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1 2 3 4 the top three. First place went to Kate Taylor-Wheat on World Star. This was a great achievement as World Star has only been back in work for 7 months after having a virus which put him out of work for 11 months. “I’m thrilled,” said Kate. “His half-passes were great. It was only during the second pirouette that I nearly lost him but he stayed with me and we got through it.” Kate couldn’t keep a smile off her face. Second went to Daniella Dierks on the big imported hanoverian, Luxor 118, and third place went to David Shoobridge and the incredibly consistent stallion OO Seven – what a gentleman. Last but certainly not least was the ever popular Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle. The first horse to get the crowd excited was the Friesian stallion, Django of Cacharel, ridden by Jeremy Janjic. Although this combination is not quite at the stage of placing in the top three, the horse does have a facebook page with 1500 followers - the crowd loves him! By the end of the night, things had changed. Third place went to Tor Van Den Berge on the stallion, Fisherman’s Friend. This combination has improved at each competition and still has a lot more to show. Second went to Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV. The crowd watched with awe as this amazing mare covered the ground. So what did Maree think of the ride? “She was beautiful in there. She always stays with me even when she’s scared.” To Heath Ryan’s surprise, he and his Rubinstein stallion, Regardez Moi, came first. Just before the results came out, Heath’s comment on the test was, “Not the best test we’ve done. He was a bit tight. Maree did really well, so there you go.” The judges obviously didn’t see it that way. As usual, everyone had a great night. After the last horse had competed, you could hear people chatting about their favourite freestyle – what they liked, what they didn’t. This sort of reaction helps to increase the profile of dressage in Australia. The Sydney CDI also offers horse and riders the opportunity to compete in front of a substantial crowd (especially on Saturday). Although the Australian riders competing at Mannheim were missed, it was refreshing to see new combinations moving up through the ranks. Well done to all those who made it happen. Scott Pollock 1) Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV 2) Presentation for Prix St Georges Derby won by Matthew Dowsley and Flavio 3) Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle winner Heath Ryan on Regardez Moi, Franz Venhaus representing Sandy Oatley and Maribel Alonso 4) Daniella Dierks and Luxor 118 in Intermediate Freestyle Images by Franz Venhaus, Main Event Photography and JWEP 13


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