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4 5 The 2012 Saddleworld Australian Dressage Championships – October 25-28, 2012 With the hype of the recent London Olympics still in the air, the Saddleworld Australian Dressage Championships started with a generous amount of enthusiasm. It was great to see Olympian, Mary Hanna, back on home turf and watching some of the competitors in the novice classes. We knew the competition was going to be hot but what we didn’t know is that the temperature was also heating up. The first day ended up being the first seriously hot day for spring. For a lot of the horse and rider combinations from the southern states of Australia, this meant a change to their normal preparation. Thankfully, there were only three competitions scheduled for day 1. Although there were a number of quality tests, the battle for the Novice Champion sponsored by Birds Equisport and EJ and Co ended up being between Queensland rider, Jayden Brown, on San Andreas owned by Beau Dowsett, Judy Dierks on Highlight Australia owned by Janelle Duffy, Emma Flavelle (Qld) on Cabaret C owned by Caitlin Cullen and Linda Foster on Neversfelde Samiro. All four riders scored over 70% for both novice tests but it was Jayden Brown on the very impressive mover San Andreas who stole the show. While checking the scoreboard you could hear comments on what a beautifully ridden test it was. This great combination won the 2C with a score of 77.656 and the 2D, scoring 76.810 - definitely a horse to watch out for in the future. The temperature for the second day of the Saddleworld Australian Dressage Championships was about 10 degrees cooler which made it nearly perfect for riders, horses and, of course, the spectators. Whilst it’s always great to see the big tour horses showcasing the higher collected movements it was also just as nice to watch the advanced and small tour horses. The second day offered a great opportunity to do just that. There were numerous horse and rider combinations that made it look easy – their transitions were fluid, their rhythm was consistent and there were no obvious signs of resistance. All these combined made it a joy to watch. It also made you realise what a mammoth leap it is from this level to grand prix. The Mulawa Performance Intermediate I competition was always going to be a battle of the best. There were at least 10 combinations, which had the potential to achieve the highest score. Jayden Brown (QLD) on Furst Friedrich was first to go. He set the bar high with a 6 19


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