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5 6 Even with the absence of some of our elite riders, there still were a few rides scoring above the 65% mark. With only a small number of GP tests under their belt, Maree Tomkinson and her exuberant mare Diamantina IV excited the crowd with a test of high energy and strong engagement. This was enough to win the class with a score of 68.936. Second place went to the very experienced Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi, scoring 67.277. Third place went to Queensland rider Sheridyn Ashwood on her stunning stallion Prestige VDL who is by Olympic Silvano N. Together they scored 66.149. Both Maree and Sheridyn are proving they have the skills and horses to become internationally competitive. The programme for the third and final day of the Sydney CDI was definitely the most enjoyable for spectators. The indoor arena played host to four freestyle competitions which meant a diverse range of music could be heard throughout the parklands of the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, adding atmosphere to the event. As the day progressed the coffee vendors got busier as did the traffic marshalls. The winner of the FEI Young Rider Individual Test CDI-Y, Elliot Patterson, came up with the goods once again in the Revelwood Warmblood Stud FEI Young Rider Freestyle (CDI-Y). Not only was his test accurate but his choice of music was perfect for his horse, Leandro. Elliot was planning to ride in the open CDI competitions but changed his mind and decided to stay in the FEI Young Rider classes. “I wanted to take the pressure of myself for one more year,” said Elliot. Second went to Megan Bryant and her free moving mare, Donabella, and third place was secured by Hannah Dodd on Waikiwi FE. The last day was also the host for the finals of the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia’s Young Dressage Horse Championships. The 5 year old winner San Andreas, was the judges’ standout favourite for the day. He is a German bred hanoverian gelding by Bundeschampion and World Young Horse Champion, Sandro Hit, out of a Walt Disney mare. He is owned by Linda and Beau Dowsett from Queensland and ridden by Jayden Brown with great tact and ability. This horse showed huge natural ability, super hock action rhythm and spring. The canter transitions were smooth and he impressed the test rider with his suppleness and spring over the back. Walk was correct with a clear over track. The judges described him as a huge potential horse for the future. Jayden Brown was thrilled with the result. “I knew he had the potential to do well. We were hoping for a top five so we’re obviously ecstatic with the result. He certainly over delivered as far as our expectations are concerned.” By 5pm, the Indoor arena was starting to fill, all waiting for the Zilco Intermediate Freestyle. Although Matthew Dowsley and Falstermeyer won the Inter I the day before, they were not entered in the freestyle. This left the door open for a number of horses to take the top of the dais. There were only one and half points between 7 8 11


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