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1 2 2012 Bates Saddles NSW Pony Dressage Championships - October 13-14, 2012 At first it seemed like the weather would be against us. Our bump-in day consisted of torrential rain, snow in the mountains, closed roads and plenty of phone calls from worried competitors. However, we crossed our fingers and proceeded to unpack our gear and were rewarded with a peek of sunshine in the afternoon, promising better weather to come. To the committee’s relief, the sun shone brightly for our first day of competition. There was plenty of action taking place right throughout the day. The indoor arena came alive to the sounds of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Christmas medley soundtracks as the freestyles kicked into gear and in the outdoor arenas, the first of the novice competitors trotted down the centreline in the early hours of the morning. Classes were well represented across the weekend and provided competitive fields in all levels. Saturday’s schedule consisted of the young pony classes and novice, medium and FEI levels. The Novice Championship, sponsored by Horseland, was extremely close due to a strong field of competitors and their ponies and scores were tight in the placings. After a closely fought battle of young riders, Brianna Cartwright won the 2C on a score of 69.688% taking out champion on the first of her beautiful ponies, Baringa First Class, by well-known sire Rothwell Toytown. Brianna narrowly beat Sydney Evans, who, on her 6 year old pony Dara Park Tequila Sunrise, took reserve after winning the 2D on a score of 72.714%. In the Horseland Medium Championship, the beautiful imported black German riding pony stallion Kennedy WE from Victoria owned by Tina Barker and ridden by Stephanie Dijkstra, drew plenty of interest in the crowd, as he wowed the judges with his expressive movements to win both his medium tests on scores of 70.556% and 71.063% and secure the champion sash. However, not to be outdone, NSW local talent Kathy Turner and her Welsh cob Rockfire U-Turn were delighted with their strong showing and took home the reserve champion title. In the FEI levels, 4 ponies, all from NSW, contested the Agnes Banks Prix St George competition with two of these ponies going on to also contest the Inter 1 and Inter 1 freestyle. It is fantastic to begin to see more and more ponies moving up the levels and attempting the more demanding FEI tests. All our competitors in these classes scored consistently over 60% showing solid training and strong development and an exciting future ahead. Alison Gill proved triumphant aboard her grey gelding Bamborough Epic to win the Small Tour title and Serena Ireland and He’s a Rockstar were awarded the reserve. 3 4 16


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