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A highlight of the day was watching the winner of the Pryde’s EasiFeed FEI Young Rider Freestyle CDI-Y. Victorian rider Fern Wright and her energetic Welsh cob, Kamber Pryderi, showed the big warmbloods what the smaller breeds are capable of. The music was uplifting and refreshing which perfectly suited this impressive combination. Well done! The Equestrian Australia Prix St Georges Challenge is a great competition for horses aged 10 years or under. As a result, it is a showcase of some of Australia’s most talented up and coming small tour horses. Brett Parbery and Susan Duddy’s gelding DP Weltmieser did an accurate test giving them a score of 67.342. When Tor Van Den Berge on Cheryl O’Brien’s stallion, Lauries As, had his ride things changed. It was an absolute pleasure to watch this horse and rider weave their way around the arena. It was a test of precision and class. I remember thinking; they will have to be the winner. Wrong! Straight after the break, Matthew Dowsley on Linda and Beau Dowsett’s big gelding Flavio wowed the crowd with a nearly flawless test. They managed to score a whopping 71.184. What a great display of horsemanship! The first competition on Saturday evening was the Pessoa Dressage Intermediate Freestyle. Once again it was two Queensland riders (and good friends) that fought it out for first place. Nicole Tough on Danielle Dowsett’s gelding, Dante, ended up second scoring 71.025 and Jayden Brown on his good looking gelding Furst Fredrich, who managed to win with a score of 71.275. I have watched Jayden over the last few years and have been impressed on how focused he is during the test - he seems to ride every stride, ensuring the horse is placed exactly where he wants it. Quite extraordinary! Third place went to Australia’s, Brett Parbery, on Susan Duddy’s DP Weltmieser (69.925). The Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W wasn’t as surprising in regards to the placegetters. First place went to Maree Tomkinson on her incredibly popular mare, Diamantina IV, scoring 69.450. Second went to David Shoobridge on the very accurate, 00 Seven (69.150) and third went to Sheridyn Ashwood on the expressive stallion Prestige VDL (67.450) and fourth was Heath Ryan on the consistent Regardez Moi scoring 67.275. One of the lovely things about the freestyle competitions is that it is enjoyable to watch for people who are not necessarily involved or interested in the 3 4 21


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