smith’s exuberant stallion Don de Sandro. On top of that, Matthew won the individual Gow-Gates Prix St Georges Derby, and with the help of Elliot Patterson on Neversfelde Kudu, they won the Horseland team event. And the list goes on – at the end of the competition, Matthew was awarded the John Lieutenant Memorial Trophy which is for the individual horse/rider obtaining the best two official scores. You would have to think, Matthew’s results may have been one of the best overall performance at a Sydney CDI - well done! Another great performer was Victoria Welch from Queensland. Victoria managed to secure 2nd and 3rd spot in the IRT Advanced 5B and 3rd and 4th in the 5C on Glogau and Brentanus respectively. It needs to be noted that Glogau is an Australian bred warmblood (go the Aussie breeders – Kinnordy Stud). Victoria also came 1st and 2nd in the IRT Advanced Freestyle. Glogau, who flows from movement to movement, came first and her massive 18hh hanoverian, Brentanus, came second. Victoria rode a beautiful test with all paces and transitions perfectly to the music. Victoria was pleased. “He (Brentanus) was a bit tired from yesterday but I’m pleased. This is only the second time we have used this music and it is his first big event.” For the first time, the Sydney CDI held two Under 25 big tour competitions. For both events it was an all female affair with these riders making the big leap from small to big tour. Combined, they would only have a handful of GP tests between them. Western Australian rider, Stephanie Spencer, on Rambo II came first in both competitions and Jodie Newall on Maxx Jasper (owned by Sue Steggles) and Megan Bryant on Northern Xanthus III had turns in coming second and third. Three of the horses were seasoned Grand Prix competitors and the other two, Waca W and BJ Kaneto Casablanca, are in their first season of competing Big Tour. Having a seasoned GP horse obviously helps. As many of Australia’s top Grand Prix riders are in Europe, it made the Pryde’s EasiFeed Grand Prix CDI very interesting as it opened the door for new horse and rider combinations to secure a Sydney CDI trophy and title. One of the riders, Claire Seidl, dropped a tack box on her foot the day before. As a result she passed the ride of her horse Rolex to Queensland rider Nicole Tough. Although Nicole has trained grand prix movements, she does not have a lot of experience in the competition arena at this level. The test wasn’t good enough for a place but it was consistent and relaxed - well done! 1) 6-YO Winner Diamond Star - Judy Dierks 2) David Shoobridge and OO Seven at the CDI 3) Matthew Dowsley on Falstermeyer winner of the International Prix St Georges and Inter I 4) Ann Slatford and Silvery in Grand Prix at the CDI 5) 6yo - Judy Dierks on Diamond Star 2nd after Round 1 6) Equestrian NSW Intermediate II placegetters 7) Helen Chugg on WS Nevada in Grand Prix 8) Jeremy Janjic on the black Fresian stallion, Django of Cacharel Images by Franz Venhaus, Main Event Photography and JWEP 4 10


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